Convergence Workshops

Below, a selection of the convergence workshops are detailed. This is to give a flavour of what's on offer.

A document of all workshop descriptions can be downloaded as a PDF.

Bob Mehew

 

Bob has developed a permaculture design process and tools for polyincome based on the OBREDIMET design framework. It focusses on the relationship between income, outgoings and how people choose to spend their time, evaluating the trade-offs between them in a visual, interactive way.

Activity type:

Practicals, Presentation

Theme:

Diploma

Sophie Ellison

 

This workshop is for people who want to gain skills in representing their design on paper with professional drawings. Sophie will go through initial sketching techniques, before showing participants drawing techniques specific to three phases of permaculture design; site analysis, conceptual design and detailed drawings.

Activity type:

Practicals

Theme:

Diploma

Albert Bates

 

Come along to learn how, when and why to make & apply biochar; develop cascading yields of probiotic feed supplements, water cleaning, restoration of degraded soils, blackwater to energy systems, invasives to energy systems, carbon-negative ecovillage, hotel and business design, simple kiln design & microenterprise potentials.

Activity type:

Discussion, Practicals, Presentation

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Jeremiah Kidd

 

A presentation on how to create an oasis in the high desert by honoring, conserving and reusing water in multiple ways.

 

Participants will come away with real world examples of regenerative water relationships and drought proofing your designs in a changing climate.

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Marc Van Hummelen

 

A Q&A on composting toilets. Many still have doubts about the compost toilet: which system to choose, safety, how to use the compost. Marc can answer all those questions from his own experience and scientific research on the subject. After a short intro on compost toilets and Marc's favorite design, Jenkins' loveable loo, participants can fire away.

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Beck Lowe

 

Goats can be a useful provider of milk, meat and weed control (amongst other things), but they can also be very destructive and capricious. This workshop will discuss how to design a goat into a permaculture system, their yields and needs, the time commitments involved, and other aspects of goat keeping.

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Liesbeth Bos

 

Learn the process of felting from a raw fleece, and understand how it works.

 

By the end of the session we will have created a rug from raw wool!

Activity type:

Practicals

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Anna Broszkiewicz

 

Come along to discover the magic of elderberries. This will be a demonstration, knowledge sharing and tasting session of making elderberry syrups including:
* Picking, preparing, cooking and bottling
* Why bother to make this and other herbal medicines? - Ideas and Inspiration
* Inviting participants to share their knowledge and recipes

Activity type:

Practicals

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Aljaz Plankl

 

This workshop will explain what no dig gardening is, the benefits, and how to go about it, including setting up and maintaining your garden. Aljaz will present a number of pictures which demonstrate the rseults of no-dig, as well as exploring soil life basics and no-dig techniques. Participants should come away with the courage and knowledge to try no-dig gardening for themselves.

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Sam Holt

 

A simple, powerful, practical knowledge transfer, introducing the tool that will change the way you look at pallets!

Activity type:

Practicals

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Fiona Hampton and Christine Toyer

 

Exploring creative ways of using a junk covered site to become a productive veg plot.

 

This workshop aims to provide inspiration for creating growing containers and growing beds from recycled materials, including how to:

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Ecological Practice

Robin Clayfield

 

Activity type:

Participatory

Theme:

Education

Graham Brookman and Keri Chiveralls

 

Using results from the workshop 'Graduate Studies in Permaculture Design at University - how will we do it ?' this discussion will explore the practicalities of delivering high quality programs around the world, bearing in mind existing permaculture organisations, education protocols and government regulations.

Activity type:

Discussion

Theme:

Education

Tierra Martinez

 

This proposal opens the door to another way of seeing how we can prepare educational spaces where kids, youth, and adults can learn what they want to learn in the moment they want to learn it, using a practical methodology, with a teacher who observes from the back of the “New Classroom”
 

Activity type:

Participatory, Presentation

Theme:

Education

Xavier Bruzaud Grille

Permaculture Children's House Academy is a developing academy and education centre which blends Permaculture, Montessori education, Arts, Cooking and Language learning, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The academy has the potential to be a model or example - possibly a global model - that can be used in other communities and countries.

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Education

Margarethe Holzer and Julious Piti

 

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Education

Dave Boehnlein, Jenni Brooks and Hannah Thorogood

 

Activity type:

Discussion

Theme:

Education

Katy Momo

 

In this engaging session we will play and share some systems games suitable for use with adults and children. Join in for an experiential grounding in systems and complexity science, and to fulfil your human need for play!

Activity type:

Participatory

Theme:

Education

Mugove Walter Nyika

 

This workshop will be a platform for sharing a holistic tool for helping schools to implement permaculture in an inclusive and participatory process.

