2011 Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference, Spokane, WA - Workshops and Presenters

The following record reveals the richness and depth of the First Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference (later 'Convergence') that was held in Spokane, Wa in Nov. 2011.

Poster for 2011 Conference

2011 Workshops and Presenters

Tom Allen: Workshop #1: Household and Homestead Energy: Conservation and Production

Once you've made the decision to do something about conserving and producing your own energy, how do you decide what to do? This workshop will cover many of the renewable energy systems available to homeowners, homesteaders, ranchers and farmers. See an innovative village-scale system based on solar thermal that takes advantage of the second law of thermodynamics rather than fighting it. The discussion will include solar thermal, solar electric, wind and low-head hydro. It will also provide a decision process for prioritizing your projects.

Tom Allen

Allen’s Consolidated Enterprises.

Seattle, Washington.

Charlotte Anthony: Workshop #1: Victory gardens

Sustainable community garden in 4 hours by using microbes, compost, soil amendments, dynamic accumulators, etc, we create a garden with 4-6 volunteers in 4 hours for a 12 x 16 plot in heavy clay soils. Come and learn how we do it

Charlotte Anthony,

Victory Gardens for All,

Eugene, Oregon

www.victorygardensforall.org

Bio: Charlotte has been gardening for more than 40 years, first learning about permaculture some 15 years ago. Since then she oversaw the permaculture gardens in New Orleans where 20 to 80 volunteers a day came to help create these gardens. In 2008 she started the Victory Gardens for All project in Eugene Oregon and has helped to create more than 650 gardens in private yards and community gardens. She has also been installing food forests around the state of Oregon.

Charlotte Anthony: Workshop #2: How to establish a viable food forest ecosystem by communicating with the plants

Workshop #2: How to establish a viable food forest ecosystem by communicating with the plants. We have reduced the time needed to establish a viable ecosystem in a food forest by observing with our hearts as well as our minds. This method has been used by indigenous people for thousands of years and still works well today, once we can get our hearts open. By bringing plants together before they are planted we can determine compatibility, filling of niches etc. There will be an experiential component to this workshop.

Charlotte Anthony,

Victory Gardens for All,

Eugene, Oregon

www.victorygardensforall.org

Bio: Charlotte has been gardening for more than 40 years, first learning about permaculture some 15 years ago. Since then she oversaw the permaculture gardens in New Orleans where 20 to 80 volunteers a day came to help create these gardens. In 2008 she started the Victory Gardens for All project in Eugene Oregon and has helped to create more than 650 gardens in private yards and community gardens. She has also been installing food forests around the state of Oregon.

Gary Bishop: Workshop #1: Applying permaculture to large-scale acreages in Central Oregon

Workshop #1: Applying permaculture to large-scale acreages in Central Oregon.

Gary Bishop

Bishop Farms,

Bend, Oregon

Sergei Boutenko: Workshop #1: Powerpoint presentation on wild edible plants and how to ID plants

Workshop #1: Powerpoint presentation on wild edible plants and how to ID plants. Join author, Sergei Boutenko, for an entertaining lecture filled with valuable information regarding the missing ingredient to vibrant health. Come see how greens and wild edibles can transform the way you feel, while simultaneously pleasing your taste buds!

Sergei Boutenko

Missoula, Montana

http://sergeiboutenko.com/

 

Bio: Sergie is known as “the wild edible guy”. Sergei Boutenko is the author of several books on nutrition and wild edibles. When Sergei was 9 years old he was diagnosed with diabetes and told to take insulin shots for the rest of his life. Instead of taking the conventional approach, Sergei changed his diet and began a vigorous exercise regime. Within several months, Sergei had reversed his symptoms and received a clean bill of health from his doctor.
In 1998, Sergei and his family embarked on a six-month journey to hike from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,650 miles from start to finish. Due to food shortages, the Boutenko family was forced to experiment with wild edibles. This practice quickly became a daily ritual that was fun and healthful. By the end of the six-months, the Boutenko managed to further improved their health and energy levels as well as hone their skills for seeking out and safely harvesting wild plants for food. Sergei now travels around the globe giving seminars about healthy eating and wild edibles.
Sergei holds a degree in Communication from Sothern Oregon University. When he is not teaching, he spends his time filming and editing educational films related to diet and edible plants. Many of these free films can be found at www.SergeiBoutenko.com.

 

Kyle Chamberlin: Workshop #1: Restoring Human Habitat: An exploration of permaculture as a tool for restoring humanity's damaged habitat

Workshop #1: Restoring Human Habitat: An exploration of permaculture as a tool for restoring humanity's damaged habitat. We will examine the deep ecological and cultural history of the Inland Northwest for direction and holistic solutions. We will also examine what the evolution of our own species and how this applies to permaculture design. We will also discuss, comprehensively, the region's potential for perennial polycultures, as well as strategies for plant establishment in semi-aridity. 2 hours. Period C plus one half into dinner period.

Kyle Chamberlin

Human Habitat Project

Kettle Falls, WA

https://sites.google.com/site/humanhabitatproject/

Bio: Kyle Chamberlain is a permaculture homesteader from Kettle Falls, WA. His Human Habitat Project is an effort to push permaculture further, by integrating the living skills of the past in a radically new way of living.  He has a passion for ethnobotany and prehistory. He has worked as a survival skills instructor, wilderness therapy guide, and field conservation leader.

Video of Kyle's Presentation in 12 Parts:

Richard Kuhnel: Workshop #1: Building Resilient Communities

Workshop #1: Building Resilient Communities: Presentation with participatory elements covering the story of the Transition Town movement and its specific evolving implementation in Sandpoint, Idaho, and around the world. It of a talk, if time permits video clips, short discussions, awareness building exercises and methods for working in groups. The Transition Movement is comprised of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Transition Initiatives seek to mitigate these converging global challenges by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and community processes to increase local self reliance and resilience. They work by regeneratively using their local assets and creativity, innovating, networking, collaborating, replicating proven strategies, and respecting the deep patterns of nature and diverse cultures in their place. Transition Initiatives work with deliberation and a positive vision to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand shocks and respond flexibly to rapidly shifting global systems.

