Welcome - 7th Annual INPC

for the 2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence!
Sept. 1 - 3, Labor Day Weekend
Hot Springs, Montana
New! Attendance by donation!

Latest Updates

Children’s Program Update

Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center is on track to run a fabulous children’s program. We are scaling back the program from 30 children to 18.  If you would like your child to be part of the program please register.  You don’t have to pay to do the registration.  We can work out the payment details at the site if you want.

Volunteers and Coordinators Needed to Put on INW Permaculture Convergence

We hope that everyone who attends will in pitch and help in some way.

If you’d like to help, contact:
Michael Pilarski

friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com  360-643-9178

You are invited to join the team to pull this together.  We need numerous coordinators and volunteers ahead of time and during the event.

Convergence Schedule


12:00 noon - 4:00 pm: Field trips, multiple options.
12:00 noon: Registration opens (next to Tribal Nutrition Center).
5:30- 6:45 pm: Dinner.
7:00 – 8:30: Opening Circle and introductions.
8:30 on: Evening program, music, ad hoc scheduling.


The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild is a network of permaculture practitioners who inhabit a region of the northwestern U.S. between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Rocky Mountain Range. We host annual gatherings and operate this interactive website to facilitate communication among Guild members and between the Guild and the greater community to inform ourselves and others about the promise of permaculture.

 REGISTER NOW! for the 2017 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence!
Sept. 1 - 3, Labor Day Weekend
Hot Springs, Montana
New! Attendance by donation! REGISTER NOW!

Our theme for this Convergence: From Water Comes Life...

Download this year's beautiful NEW poster by Kira Mardikes

Download, print and put this up in your local area to help us spread the word!
Tabloid size (11"x17") 4.3MB PDF
Tabloid size JPEG image file 5.5MB
Letter size (8.5"x11") 570kb PDF

Also we have a NEW! handbill (four per letter-size sheet):
handbill4.pdf (270kb)

Topics this year include:
Ecosystem Restoration
Food production in yard, town and city
Livestock Production
Medicinal Plants
Primitive/Ancestral Skills
Community Preparedness
Keynote Speaker
Kareen Erbe, Broken Ground
Presenters include:
Charlotte Anthony, Jacqueline Cramer (Beacon Food Forest), Terry Du Beau, Gloria Flora, Gabe Gaul, Debbie Jakovac, Karie Lee Knoke, Michelle Mahler, David Max & Jill Russell, Michael Pilarski, Cindy Santi, Jessica Spurr, Stan & Delyla Wilson, Kelly Ware,  and many more!

Check our Facebook Event Page

Registration includes meals. Lodging is separate
You must make your own lodging arrangements.

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. Attendance in sy donation. Register HERE.

A note on using our Convergence registration form: People registering will need to create a website user account before they can see the form. 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.  

Optional: Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center daily excursions on both Saturday and Sunday (for ages 6-12)

We encourage you to bring your kids, as we have an exciting opportunity for them to join the Ravenwood Outdoor Learning Center for daily excursions on both Saturday and Sunday (for ages 6-12).  Please use our Master Registration Form to enroll your children and pay the enrollment fee. You pay through our registration form, but you will still need to register with Ravenwood HERE. We have only 32 slots for the kids’ program, so register now!  

We ask that you utilize cooperative childcare, as unattended or roaming children in the town of Hot Springs isn’t safe. 

Sponsorships are always welcome! We are currently signing up sponsors, presenters, and vendors, so if you want to be a sponsor, contact Michael Pilarski, friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com , 360-643-9178 or Jill Russell at 406-741-5322. If you want to claim a tax deduction for sponsoring, please download and print the Sponsor Form. For $100 (Rivulet Sponsor), we will 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.

Presenting: People interested in Presenting at the Convergence, please use the Contact us form or contact Michael Pilarski, friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com , 360-643-9178 or Jill Russell at 406-741-5322.

Vending / Tabling: People interested in vending or tabling, please use the Contact us form or contact Michael Pilarski, friendsofthetrees@yahoo.com , 360-643-9178 or Jill Russell at 406-741-5322.

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!