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North American Permaculture Convergence Being Planned for 2014 - Your Input is Requested
Dear Permaculturists of North America,
The desire for a North American Convergence has been expressed by a number of Permaculture practitioners and organizers over the years. It was also seriously discussed at the IPC in Jordan in 2011. As a result of efforts a nd organizing meetings held at the recent Cuba IPC, it is now obvious there is enough coherence and momentum to move this idea forward.
The initial Cuba IPC meeting was centered around the notion of a potential US Convergence. After additionally checking in with Canadian and Mexicano delegates, and receiving positive feedback, we solidified the intention to build towards a North American Convergence, in recognition of Permaculture's global proliferation, biodiversity, and camaraderie that extends beyond borders.
The following elders/permaculture pioneers are in support of a NA Convergence and we are in the process of contacting other supportive stakeholders from Canada, Central America, and all US regions, to form a representative body. If you are an elder/permaculture pioneer and wish to be on the advisory council please contact us. If you have ideas you would like to share, please do. If you have yields in mind that are an appropriate design integration that can help a gathering like this to be more effective and worthwhile please let us know.
Direct communications can be sent to NAPC+PATO@groupspaces.com.
Forming Advisory Council:
We value your opinions about a North American Permaculture Convergence. What you would like to get out of it, and what you would like to see accomplished are important to us, and we have created a survey to read the landscape. Your opinions and needs will strongly influence how this convergence unfolds. Please share the survey with your social media networks, and email lists as well. Please note that there are text boxes where you can share more in-depth communications, needs, and opinions with us. Here is the link:
We have a created a Facebook group for healthy, yet generative and supportive discussion where anyone interested can join to share, connect, and learn from each other.
Also please like our Facebook fanpage (just for redundancy's sake)
We are looking forward to co-creating many beneficial connections and a stronger, more resilient and collaborative community, ultimately helping to connect the movement to itself and to propagate our reach into positively affecting the world.
Cover Crop Organizing Team
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.