Pachamama Alliance: Co-Active Leadership - five ways to lead.

In this workshop you will learn about - and have a chance to experience the Co-Active Leadership model. This model harnesses the possibility of many rather than relying on the power of one. This five-dimensional approach recognizes that leadership has to be fluid and flexible and that the roles leaders and followers play must shift to suit the situation. Co-Active Leadership invites all of us to share our expertise and allows collaborative solutions to emerge that would never have been possible otherwise.

Liberation Permaculture - Toby Hemenway

Permaculture offers more than a path to a sustainable and just food system. It can move entire segments of our society off the radar screens of state oppressors and help return equality, abundance, and justice to people while restoring healthy ecosystems. How do we decolonize ourselves from the influence of pernicious memes like the state, status, money, and scarcity? Permaculture gives us a road map to freeing ourselves from oppressive ideas, people, and policies. This talk will show you how.

Ecological Restoration, Earth Repair and Permaculture

Michael Pilarski

A Permaculture Approach to Earth Repair. The workshop will weave together elements of permaculture, ecosystem restoration, indigenous ethnoecology and social movements.


The Myth of Dynamic Accumulators

Robert Kourik

I no longer support the Dynamic Accumulators list in my 1986 book - Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally. This list is the bases for almost every permaculture dynamic accumulator list on the Internet. Also the basis for Toby Hemenway's list in Gaia's Garden. I would like to talk about how I became disenchanted with the list and what data I've found to replace this concept. I will leave the participant satisfied as to the new way to look at dynamic accumulators based on science, not anecdotal musings.

Planning and Permitting, from Composting Toilets to Ecovillages

Melanie Mindlin, Dan Antonioli

Permaculture designs and projects are often intentionally innovative since we are experimenters and leaders in new methodologies.  While it may not be quite true that “everything I want to do is illegal”, many things I want to do Slide show tour of ecovillages in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North & Central America are regulated in ways that make it almost impossible.  We can work with regulating institutions in ways that can bring positive outcomes for our projects and others that come after.  We will explore strategies for communications and relationship building with a focus on land use planning (zoning) and codes for ecological sanitation including composting toilets and graywater.


Leveraging Permaculture Globally: A USAID Case Study and Beyond. 

Warren Brush

Integrating Permaculture into established global organizations is one way to move information and skill application quickly and efficiently through broad groups of people with relevance, meaning and effect.  As one principle of permaculture states, “Create the most amount of positive change with the least amount of effort,” essentially this principle is asking us to use leverage and conservation of energy.   Warren will share his journey in working with both government and non-government organizations to leverage permaculture quickly into the international arena in a strategic way.  As a technical advisor for the USAID TOPS (Technical Operations Performance Support) program, he is developing a training program and toolkit that is being adopted broadly into their Food for Peace programs.  He will tell the story of how this relationship was courted, how it unfolded and many of the lessons he learned along the way.  He will also give other examples from other organizations he has worked with to leverage permaculture globally.  

Why International Permaculture Convergences are Important for PC Global Movement

Wes Roe and Margie Bushman

For the permaculture community, the International Permaculture Convergences (IPC) are hugely important. Why is there a global permaculture movement? What makes it continue to influence and inspire people, not only in theory, but in hard practical examples of living solutions around the globe? Projects, actual working design strategies, practical skills, and experiences are shared at these  Convergences (held bi-annually) on a personal level, it's an amazing experience for all. This is the "culture" in permaculture, our chance to learn about our friends around the world.  The next IPC will be in India in 2017, followed by a Convergence in Argentina in 2020. This workshop will be hosted by the Friends of the Permaculture Convergence (FIPC) and the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC).

Growing Justice: Urban Youth Panel

Corinne Van Hook-Turner

Youth leaders will share their story about how/why they planned and implemented an urban food forest on their school campus that features a self-illustrated mural of the solutions they want to see in their community. They will invite participants to share or work on the planning/implementation projects of their own that centers building resilience and meeting basic needs in their community.