Richard Kuhnel,

Sandpoint Transition Initiative

Sandpoint, Idaho.

www.gentleharvest.org

www.sandpointtransitioninitiative.org

Bio: Richard is an integrative ecosocial designer and works on a diverse range of projects. He is teaching Permaculture workshops and is in the 4th year of developing his home into an urban permaculture demonstration site. In January 2008 he participated in a Transition Training workshop in Totnes in the UK. After returning to the US he co-founded the Sandpoint Transition Initiative, well known in the Transition Movement for its early successful adoption of the transition model. Richard is an official US trainer for "Training for Transition". He has a keen interest on the inner aspects of designing and creating resilient, vibrant communities.

Chrys Ostrander: Workshop #1: Rearing Dairy Goats

Workshop #1: Rearing Dairy Goats. Period C

Chrys Ostrander

P.E.A.C.H. Community Farm

Cheney, Wa

http://peachlocal.com

Bio: Chrys is Director of Farming Programs at the P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm in Cheney, Wa. Chrys has over 20 years experience in organic farming and his involvement in the organic movement dates from 1979 when he dropped out of college to join the Sunflour Bakery in Bar Harbor, Maine, a communal whole-foods bakery. Chrys has been a tofu maker and a member of a workers' collective that distributed organic produce throughout central California. Chrys has raised dairy goats for more than a decade. For 20 years Chrys lived, farmed and homesteaded at Tolstoy Farm in Davenport, Wa. He is a co-founder of the Spokane Farmers' Market.

Session Media: 
Rearing Dairy Goats.pdf



Chrys Ostrander

P.E.A.C.H. Community Farm

Cheney, Wa

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Chrys Ostrander: Workshop #2: No-till Annual Cropping

Workshop #2: No-till Annual Cropping. Period E

Chrys Ostrander

P.E.A.C.H. Community Farm

Cheney, Wa

http://peachlocal.com

Bio: Chrys is Director of Farming Programs at the P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm in Cheney, Wa. Chrys has over 20 years experience in organic farming and his involvement in the organic movement dates from 1979 when he dropped out of college to join the Sunflour Bakery in Bar Harbor, Maine, a communal whole-foods bakery. Chrys has been a tofu maker and a member of a workers' collective that distributed organic produce throughout central California. Chrys has raised dairy goats for more than a decade. For 20 years Chrys lived, farmed and homesteaded at Tolstoy Farm in Davenport, Wa. He is a co-founder of the Spokane Farmers' Market.

Session Media: 
no-till-annual-cropping.pdf

Jan Spencer: Pre-conference Presentation: Neighborhoods, Uplift, Permaculture and the Economy

Pre-conference Presentation by Jan Spencer, visiting Spokane from Eugene, Oregon. The venue will be at Salem Lutheran Church, 1428 West Broadway. There will be a potluck starting at 6:30 followed by a friendly mix, mingle and checking out the table top educational displays provided by participating organizations. At 7:30, the presentation begins. The event will be free and open to the public.

The presentation is titled "Neighborhoods, Uplift, Permaculture and the Economy."

The presentation is about individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities recognizing exciting opportunities for taking positive actions, given the trends, in these times of deepening social, economic, resource and global uncertainty.

Jan has been transforming his own suburban property for over ten years. The grass is gone and so is the driveway. Edible landscaping goes horizontal and vertical. There is solar design and a 6500 gallon rain water catchment system. The place is a destination for hundreds of people - curious neighbors, green tours of various kinds, school and permaculture classes, out of town visitors, media. The site is a regional landmark for showing what can be done with a quarter acre suburban property, reinvented with the principles of Permaculture.

The power point presentation will also touch on current trends in resources, the environment, culture and economics.

Also core to the presentation is upscaling actions from a single property into the neighborhood. Jan has been on the board of his neighborhood association for 10 years and has identified many tools and assets to work with for greening where we live that are already available in most neighborhoods nation wide.

Further, there are citizen initiated social actions that can serve multiple benefits by buidling community, learning new skills, accomplishing useful tasks and much more, all at the same time! No permission needed, its simply a matter of people taking the time to make it happen.

Much of the presentation will describe real life examples of individuals and groups creating safer, greener, more secure and healthier neighborhoods and communities.

Please join us and invite friends and neighbors.

For more information, go to www.suburbanpermaculture.org or call 541 686 6761.

In Spokane call 509-325-6282 or e mail bark4snow@comcast.net

Neil Bertrando: Monday Keyline Workshop

Neil Bertrando, RT Permaculture, Reno, Nevada

Neil works for an organization that owns and operates a Keyline plow for land restoration. Neil wrote a grant to purchase the plow. It is too expensive to bring the whole plow but neil will bring a couple of shank tines with wombat points and shin guards. They will be on display at the conference and our goal is to mount them on a tool bar for a Monday demonstration. The Keyline Plow developed by P.A. Yeoman of Australia is an excellent farm tool which, used correctly, can stop erosion, loosen compacted soils and build topsoil. Widely used in Australia, it has great potential in the Inland Northwest.

Marisha Auerbach - Workshop #1: Access for All: How Permaculture can be applied anywhere in the world to end hunger, provide jobs, enhance habitat, and provide absolutely delightful places to be!

