i there guys, gals and non-binary pals!
So stoked on our convergence this year. We are sharing permaculture ethics in action September 24-27 as we gather in solidarity to create the world we want to live in.
Converge-in-Place & local friends can listen in with you!
We hope to inspire many small groups to form this weekend, with each ticket-holder inviting a few local friends to join in during our time together. Please, ask friends and neighbors to share the space. Gather in your yard, in your home quarantine-bubble and let's get the whole northwest converging! Your $20 ticket is a portal to login to our gathering and all the presentations, tours and work-parties that entails, get downloadable content, chat with peers from around the region, and share your world right back! For the kiddos and caretakers, we have a dedicated space for youthful conversation with permanent links to the Permaculture Coloring Book and correlating youtube shorts + activities befitting each concept. Each page is representative of the design principles and ethics that are the heart of permaculture.
Designed for Connections
We will be streaming from across the region, one channel for all presentations, encouraging cross-pollination and building up our network. Workshops include farm tours that show how to merge education into a working farm plan, using draft horses, a how-to for Korean natural farming, scythe-lore, and tools to decolonize permaculture and create space for shared power and deep listening. On a global note, our Sunday keynote is someone who our very own board member, David Stein, met during his permaculture glob-trot sabbatical in India. Our team is jazzed to hear more about David’s trip, and learn from Prem’s story. Prem is very involved in his community, and travels to surrounding villages to share his farming methods. He has made his farm into a thriving educational site, in which students from all over the world come to learn.
During meals we will be share food-based projects like making yogurt and sauerkraut, and how to harvest herbs and preserve in a number of ways. I'll be live-streaming from my garden, and hope you will to! We’d love the meal-time to be a place to make friends and share ideas. If you have a well-loved-practice you would like to share at this time, please record a <5minute “Permaculture Service Announcement” highlighting what its all about, and we will make space to share it. I’m stoked on the idea of us making krawt together while I do my demo, and in a few months following up in our online chat channels, Discord and Slack with feedback on our unique methods and how all our batches turned out! If we live close, perhaps it will be time for a campout and we can have a tasting party!
Education, Courage and Vulnerability
This year, we are intentionally digging into the heart of our core permaculture ethics of people-care, earth-care, fair-share: how does living out those values look in our lives? As a key part of this conversation, it's important to understand the interplay of earth-care and people-care; and we need to talk about what happens when we abandon these things. At times during the weekend, we may feel compelled to share personal stories and go deep together. While we want to respect people’s privacy, for the sake of listening deep and growing together, everything will be recorded. So if you would rather not be "on the record” please create your own anonymity through an avatar, and use chat and private message functions to build lasting relationships with people in community so we can grow in accountability and life together.
Continuing the people-care aspect after the convergence-official is another mission, as such we hope to encourage local small groups to keep meeting. Think Permaculture-Potlucks, seed swaps, work-parties and emergent-design campout micro-conferences (we have a template for that! please ask! : )
Cultivate Community, converge-in-place. Let's use this great disturbance as a season of grace to replant the burning covid jungle out there as a food-forest garden designed for sharing, caring and kind stewardship.
You inspire me,
Shaelee (and the whole NWPCC team that approves this message!)
ps: A little video I made about my heart for the NWPCC and the convergence this year in particular during our planning, we are making a video that has the voices of all us organizers together, but here is a sneak peak of my thoughts: NWPCC_heart-to-heart_Shaelee.mp4.
See you soon!
Tickets for the 2020 ConvergenceHappy to help.Join our Northwest Permaculture Discord and Slack communities to ask questions and party plan all year long.
August, 8, 2020 - Newsletter
I hope the influence of permaculture principles in your lives has made this wild year feel like an opportunity for much positive change! In that spirit, we see “the problem is the solution” as a way to live out our 2020 theme Cultivate Community better that we could have ever dreamed of last fall.
Cultivate CommunityWe are happy to say, the convergence is still on for September! We’re stoked for the opportunity to highlight good work from across Cascadia, with a digital piece allowing us to spread ideas for sustainable culture beyond our borders. Rather than clustering hundreds of people in one spot, we invite you all to host workshops and small gatherings within your “quarantine bubble” community, while we share all our offerings and stay connected online. In that spirit, we invite those from similar ecologies like parts of Chile, Western Europe, South Africa, Tazmania, and elsewhere in America to participate. Cultivate connections!
Our keynotes and opening/closing circles will be the big zoom parties- where we all gather “face to face” and pass around the speaker microphone to workshop leads and elders in our community. The rest of the time, we encourage you to think about what kind of workshop you could offer. Would it be a farm tour? Teaching on your passion? Perhaps you want to share how korean natural farming works, how to build and sharpen a scythe, explain tools to activate social permaculture systems or make a wild sauerkraut from late season harvests. So many good ideas are under our umbrella, and I know you have some amazing special knowledge or a story that could be an inspiration to a world that needs some hope. We’re in this together!
Stretch the BenefitWe envision musicians and artists helping us through the night with a sound lab of permaculture bands, playlists and suggested podcasts to explore. Our children's program offers a downloadable coloring book explaining the design principles and ethics, with linked videos explaining the principles fun DIY projects to explore anytime. Our unique format allows us to stretch the bounds of our normal 9am to 9pm weekend format and potentially carry on the messages past the convergence through recorded sessions for post-posting on our website. Please submit what you’d like to share.
Inclusive by DesignWe are happy to present a super low $20 ticket price for 2020, have scholarships available, and offer all our presenters a platform to promote their projects and get direct donations from participants. This convergence is an amazing chance to share what works with each-other and explore the new mainstream flowing with Fair-Share, Earth-Care and People-Care. Let's do it!
President Northwest Permaculture Convergence
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