Learning As If Whole Systems Mattered: Permaculture in Schools and Universities

David Shaw

“Never let formal education get in the way of your learning,” said Mark Twain. This is a fun and highly interactive session featuring case studies from K-12, college, and university faculty who have infused permaculture design methods throughout innovative new courses, programs and campus designs. Hear how educators are weaving ecological literacy into the landscape of education throughout the nation. Participants are invited to bring posters, lesson plans, or videos so that we may all learn from each other at the close of the session.

Malama ‘Aina, A Regenerative Vision for Hawaii

Neil Bertrando, Rico Zook, Jeremiah Kidd

What will it take to transition from an industrial agriculture to a regenerative agriculture?  How can we move from a degenerative system in a practical and realistic way?  Permaculture Design International (PDI) was contracted in January 2016 by the non-profit organization Maui Tomorrow to create a vision document for the future of 36,000 acres of sugarcane plantations owned by the Alexander and Baldwin corporation on the island of Maui.  In February the landowners declared that they would cease farming operations this year, leaving the future of the land up in the air.  PDI wrote a 50+ page vision report for what is possible on the land.  We will discuss the report and open up the conversation for more ideas and also apply our lessons to other regions and projects.

The Art of Permaculture Consciousness

Christina Bertea

How can "art" be used to communicate permaculture and ecological principles? How can "art" incite curiosity and delight that opens people to new ideas and optional new behaviors?  This will be a quick survey of artworks that either demonstrate and embody permaculture solutions or point to issues and suggest possible approaches.  Artworks will include those of the presenter and of artists from the greater eco-art "world."

Co-Creating the Regenerative Reality

Ivan Sawyer Garcia

A World Café type session that is geared towards learning from each other creating a collective roadmap of the future we want to co-create with specific tasks and projects to make it a reality. This session helps to  find specific ways in which we can support each other in co-creating communities that are environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling and socially just. Through harvesting of our collective wisdom we will be able to create a series of next steps realizing a regenerative reality in North America and the World.

Inspired Action to Regenerate Self, Community and Nature

Trethan Heckman, Kerry Brady

What if the richest, most effective path to community transformation is through living our inspiration? How do we apply what we know about healing ecosystems to healing our inner landscape and creating richer, more resilient lives and communities? Join Trathen Heckman and Kerry Brady as they explore ways to cultivate inspired action, within our lives and organizations. They will share the tools and practices they have found most effective in building core routines that support inspired, effective and sustained action. They will then offer experiential inquiry and group exercises to strengthen your existing practices and provide tools to implement on your own and/or with your groups.

Pollinator Habitat in the Food Forest

Joshua Burman Thayer

By designing our Food Forests to mimic nature, we create resilient habitat, replete with Year-Round Pollinators.  "Build It and They will Come"  When sources of nectar are available throughout the seasons, pollinators become localized and loyal to the food forest.  By incorporating yeilds for these pollinators, we benefit and so does the Glorious celebration of flowers.
THIS TALK CELEBRATES THE FLOWERING OF THE EARTH.  It also will provide handouts and a plant list that will allow us to begin to plan for pollinators to support the plants that support us! :)

The Next Big Step

Koreen Brennan, Jennifer English Dauksha, Andrew Langford

This will be an interactive workshop aimed at helping people engage in thinking more strategically about permaculture and how we can respond to key challenges more effectively, via collaboration, organization, and design. This is a followup of the work The Next Big Step did at International Permaculture Convergence in UK, and an effort to support similar work on regional or continental levels.

Sustainable Solar Kitchen 

Cathe’ Fish

Kitchens waste the most fossil fuel of any room in the house. Learn to use nature’s patterns & energy to radically reduce fossil fuels and improve the taste of your meals.

Presentation: Gaia U: 10 Years of Supporting EcoSocial Designers.  What's Next?