Permaculture is a design system, based in the unique considerations of each place, that focuses on meeting the needs for the inhabitants onsite. In application, we create fecund habitats to minimize limiting factors and provide for local resilience.  Period A

* Marisha Auerbach,

Herbn’ Wisdom,

Portland, Oregon.

www.herbnwisdom.com

Bio: Marisha Auerbach is one of the Northwest’s most active permaculture design course teachers. Her hands-on specialties include forest gardening and turning yards into food production systems.

 

Joe Barreca - Workshop #1: Getting Serious About Grapes. A look at planning, hardy varieties, diseases and pests, pruning and trellising, soil and water, and grape marketing

Joe Barreca,

Northeast Washington Grapes,

Rice, Washington.

www.mapmet.com/grapes.aspx

Bio: Joe Barreca has been growing grapes for 25 years and making wine for 44 years. He lives in an underground house and works in a straw bale office on 7 acres near Rice, Washington.

 

Neil Bertrando: Workshop #1: Keyline Design: History, scales of permanence, geography of keyline, implementation strategies and timelines, tools and techniques, carbon farming, Q&A

Neil Bertrando

RT Permaculture

Reno, Nevada

Neil Bertrando will also be giving a Monday workshop intensive on utilizing the Keyline system of soil and water management and a demonstration of the keyline plow at farms outside of Spokane.

Tim Corcoran: Workshop #1 - Part 1: “Deep Nature Connection, Permaculture & Cultural Restoration – Rekindling Community Resilience”. A two-part, 3 hour experiential workshop. Rekindling Community Resilience

Workshop #1 - Part 1: “Deep Nature Connection, Permaculture & Cultural Restoration – Rekindling Community Resilience”. A two-part, 3 hour experiential workshop. Rekindling Community Resilience
What is the link between Deep Nature Connection, Earth based Mentoring, Permaculture and Cultural Restoration? How do they all lead towards a positive, regenerative future? What wisdom can we draw from our indigenous ancestry to help create a brighter world for tomorrow? Join Tim Corcoran, co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, in this two-part experiential workshop. Explore the common, indigenous roots of the Deep Nature Connection Mentoring movement and the Permaculture movement. Experience how the core routines of Deep Nature Connection can make us all better Permaculturalists. Touch a new, holistic vision of Community Resilience. Step out of the box of our post-modern western culture and back into the circle of life to co-create a brighter tomorrow for ourselves and future generations. Workshop will be held outside. Period A and B

Tim Corcoran

Twin Eagles Wilderness School,

Sandpoint, Idaho

www.twineagles.org

Bio: Tim currently serves as co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, an organization he co-Founded with his wife, Jeannine Tidwell, in Sandpoint, Idaho in 2005 as a vehicle to support his life’s work of facilitating Deep Nature Connection Mentoring and Cultural Restoration. Tim is a certified Wilderness First Responder, a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, and a graduate of the Vermont Wilderness Schools five-year Apprenticeship Program. Since 1999, Tim has studied closely with a variety of earth based mentors throughout the country including Tom Brown Jr., Jon Young, Mark Morey, Ingwe, Tony Ten Fingers, Gilbert Walking Bull, Paul Raphael, Jake Swamp and Barry Moses. Men’s Work, Permaculture, Primitive Skills, Holistic Rites of Passage for boys, healing the cultural rift between the White and Native cultures, Inner Tracking, the Spiritual Journey and Family are all deep, heart centered commitments in his life.

Robert Merrill: Workshop #1: Redemptive Solar Ark-itecture

Workshop #1: Redemptive Solar Ark-itecture. A powerpoint on the conversion of major waste stream items into viable building materials. These materials are then assembled into “Hybrid Habitat.”  Period A

Robert Merrill,

N.E.W. Ark Institute,

Northport, Washington.

Paul Wheaton: Workshop #1: Rocket Mass Heaters

Workshop #1: Rocket Mass Heaters. Period A

Paul Wheaton

Permies.com

Missoula, Montana

www.permies.com

Bio: Paul has an insatiable curiousity about all things permacultural. As a result of his curiousity and his internet ability he has built his website www.permies.com into the world’s most visited permaculture website. Full of forums, youtubes and podcasts. Paul is also helping publicize Austrian Sepp Holzer’s visit to the USA in May of 2012.

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Seth Williams: Workshop #1: Livestock grazing, permaculture and Holistic Resource Management

Seth Williams,

W-7 Farms, Earth-Cyclers,

Edwall, Washington.

Bio: Seth is a 5th generation farmer in the Palouse Hills outside of Spokane. He grew up farming and currently raise cattle, grain and hay on 500 acres of family property.
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Jim Baird - Workshop #1: Cloudview Ecofarm: An example of converting monoculture cropland into permaculture homesteads

* Jim Baird

Cloudview Ecofarm,

Ephrata, Washington.

www.cloudviewecofarm.org

Bio: Jim Baird has been farming and orcharding for over 35 years in the irrigated lands of the Columbia Basin.   Recently, he has turned his attention to helping co-create Cloudview Eco Farms.   Cloudview is an experiential center  around growing food, creating healthy spaces, and creating community located right in the heart of the agribusiness farming area.  Jim is 58 years old- the average age of the american farmer.

