2017 Workshops

With 8 Stages, 9 tracks, 70 plus workshops and over 100 presenters… the Workshops at the Convergence are going to be Hands-Down, Amazing!

12182922_941171765953336_687849825466166905_oWith keynotes speakers, workshops, skills shares, & panel discussions from leading resilience thinkers and doers; a model resilient community; live music; camping; child and youth programming; and plenty of opportunities for co-inspiration and cross-pollination… the Building Resilient Communities Permaculture Convergence will bring together leaders, permaculture designers, transition organizers, activists, young people, homesteaders, designers, social entrepreneurs, and others who are passionate  about shifting the paradigm and joining together to cross-pollinate, skill-up, synergize and celebrate!

Check out our workshops themes and topics below, followed by a list of workshop titles and descriptions.

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2017 Convergence Workshops


Ocean Farming & Restoration

Ocean Farming & Restoration

Restoring California's majestic giant kelp forests will sequester carbon, increase biodiversity and create blue green jobs. Over 95% of California’s kelp forests have disappeared in the past 150 years. We will explore re-planting our native kelp forests, state coastal regulations, coastal native tribe participation, cutting edge projects including Bren Smith’s GreenWave and Marine Permaculture, potential markets for kelp and sea ...
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Yoga and Interpersonal Resilience: Sustainability in Connection

Yoga and Interpersonal Resilience: Sustainability in Connection

When building any community it's important for the individuals to stay attuned to the truth in themselves as well as cultivate a sensitivity and space to receive the truth of others. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Victor Frankl ...
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Designing for Water - Tools and Techniques

Designing for Water – Tools and Techniques

How much rain can you catch? In this hands on workshop we will work on-site to learn the tools and techniques of rain-water harvesting. We will find water storage potential of structures, discover the contours of the landscape, and identify “key-points” of catchment, storage, and sequestration. This will be a hands on workshop using tools of the trade, bunyips, laser ...
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Cooking with Acorns: From Foraging to Feasting

Cooking with Acorns: From Foraging to Feasting

Acorns are an ancient, pre-agricultural staple food common to indigenous cultures throughout the Northern hemisphere. Join us for a hands-on workshop where participants will engage in the process of preparing food from acorn from start to finish. While we pound and leach acorn we will also discuss land stewardship techniques for managing oaks for acorn production, how to gather and ...
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Wildtending: Permaculture in Zone 4

Wildtending: Permaculture in Zone 4

Restore a regenerative reciprocal relationship with Zone 4 and California's diverse ecology in this interactive talk on wildtending native plants for food, medicine, craft, and biodiversity. California's uniquely biodiverse ecology has developed over thousands of years through humans interactively managing the landscape. We will discuss practical land management techniques that enhance ecological conditions and provide abundance for the human and ...
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Rainwater Harvesting: Infiltration, Catchment, Distribution

Rainwater Harvesting: Infiltration, Catchment, Distribution

Learn site-specific solutions for the practical application of various rainwater harvesting strategies and techniques. From above ground cisterns, gravity-fed distribution, active irrigation systems, and passive earthworks, discern how to integrate multiple strategies into complex (not complicated!) and resilient water systems. Shades of Green Permaculture will discuss specific projects they have designed and installed throughout the Southeast, both rural and urban ...
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Multiracial Human Hands and Earth Planet. North America Continent View.

International Permaculture CoLab – Advances of the Next Big Step

Following the update at NAPC last year on the mutli-year, Permaculture Next Big Step process initated at IPC Cuba in 2013 this workshop presents the design for the Permaculture CoLab. The Colab uses sociocracy, leaderfulness, slicing pie, patrix busting, constellation organizing, open badges and enspiral modelling to create an international, virtual community of practice intent on bringing significant additional coherence ...
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permaculture gardening matt powers

Permaculture Gardening – From Biointensive to Natural Farming

Learn to apply Permaculture principles and ethics to gardening! You'll never know what is possible until you know all your options! Explore the full spectrum of options from biointensive to natural farming, organized and explained from a principle-based perspective to facilitate easier adaptation, observation, and improvisation. Presented By: Matt Powers ...
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Recognizing Common Causes to Build Inter-Ethnic Collaboration

Recognizing Common Causes to Build Inter-Ethnic Collaboration

The diversity of California should be represented in important campaigns, movements and events. Participants will learn from an experienced organizer who has build solid inter-ethnic networks. The presenter will bring a power point to show the different campaigns he has worked, and will explore problems and solutions, then will separate attendees in small groups, those groups will design a campaign ...
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Good Fungi, Happy Plants

Good Fungi, Happy Plants

Learn how to promote the beneficial fungi called mycorrhizae to increase the health, quality, and yields of vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Mycorrhizae can increase yields by as much as 1500%. They are an important part of the soil food web. There are ways to promote the growth of this beneficial fungi without having to buy costly inoculants. A vibrant, healthy ...
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Building a "Palletable" Cobin

Building a “Palletable” Cobin

Have you wanted to learn Natural Building? Learn hands-on with Miguel "Sir Cobalot" Elliott during two workshops: 1) Miguel will be sharing the process of building a small hut built out of pallets, insulated with straw, covered in an earthen cob plaster, called a "Palletable Cobin". This structure is very easy to build, affordable, super well insulated, non-toxic, and is ...
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Midwifing the New Earth: Unplug from Old Paradigm Conditioning and Claim Your True Power to Create Reality

Midwifing the New Earth: Unplug from Old Paradigm Conditioning and Claim Your True Power to Create Reality

Maria Owl will be guiding a 4-hour pre-convergence deep dive, using the wisdom of quantum physics and energy medicine to support you in reclaiming your sovereignty and innate capacity to create reality. Through meditation, energy-body recalibration, and community ritual you will align with your deeper purpose and calling which is and always has been embedded in your DNA. This workshop ...
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Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

Sharing Cities: Activating the Urban Commons

The concept of sharing cities is getting considerable traction with grassroots groups and city governments around the world. Seoul, Amsterdam, London and Milan are just four examples. While these efforts share commonalities, the sharing city concept is not well defined. This presents important opportunities (and risks) that are being addressed by communities large and small around the world. This presentation ...
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