Liora Adler
In 2006 Gaia U opened its (virtual) doors to 40 intrepid actionists--ready to self-design and direct their learning and unlearning pathways through documented hands-on local projects while creating regenerative livelihoods.  A "revolution disguised as a university" was how one of our pioneers put it. Liora Adler, co-founder of Gaia U with other Gaia U team members have created an informative, engaging and fun presentation to share our achievements and answer the question, "what's next?"

Profitable Farm Scale Permaculture

Keith Morris

NorCal Network: Introduction to Community Organizing

Susan Silber, Brandi Mack

Are you passionate about permaculture but not sure where to start? Looking to build capacity for your project or organization? The NorCal Community Resilience Network can help you out! This hands-on interactive session will introduce you to our many resources, including our online directory, peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities and working groups. Our mission is to catalyze and support grassroots, community-based, permaculture-oriented responses to climate change, economic instability and resource depletion. The Network is building a hub that provides leadership development, communication tools, events and project support to groups and leaders who are on the front lines building resilient, self-reliant and localized communities

Permaculture Pathways for Professional Development

Jude Hobbs, Penny Livingston, Peter Bane, Bob Randall,

An Overview of the Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA)

 During this presentation we will share information on the evolving Permaculture Institute of North America (PINA). The Institute supports students and experienced practitioners of permaculture in North America and Hawaii. As a professional association of regional hubs working across North America and Hawaii we: grant diplomas, preserve the integrity and quality of the Permaculture Design Course, and facilitate networking among permaculturists to provide better Permaculture learning opportunities and the sharing of resources.

Please come with open minds, hearts and creativity to share next steps and learn how PINA can serve the greater Permaculture community..

Vegan Permaculture

William Faith

A facilitated discussion of vegan permaculture. Free from dogma and judgment, this is intended as a conversation on stock-free systems and what vegan permaculture actually looks like in practice. Building on the work of pioneers like Kathleen Jannaway, and with the foundational text "The Vegan Book of Permaculture" by Graham Burnett being published last year, vegan permaculture is a topic ripe for discussion. Let's evolve this model together.

Resilient Neighborhoods Panel

Ann Kreilkamp, Jan Spencer,  Nils Palsson

This panel will focus on creating working relationships with “allies and assets” in the community. City programs, schools, park district, businesses, non profits and more which can be surprising partners for creating neighborhoods and communiites that are more green and resilient.   Each panelist will describe real life examples of working with a wide variety of allies and assets.  These approaches to allies and assets can be applied in just about any city or town.

Beginning of the Third Wave

Ravi Logan

Ross Jackson, Chair of Gaia Trust, recently predicted that the ambitious initiative taking form in Langeland, Denmark could prove to be, "the beginning of the third wave." The first wave, arising in the 1970s, started building a new culture through such forms as communal living, cooperatives, and organic farming; the second wave, visible by the mid-80s, deepened the cultural shift, emphasizing sustainability and expressing most clearly through permaculture and ecovillages. The third wave will be about creating sustainable, decentralized, integrated development at a community level. The Langeland integrated development scheme includes an ecovillage development, and an ambitious agro-forestry project, but also much more, so that the totality aims at a higher order ecology — a socio-economy functioning in a sustainable and locally empowering manner. Jillian Hovey and Ravi Logan recently observed and collaborated in the Langeland socio-economy design process.

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Improving Your Soil Quality (for Urban Food Growers) Workshop

Rob Benneton

The Improving Your Soil Quality (for Urban Food Growers) Workshop provides tools to assess growing soils and manage urban risk.  The workshop focuses on the physical, chemical and biological indicators of soil quality in the urban-environment.  Participants leave with the tools to field-assess their soils, and a deeper understanding of steps to improve their soil quality.  The workshop concludes on urban soil safety in context of heavy-metal-safe-growing and risk management in production, backyard, community and school gardens.