NorCal Permaculture Convergence: Oct 12-14
We’d like to extend a warm invitation to the 8th Northern California Permaculture Convergence (formerly the Bay Area Regional Permaculture Convergence), being held October 12-14, 2012, at the beautiful 180 acre grounds, board acre Permaculture Demonstration Site, and Educational Hub of GreenFriends Farm and the M.A. Center in Castro Valley, California.
This year’s theme of “Building Bioregional Resiliency” will guide and inspire the Convergence conversations, workshops, and outcomes towards creating greater strength, interconnection, and resiliency within the economic, social, and ecological systems and relationships of our Bioregional communities. The Convergence program schedule is a 3-day gathering including key note speakers, presentations, workshops, open space, bioregional councils, collaborative discussions, spokes councils, hands-on projects, delicious meals, and much more.
We are excited to announce that we have confirmed Geoff Lawton as one of the main keynote speakers, as well as a host of other local and bioregional permaculture educators, practitioners, and specialists with a diversity of knowledge and wisdom to share.
About the Convergence
- WHO?: Permaculture designers, permaculture students, sustainability activists, farmers, ecovillagers, green business pioneers, social architects, and other active communities in Northern California, the West Coast, and beyond.
- WHAT?: The Convergence will feature a number of different workshops, speakers, skill shares, collaborative discussions, children’s activities, educational displays, and specialized vendors. It will also generate physical outcomes, strategies, and implementation plans to contribute to this year’s theme and intentions.
- WHY?: A weekend of intensive focus on a common goal: to design sustainable habitats and support systems, in accordance with nature, for humans, plants, animals, our greater bioregion, and the Earth at large.
- HOW?: Practitioners across a wide-spectrum of skill-sets exchange ideas through concurrent workshops and discussions ranging from organic agriculture and wild-crafting to natural building and appropriate technologies; from environmental remediation and disaster preparedness to community dynamics and global justice. Participants will have opportunities to socialize, network, form new collaborations, and birth new projects towards strengthening our bioregional resiliency.
We invite your participation and collaboration to help make this Convergence the most successful one yet.
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For More Information & to Register for the Convergence visit: www.permacultureconvergence.com
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Together on Earth,
-The Living Mandala & NorCal Convergence Organizing Team
About GreenFriends Farm
GreenFriends Farm began as a challenge to plant a thousand fruit trees on the overgrazed land of a former cattle ranch west of Oakland, California. Now, half way to meeting that number, it has become an educational center for cutting edge agriculture, a destination for enjoying nature, and a vibrant spot for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.
Site Projects Include: • 500 plus tree orchard / food forest • Dynamic watershed restoration • Broadacre swales & water infiltration • Keyline patterning & ploughing • Native reforestation & agroforestry • Holistically managed grazing • Soil food web management • Solar energy • Community garden & orchards • Sustainability & spirituality programs
GreenFriends Farm has hosted workshops the past few years with Common Vision, Living Mandala, Dr. Elaine Ingham (Soil Food Web), Kirk Gadzia (Holistic Management), Geoff Lawton (PRI), and others, including many local Bay Area permaculture educators.
For more information about GreenFriends Farm, please visit: www.greenfriendsfarm.org
Northern California Permaculture Convergence
Oct 12-14, 2012
GreenFriends Farm, San Ramon, CA
Organizing Education, Events & Initiatives for Personal & Planetary Transformation