Joanna Castro and Yura Kazantsev: Workshop #1: Anastasia’s Visions and the Ringing Cedars of Russia series

Workshop #1: Anastasia’s Visions and the Ringing Cedars of Russia series. Period B

Joanna Castro and Yura Kazantsev

Vedrica Forest Gardens

Weippe, Idaho.

www.vedrica.org

Tim Corcoran: Workshop #1 - Part 2: “Deep Nature Connection, Permaculture & Cultural Restoration – Rekindling Community Resilience”. A two-part, 3 hour experiential workshop. Rekindling Community Resilience

A two-part, 3 hour experiential workshop. Rekindling Community Resilience
What is the link between Deep Nature Connection, Earth based Mentoring, Permaculture and Cultural Restoration? How do they all lead towards a positive, regenerative future? What wisdom can we draw from our indigenous ancestry to help create a brighter world for tomorrow? Join Tim Corcoran, co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, in this two-part experiential workshop. Explore the common, indigenous roots of the Deep Nature Connection Mentoring movement and the Permaculture movement. Experience how the core routines of Deep Nature Connection can make us all better Permaculturalists. Touch a new, holistic vision of Community Resilience. Step out of the box of our post-modern western culture and back into the circle of life to co-create a brighter tomorrow for ourselves and future generations. Workshop will be held outside. Period B

Tim Corcoran

Twin Eagles Wilderness School,

Sandpoint, Idaho

www.twineagles.org

Bio: Tim currently serves as co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, an organization he co-Founded with his wife, Jeannine Tidwell, in Sandpoint, Idaho in 2005 as a vehicle to support his life’s work of facilitating Deep Nature Connection Mentoring and Cultural Restoration. Tim is a certified Wilderness First Responder, a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, and a graduate of the Vermont Wilderness Schools five-year Apprenticeship Program. Since 1999, Tim has studied closely with a variety of earth based mentors throughout the country including Tom Brown Jr., Jon Young, Mark Morey, Ingwe, Tony Ten Fingers, Gilbert Walking Bull, Paul Raphael, Jake Swamp and Barry Moses. Men’s Work, Permaculture, Primitive Skills, Holistic Rites of Passage for boys, healing the cultural rift between the White and Native cultures, Inner Tracking, the Spiritual Journey and Family are all deep, heart centered commitments in his life.

Brooke Medicine Eagle: Workshop #1: Earth healing, Earth harmony

Brooke Medicine Eagle

FlowerSong Sanctuary

http://www.medicineeagle.com/

Bio: Brooke Medicine-Eagle is an American native Earthkeeper, teacher, ceremonial leader, sacred ecologist, songwriter, Feng Shui practitioner and catalyst for wholeness, whose dedication is to bring forward the ancient truths concerning how to live a fully human life in sustaining harmony with All Our Relations. Brooke is a graduate of a permaculture design course taught by Bill Mollison in Australia.

Jerry Graser: Workshop #1: Solar electric applications in Permaculture

Workshop #1: Solar electric applications in Permaculture. Photovoltaics, controls, batteries, wind & hydro, grid-tie solar, electrical conservation. Period B

Jerry Graser,

Trout Creek Company,

Republic, Washington.

Bio: Jerry Graser  is an electrical contractor with 27 years of experience in design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of stand-alone and grid tied PV systems. He works in remote mountain situations in northeast Washington.

Charles Lightwalker: Workshop #1: Creating a Permaculture Village/Eco-Community

Workshop #2: Creating a Permaculture Village/Eco-Community. Period D

Charles Lightwalker,

Holistic Chamber of Commerce - Spokane,

Spokane Washington

www.spokaneholisticchamberofcommerce.com

Bio: Charles currently serves as Co- Director at The Family of Light Healing Centre located in Spokane. Charles has studied in alternative healing methods, i.e. Reiki, Vibrational Medicine, Stone Medicine, Spiritual Healing, Yoga, Kinesiology, Sound Healing, Medical Intuition, Shamanic Healing, Color & Sound Therapy, Dance Therapy, Kryahgenetics, Quantum Touch, and Reflexology.

James Reed: Workshop #1: Local food distribution systems: challenges, examples

James Reed,

Southwest Idaho Permaculture, Idaho’s Bounty,

Ketchum, Idaho.

http://swidahopermaculture.wordpress.com/

Jan Spencer: Workshop #1: Transforming Suburbia – Part One - Transforming a Suburban Property

Transforming a Suburban Property - This presentation will be a show and tell describing an eleven year project transforming a quarter acre suburban property in Eugene, Oregon. The presentation will include a great deal of practical, how to information.  Dramatic images of grass to garden, reclaiming automobile space -removing a concrete driveway, carport remodel.  Also solar redesign, different aspects of a 6500 gallon rain water collection and distribution system, fitting plants into odd spaces, aesthetics.  Managing the site as a community education resource. Finally, a look at multiple benefits. Key words, taking the time, human potential, home economics, multiple benefits. Preview of Part Two - Transforming Suburbia - Into The Neighborhood.  Finding new uses for mainstream civic, social and physical infrastructure.  Period B

Jan Spencer,

Suburban Permaculture,

Eugene, Oregon.

www.suburbanpermaculture.org

Bio: Jan has been a social and environmental activist since high school while maintaining a free form lifestyle for his entire adult life.  He lived two years in an Ozark commune and back pack traveled out of the country for 5 years in 35 countries.  Jan took a Permaculture Intensive in 1990 in Austin, Texas. He moved to Eugene 20 years ago from Texas. The past eleven years have been focused on transforming his quarter acre suburban property while advocating deep changes to culture and economics. Jan’s world view is a fusion of geography, current events, permaculture, economics, urban land use, human potential and spirituality.
 

Kelly Ware: Workshop #1: The permaculture transformation of an ordinary town lot in Polson, Montana

Kelly Ware

Permaculture Montana,

Polson, Montana

Deborah Berman Workshop #1: Silvopastoralism and forage forests

Deborah Berman,

Palouse Permaculture, Lazy M Alpaca Ranch,

Moscow, Idaho

www.palousepermaculture.com

http://alpacapermaculture.blogspot.com

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Ed Bryant: Workshop #1 - Waste Handling the Permaculture Way

Ed Bryant

Sustainable Urban Solutions,

Spokane, Washington.

Bio: Bryant is one of the few people who has been offering permaculture design services in the city of Spokane and surrounding area.

