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North American Permaculture Convergence:An epic opportunity!
August 29, 30, 31, 2014
Harmony Park, Clark’s Grove, Minnesota
EVERY PERMACULTURIST IN NORTH AMERICA IS INVITED!
Old and young. Experienced and novice.
The NAPC is a historic moment.
It marks the cusp of a new era, the turning of the wheel, the passing of the guard.
Be a part of this historic event.
This is a meeting of the minds. This is a gathering of the experts.
This very first North American Permaculture Convergence offers a special opportunity to meet up to 1,000 permaculture movers and shakers from across North America to share our successes and strategize how to create a permaculture future. Permaculture pioneers, authors, teachers, organizers, consultants, visionaries and farmers getting together to talk story and build symbiotic relationships. The NAPC offers the permaculture movement an opportunity to build a more cohesive movement. It offers us a chance to discuss curriculum, certification, organizations, mentoring, etc. Vast amounts of information will be exchanged via workshops, presentations, hands-on activities, roundtables, exposition and many other modalities.
There are a number of levels of participation:
The core group currently comprises 8 people. Michael Pilarski, Montana; Monica Ibacache, New York; Koreen Brennan, Florida; Bill Busse, Minnesota; Adam Brock, Colorado; Rashid Gilanpour, California; Mario Yanez, Florida; and Sarah Ashley Baxendell, New York.
Paid staff/coordinators. These are people who take on major responsibilities for specific facets of the event. There are 22 positions at this time, some of which will be co-managed by two people. Unfilled positions will be advertised within the next month.
Action Teams. There are currently 13 Action Teams listed on the NAPC website which people can now join. More teams will be created as we go along. There is no limit on how many people can be involved in the Action Teams. All of the Action Teams will be facilitated by a staff person or core group member.
Bioregional reps and advisors. We would like one or more people from each bioregion to do outreach in their bioregion and give us feedback.
Work Trade. NAPC is offering 25 full work trades and 50 half worktrades to people who need financial help to attend. There is now a place on the website where people can apply for work trade.
Sponsorships. There are varying levels of sponsorships and corresponding benefits.
Permaculture Exposition. The NAPC Exposition will feature a wide array of permaculture organizations, businesses, services and products. Exposition participants can sell books, T-shirts and products. Organizations and companies can promote their causes and services.
Convergence participants. We are anticipating 1,000 permaculturists from around North America to attend. We are keeping admission costs low to enable wide participation. $133 is the early bird price till June 1. Some scholarships will be available. There will be tours, field trips and special trainings both before and after the NAPC.
Please visit the NAPC website for more information. Some areas of the website are not functional yet and some need tweaking. Please bear with us as we move forward. There is lots to do and we didn’t want to wait any longer to get the show on the road.
2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence: Two Possibilities
The 1st North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC) is in the works and it looks like it will be held near Minneapolis, Minnesota August 28-31, 2014.
I (Michael Pilarski) am on the NAPC core organizing committee so will be putting a lot of my time into the NAPC and thus will not have much time for organizing a 2014 INPC (Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence). Here are two possibilities for the 2014 INPC:
1) An organizing committee comes together and does the organizing with my input and advice. Camp MiVoden near Hayden Lake, Idaho, said we could come back again this year. Other venues can be proposed.
2) We hold the 2014 INPC on the Amtrak train which travels directly from our region to Minneapolis. It takes just slightly longer than a day for the Amtrak Empire Builder train to go from Whitefish, Montana to Minneapolis. About a day and a half from Spokane. I just took the train from Whitefish to St. Paul/Minneapolis, so I am familiar with the trip and enjoyed the experience. If several dozen INPC permies got on the train in Spokane, Washington and several dozen got on that same train in Whitefish we could have a great time and conduct our annual INPC business on the train trip. The Minnesota team could have a shuttle pick us up and deliver us back to the train station.
The Empire Builder train starts (on its west end) in Seattle. There is also a train that comes from Portland, Oregon and combines with the Seattle train in Spokane. Thus a large group from the maritime and interior PNW could travel on the same train and even be more fun.
A one-way trip from Whitefish to St. Paul/Minneapolis is currently $161. It is $164 from Spokane and $164 from Wenatchee. I will be calling Amtrak to see if we can get a reduced group rate.
What do you think of these two proposals? Which would you vote for?
SEND FEEDBACK to Michael Pilarski, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who came to the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. See you again in 2014.
The 2nd Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference (INPC2) in Missoula, Montana, has come and gone. It's hard to believe. It was a great success with nearly 50 presenters, oodles of workshops, field trips, panel discussions, shared meals, a conta dance and friendships renewed and initiated.
Many thanks to our conference organizing team for the countless hours put in, and to our conference sponsors, our work trade crew, our slate of presenters, our trade show tablers, the University of Montana, the University Center Kitchen Crew, the Celtic Knots string band and anyone else who helped make it all happen.
You can see the presenters and their workshops, plus other information from both the 2011 and the 2012 conferences under the "Past Conferences" tab in the menu bar.
There are also some conference photos in the galleries. You can add you own photos of the conference, photos of your Permaculture projects and the like. Click "Share Photos" under the Galleries tab.