Aaron Armstrong

Seattle, WA

Aaron studied tea ceremony, tea cultivation, and tea gardens for many years and lived and worked in Japan with holistically motivated tea growers, tea hybridizers, and tea masters. He came to permaculture by way of tea cultivation and now focuses on Asian and English inspired permaculture design based on observation, experimentation, community and the collection of empirical evidence. He specializes in hugelkultur applications and soil regeneration. This guy LOVES soil. He came to design through a three-fold path of study of Japanese/Chinese tea garden aesthetics; English gardens; and growing up in the Pacific NW forests. 

He has BA in Japanese Language and Literature with emphasis on cross-cultural linguistics and ancient Japanese. Once a tea importer and purveyor, and still a tea practitioner, Aaron worked for many years to establish an urban farm and community education center, Wallingfarm, in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle.  In 2014, he established SoilScapes, a sustainable landscape design/build firm in same neighborhood.  Working with local permaculture professionals drew him into the Seattle sustainability and permaculture communities.


Oasis Edible Naturescapes

Organization/Busines Description:

Oasis Edible Naturescapes’ mission is to provide landowners in the Seattle area with regenerative designs and practices that work in harmony with nature (not against it).  We create and maintain gardens that are beautiful, healthy, ecologically balanced, diverse, and productive spaces for people and the planet using Permaculture Ethics and Principles.  Oasis Edible Naturescapes educates about, and problem solves with, our clients about their unique property and how it fits into a future/legacy of regenerating our urban spaces.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Valuing the Edge: Hugelkultur (Mound Cultivation)

On the importance of defining the edges that come together to create the magic of Hugelkultur. Hugelkultur: <German equivalent to ‘hugel’ mound + ‘kultur’ cultivation> Hugelkultur is the practice of mounding soil over layers of carbon-rich materials which assist the soil in regenerating itself through increased water retention, the slow release of nutrients, habitat creation and soil diversification. Certain hugel can also maximize surface area for improved spring soil temperatures, greater water collection and increased planting area. There will be an opportunity to be a part of a hands-on demonstration of layering techniques. Discuss how and where to plant specific plant species on and around the mound.

Albert Postema

Snohomish, WA

Albert is a master at using heavy equipment to accomplish earth works. He is a certified permaculture designer and instructor and business owner of Earthwise Excavation.


Earthwise Excavation

Organization/Busines Description:

Since it's inception in 1987, Earthwise Excavation has offered a full range of excavation services and full-servicing of septic systems while striving to follow the path of an evolutionary corporation with sustainable business practices, employee ownership as well as community and philanthropic involvement.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Hugelkulture, Ponds, Swales, and General Dirt Work.

Andrew Millison

Corvallis, OR

Andrew Millison brings nearly 20 years experience in designing and building permaculture projects to his teaching and wants to share that rich, real-world experience with his students.

He has been studying, teaching and practicing permaculture since he took his first design course in 1996. He began teaching permaculture design at the college level in 2001 and has been an instructor at Oregon State University in the Horticulture Department since 2009. Andrew currently teaches the Permaculture Design Course and the Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum at OSU on campus and online.

Andrew first learned permaculture design in the drylands of Arizona, where he studied for his undergraduate and master's degrees at Prescott College. His focus was on rainwater harvesting, greywater systems and desert agriculture. He started a permaculture landscape design and build company and also worked in an ecologically-based landscape architecture firm.

In recent years, Andrew's focus has been more on broad scale farm planning, permaculture housing developments and obtaining water rights. In 2015 he founded Permaculture Design International, a collaborative design firm that works on large-scale global projects.


Permaculture Design International, LLC, Oregon State University

Organization/Busines Description:

Global Leaders in Regenerative Design

Workshop/Panel Title:
Scaling Up! How Collaborations between Permies and Universities, Government and Industry can Take Us to the Next Level

How do we spread Permaculture teachings to tens of thousands of people for free, educate government agencies, and work with industries to transition hundreds of thousands of acres into regenerative agricultural systems? It's happening! This presentation will look at my own work and the work of others in the Permaculture movement to scale up systems in partnership with large organizations. 

Andrew Schreiber & Lindsay Hagamen

Wahkiacus, WA

Andrew Schreiber and Lindsay Hagamen are Stewards of the Windward Community, a 30 year old permaculture community, education center and event venue based in southern WA. Andrew is an artisan, land tender and President of Herland Forest Natural Burial Cemetery. He considers his home forest both a classroom and cathedral, a studio and sanctuary. He divides his time between developing dryland, cold climate agro-ecological systems on Windward's marginal land, developing resilient rural infrastructure, and mentoring Apprentices. Lindsay is a writer, earth-tender, creator of the annual EcoSex Convergence and author of Ecosexuality: When Nature Inspires the Arts of Love. She focuses her energy on embodying the ecological and social practices needed to transition to a love-based, sustainable culture. Together, Lindsay and Andrew have over 16 years of experience co-creating community, stewarding partnerships with people and place. 


Windward Education and Research Center, Windward Community

Organization/Busines Description:

Windward is an intentional community and sustainability research center located on the eastern edge of the Cascadian Wilderness in southern Washington State, about 80 miles east of Portland, Oregon.

As a community of people and a research cooperative of farmers, scientists, historians, healers, engineers and artists, Windward is guided by the understanding that it is time for radical change and that there is nothing more radical than a working model of a better way.

So, we are dedicated to developing the skills, knowledge and working systems that will help us transition into a sustainable culture.

In the process, we have found that getting back to the basics and mastering the tools fundamental to living well with the land and each other lays the groundwork for the personal transformation necessary to head into the prevailing winds our times.

Living and Learning with us. The challenges of our time are calling for those with courageous hearts, inquiring minds, skillful hands & wild souls. In service of this need, Windward offers apprenticeships for those seeking a deeply grounded experience in cooperative living and permaculture on the village scale. Find out more about Windward apprenticeships.

Apprenticeships are also a two-way audition; a time for existing and prospective members to explore the potentials for further interweaving our lives together.

If you find this life to be worth pursuing in earnest, you can proceed directly onto the path of stakeholding membership in the cooperative, building right-livelihood with the land and the community.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Love, Food and Death: Perspectives on Building and Sustaining Communities.

Imagine a culture where love serves as renewable energy within our communities – fueling growth and sustaining people and their connection to place. Imagine intimacy as the economic foundation of a gift economy. Imagine forests of food, ecosystems that as they grow and evolve teach us to grow and evolve along side them. Imagine eating the fruits of forests literally fertilized by the bodies of your ancestors.

For 30 years the Windward Ecovillage has explored the question "what makes communities truly sustainable?". On this path we have come to some radically simple conclusions: We all love, we all eat, and eventually we all die and our life energy is recycled back into the ecosystems which nourished us in life.

As we learn to live cooperatively with people and place, a vast new world of potentials unfolds. Come learn about the Windward community, and it's radical perspectives on building sustainable communities.

Anne Schwartz

Rockport, WA

Anne Schwartz has been growing organic fruits and vegetables in Eastern Skagit Valley for nearly 40  years.  Blue Heron Farm produce is sold at the Mt Vernon Food Coop, the North Cascades Institute, Environmental Learning Center and other local stores as well as the Concrete School District.  Blue Heron Farm also specializes in hardy bamboo with over 100 species grown for nursery stock, poles and young edible shoots. Anne has been active with several regional non profits organizations including serving on the board for Tilth Producers for 36 years.  Anne is also very active with promoting organic research at WSU and is currently focusing on bringing True Cost and Full Cost Accounting into the Teaching and Research programs at the College of Agriculture at Washington State University.


Blue Heron Farm, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Northwest Agriculture Research Foundation

Workshop/Panel Title:
Organic Blueberry and Raspberry production

Brent Naylor

Raymond, WA

Brent has been practicing permaculture since 1993 after taking his first design course in the Okanogan highlands of Washington state.  Subsequently he has studied and taught permaculture in the U. S., Chile, New Zealand and India. Brent is experienced in both design and implementation of permaculture systems.  Since 1996 he has owned and operated a permaculture nursery and landscaping business in southwest Washington state.  Recently he has been asked to consult on the rebuilding of a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in Kham, eastern Tibet.


5 Element Farm, Willapa Hills Nursery

Workshop/Panel Title:
Permaculture in Remote Areas

A discussion of challenges and rewards of permaculture projects in remote and difficult areas.  Looking at finding ways to overcome environmental, social, cultural and political challenges to implementation of permaculture at 4500 meters in the remote Tibetan highlands.  Welcoming participation from others who have worked in difficult situations around the globe.

Bryan Bakker

Chimacum, WA


Finnriver Farm

Workshop/Panel Title:
Biochar Production and Integration on a Small Organic Vegetable, Berry, and Egg Farm

This presentation is a 10 minute portion of Francesco Tortorici's Period D Workshop.

It will cover how Finnriver Farm has started to produce biochar from blueberry bush prunings and how biochar is integrated into the farm's organic vegetable production. 

Ed Suij

Workshop/Panel Title:
Growing and Selling Fruit in the San Juans: Wild Grafting and Wildlife Hedges and Food Forests

I am a one man band! I prune, mow, water, thin, pick, package and sell directly to the public. I will bring at least 15 special pear varieties and 15 unusual apple varieties to show.

rhonda ann barbieri

chimacum, wa

Rhonda Ann Barbieri ( Rhondalita, as many friends call her) is one of the most dirty nailed, dirty knee-ed permaculture gals you will ever meet. She was born in the mid-west and raised by a Russian/Polish grandmother and northern Italian grandfather. Being of such old world influence, the garden, the orchard and food in general has always been a key part of family and of life. At age 5 her family moved from Indiana to Arizona and her relationship with the desert began. All through childhood, Rhondalita could be found catching lizards, climbing up the palo verde or fig trees, cutting cardoon from the garden or helping on all levels with meal preparation, baking and putting food by. This is most likely what groomed her to become such an enthusiastic organic farmer, her passion and right lively hood since 1997.

At age 18, Rhondalita met Phyllis Hogan of the Wintersun Trading Co. & the Arizona Ethno-botanical Research Association (AERA). She quickly became one of Phyllis' primary wildcrafters, attended all of her medicinal plant walks in the San Francisco mountains and many places on the Mogollon Rim and volunteered at her herb store. This friendship/mentorship lasted for 5 years while Rhonda completed her BS in Biology & Creative Writing at NAU in Flagstaff, AZ.

  In 1992 Rhonda attended the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine in New Mexico and completed the 500 hour program to become a Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH). She was fortunate enough to study with master herbalists like the late MIchael Moore, the school's founder and main teacher and Tierona Lowdog. She has actively worked as an herbalist, wildcrafter, apothecary formulator and organic producer for the Wintersun (and other herbalists) and a volunteer for the AERA ever since. During this rich time of life, Rhondalita also seized the opportunity to work and research in Grand Canyon, completing 48 trips on the Colorado River through the entire canyon system in the capacity of expedition cook, support boatman, licensed river guide, field biology/geology researcher, and ethno-botanical interpreter.

At age 29, site unseen, Rhondalita moved to Port Townsend in order to heed the calling she had been having to organically farm and sail the pacific ocean. She began her farming career at Colinwood Farm and Abundant Life Seed Foundation and sailed on the Adventuress, the Catalyst and other Puget Sound based boats. In 2001, she transitioned to Orcas Island where she lived on & co-managed both Morning Star and Maple Rock Farms for 2 seasons each. From 2005-2011, Rhondalita leased 10 fertile acres in Crow Valley, conjured up a sustainable design, and became the lead farmer and sole proprietress of La Campesina Project, the island's only to-date totally off-the-grid organic production & education farm.

Working with a volunteer, island based work force (with ages ranging from 3-65 years old) La Campesina had a great 7 year run, growing more than $50,000 worth of local organic island food/culture each year, in the form of farmer's market, CSA, farm to cafeteria, island chefs, work trade, food bank donations, nursery stock & seeds along with leading many hand's on workshops, farm tours and parties for all ages. The farm produced over 300 different varieties of open pollinated veggies, flowers, herbs, fruits, seeds, nursery stock & value added foods along with a vital flock of heritage chickens, multiple hives of holistically manged honey bees and the neighboring rancher's free ranged cattle. Rhondalita was instrumental in the island's agri-culture/agri-education vision, working with other farmers, teachers and administrators to bring into fruition one of the country's most honored Farm to Classroom/Farm to Cafeteria programs. She was also on the dynamic adult-teen team that created and nurtured the island's FEAST (farm education & sustainability for teens) progarm for over 10 years.

Add to this a rare opportunity to teach/learn with the Bullocks at their Permaculture Homestead for 8 years, where Rhondalita led the beneficial plant walks & inspired the student body in the wiildcrafting, tincture & salve making foray that got everyone's hands & hearts dirty!!! She also taught the "No Fear" bee keeping portion of the design course, opening hives and minds to the amazing world of the honeybee-human connection. She taught/attended the PDC in the summer of 2006, while breaking ground on La Campesina Project. She also completed 5 year working apprenticeship with Sam Bullock (learning how to apply the PC methods to a green landscaping, land stewardship & orchard management business model) & a 5 year working apprenticeship with Jorgen Harle, master Blacksmith (learning all aspects of cold/hot metal shop fabrication & forging). Rhonda's time on Orcas was definitively fecund.

