July 2022 Newsletter
Hello Guys, Gals and NonBinary Pals!
There are NW Permaculture related events on the horizon in Oregon and Washington!
Bring our community together! More details on these and other regional events below.
Along with creating more opportunities for us to get together and experience permaculture in action, there are some really important questions we’ve been asking these past few years:
This year, all signs point toward strengthening our network, identifying how we will show up in the seasons ahead, and creating a team to carry that vision forward.
The past and present board of director teams love what has been built the past 14 years NWPCC has been putting on events in the Northwest. It's inspiring to think of the projects, promotions and people we can support with the information sharing tools available today, and how robust and connected our community is. So, as a community of folks who care about what this organization offers, let's come together and enact a succession plan deeply rooted in mutual aid for the landscape and all us critters.
At these events we will be jamming on these questions with an invitation for you to influence how we function, and be a part of the teams that lead us into the future. We’d love to see you at our monthly meetings. For July and August our community and board meetings will be fused to the same night and special 1.5-hour meetings. Join us July 21 and August 18 from 6-6:45 for community circle, and 6:45-7:30 for event planning and org logistics.
More details about these events:
New Era Convergence:
An opportunity for a more focused collective dialogue around the vision, strategies, and actions that can help activate and mobilize people to organize and coordinate a movement for change in our region, the Pacific Northwest – and beyond.
August 21-24, 2022, at Sky Camp near Eugene, Oregon. More at https://www.new-era-convergence.org/
Also join NEC for a Community Meeting in Eugene or on Zoom here Aug 9th 6pm ID: 881 1712 1510 PW: NEC Discussion will focus on bringing diverse perspectives to the circle. A cultural workers council is currently forming. Find all their dates here.
Northwest Permaculture Convergence & NEC followup:
Creating A Preferred Future With Permaculture
This workshop is both a follow up to the NEC and call to action for the NWPCC Restoration Campout and Community Retreat.
This workshop will take place Saturday, September 17 and the partner site tour Sunday, Sept 18.
The Saturday workshop will take place at Jan Spencer's 22 year suburban transformation property in River Road, Eugene from 11 to 5; [please bring a veggie lunch] followed on Sunday at 11, meeting at Jan's place for a site tour orientation and 3 hour site tour [please bring a veggie lunch. The workshop will be zoomed, the site tour will be recorded, both will go to YouTube.
Overall, the workshop will focus on permaculture applied to lifestyle, civics, economics and urban design. Key topics will include transforming a suburban property, allies assets and actions in the community, the wisdom of the world's great spiritual traditions, personal financial permaculture, ecovillages and taking these ideas to a wider audience.
The site tour will visit locations that show what many of the concepts explained in the workshop can look like in real life.
1] Jan's place - home economics - to show what a suburban property can look like and produce, educational asset
2] Dharmalaya and next door - neighbors cooperate and create a community educational/uplift asset
3] Vistara - micro eco village, garden, neighborhood events, various living spaces
4] A cluster of front yard gardens on nearby Lidner St.
5] The Filbert Grove - work with the city to restore a public place, a city program empowers neighbors and goes well beyond its original purpose to build food system, restore natural habitat.
6] East Blair Housing Co-op - This is what Block Planning can look like, members self empower, learn critical social skills, reduce eco footprints
7] Duma Co-op - A large house becomes a multi layer residential experience, reduce eco footprints, permaculture landscape
Jan Spencer has been practicing permaculture for over 20 years. He has presented on systems change from Coos Bay and Corvallis to Yale and MIT. Jan has a syndicated radio program, Creating A Preferred Future originating from KEPW in Eugene and an info dense website www.suburbanpermaculture.org
You can find more detail on both the workshop and site tour at https://www.suburbanpermaculture.org/sept-workshop.html
One can attend either workshop or site tour but the site tour will be a far more meaningful experience combined with the workshop.
Both occasions will be by sliding scale donation. Proceeds will go to the Northwest Permaculture Convergence.
Beloved & NWPCC Co-Creation & Restoration Workparty at Rememberland:
Exciting events to be announced soon. Reclaiming a landscape for long-term community benefit. Join us to design, repair and set the stage. Dates TBA Battleground, WA There will be events to prepare for the campout, more details soon!* Updates Posted Here
NW Permaculture Convergence Community Retreat:
All are welcome to our board retreat this fall! October 14-16, 2022 Let’s plan for the future and reflect on our past while enjoying each-others company on the Olympic Peninsula. Join in-person or on-line to vote on community and member benefits, on-going programming and board member elections.
Other Regional Happenings:
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