REGISTER NOW! for the 2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence!
Our theme for this Convergence: From Water Comes Life...
The 7th annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence will take place in the abundant, beautiful and welcoming community of Hot Springs, MT, between Kalispell and Missoula on Labor Day weekend, September 1-3, 2017. Please follow the links to reserve your lodging, Ravenwood children’s outdoor program spots (part of the registration form), and meal and workshop registrations for the weekend (coming soon). We have to close registration at 300 people due to our space available, so please do register early! You also get a significant price break for early registration. Since we will be holding the convergence in a township, we will be using our specially made name badges as meal and workshop tickets, so please remember to visit the registration desk upon arrival and to wear your name badge all weekend. (Don’t worry, they're reusable and beautiful).
A note on using our Convergence registration form: People registering will need to create a website user account before they can see the form. This is for security. If you ever had a website account on this website, sorry, you will need to set up a new one. Only takes a couple of minutes. It is not possible to submit more than one registration form per website user account. Contact us if you need to alter any of your information, if you need assistance or if you need a refund.
The approximate schedule includes tours and hands-on permaculture classes and demonstrations all day Friday, with opening circle and dinner on Friday evening. A full schedule of workshops and speakers begins after dinner Friday and ends Sunday night with a bonfire and community and regional planning discussions. Stay tuned to this website and our Facebook page for details on the schedule.
Live music happens every night at Symes Hot Springs Hotel, and numerous hot springs soaking options abound in the surrounding township, as the convergence takes place in the heart of Hot Springs.
We encourage you to bring your kids, as we have an exciting opportunity for them to join the Ravenwood Outdoor school for daily excursions on both Saturday and Sunday (for ages 6-12). Please use the registration form to enroll your children. Later, when we have the appropriate links set up, you will need to complete your child’s paperwork to convey to the Ravenwood folks. We have only 32 slots for the younger kids’ program and 16 for the teen program, so register now!
If you are bringing children and do not wish to enroll them in Ravenwood, or if our program is full, we ask that you take part in the childcare cooperative. Please choose the appropriate fee on registration form. Additionally, if you are bringing children under the age of 6, (the minimum age for the Ravenwood program), there is a nominal fee to cover the costs of the childcare co-op. We ask that you utilize this cooperative childcare, as unattended or roaming children in the town of Hot Springs isn’t safe for anyone.
Sponsorships are always welcome! We are currently signing up sponsors, presenters, and vendors, so if you want to be a sponsor, it's now part of the registration form (you needn't register for the event if you just want to sponsor, but we do require you to set up a website user account-- takes a minute or two). If you want to claim a tax deduction for sponsoring, don't use the registration form. Instead, please download and print the Sponsor Form. We are asking sponsors to please fully complete the sponsorship application so we don’t have to “chase you down” for information like logos, photos, or bios, that help spread the word about your business or cause. For $100 (Rivulet Sponsor), we will comp your booth fee, include your logo on our posters, our website (with a hyperlink to your website), and on a large poster at the event. For $250 (Tributary Sponsor), we’ll do all that, and include one registration. For $500 (Raging River Sponsor), we’ll do all that, include 2 registrations, and have your logo on a huge banner across a prominent building in the heart of town. Please fill out the approriate sponsorship information on the registration form.
Presenting: People interested in Presenting at the Convergence may propose one or more workshops (broadly defined) using the registration form. Permaculture takes a village, and we invite you to share what you have learned! That being said, we have limited workshop spaces, so we will notify you if your application is approved! Presenters are asked to also fill out the registration form and pay the appropriate registration fees.
Vending / Tabling: People interested in vending please fill out the approriate information on the registration form.
Lodging is diverse this year, and there are many options, all of which are first come, first served, and vary in expense. Lodging Information is HERE.
Back to the village: The convergence is a DIY event and as such it survives on volunteer power. We ask ALL attendees and presenters alike to contribute one hour of volunteer time (two hours for kitchen volunters) during your visit. Soon we will have a sign-up form here for you to choose when and how you wish to volunteer! There are also work-trade options available, see the registration form for work-trade price breaks, upon approval.
Just a note, the amazing chefs of the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convcergence need lots of help and lots of food donations. Please consider an extra give towards both of these needs!