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Annette Cottrell: Workshop #1: Urban Farming

Is that a goat in your subaru and a duck in your rain barrel?  Find out just how much farming can happen on a small city or suburban lot.  Workshop will cover integrating small livestock into your garden, maximizing small-space harvests and strategies for optimizing city light conditions. Period C

Annette Cottrell

Author "The Urban Farm Handbook"

Carnation, Washington

http://www.SustainableEats.Wordpress.com

http://www.SustainableEats.com

Bio: Annette Cottrell is the co-author of the Urban Farm Handbook:  City-Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat and the blog www.SustainableEats.com.  She managed to raise meat, eggs and vegetables on her in-city lot and made many mistakes which she's hoping to spare you from making too.

 

Kai Huschke: Workshop #1: Giving Away the Farm: Why We Need a Local Food Bill of Rights

Advocating for a healthy, sustainable, local food system means taking big agriculture head on. Communities continue to battle factory farms, GMO’s and the practice of using sewage sludge as farm fertilizer. This presentation covers why we can’t say no to these threats or yes to local food vs. big agriculture, and what communities in Maine, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington are doing to change that. Period C.

Kai Huschke,

Spokane, Wa

Envision Spokane, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

Bio: Washington organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Campaign Director for Proposition 1 – A Community Bill of Rights for Spokane. Kai lives in Spokane.

Bezaleel Israel: Workshop #1: Growing and cleaning vegetable seeds

Bezaleel Israel,

Food Sovereignty.

Northport, Washington

David Kirchoff: Workshop #1: Education of the Heart

This workshops will introduce a model of learning for our children and community that draws out our genius, creativity, uniqueness, talents , gifts, virtues (i.e. our true nature); respects feeling and true needs (especially our need to connect and contribute to life); use language that supports life; and incorporates permaculture ethics and principles.  Film 30 minutes of a school where all of this occurs. Period C

David Kirchhof

The Medicine Circle,

Sandpoint, Idaho

www.themedicinecircle.org

Bio: David’s background includes nature awareness education and natural healing modalities. David founded Medicine Circle near Priest Lake, Idaho - a place of healing where people could connect in meaningful ways with nature. Medicine Circle offers personal and family retreats, nature awareness training, youth camps and weddings. He purchased the land in 2002 as a land trust. David is an elder for the Twin Eagles Wilderness school.

Julie, Kim, Kelly Pagliaro: Workshop #1: Kamiah Permaculture: FNA Ranch, a North Central Idaho Permaculture Project

A look at how a family of Permaculture Design Course graduates have transitioned from a mainstream lifestyle in Las Vegas, NV to becoming as self-sufficent as possible on a 44-acre farm in Kamiah, Idaho. Highlights will include rainwater harvesting, ram pumps and a short presentation from our daughter Kelly who got her PDC at 11 years old. Period C

Julie, Kim, Kelly Pagliaro,

Kamiah Permaculture,

Kamiah, Idaho.

www.kamiahpermaculture.com

Bio: Kim, Julie and Kelly Pagliaro are a family of 2008 permaculture design course graduates taught by Bill Mollison and Geoff Lawton in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by this experience, the Pagliaro family has established Kamiah Permaculture and FNA Ranch, a 44 acre permaculture demonstration farm where they teach permaculture.

Bud Papin: Workshop #1: Title and Description Forthcoming

Bud Papin,

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe,

Pablo, Montana

Jan Spencer: Workshop #2: Transforming Suburbia - Part Two - Finding New Uses For Mainstream Civic, Social and Physical Infrastructure

This presentation includes a show and tell of real life cultural and economic transformation.   There are many assets and allies for transforming suburbia, our culture and economy all around us.  Taking the time to recognize them and to put them to use provides an access to enormous opportunities.  The presentation will briefly touch on transforming a suburban property, then describe several examples of expanding the scale of transformation with friends and neighbors.  Also described will be making use of neighborhood programs, emergency preparedness, Neighborhood Watch and finding common cause with communities of faith.   The presentation takes a look at social activation tools such as work parties, front yard gardens and place making.  Finally, a look at multiple benefits from transforming suburbia.  Period C

Jan Spencer,

Suburban Permaculture,

Eugene, Oregon.

www.suburbanpermaculture.org

Bio: Jan has been a social and environmental activist since high school while maintaining a free form lifestyle for his entire adult life.  He lived two years in an Ozark commune and back pack traveled out of the country for 5 years in 35 countries.  Jan took a Permaculture Intensive in 1990 in Austin, Texas. He moved to Eugene 20 years ago from Texas. The past eleven years have been focused on transforming his quarter acre suburban property while advocating deep changes to culture and economics. Jan’s world view is a fusion of geography, current events, permaculture, economics, urban land use, human potential and spirituality.

Jordan Fink: Workshop #2: Village Building
We will explore some of the ideas that allow us to move beyond conferences that teach important ideas to large-scale efforts that leave community and infrastructure in their wake. What might it take for your community to reach this point. Best Practices from the beginning of City Repair.

Jordan Fink, M.A.L.D.

http://issuu.com/wapato

Bio: Jordan Fink grew up in the Portland, OR at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. At 15, he helped to co-found The City Repair Project, a group of neighbors who took it upon themselves to take responsibility for the design of their public space. In his work as a teacher and landscape planner, Jordan explores ways to heal the division between landscape and culture, improve ecological literacy, design landscapes for people, restore ecosystem process, undo and weather the effects of climate change, restore the world’s soils, and work to resolve inequity.

Paul Cienfuegos: Workshop #1: The corporate assault on our democracy, and what can (and is) being done to reverse this trend

Workshop #1: The corporate assault on our democracy, and what can (and is) being done to reverse this trend. Period D

Paul Cienfuegos,

100 Fires Books,

Portland, Oregon

Bio: Paul Cienfuegos founded Democracy Unlimited in 1995, which educates and organizes to dismantle corporate rule. He is a leading figure in this movement, giving workshops and talks across the country (PaulCienfuegos.com). Paul also runs a full-service online and events bookstore, which provides "Extraordinary Books for a Healthy Planet" (100fires.com).

