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North American Permaculture Convergence Sept 14-18, 2016

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The North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC) is a diverse event that occurs every two years that includes top speakers, networking opportunities, art and music, and interactive learning. Its purpose is to bring permaculture designers and those interested in the subject together to learn, exchange information and resources, address issues of mutual concern, and celebrate.  We'll be meeting this year in California and have a fantastic line up of presenters and activities with more being added daily.

This year, we will be partnering with Building Resilient Communities Convergence (BRCC) in N California. We're excited about this because N California has some of the most mature permaculture demonstration sites in North America along with many organizations that have evolved to forward various aspects of permaculture. There is a lot of potential to produce high yields from this convergence. 

We design events like we design edible landscaping or ecosystems - integrating elements to promote resilience and abundance, stacking functions, and working to create as much yield as possible for the effort put in. 

By partnering with BRCC, we create a precedent of cooperation and mutual benefit. Other partners have come forward including Transition US, West Coast Women's Permaculture, Permaculture Action Network, Gaia University, Permaculture Institute of North America, and more. Some of the presenters include Starhawk, Penny Livingston, Jude Hobbs, Brock Dolman, Warren Brush, Trethan Heckman, City Repair, Liora Adler, and many more.  

The theme of this year's convergence is Building Bridges. We will focus on building bridges internally to provide each other more support, and also by reaching out to communities, schools, organizations, businesses, and governments. What bridges do you most need and want in your life - what would you find most helpful? Let us know here.

At this convergence, we'll dive deeply into professional standards, water and drought issues, women's issues, social justice, broadscale solutions, urban resilience, and more. 

If you haven't been to a convergence like this it's hard to describe how renewing and inspiring it can be. It will flow, from a focus on internal matters on a continental level during Weds-Friday, with plenty of meaty learning and doing, to a more public event on the weekend with a festival type atmosphere but still packed full of learning and doing opportunities!

We are really excited about the energies coming together for this convergence. It is shaping up to be a game changer. 

How can you get involved? 

Help our scholarship fund. People who are doing tremendous work in their communities from Haiti, Cuba, Native American reservations, urban areas, and more have requested scholarships to attend the convergence. We need your help to get them there!  Funds raised through our crowdfunding are slated to go to these scholarships. Please consider giving, even a small amount! Grow Permaculture is offering a full PDC course for a discounted price via this crowdfunding so if you're considering purchasing a course, do it through this crowdfunding site and you can help some really deserving and valuable people get to the convergence! The convergence can give these individuals a lot more tools and resources to do the substantial good work they are doing. 

Join a working group! Working groups in the past have made recommendations for women in permaculture, decolonization, disaster permaculture, professional standards, peer-reviewed research, urban resilience, climate change issues and more. At this convergence, things are lining up for working groups to create some real game changing results! Stay tuned for more information on the NAPC web site about working groups and how you can get involved. 

We still have room for experienced designers to do presentations at the event. More info here

There will be something for everybody here, from world class music and art, to vendors, skills sharing, a village commons and other networking facilitation, interactive presentations, continuing education, and just really great people and atmosphere.

The event will be held at the famous Solar Living Institute, a world leader in solar education and advocacy. The site is beautiful with many permaculture elements in it, and it's a great model to check out as a successful organization integrating permaculture principles.  

And lastly, those of you who have supported Grow Permaculture by taking courses or getting consulting have helped make this event happen. It is largely a volunteer effort by organizers, and Koreen is heading up the effort for NAPC this year, so we'd like to thank all of you for your support!  We are so happy to be contributing to what we feel is a real game changing effort and event. And we hope to see you there!  





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