Rhondalita has been satifying her desire to travel & sail as much as time & growing seasons will allow. One of her most favorite places to adventure is the south pacific. In 2012, she left Orcas & the full time agrarian life to venture into the unknown, become the cultural minority & challenge herself in new ways. The incarnation of Dirt Girl Eco-Ag Designs kicked off with a year long trip to New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. 

All throughout the south pacific and it's atolls, Rhonda work traded/consulted on organic farms, taught at PC homesteads, broke ground on new food systems at eco-retreats, worked with local bee keepers in the Manuka tree forests and crewed as many sailboats and tall ships as possible. Her favorite aspects of this journey include leading an international wwoofer crew at Solscape Eco-retreat in Raglan, NZ. Over 6 weeks, they broke ground on multiple new food gardens, filled the greenhouse with flats of transplants and mapped out the planting successions for the eco-retreat's next best step towards self sufficiency.

She also recorded her longest sail-to-date in the great southern ocean while crewing aboard a 54 ft sloop, with 3 other crew for a 12 day blue water crossing from Pahia, NZ to Suva, Fiji and then on to Samoa and Tonga. She rounded out this experience with a true pacifica cultural immersion and apprenticed with master weaver Mandy Sunlight and other Maori women weavers, attending multi-day Wanangas (weaving co-ops) learning the fine art of flax (Harakeke) harvest and traditional basket (Kete) making. 

Now a resident of Marrowstone Island for nearly 3 years, Rhondalita continues to own/operate Dirt Girl Eco-Ag Designs & to do positive impact Permaculture work on the Olympic Peninsula and the West Coast of the USA. She is currently a student of heritage animal husbandry (learning breeding-to-butchering skills) and spends alot of time pruning/restoring/gleaning many of the island's heritage fruit trees. From this effort she has learned/taught the art & science of fruit wine, open fermented cider and mead making for about 3 years.

At present, she is also a beginner Bio-dynamic student and a fledgling draft horse power teamster. Her plans include starting a formal apprenticeship in the near future to get certified as a BD practitioner & consequently trained as a Demeter Certifier. 

She calls Mystery Bay home on Marrowstone and spends her free time hiking, camping and wildcrafting the area's beaches, Olympic mountains & wild west coast, flying kites, swimming and paddle boarding with her Australian Cattle Dog, Oso Valentino.












dirt girl eco-ag designs (2012-present)

Organization/Busines Description:

Dirt Girl Eco-Ag Designs practices positive impact permaculture. I am the Sole Proprietress, Rhonda Ann Barbieri, lead designer and garden coach. I work with people and ecosystems to obtain the optimum organic beneficial results for all. Environments may include newly developed homes/farms/landscapes where a new design can be installed & managed, an existing home/farm/scape that needs stewarding/maintenance or an old farm/homestead who's fruit trees and other perennials, pastures and gardens are in need of full restoration.

I work with both the private steward and the professional, with native plants, cultivars, food crops, ornamentals, you name it. I can also consult/design on the full diet approach to farming and include the pollinator/animal/wilderness/seed to seed/preserved/fermented/butchered aspects to self sufficiency.

My love of the natural world is only paralleled by my passion for agriculture and community. I love working side by side, shoulder to shoulder with all ages to reach our most common goal... clean ecosystems and clean food!!!

Workshop/Panel Title:
Beneficial Plants of Marrowstone Lighthouse Point

Join me on a wonderful walk that will broaden your plant horizons & deepen your sense of place for this enchanting island. Marrowstone Point has an abundance of beneficial plants who's uses include many preventative & curative traditional medicines, fibers for weaving, wild forage foods, dyes, ceremonial significance and more. We will discover over 2 dozen species, will learn their common & scientific names and families, will share in our collective knowledge & use of them and will engage all of our senses while doing so. A wonderful workshop for beginner herbal enthusiasts and seasoned ones as well. Sustainable harvesting techniques & seasons will be discussed & tincture/tea/salve recipes shared.

This walk is an excellent pre-cusor to the herbal medicine making workshop. Kindly dress for some time outside.

Workshop 2 Title:
Herbal Medicine Making- Tinctures, Teas & Salves

Join me for an openhearted, hand's on approach to formulating the essentials of your own home herbal apothecary. Tinctures, teas and salves have been wildcrafted, formulated and employed by traditional herbalists for generations with great holistic success. In this workshop we will work side by side, preparing freshly harvested herbs into liquid extracts, herbal decoctions and healing balms. We will use simple, tried and true recipes and methods that will empower you to better understand the medicines growing in your very own back yard. And best of all, you can render them in your own kitchen for seasons of good health to come!!! The workshop also includes the ethics, tools & techniques of sustainable wildcrafting, the methods,tools & inputs for preparing vital teas, effective tinctures (both with grain alcohol & n/a alternatives) and an olive oil & bee's wax based salve that you can personalize with essential oils.

Come prepared to roll up your sleeves and get busy... this is a kinetic learner's delight!!! Attending the Beneficial Plants of Marrowstone Lighthouse Point first is a plus!!!

Workshop 3 Title:
Fermenting the Harvest: Fruit Wines, Ciders & Meads

Join me for a yummy, info packed, hand's on workshop were we render gleaned fruit from this season's bountiful harvest into libations galore!!! We will make a blackberry-huckleberry-blueberry wine, learning the critical ingredients and proportions, tools and techniques, stages of fermentation and bottling nuances. We will also discuss and observe    "open ferment" apple & pear ciders and a mixed botanical honey mead. Designed to enliven your senses, strengthen your intuition and develop your intellect, this workshop provides the bootstrap "know how" of the alchemy of "fruit gone ferment".

 Quite possibly we will be taste testing a "flight" of 8-12 different wines and ciders from the last 3 seasons' bounty of regional fruits. So don't miss out on this one!!!



Workshop 4 Title:
Fall Fruit Tree Pruning: Restoration & Vitality

Join me as we honor some of our most important elders: heirloom fruit trees. Fort Flagler, Marrowstone Island, all of Jefferson County is teaming with hundreds of old apples, pears, plums, quince, fig and other fruit trees that are in need of stewardship. Please be a part of the evolution of earth workers who are identifying the needs of mostly forgotten arboreal elders who sometimes bear fruit that "nobody" harvests. In this workshop we will walk to and circle around a few trees on site. We will observe/discuss their pruning/shaping needs and hopefully (with permission from the park) will ascend ladders and limbs to accomplish some necessary cuts to provide better vigor, health & fruit production for years to come. We will explore options in pruning techniques & tools, types of cuts and how to identify what to take out & what to leave. All work will be done on a human scale, with handsaws and pruners.

Kindly bring your own tools and/or gloves if you have them and dress for some time outside.

Terri Wilde

Rockport, WA

Terri Wilde is a food and medicine forager, plant medicine maker, organic farm worker, and permaculture enthusiast. She has a PDC from Chris Shien of the Oakland Permaculture Institute and has helped teach his permaculture design courses. She has studied indigenous food management practices at Western Washington University and offers plant walks in numerous venues; Padilla Bay Reserve, Academy of Lifelong Learning, Rockport Eagle Festival, Bellingham Free Skool, and pretty much where ever asked.  She studies and eats wild mushrooms, knows many star constellations and enjoys sing-a-longs and stand-up comedy. She composts her poop in her personally designed poop palace.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Low Tech Human Poop Composter Design

Learn and share simple ways to complete the fertility cycle by composting human poop. We can do better than pooping in our water supply, or horror of horrors, using port-o-potties!  Learn a simple design of pooping directly into a two bin compost system, that avoids having to manage the waste until it is fully composted and available as a rich fertilizer.

Workshop 2 Title:
Community Plant Walk

Let's explore the local flora together. All welcome to learn and share what we find, smell, taste and know about the plant friends growing here.

Benjamin Pixie

Benjamin Pixie is a beekeeper, herbalist, traditional foods cook, hide tanner, crafter of and with the wild, magician, teacher and practitioner of ancestral skills.  He studied plant medicine with Michael Moore at the southwest school of botanical medicine.  His work in  this world is in celebrating the much entangled gifts and medicines of plants and animals. He sees plant medicine as a portal to destroy the division between humans and nature- a door to become  an active dancing participant in the wild world all around us. 


Pixie Honey Company

Workshop/Panel Title:
Tannin & Tannin rich plants in the ecosystem: food, forage, medicine & technology:

 We will celebrate the endless generosity of the plant people- discuss the role of wild tannin producers as well as the many benefits non natives have to offer for the homestead, humans & non humans alike.  We will share demonstrations and step by step advice on how to use leaves and bark to make locally tanned leather (veg tan or bark tan) and fur that requires no chemicals from the industrial world.

Blythe Barbo

Sequim, WA

Blythe Barbo has over 40 years experience in organic gardening. She currently conducts a little backyard horticultural experiment on a couple of acres just outside of Sequim, WA (“Barbolian Fields”). She is probably best known for her garlic, at one point growing 27 varieties and nearly 1500 bulbs, sold across the U.S. and abroad; however, when she started learning about permaculture, she started seeing the garlic business as a monocrop that was out of sync with the ecosystems she wanted to create. She started filling in the empty spaces with herbs, berries, willows, and other useful plants. It became an obsession! At last count, she was growing over 300 varieties of plants (none in huge quantity), building resilient systems supportive of wildlife, the planet, and its human caretakers. Blythe decided to get a PDC in 2014; her project was on the importance of building backyard diversity, with a focus on creating habitat supportive of honeybees and other pollinators.

Blythe has an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration (EMBA) with an emphasis in strategy development and marketing. She worked for 14 years at the Battelle Marine Sciences Laboratory where she did a lot of proposal writing, technical editing, PR, marketing, business strategy development, trend analysis, and administrative support. Since leaving the lab, she has done consulting, grant writing, and proposals for nonprofits and small businesses. Usually, though, she can be found playing in the dirt.


Barbolian Fields

Organization/Busines Description:

Barbolian Fields is located just outside of Sequim, Washington. We sell a variety of herbs, plants, seeds, garden products, Solexx greenhouse material, Warré beehives, and assorted creations. We are trying to transform our garden into more of a permaculture food forest, with somewhat chaotic results!  We are currently growing over 300 varieties of plants (uncommon fruits, berries, herbs, willows, perennial vegetables, native plants, and nectar and pollen plants for bees) on about an acre of land.  In the process, we are working to create regenerative mini-ecosystems that conserve water, build soil health, and provide habitat for pollinators and wildlife.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Diversified Income Streams and Security through Permaculture

This is a crash course of sorts in business strategy. Some say permaculture is great in theory, but weak in practice. Can you really make a living using permaculture? I say yes! Just let me count the ways...

This talk will look at the importance of diversity, which is key to the strength & resiliency of any ecosystem, as well as to ourselves – and how we can create a business strategy that identifies multiple income streams from different products and skillsets.

Of course, at the heart of any permaculture project – and of our lives - are the three ethics: care of the earth, care of people, & care of the future by limiting our consumption, taking only what we need, and giving back the surplus. We look at how we can apply these ethics and Mollison & Holmgren principles to our business endeavors.

In addition, we use what is called the What IF (Interacting Factors) model to better understand the influences of sectors, zones, and the importance of relationships and community to successfully implementing our business strategy and reaching (beyond) our goals.

In the words of Bill Mollison, “The only ethical decision is to take responsibility for our own existence and that of our children.” When we are successful, we are able to do more good things! 

Bomun Bock-Chung

Snohomish, WA

Alternative building instructor and innovator, Bomun builds unique and innovative structures. He has been in New Zealand for the last 8 years developing new building systems, systems which provide a home without the debt and financial burden that normally come with new construction. He accomplishes this with:


- Local materials thoughtfully harvested  


- Recycled components utilized in creative ways


- A shelter designed for the bio-region 




The Shelter Craft Project

Organization/Busines Description:

Our basic human needs - Food, Shelter, and Water. 


The Shelter Craft Project explores different ways to provide shelter.  Our shelters are designed to enhance life and give back to it's occupants and the natural environment while reducing the need for large amounts debt.  


The Shelter Craft Project is focused on innovations which can help live closer to our values while providing financial freedom so we can our time doing the important things. We design and build with the permaculture principles at the core.


We explore better ways to build into the future, a future where we live in harmony with our planet and our natural environment. Let's create shelters that work with nature. 



Workshop/Panel Title:
Rethinking Home

Done right, our home can empower us to accomplish our dreams.  Done wrong, it can keep us stuck in the rat-race doing work that sucks the life out of us.  Owning your own home is what we ultimately dream of, right?  So why does it feel like a ball and chain when we finally achieve home ownership?  In this workshop we'll explore what is going on here and some different options moving forward. 




Workshop 2 Title:
Building Dirt Cheap Shelter

Bomun has been building low cost shelters in New Zealand for the last 8 years.  This is his journey of discovering lots of cool things that worked and a few things that didn't.  We'll go through the different types of building techniques he's explored and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You'll learn the tricks he used to build a super low cost round house and more. 




Brian Kerkvliet

Bellingham, WA

I have been interested in gardening and appropriate technology since I was a kid. Inspired by my grandpa Jerry who ran an integrated farm on South Whidbey island. He was visited by Bill Mollison in the early 70's. After taking many short workshops on animals, grafting, gardening etc. my wife took a PDC with the Bullock brothers which I visited often. We held a PDC in 2009 here at Inspiration Farm featuring Robin Francis and Doug Bullock as instructors among others.