Tim Corcoran: Workshop #2: “Introduction to Bow & Drill Primitive Fire making”, experiential workshop. Rekindling Self Sufficiency

This hands-on workshop will introduce participants to the ancient and extraordinary skill of fire-by-friction via Bow & Drill fire making. Learn to make fire without matches! Through this inspirational introduction to Bow & Drill fire making, participants will have an experiential, firsthand opportunity to learn and practice this art that was once so common to all of our ancestors. The workshop will include: Principles of fire-by-friction, tree id, wood selection, natural tinders, proper form, troubleshooting, and more. Workshop will be held outside. Optional, bring a straight-edged knife. All materials provided. Period D

Tim Corcoran

Twin Eagles Wilderness School,

Sandpoint, Idaho

www.twineagles.org

Bio: Tim currently serves as co-Director of Twin Eagles Wilderness School, an organization he co-Founded with his wife, Jeannine Tidwell, in Sandpoint, Idaho in 2005 as a vehicle to support his life’s work of facilitating Deep Nature Connection Mentoring and Cultural Restoration. Tim is a certified Wilderness First Responder, a graduate of the Kamana Naturalist Training Program, and a graduate of the Vermont Wilderness Schools five-year Apprenticeship Program. Since 1999, Tim has studied closely with a variety of earth based mentors throughout the country including Tom Brown Jr., Jon Young, Mark Morey, Ingwe, Tony Ten Fingers, Gilbert Walking Bull, Paul Raphael, Jake Swamp and Barry Moses. Men’s Work, Permaculture, Primitive Skills, Holistic Rites of Passage for boys, healing the cultural rift between the White and Native cultures, Inner Tracking, the Spiritual Journey and Family are all deep, heart centered commitments in his life.

Annette Cottrell: Workshop #2: Farmer to Consumer Connections

Join the growing number of consumers who want to cultivate direct relationships with farmers.  This workshop will explain why farmer's markets aren't enough to increase local food security or make local, organic produce affordable for the masses.  We'll cover how consumers can find farmers, how farmers can find consumers, and how together they can craft bulk buys. Period D

Author "The Urban Farm Handbook"

Carnation, Washington

http://www.SustainableEats.Wordpress.com

http://www.SustainableEats.com

Bio: Annette Cottrell is the co-author of the Urban Farm Handbook:  City-Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat and the blog www.SustainableEats.com.  She managed to raise meat, eggs and vegetables on her in-city lot and made many mistakes which she's hoping to spare you from making too.

 

Jordan Fink: Workshop #1: Thinking about Design in Permaculture

In the menu of Permaculture Solutions, how do we decide which to use? Design is how we direct our attention to the people, place, and possibilities and evaluate and investigate which we’ll move on. In this workshop we will explore some simple exercises that allow us to practice and improve our design skills.

Jordan Fink, M.A.L.D.

http://issuu.com/wapato

Bio: Jordan Fink grew up in the Portland, OR at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. At 15, he helped to co-found The City Repair Project, a group of neighbors who took it upon themselves to take responsibility for the design of their public space. In his work as a teacher and landscape planner, Jordan explores ways to heal the division between landscape and culture, improve ecological literacy, design landscapes for people, restore ecosystem process, undo and weather the effects of climate change, restore the world’s soils, and work to resolve inequity.

Bezaleel Israel: Workshop #2: The Food Sovereignty Movement in the US

Bezaleel Israel,

Food Sovereignty.

Northport, Washington

Daniel Kirchoff: Workshop #1: An Introduction to Braintanning Buckskin

Learn about a sturdy, elegant, easy to use, easy to make, local material for making clothing, bags, and footwear.  Learn the basic steps in the alchemy of turning hairy deer hides (that often go to waste) into soft, beautiful, water-resistant buckskin.  We'll talk about the process, give a list of resources and tools and inspirations for getting started on your own, show some handcrafted clothes and bags, and if there's time, make a small medicine bag of your own. Period D

Daniel Kirchoff

Inland Northwest

Bio: Daniel Kirchhof is a mentor, community builder, musician and lot's more.  He has studied and practiced Tracking, Wilderness Survival skills, Community Building, Mentoring and Permaculture with Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School, Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School and The Regenerative Design Institute.  He has been studying with Sandpoint, ID based Twin Eagles Wilderness School for 5 years and currently works as an instructor there.  He lives by practicing being a naturalist, tracker, builder, hunter, and gatherer, living simply living and using hands-on survival skills in Paradise Valley, MT, north ID, and eastern and western WA.

Richard Kuhnel: Workshop #2: Working title: Project Circles

An intensive workshop together with Tim Cocoran  and potentially limited to 5 participants, besides us; we are not 100% clear yet on the format, so it could be open to anyone

Richard Kuhnel,

Sandpoint Transition Initiative

Sandpoint, Idaho.

www.gentleharvest.org

www.sandpointtransitioninitiative.org

Bio: Richard is an integrative ecosocial designer and works on a diverse range of projects. He is teaching Permaculture workshops and is in the 4th year of developing his home into an urban permaculture demonstration site. In January 2008 he participated in a Transition Training workshop in Totnes in the UK. After returning to the US he co-founded the Sandpoint Transition Initiative, well known in the Transition Movement for its early successful adoption of the transition model. Richard is an official US trainer for "Training for Transition". He has a keen interest on the inner aspects of designing and creating resilient, vibrant communities.

