The 2019 Northwest Permaculture Convergence takes place
September 27-29, 2019 at Lost Valley Education Center, Dexter, OR near Eugene, OR.
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The Northwest Permaculture Convergence is a conference. There are presentations, plenary sessions, unlimited networking, a Marketplace, and lots of fun. It is a unique gathering where individuals and organizations can show and tell what they are doing to help create a more peaceful, green and resilient culture and economy.
The Convergence is a unique place for diverse groups and people to come together to mix, mingle, network, and cross pollinate. We are all on the same team! And we need to focus on practical actions in the real world. Who will be interested? Students, urban gardeners, city planners, eco-village enthusiasts, neighborhood leaders, preparedness people, business persons, faith communities, seniors and young people, home school families and educators of all types.
The Details: In the tradition of previous gatherings, this is largely a do-it-yourself event. As always, attendees will be asked to: Bring donations of raw food (fruits, veggies, nuts or grains), or store-bought goodies for our kitchen staff to transform into wonderful and healthy meals for all. Menus will include Vegan, Gluten-Free and Omnivore selections at each meal. Please note: no meats or home-prepared foods can be accepted this year due to Lewis County Health Dept. restrictions.
Each attendee age 12 and over is asked to offer 2 hours of their time as a volunteer during the event; you can sign up for your time and station assignment at the Registration booth across from the Weekend Pass farmer’s field parking.
Field and forest camping is available, as are limited indoor sleeping spaces for folks who need them. Please note on your registration form if you need electricity and/or indoor accommodations (first come, first served as needed). RVs and car camping will be accommodated onsite; please plan to arrive before 1pm Friday and stay until after 4pm Sunday to minimize disturbance to attendees. NO car camping in the Weekend Pass farmer’s field parking.
The Convergence will begin Friday afternoon at 1pm, continue all day Saturday, and into Sunday until 4pm; Friday morning can be used to enjoy our Pre-Event Tours as well as load into the Camp.
There will be 4-6 workshops happening simultaneously during each time slot, so choose your sessions wisely! If you have an entertainment specialty, offer it! We have scheduled a Contra Dance for Saturday night, and each evening and morning patrons will offer their specialties to us: Tai Chi, meditation, Yoga, poetry, music, Ecstatic Dance. If you want to offer a drop-in morning or evening session, let us know!
Parents are expected to be responsible for their children when kids are not safely supervised in age-appropriate scheduled classes or in a Kids Program session. Kids Program sessions will be offered during all Sessions held Saturday and Sunday. Attendees are suggested to bring their own dishes, utensils and water bottle. We will have bottle-filling stations! Bring a portable chair and flashlight as well - after all, this is Camp!
Service animals are permitted with authorization; they must be able to interface with the dogs and poultry of Camp Singing Wind. No non-service animals, please.
Don't forget cash for your Marketplace shopping. We will have vendors with all kinds of offerings to sell or trade for.
This year we are using a farmer’s field for single-day or late arrival parking. A Weekend Pass is available for $10 cash – this pass will allow you to leave and return as many times as you like. Patrons who arrive before 1pm Friday and leave after 4pm on Sunday can park in the lower weekend parking Meadow for FREE! Later-arriving attendees and their camping equipment will be ferried from the farmer’s field by our intrepid volunteer transportation staff. Transportation within the camp will be regularly available for patrons with mobility challenges.
There is a riverside beach at the Camp; perhaps pack a swim suit in anticipation of great bathing weather!
Bring an umbrella in case of rains! Workshops will be located in various areas of the property; bring sturdy shoes for lots of outdoor walking. Pack your clothing layers – be ready for warm or cold weather.
Electrical devices will be difficult to use and/or charge – reception is poor and electricity is extremely limited at Camp. Please bring your own mobile battery if you plan to take photos or charge any personal devices.
PARKING NOTICE: If you arrive by 1pm Friday and stay until after 4pm Sunday, parking is free in our lower Weekend Parking Meadow. If you come later, or plan to leave earlier, you can park in the upper Farmer's Field at the Registration area. A weekend pass for that area is $10 cash.