Inspiration Farm is an 12 acre homestead styled farm since 1994. Integrating Biodynamic and Permaculture practices in relation to annual & perennial food systems, animal husbandry, appropriate technology, land/water nutrient management. Currently we have 1.5 acres in annual production and 2 acres of fruit, nut and other perennials. We have chickens, milk cow, goats and raise turkeys and pigs most years. Our vision at Inspiration Farm is to co-create an environment to experiment and learn methods of creative and regenerative, resilient thriving. Biodynamic farming is a type of organic farming that incorporates an understanding of natural dynamic forces not yet fully understood by science. By working creatively with these subtle energies, we are able to significantly enhance the health of our farm affecting the quality of the soil, nutrition and flavor of the food grown. Throughout the year we have a variety of Events, Tours and Workshops. This year we are hosting several workshops on permaculture and sustainable practices. Contact us if you would like to be notified on workshops that we will be hosting or would like to bring a group for a experiential farm tour.


Inspiration Farm

Organization/Busines Description:

Our vision at Inspiration Farm is to co-create an for holistic regenerative living systems environment. Supporting those who inhabit the land and the surrounding community. Inspiration Farm is an environment for fun learning, sharing, living, testing, growing, creative, evolution. We aim to create an abundance within our environment while simultaneously enriching the land, of which we are just stewards. Benefiting from successes as well as mistakes, we hope to share the lessons of regenerating the land through workshops, tours, media and by example.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Scythes the Cutting Edge

Sell the weed eater and use a scythe! Maintain your body, not your machines. Learn the sharper points of this elegant tool. Thought to be old school, but better blades and an ergonomic set makes them one of the most efficient tools out there. Learn what makes a good scythe, how to select a scythe for your needs and how to properly maintain it for years of efficient use.

Bruce Horowitz

Bellingham, WA

Bruce "Spruce" Horowitz is a certified Permaculture Designer and Teacher, and Organic Gardener and Composter Educator, who has organized design courses worldwide with luminary teachers such as Brian Kerkvliet of Inspiration Farm, Doug Bullock, Penny Livingston, Starhawk, Gabriel Howearth, nd Dave Boehnlein. Bruce also holds a master's degree from New College of California in the Culture, Ecology and Sustainable Community Program and works with communities and organizations on regenerative human ecosystem design. Currently he is on the steering committee of the Cascadian Homesteaders Community Land Trust, and over the years has helped pioneer many eco-endeavors including a Bio-fuels Research Coop and a Political Theater Troupe. He has also been a board member of many eco-activist organizations and festivals, including Island Earth Fair, The Cascadia Skillshare Faire, and Transition Whatcom. Based in Bellingham, WA, Bruce designs and installs productive paradises via his design/mentor company RIPE Landscapes, caters eco-gourmet cuisine via The Sun Kitchen, works as a green business consultant, and is currently trying to stay still long enough to write a book!


RIPE Landscapes, The Sun Kitchen

Workshop/Panel Title:
Access to Land: Roundtable Discussion

Access to land is critical to creating resilsient and regenerative systems! How are folks transcending the normal barriers to land access? What social permacultrue structures are working to help sustain land arrangements? (Which arent?!) This is an open forum to share ideas, practical advice and working models.



Workshop 2 Title:
Creating Successful Permaculture Courses and Programs

Putting on permaculture courses can take a huge investment of time and energy! What models are working for teachers/organizers? Can we create guilds of different skills to help co-create multiple courses with multiple yields over the long run (and not keep re-inventing the wheel each time)? How are successful courses and programs that are highly impactful and are regenerative for the organizers structured, and how do they evolve over time?

Workshop 3 Title:
Embodying Permaculture

(Pending Collaborative agreement of Nala Walla) --- How do we get into our bodies -- even at, or especially at -- heady events such as PC Convergences? This playshop is a moment to focus on zone zero: the self/body through movement, dance and sound. 



Workshop 4 Title:
Ecstatic Dance

Take a moment to move zone zero: your body -- in free form style to down-tempo, organic electronic music and live instruments. Bring instruments to jam along if you feel it.

Charlotte Anthony

Kimberly, Oregon

Charlotte has been gardening and farming for 50 years.    She took her PDC at the time of Hurricane Katrina  (2005) and realized that permaculture was the language for what she had been doing for most of her life -- observing the earth, the weather and plants and adjusting what she did accordingly.   Lifelong she has had a desire to serve and after learning about permaculture felt that permaculture had the answers for the most of the world’s problems.

Beginning in 1970, she worked in New England for a commercial orchardist on the recommendation of her biodynamic advisor because he could teach her what to look for to have a productive orchard, such as when the pests would significantly damage the crops, problems caused from insufficient nutrition, and much more.

When she planted one of the first organic orchards in New England her mentor came to learn from her.  She was in charge of the permaculture gardens in New Orleans, working with between 25 and 100 volunteers a day.  She also did work with bioremediation in New Orleans.

She and her team helped create more than 650 gardens in people’s yards with a pay it forward system.    Permaculture was used to enhance the soil and great yields with minimum imputs were gotten in these first year gardens, especially with microbe innoculations.  She helped people create food forests in Oregon and California. She was on the board of the Northwest Permaculture Association and helped put  on the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, twice. 

Charlotte studied and served farmers in India for 2 years.   She was delighted to find out that India had a 10,000 year history of sustainable farming and all that she knew and much more, especially regarding dry land agriculture was part of India’s heritage.  Unfortunately, in the last 60 years most of the farmers had been sold the chemical bill of goods and needed reminding of this heritage.  She started the Mother Who Plants Trees Project where she helped start food forests in response to India’s crying need for restoring the soils, the ground water and  the rain. 

On return from India, incorporating all that she had learned,  she began Terra Lingua Farm which is a dry land food forest in the desert of Eastern Oregon (8-14 inch of rain per year).

She hopes to impact how farming is done around the world as these methods are less expensive for the farmer, giving them a bigger bottom line and also regenerate the soil, mitigate climate change, reverse desertification and alleviate starvation.   Her website is handsonpermaculture1.org.


Terra Lingua Farm

Organization/Busines Description:

Terra Lingua Farm was started after I returned from 2 years studying and practicing permaculture in India.  i saw  Narsanna Koppula doing a food forest with 20 inches of rain without irrigation and without fertilizer.  I saw Bhaskar Save increasing rainfall over his 17 acres with mulch rows every 30 feet.  I felt that doing a dry-land food forest in a desert and increasing rain fall there while regenerating the soil by exponentially increasing the carbon content, would transform farming and decided this was a task worth doing and a task desperately needed for these times.

I grew vegetables while in India when there was a failed monsoon, with maybe one inch of rain during the whole 3 month growing cycle.  How?   Microbe inoculations. I decided that it would serve the world to grow a dry-land food forest in a desert environment - 8 - 14 inches of rain a year.

So we began this task in may of 2016.  We have had some difficulties, and trust that all will proceed.  We will measure the costs of the inputs and outputs of this farm and expect that the gain to farmers will be considerably more than industrial farming with less labor.  We will also measure carbon content in the soil.  A saying I quote a lot is 

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.  To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  Buckminster Fuller

Workshop/Panel Title:
Terra Lingua farm to demonstrate that industrial agriculture is obsolete

Our presentation will be about what we are doing on the farm.  We will share what is working and what is not working.  

1) microbial innoculations.
2) hedgerows
3) cover croppng with chop and drop for mulch beds every 30 feet.
4) contour plowing with a chisel plow to hold moisture.
5) planting of trees including fruit, nut, forest trees, berry bushes, vines, herbs, perennial vegetables, self seeding annual vegetables as well as grains, legumes and oil seeds.
6) plantings are mostly from seed because of the lack of water to water in transplants.

We were going to limit our plantings to those which would be expected to succeed in dry land areas.  After seeing a video by Gabe Brown where he planted 30 acres of vegetables successfully in North Dakota where he gets 14 inches of rain water a year, we decided that with good carbon content in the soil to increase the water holding capacity, we could grow normal orchard fruits such as apples, along with the dry-land crops.

We will not have definitive results by the time of the convergence on this.

We  chose 20 acres as that is a little more than the site where Bhaskar Save increased the rainfall on his.

When I work on the land I feel a connection with the  universe and would hope that everyone has the opportunity to experience that connection by farming for themselves.  These methods would work on a small scale with the advantage of the large acres coming from neighbors working side-by-side.  I do not see this happening soon and the solutions that this system of farming presents are needed desperately now.

I want to have a good discussion about both these methods and the need for broad-scale permaculture. 

I would love to have a  panel  with discussion about this.

Workshop 2 Title:
The world NEEDS PERMACULTURE solutions now

would like this to be a round table discussion where people talk about solutions and what are needed to make them happen.


Our local communities and cities, states and governments, as well as the rest of the world NEEDS PERMACULTURE solutions now. HOW CAN WE HELP THESE SYSTEMS BE APPLIED WHERE THEY ARE NEEDED?

1.  People need money to support themselves and this is not forthcoming when we provide community and larger solutions.   What are the solutions?
2. In my case, I am out in an isolated place and do not have the social life that I need.  One way i could see getting this is maybe a weekly call with colleagues bent on problem solving some of these issues, with some attention to specific problems. I do not have these answers and perhaps this would work better as a panel.

Workshop 3 Title:
Applying permaculture to broad-acre farmland. Roundtable Discussion.

Proposed by Charlotte Anthony, Terra Lingua Farms.

If permaculture could talk to broad-acre agriculture what would it say? Charlotte wants to get together and discuss how permaculture can be used to restore the world’s farmland. Do you have ideas?  Particularly invited are people with farming experience. Currently scheduled for Session E. Perhaps a short meeting can happen Friday evening after Paul Stamets.
Here is a quote often used by Bill Mollison
“If we don’t stop agriculture we’re all dead”.
Here is a video with Charlotte Anthony.
https://www.indiegogo.com/ projects/funding-for-terra- lingua-farms/x/6482952#/
A personal recommendation from Michael Pilarski. In regard to permaculture speaking to broad scale agriculture one person’s work especially stands out. Permaculturist, Darren Doherty, combines permaculture, Keyline system, HM (Holistic Management) and more in his Regrarian Platform. Lots of videos on Youtube.

Dave Boehnlein

Seattle, WA

Dave Boehnlein serves as the education director at Bullock's Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island, Washington. He is also the principal and a founder of Terra Phoenix Design, where he helps clients around the globe achieve their sustainability goals through integrated master planning. His freelance teaching services are highly sought after by universities, nonprofits, and other organizations. He seeks to mainstream permaculture design with integrity.

Along with permaculturist Jessi Bloom, Dave has also released the new book Practical Permaculture, which serves as an approachable introductory design resource for aspiring and experienced permaculturists alike.

Dave holds a diploma in Permaculture Education through the Permaculture Institute of North America. Dave currently serves PINA as a Pacific Northwest field advisor mentoring others seeking a diploma.

In addition, Dave is passionate about plants, especially weird but useful ones. Ultimately, Dave just wants to make the world a better place and eat really good fruit while doing it.


Terra Phoenix Design, Bullock's Permaculture Homestead, Bastyr University, Permaculture Institute of North America

Workshop/Panel Title:
Sustainability Lessons for Homesteaders from Traditional Japan

Homesteaders can learn a lot about how to be more energy-efficient and productive by paying attention to the strategies and methods employed by traditional and indigenous cultures around the world. Before the Industrial Revolution, people had less energy to work with (and waste!). That meant they had to be more efficient with their use of resources in order to survive. Many traditional cultures still have features of sustainability embedded in their practices today and we can learn from their wisdom. Join Dave for a whirlwind tour of sustainability lessons exemplified in both ancient and modern Japanese culture. We will explore the building techniques, land management approaches, food production, waste management, shared community infrastructure, and more that has allowed Japanese culture to flourish for thousands of years. We will explore together how all of this can be applied to your homestead, big or small!

Diane Emerson and Michael Laurie

Vashon, WA

Michael Laurie, Sustainability Consultant, Biography, August 2016

He specializes in green building, green landscaping, and water and energy efficiency consulting.   He has over 31 years of experience with thousands of sustainability projects in Washington state, 22 other states, Canada, and Singapore.

His green building consulting work includes currently consulting on 7 Built Green projects in King County.  He has 9 years of experience working as a consultant and verifier in the King County Built Green program.

In the last 6 years, he has carried out over 300 energy audits on thru the Puget Sound Energy Home Print Program.  In the last 4 years he has inspected hundreds of commercial and residential energy efficiency projects around the country. 

He has carried out over a thousand energy and water audits at facilities ranging from schools, hospitals, hotels, office buildings, apartment buildings, industrial plants, parks, homes and more.  In those audits he has found savings opportunities with irrigation systems, cooling towers, kitchen equipment, process equipment, restrooms, heating and cooling equipment, lighting, and more.

He has been consulting on and installing rainwater and rain garden systems for over 11 years now, including a number of projects in the last year.

He has developed curriculum and taught working professionals day long classes on water efficiency, rain gardens, and rainwater systems for over 15 years, including teaching several day long classes in the last 2 years in Washington and California.