Kelly Lerner: Workshop #1: Title and Description Forthcoming

Kelly Lerner

One World Design,

Spokane, Washington

www.one-world-design.com

Bio: Kelly Lerner, principal of One World Design unearthed a love for working in natural materials architecture, as a child. Kelly attended the University of Oregon where she received her Master's Degree in Architecture. After graduation, Kelly traveled to China, Mongolia, and Argentina building homes and public buildings using natural materials. The environment of each location often denoted what types of materials to use. The experience of working with people of different cultures, economies, and eco-systems provided her with a vast knowledge, that she has now brought home to the United States.

Mike Mullin: Workshop #1: Regaining Passion in our Communities

Mike Mullin speaks about what it takes to create change in our communities-- Living with passion, perspective, and where the current outlook is in our cities with our different organizations and where it needs to go to create lasting change. It ties together the message of permaculture with a message about regaining passion for something new, as we all "feel" that something is missing in our current structure.

Mike Mullin

President of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce, Spokane

http://www.spokaneholisticchamberofcommerce.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rogue-Theory/101408919935002?ref=ts

 

Josho Somine: Workshop #1: Applying permaculture design to urban water systems

Stormwater management, water catchment, aquifer recharging, and highest rainfall utilization on urban lots. Period  D

Josho Somine

Permaculture in Landscape Architecture

Seattle, Washington

Bio: Josho is a permaculturalist who recently graduated from Landscape Architecture school at the University of Washington. He applies his talents in permaculture and landscape architecture to the field of urban design with a specialty of water management in urban design.

Robert Swanson: Workshop #1: Creating a forest garden in Spokane

Robert Swanson,

Spokane Forest Garden,

Spokane, Washington.

Marisha Auerbach: Workshop #2: Permaculture Soil Improvement Techniques: Put Your Carbon Into the Soil, Not the Air

This presentation will inspire and inform you with permaculture strategies to build soil. Learn about the critters that live in the soil and how they make nutrients available for plants. Learn strategies for enhancing their habitat and thus, increasing nutrients in your soil. We will discuss a diversity of ways that you can use local resources and plants to enhance your fertility in your garden beds including:

  • Sheet Mulching
  • Compost
  • Vermiculture
  • Hugelkultur
  • Manures
  • Green Manures
  • Terra Preta
  • Mycology
  • Effective Microorganisms
  • Dynamic Accumulators

Marisha Auerbach,

Herbn’ Wisdom,

Portland, Oregon.

www.herbnwisdom.com

Bio: Marisha Auerbach is one of the Northwest’s most active permaculture design course teachers. Her hands-on specialties include forest gardening and turning yards into food production systems.

 

Deborah Berman - Workshop #2: Animals in permaculture

Deborah Berman,

Palouse Permaculture, Lazy M Alpaca Ranch,

Moscow, Idaho

www.palousepermaculture.com

http://alpacapermaculture.blogspot.com

Neil Bertrando: Workshop #2: Broadening our permaculture perspectives with congruent systems. A review of systems for land management and social change that synergize with the permaculture design system

Neil Bertrando

RT Permaculture

Reno, Nevada

Neil Bertrando will also be giving a Monday workshop intensive on utilizing the Keyline system of soil and water management and a demonstration of the keyline plow at farms outside of Spokane.

Robert Merrill: Workshop #2: Tool of the Future: hands-on demo of a hopper-sprayer (Tirolessa) applying fibrecrete to a strawbale


www.mortarsprayer.com/straw-bale/bobmerrill-straw-bale/ Period E

Robert Merrill,

N.E.W. Ark Institute,

Northport, Washington.

Michael Pilarski: Workshop #1: Trees, Permaculture, and the Inland Northwest

Michael Pilarski,

Friends of the Trees Society,

Tonasket, Washington.

www.friendsofthetrees.net

Bio: Michael and Friends of the Trees Society has distributed over 175,000 trees since 1978 through a series of small tree sales spread across northern Washington, north Idaho and northwest Montana. He is the most active permaculture teacher in the Inland Northwest since 1981. 

James Reed: Workshop #2: Winter farming in the Inland Northwest

James Reed,

Southwest Idaho Permaculture, Idaho’s Bounty,

Ketchum, Idaho.

http://swidahopermaculture.wordpress.com/

Paul Wheaton: Workshop #2: Wofati Eco Buildings

Paul Wheaton

Permies.com

Missoula, Montana

www.permies.com

Bio: Paul has an insatiable curiousity about all things permacultural. As a result of his curiousity and his internet ability he has built his website www.permies.com into the world’s most visited permaculture website. Full of forums, youtubes and podcasts. Paul is also helping publicize Austrian Sepp Holzer’s visit to the USA in May of 2012.

Daniel Kirchoff: Workshop #2: A Naturalist's Journey to Practicing Permaculture

One of the first and most basic principles of permaculture is practicing protracted and thoughtful observation before acting.   Listen to the inspirational stories and try on some core practices of a naturalist that will help you practice permaculture in an immediate and meaningful way right in your own back yard and neighborhood.   These stories and practices will also deepen your connection to place, link you up peacefully to people around you, and help your own unique gifts emerge and blossom. Period E

Daniel Kirchoff

Inland Northwest

Bio: Daniel Kirchhof is a mentor, community builder, musician and lot's more.  He has studied and practiced Tracking, Wilderness Survival skills, Community Building, Mentoring and Permaculture with Tom Brown Jr.'s Tracker School, Jon Young and Wilderness Awareness School and The Regenerative Design Institute.  He has been studying with Sandpoint, ID based Twin Eagles Wilderness School for 5 years and currently works as an instructor there.  He lives by practicing being a naturalist, tracker, builder, hunter, and gatherer, living simply living and using hands-on survival skills in Paradise Valley, MT, north ID, and eastern and western WA.