Ideal for anyone looking to gain the skills to confidently facilitate integrated land design workshops in schools.

Activity type:

Discussion, Practicals, Presentation

Theme:

Education

Cat Richards

 

 

This workshop offers an introduction to citizen science and to the exciting Permaculture International Research Network (PIRN) project, run by the Permaculture Association.

 

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Research & Theory

Margaret Mossakowska

 

Workshop about making various skincare products, particularly creams and ointments, both cosmetic and medicinal, using simple natural components such as oils, waxes and plant materials. We will discuss how people can make products tailored to their needs, so they can stop using commercial products.

Activity type:

Discussion, Practicals, Presentation

Theme:

Social & Personal

Gillian Kozicki

 

Many modern societies have lost the skills of fermentation. This workshop will highlight how we can connect to our own well being, build community, connect to our heritage and ensure the future health of our children by reconnecting the life in our soils to the life in our guts through nutritious food, adventure and creativity!

 

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Social & Personal

Heather Tomlinson

 

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation, Spiritual

Theme:

Social & Personal

Ceila Ashman

 

A permaculture approach to achieving personal productivity while staying sane, inspired by David Allen's 'Getting Things Done' method.

 

Come to this workshop if you want to learn about a systematic approach to personal organisation, and gain an understanding of how this personal organisation system can be shaped to suit you.

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Social & Personal

Looby Macnamara

 

An exploration into how permaculture can be used to nurture our inner landscape. Participants will have the chance to examine some of their own personal patterns of thinking and behaving and open up to possibilities of incorporating more permaculture thinking into their everyday lives and well-being.

Activity type:

Spiritual

Theme:

Social & Personal

Jillian Hovey

 

All of your permaculture practices will involve the element of YOU. The more aware you are of your needs, wants, behaviours, characteristics, patterns, etc., the more conscious of your landscape you will become. Knowing self also supports you understanding "other" (clients, project partners, etc.), which enables us to be more effective practitioners.

Activity type:

Participatory, Presentation

Theme:

Social & Personal

Robyn Rosenfeldt

 

Robyn will tell the story of how she started up Pip Magazine and how crowd funding was such an integral part of the process, before explaining the process of running a successful crowd funding campaign.

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Society & Economy

Nicole Vosper

 

Activity type:

Participatory

Theme:

Society & Economy

Sarah Pugh

 

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Society & Economy

Beatriz Arjona

 

CASA - Council of Sustainable Settlement of Latin America- is a network of world changers at a continental level.

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Featuring David Holmgren, Robin Clayfield, John Seed and more

 

Activity type:

Film

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Graham Brookman

 

Activity type:

Film

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Dave Boehnlein & Paul Kearsley

 

This session will walk through the process of permaculture design as applied to a healing retreat center in the Peruvian Amazon, the Temple of the Way of Light. The presentation explains the reasoning behind our design decisions specific to this climate and mission, as well as describing useful design products.

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Chris Evans

 

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Ricardo de Almeida Zuppi

 

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Val Grainger, Wilf Richards, Hannah Thorogood and Ben Margolis

 

Four inspiring UK LAND centres will co-present at this 2-hour workshop. You will meet:

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Ardhendu S Chatterjee

 

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Pavlo Ardanov and Alice Gray

 

Permaculture in Ukraine and GREAN Palestine will explore the contexts facing the communities that we work with, explain the methodologies we are employing, and lead a discussion on how permaculture design can help create a measure of security for people suffering from military conflicts.

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

Murad Alkhufash

 

In a selection of inspiring pictures, Murad presents the history of Permaculture in Palestine, and in particular Marda Permaculture Farm. Describing the aims and activities of the project and successes they have enjoyed, as well as the challenges faced by occupation.

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Stories from around the world

April Sampson-Kelly

 

Activity type:

Practicals, Presentation

Theme:

Strategy

Starhawk

 

The urgency to act on climate change has never been greater, and the broad permaculture movement offers many solutions and vitally important approaches. But how do we get them widely adopted, and how do we counter the blocking forces of big oil, big money, and big ignorance? Where are the pressure points, and how do we use our resources most effectively?

 

Activity type:

Participatory

Theme:

Strategy

Aranya

Nature suggests that our ancestors made one significant choice that changed everything and led us to the vulnerable place we're now in. Without this key understanding we're missing an important piece of the puzzle. This workshop explores the many ways we're now out of sync with our environment and how permaculture thinking can offer us solutions.

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Strategy

Starhawk and Pandora Thomas

 

Activity type:

Discussion, Presentation

Theme:

Strategy

Maddy Harland

 

Activity type:

Presentation

Theme:

Strategy

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