In the last 10 years he has created educational information that rates the safety of pesticides and their alternatives, trained retailer staff on green alternatives to pesticides, created and presented classes on pesticides and green gardening, and researched and written articles on green gardening and pesticides.   In the last two years he has teamed with his wife, Diane Emerson, in this work.

At his home on Vashon Island he has a wide range of permaculture/sustainability measures including a green roof on his tool shed, 2 rain gardens, a compost toilet, 1,200 gallons of rainwater storage and use, drip irrigation, over 80 medicinal plants, certified wildlife habitat, pesticide free landscaping, invasive plant removal, native plant restoration, water and energy efficient appliances, a ductless heat pump, floor insulation, efficient lighting, use of local and reused materials, and more.

In a Permaculture Design Course on Vashon 2 years ago he taught sections on water and medicinal herbs and he led a tour of the permaculture features at his home and landscape.

He has a BS in Environmental Science from Western Washington University, an Associate of Technical Arts in Energy Management from Edmonds Community College, a Masters in Business Administration from Seattle University, and he has completed several certifications and classes in a variety of sustainability topics. 

Michael Laurie, Watershed LLC, P.O. Box 2315, Vashon, WA 98070
206-406-7153, mlaurie@mindspring.com, www.watershedllc.net 


Diane Emerson, Sustainability Consultant, Biography, August 2016

She specializes in, green landscaping, grant writing for sustainability initiatives, and education/activism around reduction in the use of toxic pesticides.

She has over 40 years of experience with green gardening in Washington state, Minnesota, Iowa, New Zealand, and France.  She was president of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, and introduced a community gardening program to the state, called Minnesota Green.

In 2011, Diane spent the summer guerrilla gardening in France, traveling by bicycle

In the last 3 years, teamed with her husband Michael Laurie, she has created educational information that rates the safety of pesticides and their alternatives, trained retailer staff on green alternatives to pesticides, created and presented classes on pesticides and green gardening, and researched and written articles on green gardening and pesticides.

At her home on Vashon Island she has a wide range of permaculture/sustainability measures including a green roof on the tool shed, 2 rain gardens, a compost toilet, 1,200 gallons of rainwater storage and use, drip irrigation, over 80 medicinal plants, certified wildlife habitat, pesticide-free landscaping, invasive plant removal, native plant restoration, water and energy efficient appliances, a ductless heat pump, floor insulation, efficient lighting, use of local and reused materials, and more.

In 2014 Diane organized a Permaculture Design Certificate Course on Vashon Island. It was offered on a gift basis, and was a full 10 day residential course.

She has a Permaculture Design Certificate from the Earth Activist Training program run by Starhawk in 2012, a BS in Food Science from the College of Agriculture, University of Minnesotoa, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Diane Emerson, Watershed LLC, P.O. Box 2315, Vashon, WA 98070
206-567-5492, dianeemerson@yahoo.com 



Watershed LLC, P.O. Box 2315, Vashon, WA 98070 , 206-406-7153 , mlaurie@mindspring.com, www.watershedllc.net

Organization/Busines Description:

Watershed LLC is dedicated to helping customers reduce their energy and water use, improve their landscape impact, and increase the sustainability of their properties.

We do this through energy and water audits, green building and green landscaping consulting, cost and savings analysis, project development and management, research, demonstration, and training.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Green Gardening Methods That Really Work

In this workshop we will have a Powerpoint presentation to cover the toxicity of synthetic pesticides briefly, provide greater detail on garden design elements to minimize problems, green options to address common problems with slugs, disease, insects, animals, and weeds.  We will provide handouts of our cards that rate the safety of many garden product active ingredients and methods based on scientific studies.  We will show many green products and green tools that work well.  We will address some misconceptions about green products based on what we have seen for sale at some co-op food stores and used by some well-meaning environmentalists.  We will encourage discussion with the audience because we expect the permaculturists in the audience will have a lot of experience with green methods that work and at least some experience with methods that don't work.  We will have handouts that address other resources.  We will be arriving to Fort Flagler on Thursday and will spend time trying to find examples in the landscape to incorporate into the workshop. 

Doug Bullock

Orcas Island, WA

Since 1981, Douglas Bullock has lived with his extended family, friends, and skill builders on their Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. Douglas has facilitated or directly participated in comprehensive Permaculture projects and classes at their site and at sites around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Hawai'i, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, Nicaragua, Peru, Spain, Poland, California and Washington.

Having traveled extensively collecting and studying agricultural systems, he is familiar with a wide range of climate strategies and crops. His specialties include permaculture design, tree crops, nursery practices, creating small and large-scale wetland environments, and implementing appropriate technologies. Douglas has also written articles and pamphlets on permaculture featured in the Permaculture Activist and in the International Permaculture Journal.

Douglas, it has been told, put the "cult" in Permaculture.


Bullock's Permaculture Homestead

Organization/Busines Description:

From the ground up the Bullocks and their extended family have developed their homestead over the past 34 years with permaculture principles in mind,. This has included gardens, nursery, wetland edge, Chinampas, hillside plantings, homes, outdoor living areas, workshops, chickens, ducks, bees, water systems, energy systems and a whole lot more.

With an educational program in its twenty-third year that has seen hundreds of students and thousands of visitors,The Bullock Homestead Continues to be a work in progress.

Elizabeth Dunne

Port Angeles , WA

Elizabeth has practiced environmental, land use, and civil rights law for over 10 years. After serving as the Senior Staff Attorney for the Honolulu based non-profit Lawyers for Equal Justice, Elizabeth started her own law practice, working with clients and non-profit organizations such as the Sierra Club, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), Sustainable Economies Law Center, Legalize Sustainable Living, the Lummi Nation, and various eco-villages and intentional communities. 

In 2011, frustrated with fighting for justice in "corporate America", Elizabeth took a sabbatical from the practice of law to study permaculture design and received her Permaculture Design Certificate from the Panya Project in Thailand. It was through that experience that Elizabeth found inspiration to advocate for legal structures that truly reflect the interconnection between humans and the natural environment. 

An avid surfer, hiker, and nature lover, Elizabeth is excited to call the Olympic Peninsula home after living in the Hawaiian Islands for over a decade. 



Dunne Law, a Limited Liability Law Company

Organization/Busines Description:

Passionate about re-designing the laws which govern our relationships with each other and the Earth, Elizabeth's practice, primarily through her work with the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), focuses on advocating for a legal system which recognizes the rights of local communities and of Nature herself. Elizabeth consults with intentional communities to facilitate the design of their governing documents and the resolution of disputes, and also works as a community liaison with start-up green businesses in the energy sector.     

Workshop/Panel Title:
Creating Sustinable Communities by Localizing our Legal System

This interactive presentation will discuss revolutionary developments in re-designing our legal system to recognize that local communities have the right to pass laws which increase protections for their health, welfare and natural environment. A "civics lesson" that will challenge your understanding of democracy and explore what a world would look like if we elevated the rights of eco-systems above so-called corporate rights. We will discuss recent progress with local community initiatives along with the concepts of home rule and rights of nature.   

Forest Shomer

Port Townsend, WA

FOREST SHOMER began saving seeds in 1969, and has been a full-time independent professional seedman since 1973. He founded and directed the nonprofit Abundant Life Seed Foundation, producing and distributing up to 600 types of seeds of open-pollinated vegetables, herbs and flowers, along with Northwest native species. Since 1992, he has owned and operated Inside Passage Seeds, listing 200 seeds of NW native tree, shrub, wildflower and grass species of the coastal Northwest from SE Alaska to northern California. Beginning in 1974, he has regularly given workshops on seed-saving and related issues of genetic diversity, more than 200 presentations in all. He gave the keynote address for the 2012 Northwest Permaculture Convergence at Fort Flagler, as well as for the Regenerations Seed and Plant Exchange (Kilauea, Kauai). More recently he has participated in and facilitated programs for the Hawaii Public Seed Initiative. 



Inside Passage Seeds

Organization/Busines Description:

Native seeds of "Ish River Country" -- the Salish Sea bioregion and coastal areas north and south

Workshop/Panel Title:
Native Seed Walkabout

In October, native seed is maturing all around us. We will walk a loop through several diverse areas of Fort Flagler including woodland, meadow, wetland, and shoreline, refining our seed vision and performing a few demonstration harvests, returning to our starting point in time to process the harvest and yield pure wild seed of several shrubs, flowers, and grasses. Some basic tools of small-scale seed production will be shown. These tools and skills are also applicable to garden seed production and processing.

Francesco Tortorici

Port Townsend, WA

Francesco is an engineer and appropriate technology advocate.  He was the co-founder and Director of the Norwegian Center for Appropriate Technology in the 1970s.  His interest in appropriate technologies led him to attend the ETHOS (Engineers in Technical and Humani­tarian Opportunities of Service) Conference in 2011 and through that experience he has been associated with several NGOs in the northwest that focus on promoting clean cook stoves which produce biochar.  

He collaborated with a mushroom farmer in Sequim to develop a commercial gasifer stove used to pasteurize straw and make biochar.  For the past three years he has been involved with the Port of Port Townsend designing and building biochar filters to remove heavy metals form stormwater runoff.  Most recently Francesco has teamed with several local farms (Jefferson County) in the production and incorporation of biochar.  This includes trials conducted at WSU’s Twin View Ranch on Marrowstone Island.


Olympic BioChar

Workshop/Panel Title:
Introduction to Biochar Production and Use

Attendees will be presented with an overview of biochar production and uses, including local examples.  Biochar is produced in micro-gasifier stoves, kilns and industrial processes.  Micro-gasifier stoves create cooking heat while producing biochar. On an industrial scale the Port Townsend Paper Corporation produces biochar as a byproduct of its steam producing boiler.

Biochar can be used as a soil amendment and filter media for the removal of heavy metals.  Experiments are being done locally us­ing biochar for growing organic crops, improving garden soil and sequestering carbon for hundreds of years.  Details of an ongoing project at the Port of Port Townsend where biochar filters are removing heavy metals from stormwater runoff will be presented.  Trials at several local farms that both produce and incorporate biochar will be highlighted.

Workshop 2 Title:
Micro-Gasifier Stove Demonstrations

Small micro-gasifier stoves will be demonstrated.   These stoves can be use for emergency preparedness, backyard cooking and to produce biochar.

Gil Scheiber

Snohomish, WA

Gil left the East Coast in 1980 on a bicycle and slowly traveled his way to the Pacific Northwest, learning the eco-pragmatic philosophy of farms and communities who practiced responsible techniques and principles inspired by the work of early permaculturists and biodynamic practitioners. He landed in Seattle and became an integral part of the Seattle Tilth Association, which began as a symposium for horticulture in 1974 in response to destructive agriculture and climate change, catalyzed by Masanobu Fukuoka and David Holmgren visiting Seattle. By studying under “agtivists” like Wendell Berry and Mark Musick, Gil learned about native plants, fruit forests, biodiversity and seed saving, among other developments in earth stewardship. Almost thirty years later, he founded Skipley Farm and began planting the seeds for a gorgeous property now bursting with life and abundance.


Skipley Farm

Organization/Busines Description:

Skipley Farm features Snohomish grown fruit & nursery for market, pick-your-own and CSA. Principally Organic we offer local fruit, plants, vegetables, flowers and animal products. As adjunct the staff design & implement landscapes as regional ‘Permaculture’, see Borealis Landscape & Design, Inc.

As of 2016, June we have 220 varieties of apples (1700 dwarf trees) a dozen different Seedless Grapes, a field of Blueberries, 20 Cherry trees, 20 Pear, 15 plum varieties, plantings of Kiwi, Raspberry, Blackberry, Black Currant, Gooseberries, Jostaberries and a full nursery of the best that we grow here in Western Washington.

Of lesser-known fruit you may pick Serviceberry from our 300 trees, Aronia, Autumn Olive, Thimbleberry, Elderberry, Cranberry. In future years expect Fig, Shipova, Pear, more strawberries and even more apple varieties like Calville Blanc.

Gretchen Sleicher

Port Townsend, WA

Gretchen Sleicher is a songleader who delights in weaving group singing and harmony-making into the life of communities and organizations, enhancing the meaning and messages of the Great Turning with the joy of collective song. She has studied with Joanna Macy and collected songs relevant to her work at the song-teaching website www.songsforthegreatturning.net. She lives at the Port Townsend EcoVillage.


Port Townsend EcoVillage

Workshop/Panel Title:
Singing in the Great Turning

“The Great Turning is a name for the essential adventure of our time: the shift from the industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.”
 ~ Eco-Philospher Joanna Macy

Singing together is a vital tool in this shift. For eons, humans have experienced singing as an essential tool for metabolizing emotion, sharing information and values, summoning up collective courage, affirming our connection to each other, empowering and nourishing our communities with regular experiences of shared joy and sorrow.
In this workshop, you will reconnect with your singing voice, and with the simple yet powerful act of singing together with others in harmony. We will learn songs that are easy to learn and fun to sing, encapsulating the teachings of Joanna Macy and others on the elements of the Great Turning. Participants will leave enlivened, with a repertoire of songs to share in their home communities, and affirmation of their own contributions to the Great Turning.

