We ask that everyone who registers for the Convergence volunteer for two hours during the event. Volunteering is fun, builds community, and helps keep tickets affordable for everyone. The Volunteer Coordinator will help you with your schedule when you check-in at Registration. Worktraders receive a discount admission, paying $90 for their 3-day overnight ticket, and agree to work 6 hours of work. Some scholarships are available for those with greater need.
If you would like to apply to work trade for a discounted ticket, please fill out this Worktrade Form
Note - What's the difference between 'volunteer' and 'worktrade'?
Volunteer time is short, 2 hours. Everyone at the convergence is asked to volunteer. It's just part of the experience. There is no price break for simple volunteer tasks.
Worktrade is approximately 6 hours of work in exchange for a discounted admission ($90 ticket price). Worktrade persons fill out a form and are asked several questions, including what skills they may have that are useful to the convergence, and when they want to work.
In addition, we have a few other coordinator roles and specific volunteer positions available, listed below. To apply for any of these positions, please Contact Uswith the position you are interested in volunteering for, or any questions you may have.
Timely and good communications skills are a must for all positions
All these tasks have mentors for answering questions and help
Coordinators can also be creative how they manage their tasks
This is fun for a great cause! Part of the Great Leap Forward!
Convergence Coordinator - Jessi Pongratz
Jessi has been involved in coordination and behind the scenes work in many events and gatherings and is currently in her second year of Co-Coordinating the Kindle Cascadia Ancestral Skills Gathering and also oversees the day-to-day operations of Aprovecho, a 40-acre nonprofit sustainable-living educational organization. She obtained her Permaculture Design Certificate and Advanced Permaculture Practicum in Land and Water Systems in 2017 and Advanced Permaculture Certificate in Social Forestry in 2018.
Registrar - Amber Peoples
Volunteer Coordinator - Emily Boyer
Outreach Team Coordinator - Shaelee Evans, David Ahlgren, David Stein
Should be good on the phone,, actually, this is a fun task!
If two people doing this, they need to coordinate who is calling who.
Uses a sponsorship packet which outlines tiers of donations and our thanks as publicity, vending booths, etc.
Solicits and tracks sponsorships, and works with Convergence Coordinator to know what in-kind donations to ask for.
Sets up crowd-funding mechanisms like Indiegogo or Gofundme.
Applies for grants.
Manages the sponsor Mailchimp e-mail list. Detailed directions are available.
The City Repair website has a great list of people and businesses that have supported the VBC. Those can all be contacted.
Trade Show/Vendor Coordinator - Thomas Price
Presenter Coordinator - Pat Rasmussen
Skillshare Village Coordinator - Shawna & Paul McDermott - Regenerative Roots
Regenerative Roots, a nonprofit based in the Corvallis-Albany-Monmouth area, tends communities of connection through experiential, nature-based programs and gathering forums that cultivate courage, nurture compassion, activate discovery, honor wholeness, and engage hearts and minds. Core programs include The Woods Mentoring and Leadership homeschool/unschool program and the Willamette Valley Art of Mentoring workshop.
Paul and Shawna McDermott, co-founders of Regenerative Roots, are excited and energized to serve as coordinators of the first Skillshare Village held in conjunction with the Northwest Permaculture Convergence! We believe that when we create communities of connection -- with self, with one another, and with nature -- we prepare the soil for all life to grow and thrive. Dedicated to fostering regenerative practices that seek to restore, renew, or revitalize the individual and the collective, it is our desire to lay the foundation for healthy, harmonic, and thriving communities. We look forward to co-creating a dynamic teaching-learning environment, one that invites reciprocity of insight and inspiration through the interweaving of skills, cycles, and storytelling.
Neighborhood Coordinator - Jan Spencer
Ideally a person local to site
Lines up yards, rooms, and couches for people to camp in or stay.
Looks into options for hotel bulk rates and variety of housing types.
Organizes the contact names, addresses, directions, maps, parking details, phone numbers, and fees that some may ask for camping space.
Sets up a format for participants to match themselves with lodging and start communications between them. Works with Registrar.
Audio/Visual - Paul Deering
Oversees finished products and the team (of worktraders) who is gathering videos, pictures, interviews, etc.
Audio and video recording. Perhaps interviews to be broadcast/online.
In the evenings we hope to see dances, song circles, dinner music, fireside jams, fire juggling, skits, what have you. These can be at the main site or at various campfires in the neighborhood, and different setup and support will be needed at each.
Participants can bring musical instruments and jam, song circles, etc, and this person updates convergence-goers and how/where to get involved.
Ideally a person local to site
Plans and creates decorations.
Sign Coordinator - Kayla Allis
Children's Program Coordinator - Flow Withwater - Moon's Nest School of Magic, Mischief & Mystery
The Moon’s Nest School of Magic, Mischief & Mystery is pleased to be partnered with the 2019 Northwest Permaculture Convergence to offer adventure, play, and connection to the littles of this annual gathering. Our programming aims to provide support to the families of the NWPCC community while engaging children in ceremony, ritual, play, learning, and story. It is important to our team that the children and families who gather with us feel centered and supported throughout the gathering. In this first year of facilitating the children’s programming for NWPCC, we hope to form meaningful memories, relationships, and traditions that will inspire us throughout the year and bring us back to each other in the next. We are SO excited to start this work, and to cultivate magical experiences for the children of the nw permaculture community and their families. We do hope that you will join us this year as we cast our circle of connecting, playing, and learning together!
All blessings, Moon’s Nest School of Magic, Mischief & Mystery
The Moon’s Nest is a gender neutral, wild and witchy play community based in Portland, Or. We offer high quality, nature based, and magically infused early childhood development programing for queer families and their allies. We are guided by Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, Anti~Bias, Coyote Mentoring, Rewilding and unschooling principles. Our magical practice is rooted in the Reclaiming and Faery Traditions, and influenced by many great teachers and ancestors of path. Flow Withwateris founder of the Moon’s Nest Playschool and the Moon’s Nest School of Magic, Mischief & Mystery. She graduated from Portland State University as a highly distinguished McNair Scholar whose research focused on the transmission of epigenetic trauma, early childhood neurobiology, and the biopsychosocial impact of both micro and macro systems of oppression. Her current research is in trauma mitigation and best practices for cultivating resilience to trauma in early childhood development.
She’s been a practicing witch in the Reclaiming Tradition with a focus in the hearth arts and practical magic for nearly 15 years. She received her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014 from the City Repair Project and is a graduate of Siskiyou Permaculure’s advanced permaculture course in Social Forestry. She wakes each day with an intention to find holiness in the mundane, reverence for the sacred simplicity of bird song, and to share these joys with others.