 

Neil Bertrando: Workshop #3: Permaculture education round table: How can we increase accessibility and competency to create permaculture jobs? The APT model

Neil Bertrando

RT Permaculture

Reno, Nevada

Neil Bertrando will also be giving a Monday workshop intensive on utilizing the Keyline system of soil and water management and a demonstration of the keyline plow at farms outside of Spokane.

Joanna Castro and Yura Kazantsev: Workshops #2: What is happening with the Anastasia movement in the US and worldwide

Joanna Castro and Yura Kazantsev

Vedrica Forest Gardens

Weippe, Idaho.

www.vedrica.org

Richard Kuhnel: Workshop #3: Transition town round table discussion

Participants, who are actively involved in transition are talking about their experience. Opportunity for questions and answers. Period F

Richard Kuhnel,

Sandpoint Transition Initiative

Sandpoint, Idaho.

www.gentleharvest.org

www.sandpointtransitioninitiative.org

Bio: Richard is an integrative ecosocial designer and works on a diverse range of projects. He is teaching Permaculture workshops and is in the 4th year of developing his home into an urban permaculture demonstration site. In January 2008 he participated in a Transition Training workshop in Totnes in the UK. After returning to the US he co-founded the Sandpoint Transition Initiative, well known in the Transition Movement for its early successful adoption of the transition model. Richard is an official US trainer for "Training for Transition". He has a keen interest on the inner aspects of designing and creating resilient, vibrant communities.

Paul Wheaton: Workshop #3: Replacing Irrigation with Permaculture

Paul Wheaton

Permies.com

Missoula, Montana

www.permies.com

Bio: Paul has an insatiable curiousity about all things permacultural. As a result of his curiousity and his internet ability he has built his website www.permies.com into the world’s most visited permaculture website. Full of forums, youtubes and podcasts. Paul is also helping publicize Austrian Sepp Holzer’s visit to the USA in May of 2012.

Field Trips

Field Trip: Spokane's Community Building and the Main Market. The Community Building is one of Washington's greenest buildings-- LEED certified. Hear why this building has become an example of ways to build in the future.  Also, a walk across the street will take you to the Main Market where you can see the roof-top greenhouse and how they are happy to bring GMO free foods to the local Spokane community.
35 West Main.
Field Trip: Kelly Lerner's Home

Kelley Lerner has a small urban landscape, designed by Kelley and Ed Bryant with Urban Solutions.  This is a micro-scale perennial food forest.  Kelley is a local Green architect that loves to grow her own food. This site has been in the building process for 3 years now.

Friday 800-9:30 Breakfast at One World Restaurant 1428 E. Sprague Ave.

9:30 10:30 announcements,...

Field Trip: Elizabeth Gulick's Home

Elizabeth  Gulick, a young woman from Spokane, has started an urban edible medicinal landscape this past year and is offering her site for visitors to come and see and hear why she has chosen the sustainable approach with her yard. This is also a young permaculture site that is geared torward beginning permaculture activity.

Field Trip: Strawbale Home

Also on the tour is a straw-bale home in an existing historic neighborhood in Spokane, WA designed for aging in place. Passive solar design, daylighting, solar hot water heating, stained concrete and cork floors. Beautiful tile and plaster throughout. Delightful perennial and vegetable gardens designed by the owners.

Field Trip: Robert Swanson's Home

Robert Swanson has been at his piece of property for over 20 years working with plants, wildlife, and insects bringing a food forest garden to his front steps.  Robert's property features a great design with water,  climbing vines, lots of exoctic growing techniqes and unusual crops such as wild rice, hardy kiwi, and lovage. Robert is working on being self sufficient with a root cellar and solar features to learn about.  Robert is interested in creating community.

 

Field Trip: The P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm

The P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm is a 32-acre diversified farm operated by the Spokane non-profit People for Environmental Action and Community Health. The farm offers on-farm education and instruction in food production and simple living skills to children, farmers, farmer wannabees, and backyard gardeners. P.e.a.c.h. raises certified organic vegetables and bedding plantsv (much of which are donated or sold to low-income customers at steeply discounted prices) as well as laying hens and is building a dairy herd of goats.

 

Field Trip: Harmony Farms

Daniel and Colette Harrington own Harmony Farms. This unique farm is in Spokane Valley and offers a great example of organic ideas & energetic feng shui.  THis site offers herb spirals, greenhouses, a small water structure and creative ideas with the valley's never ending rock abundance.

 

Field Trip: Project H.O.P.E. Riverfront Farms

Project Hope’s Riverfront Farm is a scattered-site urban farm in West Central Spokane. Neighbors donate their property and the farming is done by at-risk youth from the neighborhood, Green Collar Job Corps. Young people also receive workforce training in lawn care and marketplace development.

2011 Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference - Photo Gallery

The first annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference took place from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, 2011 at the Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Wa. It was a great success. We enjoyed 38 presenters who shared 60 workshops and 7 field trips. This conference put permaculture on the map in the Inland Northwest.

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Okanogan Farms
Tour of P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm 1
Tour of P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm 2
Tour of P.e.a.c.h. Community Farm 3
Contra Dancing with Caller Nora Scott and String Band River City Ramblers
Apple Tasting
Contra Dancing
Skeeter Thanks the SFCC Kitchen Crew
Cloudview Ecofarm's Display
Thank You Food Donors!
Field Trip to a Straw Bale House in Spokane
Window to the Interior-- Straw Bale House
Field Trip to Robert Swanson's Project
Anastasia Makes an Appearance at INPC
This Way to the Heart of Permaculture
BZ's Seed Saving Workshop 1
BZ's Seed Saving Workshop 2
BZ's Seed Saving Workshop 3
BZ's Seed Saving Workshop 4
P.e.a.c.h's Display
Enjoying the Great Food
A Keyline Plow on Display
Jan Spencer Addresses a Packed House (Pre-conference event on Urban Permaculture)
Saturday Night Contra Dancing