Hannah Poirier

Port Townsend, WA

Placecraft organizer...
I began studying Permaculture in Forest Grove, Oregon in 2008. I mentored Permaculture classes as a student at Pacific University, specializing in collaborative group client design projects, and was involved with 3.5 acre Permaculture Project "B Street", a 50x100 blank-lot garden "Life & Sol", and thePlanet Repir Institute. I was a primary organizer for the Village Building Convergence in 2010, 2011, Placemaking Coordinator for 2012, and continue to volunteer for City Repair, working with student groups occasionally. I've traveled to many farms, intentional communities, and focused community gatherings, drawings insights from diverse groups of people and landscapes to inform my work... I study astrology about as much as I study Permaculture, and I love to write and sing. Probably in a workshop, we'll sing. And probably in a workshop, I'll bring in the stars. :)



Organization/Busines Description:

Placecraft is Cultivating a sense of Place:
a sense of Place on Earth and a sense of place within our Spirits, bringing Life to places in the physical world and enlivening the Soul. Supporting community permaculture and placemaking projects by providing classes and educational material. We encourage the power, wisdom, and creativity the group to bring out the unique gifts in each project by collaborative facilitation and training future project organizers. 

Heidi Bohan

Carnation, WA

Heidi is the author of People of Cascadia. She says about herself, "Knowledge about native plants and their uses have been gifted to me in many ways; in the way I live my life, the people I surround myself with, the places I have traveled to, and in constant search for traces of the ancestors that have gone before us. It has been my work for the last 18 years to pass this knowledge on to those who care to learn through writings, workshops, presentations, classroom programs, curriculum development and more".


The People of Cascadia, Gatherer to Gardener

Workshop/Panel Title:
Focus on Nuts- Skills Share area

We will use basic equipment to create expelled oil from walnuts, nut butters, acorn meal, and other products from locally grown nuts such as walnuts, acorns, hazelnuts, chestnuts and more. (This will complement the workshop 'Bounty of the Forest Edge')

Workshop 2 Title:
Bounty from the Forest Edge

We will explore the native and naturalized plants of the Pacific Northwest that occur in our forest edge, ways we can enhance the forest edge to include these plants, and the many ways in which we can use them, including unique products such as bigleaf maple syrup, nut oils and butters, natural dyes, and traditional plant medicines.

huckleberry leonard

Matlock, WA


Edible Landscape design and installation, Edible Plants Specialist


Natural Builder (timberframe, cob, adobe, reciprocating roof roundhouse)

Zoologist and Naturalist

Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Instrument Maker,TV

PC Instructor (Australia,New Zealand,S. Africa,England,Wales,USA,Chile,Peru,Brazil,Costa Rica)


Clearwater Sanctuary

Workshop/Panel Title:
Millennial Forestry

An exploration of how to live in the forest using PC design and intense observation to create a perpetual forest yielding food,sustenance and forest products (including quality old growth),integrating domestic livestock,gardening and orchards and minimizing or excluding the use of fossil fuel machinery.

Irene Hinkle

Olympia, WA

I have a Masters degree in Environmental Education from Western Washington University and have been a permaculture practitioner for over 35 years. I have recently moved to Olympia to care for my elderly parents and am self employed as a Sustainability Educator. I have been an educator about waste management, recycling, household hazardous wastes, climate change, ozone depletion, air quality, water quality, marine water quality, invasive species, inter-tidal zone management, cob construction, alternative energy technologies, integrated pest management, composting, hugelculture gardening, reconceptualizing "weeds", herbal medicinals, and more for the last 35 years. I have been a fiber artists for 45 years and am proficient in the use of all plant and animal fibers for basket weaving, paper making, spinning, weaving, dying, knitting, crochet, wet and needle felting.


Finer Fiber Arts

Organization/Busines Description:

Finer Fiber Arts includes one-of-a-kind handcrafted wearable, functional, or visual art made from sustainably-harvested plant and animal fibers that reflect the natural beauty of the Salish Sea area of Turtle Island/ the Pacific Northwest of the United States. I also create with different clays and baking them using solar energy. I make baskets, paper, felt (wet and needle felting), natural dyes from plants and fungi, handspun yarns, weavings, knitted and crocheted items, fine and fungi art, medicinal teas and tinctures, salves and lotions, and handmade sculptures and beeswax candles. 

Workshop/Panel Title:
Weaving Weeds

Learn how to make use of your garden trimmings, woody waste or invasive plants to create beautiful and function baskets. Participants will weave their own basket to take home. Materials fee: $25/person. 4 hour workshop.

Workshop 2 Title:
Beginner Fiber Weaving for Kids

Learn how to weave fibers, which are pieces of plants or animal "hair" like the wool of sheep.

We will create something you can take home with you.

All materials provided. Adult helpers welcome. Limited to 5 children at a time, more with adult helpers. Ages 4 and above.

duration: 1 hour total, many kids can finish weavings in 15 - 30 minutes. 

Jan Spencer

Jan Spencer lives in Eugene and has been transforming his 1/4 acre suburban property for 16 years.  He has presented about permaculture, social, economic and culture issues, edible landscaping and urban land use coast to coast from Oakridge and Coos Bay to UC Irvine, U of Kansas, Yale and MIT.  Jan was also a core planner for the recent 2016 North American Permaculture Convergence in California.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Aspects of Regime Change

This presentation can be a powerful tool for explaining to friends, family and colleagues, the importance of permaculture and regime change. 

The presentation will touch on why market capitalism as we know it, is not an ally for a green and peaceful world by explaining market value, external cost and sector analysis while debunking several traditional economic and political mythologies.

The presentation will also reference a graphic [that Jan has created] that features a set of three social/economic/environmental elements, over the past 60 years, that are a great way to better understand and explain to others, historically, the importance of this period of time in terms of permaculture and the personal/societal choices available.

We will have a look at transforming a suburban property and greening the nearby neighborhood.  Also an explanation of taking permaculture ideas further into the mainstream by making creative use of allies and assets in the community such as city programs, neighborhood associations, communities of faith and more.  We will also have a look at the 2015 Northwest Permaculture Convergence, which took place in Eugene in a suburban neighborhood recreation center. This event, with much of it free to the public, is a great example of taking permaculture further into the mainstream.

Finally, we will see how greening our lives, homes and communities can be an important part of creating a planet and people friendly green "repair" economy and culture that can serve as a critical part of bringing about regime change.

Jim Gilbert

Molalla, OR

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Northwoods Nursery

Organization/Busines Description:

Founded in 1979 by Jim Gilbert, Northwoods Nursery grows a wide variety of fruiting plants for wholesale customers, including garden centers, online nurseries and commercial growers.  Northwoods is located on 66 acres in the fertile Willamette Valley of Oregon, a center of nursery production.  Northwoods has pioneered new and innovative growing methods and has received sustainability awards from both the State of Oregon and the City of Portland.  Among it's sustainability practices, all of Northwoods' farm equipment and most of its vehicles operate on vegetable oil-based bio-diesel, field crops are drip irrigated and excess irrigation water from container plants is captured and reused.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Temperate zone fruit exploring in Eurasia and North America

 Jim and his partner Lorraine Gardner have traveled extensively in the former Soviet Union and in many other regions of the world, including Asia, Europe and North America. Jim will talk about their travels, the knowledgeable people they have met and the interesting and valuable fruiting plants they have found and introduced to US gardeners and growers.  Jim will also show photos of many of these unique fruits.  

Workshop 2 Title:
How we grow our plants in a sustainable way: Panel Discussion

There is currently a labor shortage in agriculture, so we have pioneered using plasticulture for growing nursery plants and we are also using landscape fabric as a ground cover in our orchard and mother block.  It has significantly reduced labor needs and water use. What are other strategies for continuing to farm sustainably?

Joe Bullock

Orcas Island, WA

Joe lives on Orcas Island with his wife, Irina, and two kids, Pasha, and Vanya. He has been involved with horticulture for over forty years. His interests range from fruit trees to perennials, from food forests to fungi. Joe has been involved in numerous restoration projects and in fact,hasn't met a plant he doesn't like. As an acomplished stone mason Joe is at home on rocky Orcas Island.

Joe's horticultural interests have taken him to Latin America and to the former Soviet Union, and as a result he speaks both Spanish and Russian fairly well. He completed a Permaculture Design Course with Bill Mollison in 1981 in California, and has taught, thought, and lived Permaculture since then.


Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead

Organization/Busines Description:

From the ground up the Bullocks and their extended family have developed their homestead over the past 34 years with permaculture principles in mind,. This has included gardens, nursery, wetland edge, Chinampas, hillside plantings, homes, outdoor living areas, workshops, chickens, ducks, bees, water systems, energy systems and a whole lot more.

 With an educational program in its twenty-third year that has seen hundreds of students and thousands of visitors, the Bullock Homestead continues to be a work in progress.

Johnny Colden


Johnny grew up as the child of two educators on a small island in the Northwest. He currently works as a Juvenile Justice field and has been active in the Restorative Justice world since 2009.

When he is not working with conflict in a professional context, you’ll most likely find him restoring an old Victorian or reading Rumi.


National Center for Restorative Justice

Workshop/Panel Title:
I love conflict! How to change the script with Restorative Justice

An introduction to the Philosophy of Restorative Justice and how this work can transform your relationship to conflict and human relationships. Live well and do good with humans.

Praxis and hands on skills plus intro to restorative circle processes if we have time.

Joshua Smith

Eugene, OR

Joshua Smith is one of Eugene, Oregon's little known treasures. A permaculture designer of the highest pedigree, Joshua began working with organic and sustainable practices in 1971. He helped start Seeds of Change, the first all-organic seed company in the United States, in 1988. Three years later, he befriended Bill Mollison, founder of the International Permaculture Movement, and had the opportunity to teach permaculture design with him. Joshua has been designing and installing nature-mimicking, agro-ecological systems for over thirty years now and has practiced permaculture throughout the western states. He is currently doing design work in Eugene, Oregon.

Author of the just released book Botanical Treasures: Multi-Use Plants for Sustainable Systems.


Permaculture Elder

Workshop/Panel Title:
Book Release Party!

The NWPCC will be the release party for his new book Botanical Treasures: Multi-Use Plants for Sustainable Systems!

Julian Dominic

Julian helps to consult and implement resilient and community-driven designs for diverse communities from scales of urban spaces to rural farms with Witch Hazel Designs and Education. Additionally, Julian uses his skills as an instructor for The City Repair Project and as an environmental educator with Portland Public Schools. Through his travels to various land-based cultures around the world, Julian studied Sustainable Agriculture at Warren Wilson College and now spends his time growing, processing and harvesting annual and perennial foods while finding different ways to gather and feed his family and friends.


City Repair Project

Organization/Busines Description:

City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented placemaking through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. The many projects of City Repair have been accomplished by a mostly volunteer staff and thousands of volunteer citizen activists. We provide support, resources, and opportunities to help diverse communities reclaim the culture, power, and joy that we all deserve.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Houselessness, Pollination and Permaculture:
How The City Repair Project in Portland Oregon is applying modern solutions to age-old problems
In this hands-on, village-style class, we’ll explore some of the effective strategies being enacted today from Portland’s iconic grassroots organization. From combating houselessness with the integration of native committees and allyship to infiltrating corporate systems through the formidable power of bees and other pollinators. 



Workshop 2 Title:
Tortillas for Climate Change: How food, culture and the environment converge in Mayan agroforestry
While cookin’ up griddled tortillas from the age-old practice of Nixtamal (heirloom corn cooked with hardwood ash), we’ll explore the rotational forest gardening practice of the ‘Milpa Cycle’. Rooted from a multi-generationally-managed land-system that produces annual crops (corn, beans, squash, and others) the Milpa Cycle not only effectively sequesters carbon but also produces timber, fiber, medicine and pathways to ecological resilience.

Kateen Fitzgerald

Port Townsend, WA

Kateen Fitzgerald is the founder and director of the Dirt Rich School.  Where you will find her working in the garden, sharing her experience in modern homesteading, holistic animal wifery, regenerative food systems and working with the weeds. When not outdoors, she is in the class room teaching Permaculture design & how to be a lazy farmer.

“Convergence of the Heart” – Interview with  the 9TH Northwest Permaculture Convergence Presenter Kateen Fitzgerald, Dirt Rich School & Compass Rose Farm, WA. By Willi Paul, Planetshifter.com

- excerpt -

"I believe storytelling is a powerful way to pass on knowledge. I grew up in a family that loves to tell stories, often about their own experiences. So, I have listened to my Grandfather tell stories about logging the North Olympic Peninsula in the forties. To my children, who tell stories about the newest discoveries in space science. They have increased my knowledge base, giving me a bigger understanding of the world, and showing me the perspectives of others." - Kateen



The Dirt Rich School, Compass Rose Farm

Organization/Busines Description:

The Dirt Rich School is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the next generation to imitate and learn from nature in order to create a more sustainable future. The school is located on Compass Rose Farms, a stunning, lush 40-acre property that is a peaceful sanctuary with forest, fields, creeks and paths.We teach permaculture design, modern homesteading, holistic animal wifery, and sustainable food production through a mentorship program offering a hands on learning experience.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Working with the Weeds

Learn to work with your (Local plants) weeds and not against them. Explore some new ways to increase fertility and reduce labor in the vegetable garden, perennials & orchard. We will discuss how and when to use chop and drop, what to compost and what not to, living mulch, using weeds to maintain soil life through the winter months  &  Identify some amazing plants already working for you and how you can partner with them.

Ken Miller

Vashon, WA

I graduated from Bullocks Permaculture Design Program in 2008. I have been making and using biochar for 9 years. I have conducted numerous workshops on the building of TLUD char making stoves. I have given talks about biochar production and use to groups on Vashon Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. I have also been making compost for 40 plus years and am fascinated with the magic of soil science. My wife and I live happily on Vashon Island, where we raise food and make biochar.

Workshop/Panel Title:
What to Do With Biochar In Your Garden

To get the best results from biochar in the soil, it needs to be inoculated. Here is a simple outline of how to prepare biochar for optimum results in the garden. The 4 M's: Moisten, Micronize, Mineralize and Microbe Inoculation.

Kristan Johnson

Mt. Vernon, WA

Kristan is a former President of the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation.  He is also a founding member of the Permaculture Institute of North America Board.  He has practiced permaculture for over 30 years, and has taught numerous classes about how to grow your own fruits, nuts, and berries. He has designed and built both public parks and private gardens in the Northwest for over forty years, incorporating elements of edible landscaping, permaculture, and wheelchair accessibility.


Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation

Organization/Busines Description:

The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation (WWFRF) was created in 1991 to help fund Tree Fruit Varietal Research conducted at the Washington State University Research and Extension Center (NWREC) located in Mount Vernon, WA. We are dedicated to supporting research and educating the public about the special fruit growing concerns of our Pacific Northwest region.

Workshop/Panel Title:
The fruit garden at the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation

Kristan will present a power point introducing the WWFRF fruit garden and many, unusual fruits nuts and berries.  WWFRF will have a booth in the Expo.

Larry Korn

Larry lived and worked with Masanobu Fukuoka at his farm on Shikoku Island for more than two years in the 1970s.  He helped translate and edited Fukuoka-sensei's book, The One-Straw Revolution from Japanese to English and found a publisher for it in the United States. Larry also accompanied Fukuoka-sensei on his two visits to the United States in 1979 and 1986. He currently lives in Ashland, Oregon.

This workshop will discuss the life and work of Masanobu Fukuoka. Among other things it will cover the similarities and differences between natural farming and permaculture.

Marisha Auerbach

Portland, OR

Marisha Auerbach is a permaculture teacher and consultant based in Portland, OR. She has been actively practicing, studying, and teaching Permaculture in the Pacific Northwest for over a decade, specializing in food production, seedsaving, ecology, and useful plants. Her practical experience has been gained while living in both rural and urban locations. Currently, Marisha teaches at Portland Community College, Pacific University, and offers an online permaculture program through Oregon State University. She also works with a number of non-profit organizations including Maya Mountain Research Farm, The City Repair Project, Aprovecho Education Center, and Fertile Ground Community Center. Marisha is committed to sharing her passions for food security, regenerative design, biological diversity, seedsaving, permaculture, ecology, cottage industry, and positive futures. She has developed several permaculture based businesses including a plant nursery, providing edible flowers and other gourmet specialty food items to restaurants, plantable greeting cards, and herbal medicines. Marisha has offered permaculture work from the forests of Vietnam to the Rocky Mountains of the United States to the stressed conditions of Haiti. She holds advanced permaculture certificates in Permaculture Aid Work and Keyline Planning. Marisha graduated from the Evergreen State College in 1998 where she focused on ethnobotany, ecological agriculture, and sustainability studies. She currently resides in Portland, OR.


Permaculture Rising

Organization/Busines Description:

Permaculture Rising's mission is to promote and progress the healing of our planet and establishment of an ecologically harmonious human civilization using the Permaculture design system. We are dedicated to the spread of Permaculture, and offer education, design, and media services towards these ends.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Permaculture in Southern Belize

A slideshow presentation

Mark Musick

Vashon Island, WA

In 1974, Mark helped organize the Northwest Conference on Alternative Agriculture in Ellensburg, which was the catalyst for the regional Tilth movement. Musick coordinated the Tilth Association for several years. He edited the Tilth journal, organized local chapters, and published three books: Winter Gardening in the Maritime Northwest, The Future Is Abundant, and the Seattle Tilth Garden Guide.



Mark Robinowitz

Eugene, OR

Mark Robinowitz is author of Peak Choice: Cooperation or Collapse, an uncensored guide to Earth, energy and money. PeakChoice.org



Workshop/Panel Title:
Fractal Permaculture: local, bioregional, global

Fractal permaculture (local, bioregional, global) and the role of permacutlure in preparing for the "long emergency" of peaked energy and climate change.

Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

Port Hadlock, Washington

Michael Pilarski has been studying and teaching permaculture since 1981.  He combines his love of science and permaculture with a love for Nature and the Earth. He has also been studying the world of Nature Spirits and fairies since 1977 and is the founder of the Fairy & Human Relations Congress, an annual event since 2001.  How can the science of permaculture synthesize with nature spirit cooperation to create a beautiful and ecologically balanced Earth?


Friends of the Trees Society, Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild, Northwest Permaculture Convergence

Organization/Busines Description:

Friends of the Trees Society (FTS) is a small, grassroots non-profit which has been operating continually since 1978-- 37 years of service to the trees and to tree-lovers worldwide.

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.

The Northwest Permaculture Convergence (NWPCC) is an inclusive annual weekend-long event that alternates between Oregon and Washington State. The Convergence brings together a remarkable diversity of people, all with creative approaches for designing living environments, and economic and culture systems that thrive within ecologically sustainable limits. Everyone who practices the ideals of Permaculture speaks a common language across the Northwest and all over the world.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Intentional Communities Roundtable

A networking round-table of people who are in communities looking for new members and people who are interesting in starting or joining communities.  The roundtable might have to meet more than one time to satisfy the needs of those present.  This may, or may not, want to combine with Bruce Horowitz’s roundtable on Access to Land.

Workshop 2 Title:
Indigenous Voices Panel

I recently attended the Indigenous Voices Panel at the North American Permaculture Convergence in Hopland, California.  There was a big crowd to hear the panel. We want to do an Indigenous Voices Panel at NWPCC and are looking for nominations of who to invite to be on the panel.  Besides the Port Gamble S’Klallam, we are currently talking to people at the Lummi Northwest Indian College, the Squaxin Tribe Garden manager, Susan Balbas at the Na-ah Illahee Fund, HeIdi Bohan and others.  This is still coming together. Read more...

Michael Dolan

Onalaska, WA

Michael Dolan grew up in Europe and the United States and was a 1978 graduate of the Evergreen State College.  In 1980, 21 acres of logged over ground was acquired in the foothills of the Cascades and a nursery was started.  By 1984 some of the nursery trees were large enough to begin producing commercial crops.  In 1989 Michael married Carolyn Cerling and the mail order business Burnt Ridge Nursery was established as a joint venture. 


Burnt Ridge Nursery

Organization/Busines Description:

Burnt Ridge Orchards and Nursery located in the foothills of the Cascades at 900 to 1100 feet elevation in S.W. Washington.  Our Orchard crops are all certified organic, including apples (over 60 varieties), Asian pears (12 varieties), Blueberries (38 varieties), Chestnuts (over 70 varieties).  We also have a large collection of cultivars of figs, grapes, persimmon, hardy kiwi, mulberry, currants, gooseberries, walnuts, hazelnuts and other fruits and nuts.  Our produce is sold at the Olympia Farmers Market and at co-ops and grocery stores throughout the region.  Some food items are also shipped via UPS and we have a commercial kitchen for processing fruits into jams jellies and sauces. 

Our nursery emphasizes stock that is naturally disease and insect resistant, and adapted to the northwest.  Most offerings have been selected for suitability in short growing seasons, though as a mail order business we do some shipping throughout the USA.  We publish a 40 page free catalog once a year and have a web site at www.burntridgenursery.com.    

Workshop/Panel Title:
The Ultimate Food Plant - Chestnuts in the Northwest

Imagine a tree that can live over a thousand years and is capable of producing as much as thousand pounds of nuts in a year.  A tree that is hardy, widely adapted, fast growing, late blooming, annually productive, with useful flowers, leaves and wood in addition to high value nuts. We have trialed over one hundred varieties to determine the best selections for the northwest. We will discuss our experiences with growing these other nut trees as well;

Allegheny Chinkapins, 

 Almonds Black walnuts,



Chilean nut,

Ginkgo nut,

Golden Chinkapin,



Hazelnut / filberts,

Monkey Puzzle,



Pine nuts,

Persian walnut,

Shagbark hickory,

Shellbark Hickory,

Sweet pit apricots   

Workshop 2 Title:
Remarkable Fruit Crops for the Northwest: Kiwi Berries, Figs, Mulberries

Kiwi Berries: Small, smooth skinned sweet fruit eaten like seedless grapes, growing on vines native to Russia. These widely adapted plants have no serious pest problems and are becoming very popular.

Figs: Humankinds oldest cultivated food plant and among the most nutritious and sweetest of all fruits. Figs are grown from Chicago to the coast, from the Cascade foothills to apartment balconies.

Mulberries: Trees or shrubs, grown from Florida to Alaska, that produce extremely versatile sweet berries, used fresh , dried, in juices, wines, jam, pies etc. Leaves used medicinally, and as a tea, food, and source of feed for silk production. Fruit from one cultivar has been harvested twice a week through July, August, and September for 33 years in a row, our most dependable fruit crop.

Mike Maki

Olympia, WA

Mike has been involved in the ecological agriculture and forestry movements since the mid 1970′s. Mike helped pioneer organic crop certification and small farm support as the local coordinator for the USDA Cooperative Extension Service Limited Resource Farming Program, and on a regional level organizing conferences, workshops, and curriculum development.  Issues related to agroforestry have long been his personal and professional interest, including renewable energy and forest management policy. Mike has been associated with The Evergreen State College (TESC) in Olympia, WA for over 20 years, serving as manager of the TESC Organic Farm, as adjunct faculty, and in early development of the college’s ecological forestry program.

Maki also worked with individuals and businesses as a resource management consultant in the fields of bioremediation, biochar production and research, forest management and forest products development and marketing, and property management.


Agroforestry Associates, Viviendo Soil Solutions

Workshop/Panel Title:
Permaculture in Prison and Horticultural Halfway Houses

Mike recounts his prison camp experience which included teaching a permaculture design and his proposal for Horticultural Halfway Houses.

Workshop 2 Title:
Biochar in Various Applications

The national biochar conference is coming up in Corvallis in August, so Mike will be able to relate the current state of the art, plus his own growing experience.

Molly Winter

Portland, oregon

Molly leads Recode, a nonprofit dedicated to legalizing sustainability. Recode is working to ensure access to and accelerate adoption of sustainable building and development practices. She is a designer, researcher, and illustrator seeking to help others understand the science of waste treatment processes to help them make better decisions and participate in this world. Molly also lends her paintbrush to create visual explanations for organizations including Beacon Food Forest, People’s Food Coop, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Medical Reserve Corps, and USA Today. Molly’s work has been featured in MIT’s Design Issues, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Smith magazine, and Sustainability Review. Molly has given talks at Tedx Bend, Oregon Onsite Wastewater Association, and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.



Workshop/Panel Title:
Recoding for Permaculture

Can we legalize sustainability? What code barriers have been removed and what barriers are left? What strategies are successful? Hear about examples of recoding from Recode's first five years.

Morgan Brent

Morgan Brent (PhD in anthropology), is a writer, teacher, event organizer, and plant and song enthusiast.  He inaugurated 'Tribes of Creation', an organization that umbrellas various activities and events in service to the prescriptive teachings of medicinal plants, aka 'Nature's plan to save the humans’.  Among these are Singing Alive  sacred song circle events, and Plants enChant  a deep herbalism gathering.  He considers his work to be gestures of subtle activism, food for a spiritually hungry world.
Workshop/Panel Title:
Deep Herbalism

In contrast to shallow herbalism, a sort of low grade allopathic medicine, as in, 'take the tincture and make the symptoms go away', deep herbalism is a way of life, one that cultivates an empowering relationship with the healing presence of nature.   We will explore what the plants, as elder life forms, have to teach us about how we can thrive as a species, how we can blossom into the next level human, into a ‘sylva-politan’ (citizen of the society of Nature).  This introduction to deep herbalism will include world view and paradigm discussions, some clues to its expressions in human culture, and some experiential work with breath, visualizations, plant meditations, and song.

Nala Walla

Marrowstone Island, WA

Nala Walla,  MS, NTP, is an educator, performer, and nutritional therapist devoted to restoring vitality to the Body at multiple levels:  personal, political, and planetary.  She holds a masters degree in Integrative Arts and Ecology, and is founding member of the BCollective: an umbrella organization dedicated to creation of healthy and sustainable culture through the embodied arts.  Currently, Nala performs with the Harmonica Pocket Children's Show, and practices permaculture and off-grid homesteading full-time on Marrowstone Island.   Nala maintains a private Wellness Coaching practice integrating nutrition and somatics.  More information, including published work, is available at www.BWellNow.org, www.BCollective.org and www.HarmonicaPocket.com/kids.


The BCollective

Organization/Busines Description:
The BCOLLECTIVE is a rural-based umbrella organization dedicated to promoting wholistic understanding and revisioning of sustainable community, and providing the means for its practical implementation through active crosspollination between the arts and sciences. The BCOLLECTIVE aims to blend arts practice, teaching and performance with permaculture principles in order to build a thriving, commonsense model of community.  Located on a rural Pacific Northwest Island, BCOLLECTIVE provides residential opportunities to artists interested in the grounding influence that nature and simple living can offer their work.
BCollective member Nala Walla offers Wellness Coaching and Somatic Repatterning.  Repatterning work combines nutritional and epigenetic sciences with somatic practices (along with a helping of good old common-sense) to approach wellness in a way that honors the entire mind-body system. By gently increasing awareness of our habits and their connections to pain, tension and fatigue, we begin the process of "reprogramming"' healthier patterns. 
Workshop/Panel Title:
Zone Zero: Towards an Embodied Activism

Our own body is our most direct link to the Earth, and therefore a perfect place to begin upon an Earth-activist path. In this presentation, we will examine how principles of permaculture design and whole systems theory are organically related to the principles of somatic and performance arts. Embodied practices and play will be viewed as essential to 'The Great Turning' towards a just and sustainable culture. We will begin with a short slideshow presentation, then clear out the chairs and tables for some community building games, and kinesthetic learning.  No experience necessary, just come with an open mind, and be prepared to blur the line between work and play.

Workshop 2 Title:
Ecological Eating

Foodies Unite!  If our bodies are our most direct link to the Earth, then our inner ecology reflects the outer ecology and vice versa.  This presentation will explore how a focus on nutrient dense foods impacts our larger landscape and empower us to make informed choices around consuming and producing food.   Discussion will be encouraged around rotational grazing, agroforestry, carbon farming, microecology and related topics.

Norman T. Baker, PhD

Sequim, WA 98382, Washington

I am trained as an ecologist and entomologist and have been a proactive environmentalist my entire life. Taught at MSU and UM for a few years. The first issue I worked on was wolf restoration back in Minnesota in the 1970s. My wife and I have also built energy efficient homes and ran a large organic nursery specializing in daylilies back in Minnesota. Currently, I have been a member of the Sierra Club Executive Committee for the North Olympic Group for 8 years where I am active on the issue of biochar and marine fisheries restoration. I have done many public power point presentations to gardening groups, zero waste organizations, beach watchers, college classes, environmental and forestry groups and just a few permaculture groups throughout Puget Sound. Currently active in Sequim Organic Gardeners group. In 2008, I started designing a better biochar maker. This led to working with Paul Taylor (editor of The Biochar Revolution) ​at the Sonoma Biochar Initiative. We started developing a new biochar maker called a TLUD or Top lit Up Draft gasifier. This TLUD is inexpensive to build, made from readily available materials, environmentally sensitive, and has very clean emissions and no smoke. It is designed for the homeowner permaculturist and small organic grower and farmer. We plan on showing and demonstrating this in the Skill share area. In addition, Francesco Tortorici and I have conducted TLUD workshops teaching people to build their own TLUDs and make biochar for their gardens around the Port Townsend area. In 2008, my wife and I started a large organic garden which quickly evolved into a Biochar Permaculture Garden - which I hope to do a presentation on at the NWPC. Using biochar and chickens in a garden produces astonishing produce and results. We will show those results and advantages. Our Biochar Permaculture Garden is designed to repair modern man's broken nutrient loops, and grow our food more sustainably and self sufficiently. We are also operating a biochar urinal to capture nutrients which we use in our gardens. 


North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club, Sequim Organic Gardeners, Rockfish Advisory Group at NOAA

Workshop/Panel Title:
Biochar Permacuture Garden

The Biochar Permaculture Garden was designed as an experiment to create a personal lifestyle and organic garden that is eco-sustainable and environmentally sensitive. It is also designed to close well-known elemental nutrient loops and to reduce our ecological footprint.  We have a chicken coop with two 1500 sq ft gardens on each side. The chickens are on one side the first year and the vegetables on the other. The chickens and vegetables are switched yearly in the fall. There are several advantages to doing this. One of the gardens is amended annually with biochar and the other side is not. This is the basic experiment which we started in 2008. The results have been very surprising. Our biochar side produces about 30% more than the non-biochar side. In addition, we have developed several permacultural procedures to use biochar, mineral balancing and chickens in an organic garden to produce nutrient dense healthy food. We also use a biochar urinal to capture nutrients. It too will be demonstrated. 

Workshop 2 Title:
Ring of Fire TLUD - Biochar maker

The Ring of Fire TLUD is new design of biochar maker that is very clean, safe to operate, environmentally sensitive, and inexpensive to build. It produces a quality biochar for use in garden soils. We wish to democratize biochar and TLUDs so any homeowner or small organic farmer can make their own quality biochar for use in an organic garden. We will demonstrate its construction and function in a power point presentation. One important requirement for biochar production is that the wooden feedstock be dry. Our unit dries the feedstock as well. It is also possible to cook dinner on this TLUD!   If the rules permit, we will also do a "burn" and distribute the freshly made biochar to attendees. Paul Taylor is my co-author and co-conspirator on this presentation. 

Pandora Thomas

Berkeley, CA

Pandora is a passionate global citizen who works as a teacher, writer, designer and speaker. She has taught groups as diverse as Iraqi and Indonesian youth to men serving in San Quentin creating inspiring and hands on programs around permaculture design, sustainability, and outdoor and environmental education. 

Pandora is a co-founder of EarthSeed Consulting as well as co-designing, teaching with and directing Pathways to Resilience-a permaculture and social entrepreneur training program that worked with men and women returning home after incarceration.

She has keynoted and lectured on topics ranging from diversity, social justice, youth and women's leadership, social entrepreneurship and sustainability.


Earthseed Consulting LLC, Pathways to Resilience

Workshop/Panel Title:
Keynote Address

Details soon.

Pat Rasmussen

Olympia, WA

Pat Rasmussen has been planting Edible Forest Gardens of fruit and nut trees, berry bushes and perennial vegetables in yards, community gardens, neighborhood pathways, schools and businesses in Olympia and the PNW for the past eight years. She's planted more than 60 gardens around Olympia using volunteers, Evergreen College students, neighborhood volunteers, and public school students. She has been working with Olympia Neighborhood Associations and the City of Olympia all those years to increase the number of Edible Forest Gardens in neighborhoods using Neighborhood Matching Grants from the City of Olympia to pay for plants.


Edible Forest Gardens

Workshop/Panel Title:
Urban Permaculture - Replace your lawn with an Edible Forest Garden

Learn how to establish a food forest, perennial plants to use, fruit tree guilds, sheet mulching, wood chip gardening and hugelkulturs.

Workshop 2 Title:
Establishing Food Forests with Swales

Round-table - presentation then sharing of experiences. Given the changing climate, natural water harvesting methods should come to the forefront - swales and hugelkulkturs.  

Here are several Youtubes’s about Pat’s work.
Hugelkultur hoop house and hugelkulkturs  - 3 minutes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcWTuDTA-cc
Workshop 3 Title:
Film: "Back to Eden"

Film by Paul Gautschi.
Paul shows how to grow nutrient dense, organic fruit and annual vegetables without watering - he uses deep woodchips and hasn't watered his orchard in over 30 years or his vegetable garden since he established it about twenty years ago. His only tool is a rake.


Paul Gautschi

Sequim, WA

Paul Gautschi has been a gardener for over 55 years and is known locally as a master arborist. In 1979 Paul and his family moved to the Northern Peninsula of Washington from California. As a father to 7 children, he has primarily raised food for his family and friends – never to sell. Paul has given lively tours of his orchards and gardens to international groups from 1 to 450 who also have enjoyed the fruits of his labor.

Workshop/Panel Title:
How to grow a Back to Eden Organic Garden

After years of back-breaking toil in ground ravaged by the effects of man-made growing systems, Paul Gautschi has discovered a taste of what God intended for mankind in the garden of Eden. Some of the vital issues facing agriculture today include soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, and PH issues. None of these issues exist in the unaltered state of nature or in Paul’s gardens and orchards.

Workshop 2 Title:
Back to Eden Farm Tour

Paul's property is west of Port Townsend on the way to Sequim and is featured in the film "Back to Eden". Paul gives tours of his place every Sunday at 2:30 between June and September and crowds show up every Sunday from around the US and beyond. After Paul spoke at the 2012 NWPCC so many people wanted to see his place that 70 people drove to his farm for an impromptu tour late Sunday afternoon after the convergence was over. This year he will be giving a tour at a more convenient time on Friday before the convergence (stay tuned to our website for the timing on field trips)

Paul Stamets

Olympia, Washington

Paul Stamets, D.Sc (Honaria Causa), is the founder and Director of Research of Fungi Perfecti (www.fungi.com) and formulator of Host Defense Organic Mushrooms (www.hostdefense.com), and has been a dedicated mycologist for over forty years. Over this time, he has discovered and co-authored new species of mushrooms, received nine patents, written six books and pioneered countless techniques in the field of edible and functional food mushroom cultivation. Two of his books, Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and The Mushroom Cultivator have been heralded as the central textbooks (the ‘bibles’) of the mushroom industry. His latest book, Mycelium Running, How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, has propelled his vision of using mushrooms to help save ecosystems and improve population health to the world stage. He has published widely in a variety of scientific journals.


Fungi Perfecti, Host Defense Organic Mushrooms

Organization/Busines Description:
Fungi Perfecti, LLC is a family-owned business dedicated to promoting the cultivation of high quality gourmet and medicinal mushrooms. In business since 1980, we have been instrumental in developing new technologies and markets for gourmet mushrooms throughout the world.
Host Defense® is a family-owned, environmentally friendly company specializing in using gourmet and functional food mushrooms to improve the health of the planet and its people.
Workshop/Panel Title:
Keynote Address: Mushrooms and mycelia: MycoDiversity is BioSecurity for our World Wide Food Webs

Join this engaging speaker, author, mycologist, medical researcher and entrepreneur, for an informative lecture on mushrooms that aims to deepen your understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep you take on this path of life: fungi. His presentation will cover a range of mushroom species and new research showing how mushrooms can help the health of people and planet.  Habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushrooms are cellular bridges between the two. Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings in the microbiome that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement.

Paul Taylor

San Francisco, CA

Paul graduated with the University Medal in physics from the University of NSW, received a PhD from University of Colorado, and worked at Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, Oak Ridge National Labs, and Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.  

Paul has intensely researched global warming and climate since 2006, and Biochar as one solution since 2007.  He developed presentations on these subjects, which have been lauded for not just raising the problems but bringing solutions.

Paul has presented papers in several international biochar conferences in Australia, US and Brazil, and is author and editor of The Biochar Revolution: Transforming Agriculture and the Environment. He is a founding board member of Ithaka Institute for Carbon Intelligence and The Biochar Journal. He is a presenter for Beyond Zero Emissions, an exciting and well-researched blueprint to provide 100% Renewable Energy for Australia in 10 years. ​

He now lives in Australia, USA and Europe, researching and presenting on biochar and climate change.


Ithaka Institute fo rCarbon Intelligence, TheBiocharRevolution.com

Organization/Busines Description:

The Ithaka InstituteThe

Ithaka Institute is an international open source network for carbon intelligence. It is a non-profit research foundation based in Valais (Switzerland) with independent offices in Germany, the USA, Nepal and Australia. It eventually became a leading research collaboration for carbon sequestration and cycling through agronomic methods. The Institute is known for its expertise in production, post-production treatment and use of biochar. It coordinates the European working group on biochar characterisation and has established the European Biochar Certificate.

The Ithaka Institute offers carbon intelligent solutions including the use of carbon-positive building materials, increased biomass production in the urban environment, fostering biodiversity, improving green water cycles and promoting carbon recycling.

Workshop/Panel Title:
The Biochar Revolution: Healing Earth and Atmosphere

Dr. Paul Taylor, author of The Biochar Revolution, will share the amazing story of this ancient solution to modern problems. Find out: What is Biochar? Where did it come form? How to make it? How it helps grow better soil and plants? How it helps the atmosphere and oceans?  How to condition Biochar for the soil? What else does biochar do for the environment?

Sam Benowitz

Sam is the owner of Raintree Nursery, a nursery specializing in fruit trees and other edibles. Whether it’s plums, apples, pears, or berries, Sam knows what varieties do best in any particular situation.


Raintree Nursury

Organization/Busines Description:

Since 1972, Raintree Nursery has been supplying flavorful, disease-resistant fruit varieties to backyard gardeners. Raintree has searched the world to collect the best backyard fruit varieties selected for flavor and ease of growing.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Reliable Fruit Tree Varieties for the PNW

Sam will discuss and show photos of the most reliable fruit varieties to grow in the Pacific Northwest developed over 40 years of trials. Audience input is encouraged.

Stormy Ganton

 Stormy Ganton is an ecofeminist bellydancing farmgirl who lives and works at Compass Rose Farm and the Dirt Rich School in Port Townsend, WA. You can find her on the farm frolicking through the gardens in fairy wings doing random acts of weeding or in the office working as the marketing maven and doing community outreach. When she’s not on the farm she is likely at the library reading, dancing somewhere or at a transformational festival.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Women's Circle

Stormy will be facilitating a women’s circle where she will create an adaptable container within which women can deeply connect with one another and discuss our personal and collective experiences as women in permaculture.

Possible topics include:

  • Women leaders in Permaculture
  • Creating change through feminine leadership
  • Bringing the Divine Feminine
  • Co-creating equitable environments
  • Connecting with minority women, young women, and less advantaged women.

Honoring our wise women in Permaculture

Tara Whitsitt

Eugene, Oregon

Tara is a nomadic artist, educator, and food activist. Her passion for growing food, living communally, and teaching fermentation inspired the grassroots educational project Fermentation on Wheels in fall 2013. She’s traveled the country with Fermentation on Wheels since, teaching by-donation fermentation classes and hosting potlucks that focus on accessibility, creativity, and bringing people together. Read more at www.fermentationonwheels.com.


Fermentation on Wheels

Organization/Busines Description:

Fermentation on Wheels is a charitable grassroots organization from Eugene, OR that provides free food education and inspires people through workshops, literature, and visual arts projects that raise food awareness and teach fermentation. The community organizes potlucks and teaches fermentation in a school bus that has been converted into a creative kitchen and workshop space. By traveling the country, visiting farmers and connecting them with consumers, Fermentation on Wheels hopes to make a powerful statement and emphasize the importance of strong, sustainable food practices and values.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Wild Vegetable Fermentation

Fermentation empowers us with a way to put away food that heals our bodies, celebrates age-old traditions, and promotes healthy eco-systems. Discover this traditional preservation method and learn about the cost effective and simple tools involved. Go home knowing how to creatively and fearlessly ferment vegetables in your own kitchen, whether it's small or large. This workshop includes a hands-on demonstration

Tracie Sage

Williams, Oregon

Tracie Sage is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Movement Therapist and Relationship Coach who has trained and practiced extensively for the past thirty years. Among her friends and family, she is also known as a healthy gourmet, herbalist and permaculture garden goddess. Tracie's gift is helping people and groups into a natural state of wellness and heart-fullness. She shares her enthusiasm for life in practical and playful ways to ignite and empower passionate, joyful, sustainable living and radiant well-being. Her intention is to be an inspiring companion and guide for our deep listening and unfolding while sharing powerful practices that create loving connection with ourselves and each other.

Organization/Busines Description:

I am committed to living, learning and teaching practices to inspire and encourage our Love Evolution Movement. This movement is essential to being the change we desire to create in the world. In Starhawk's words, "Our human relationships are our biggest constraining factor in the work of transforming society... When we can be as skillful in our human interactions as we are in our garden designs, we’ll become an invincible force of healing for our communities and our earth." Come play, dive in and practice connecting more deeply, authentically and heartfully with each other, and feel the difference for yourself. Experience your relationship issues and challenges as opportunities for growth, discovery and self-empowerment. Together we can infuse our relationships and communities with social structures and practices that support passionate, joyful sustainable living. Together we can thrive!

Workshop/Panel Title:
Core Elements of Thriving Communities: Transforming Patterns of Conflict & Isolation Into Deeply Nourishing Relationships

Delving into the social foundations of Permaculture, this is a slide show tour of six European communities and an off-the-grid village—each 25+ years old—highlighting the practices and core elements of functional social structures that have passed the test of time. Sustainable living teacher and relationship guide, Tracie Sage, shares insights from a lifetime of relationship research and experiences participating in community living. She’ll share the seven core elements that make the difference in how we connect, collaborate, cooperate and thrive in our relationships and as a community. The slide show will be followed by Q&A plus a guided milling and sharing circle.

Travis Rowland

Port Townsend, WA

Travis is the beekeeper at Sovereign Honey and a Food System Analyst committed to sustainable, responsible and ethical food production methods with a focus on transparency and source traceability for the global socially conscious consumer.


Sovereign Honey

Organization/Busines Description:

Sovereign Honey, SPC is a Washington State Social Purpose Corporation in the business of producing natural, raw, local honey and other products of the hive.  We focus our effort on our people, our community, the environment and the responsible, sustainable and ethical management of pollinators.  

Workshop/Panel Title:
Bee Social Network: Hello, we are the bees and we want to be your friend!

A modern beekeeper introduces us to his bee friends and explores the intersections of our world and theirs.

Workshop 2 Title:
Adaptive Beekeeping: Modern adaptations for the Bee and Me!

A discussion of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Best Practices and some practical advice from someone who moves heavy boxes for a living.  

Will Carey

Halsey, Oregon

Raised on the family farm and still living there.  Clearview Heritage Farm was originally homesteaded in 1865, by my Great-Great Grandparents.  They built the house in which I live. 

Permaculture Design Courses, 1982 and 1985, PC Teacher course, 2002.  

Director, Center for Urban Ecology, Seattle, WA, 1994-1999.  

Graduate studies, Planning and Design in CAUP,  University of Washington, 1988-91.


Clearview Heritage Farm

Organization/Busines Description:

Market Gardening  for Farmer's Market using Emilia Hazelip method of permanent mulch no-till.  Also cattle and plans for poultry in 2017.  

Workshop/Panel Title:
Neurodiversity in Social Permaculture: How do we deal with Aspies?

A discussion on the subject of Social Permaculture and the ability to accomodate Asperger's people who are "socially blind" and how they can find a beneficial "guild" function in the community.  We will watch "The World Needs All Kinds of Minds" ... a TED talk by Neurodiversity champion Temple Grandin and then cover some of the concepts of disability in society:  weighing the individual's need to provide proper "adaptation" and the community's need to provide "accomodation."  (I provide the wheelchair, you provide the ramp.)  Traits of "Aspies" will be described.  Problem-solving discussion of the whole group will follow.  Subjects might include the role of "trickster energy" in a community, collaborative partnering, community coaching and the problems with labeling in the disability community at large. 

Workshop 2 Title:
How Clay Soil can save the World: Lessons learned with no-till mulch method, carbon sequestration and dryland.

My experience utilizing the Emilia Hazelip method of no-till permanent mulch method in heavy clay in the Southern Willamette Valley.   This is stunning potential for producing abundant food with low- and no-irrigation strategies while sequestering carbon and providing year-round cropping.  Because of climate change and continuing droughts, this subject couldn't be more timely. 

We'll cover mycorrhizal enhancement and function in this method, strategic earthworm cultivation, the integral function of "breathing sponge soil" in drainage and passive irrigation using capilary action, plus problems and and pluses with organic covers.   The potential for converting the Willamette Valley's massive waste-straw export business into a local mulch-compost resource will be discussed.   

I'll review the new Soil Health initiative coming from the USDA NRCS and will share some of their findings on re-building organic soil and how this can help us find financial and technical support from mainstream ag.  

This is also a bald-faced recruitment tool for finding interns for my farm in Spring, 2017.

Willi Paul

Burlingame, CA

Willi Paul has been active in the sustainability, permaculture, transition, sacred Nature, new alchemy and mythology space since the launch of PlanetShifter.com Magazine on EarthDay 2009. In 1996 Mr. Paul was instrumental in the design of the emerging online community space in his Master’s Thesis: “The Electronic Charrette.” He was active in many small town design visits with the Minnesota Design Team. Willi earned his permaculture design certification in August 2011 at the Urban Permaculture Institute, San Francisco.

Mr. Paul has been interviewed over 30 times in blogs and journals. See his early cutting-edge article at the Joseph Campbell Foundation and his pioneering videos on YouTube. Willi’s network now includes multiple partner web sites, a 3 Twitter accounts, a G+ site, multiple blog sites, and multiple list serves and e-Community Groups including his New Mythology, Permaculture and Transition Group on LinkedIn, and his popular New Global Mythology group on Depth Psychology Alliance.

Please review Willi’s new book: "MythicWarriors: Reader and Myth Engine, Permaculture, Nature, Transition and the New Mythology. Interviews, Articles, New Myths and Messages from a Mythic Journey." (iBook & PDF).

Willi Paul
New Mythologist & Transition Entrepreneur

PlanetShifter.com Media | Academia.edu Portfolio
@planetshifter @openmythsource @PermacultureXch




https://PlanetShifter.com, https://CommunityAlchemy.com, https://independent.academia.edu/WilliPaul1, https://www.facebook.com/OpenMythSource

Organization/Busines Description:

Willi Paul has been active in the sustainability, permaculture, transition, sacred Nature, new alchemy and mythology space since the launch of PlanetShifter.com Magazine on EarthDay 2009.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Tearing Down the Silos - Integrating Permaculture, Transition, SpiritNature and Mythology


This interactive workshop will consider key intersections and opportunities when combining often separate movements into one unified, community-based vision. This workshop will utilize ideas from Willi’s new book: "MythicWarriors: Reader and Myth Engine, Permaculture, Nature, Transition and the New Mythology. Interviews, Articles, New Myths and Messages from a Mythic Journey." (iBook & PDF).


Please download the Outline for this Workshop! See: “A Global Virtual Community of Practice for the Permaculture Transition Movement” - Outline for 2016 Northwest Permaculture Convergence Workshop: “Tearing Down the Silos - Integrating Permaculture, Transition, SpiritNature and Mythology” - Willi Paul

William Aal

Seattle, WA

William (Bill) Aal is deeply involved in social and environmental justice work with a particular focus on agricultural sustainability and social healing. Versed in opening the imagination, awakening people’s best thinking and inspiring group transformation, Aal works with group reflection to unleash collective genius in communities and in organizational settings. He is a long time organizer and trainer around issues of racial and gender justice in Seattle and around the US. He is a founding member of AGRA-Watch which is challenging the Gates and other foundations for their promotion of GMO's and industrial agriculture in Africa. Together with others in the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, AGRA-Watch supports sustainable and just agriculture in Africa. He also co-founded Riseup.net to build computer-based communications networks for activists. . Currently he works with his wife, Elle McSharry in a project called Dream Transformation.


Tools for Change

Organization/Busines Description:

Tools for Change explores the nexus of social change and spirituality, working from the inside out. We promote healing, leadership development, and sustainable democracy. Our approach weaves together deep reflection, sharing stories and heart felt dialog to inspire social healing, generosity of spirit and collective genius.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Decolonization Session
Zhaleh Almaee, Mandala for Change and Bill Aal, Tools for Change, will be facilitating the decolonization session. Both have been teaching decolonizing trainings for years. This may become a working group which continues to meet at the event and afterwards.
Mandala for Change. Founded in 1999, the Mandala Center is a multi-disciplinary arts education organization dedicated to community dialogue, social justice, and societal transformation.
Tools for Change explores the nexus of social change and spirituality, working from the inside out. We promote healing, leadership development, and sustainable democracy. http://toolsforchange.org/
Decolonizing the NWPCC and the permaculture movement is a long-term process. What exactly is decolonizing anyway? How ingrained hve colonialism and racism become in our language, society, and way of thinking? How do we work on our personal bits of decolonization? How can we stand together against racism and oppression, locally and globally?
This session will discuss these questions and more.  We are pleased that there is more Native American participation in NWPCC this year and hopefully some of them will attend and contribute to the discussion. 
Colonial, imperialistic, racist attitudes are not unique to Euro-Americans and can be found in all races. White, colonialism and neo-colonialism have dominated the world for decades with dire results for much of the world’s peoples. Seattle and Portland have the two whitest populations of the US large cities. The permaculture movement in the Pacific Northwest was started mostly by Euro-American hippies and a preponderance of men became the first teachers. This has colored the permaculture movement ever since and also the public perception of permaculture.
This year’s NWPCC’s decolonizing discussion and convergence of the generations carries the seeds of changing, updating and reforming the image of permaculture in our region among other races and with the youth.  Let’s make this one of the subjects of conversation at NWPCC 2016.

Timing is not set but this group might have an initial meetup on Saturday evening after Paul Stamet's keynote talk.

Zhaleh Almaee

Zhaleh is an Iranian American performance artist, facilitator, cultural organizer, and a joyous mother dedicated to raising conscious children. She started her theatre career in 1987 in Philadelphia with the People’s Light Theatre Company. Since 2006 she has focused on teaching and practicing Applied Theatre techniques. An active Playback Theatre practitioner and teacher, she has been a member of Boston’s True Story Theatre Company and Portland Playback in Oregon. She has also helped mentor and launch several other playback companies in the Pacific Northwest and was a key organizer in beginning Playback North America to support the continued growth and shared access of Playback Theatre. She is currently a member of the Mandala Center’s Poetic Justice Theatre Ensemble as both a trainer, artist, and organizer. Some communities she has extensive experience working with include: formerly incarcerated people and their families, hospice care workers, LGBTQ youth, interfaith councils, substance recovery programs, mental health facilities, and cancer survivors, among others. She draws on her training in Non-Violent Communication, Drama Therapy, Playback Theatre, and Theater of the Oppressed. Her personal practice includes movement arts, sound improvisation, meditation, and ritual arts. She stands for Indigenous Rights in the USA and actively supports practices of decolonization. It is her intention to support lifestyles of connection and foster a culture of possibility.


Mandala For Change

Organization/Busines Description:

Founded in 1999, the Mandala Center is a multi-disciplinary arts education organization dedicated

to community dialogue, social justice, and societal transformation.

Workshop/Panel Title:
Decolonizing Session
Decolonizing the NWPCC and the permaculture movement is a long-term process. What exactly is decolonizing anyway? How ingrained hve colonialism and racism become in our language, society, and way of thinking? How do we work on our personal bits of decolonization? How can we stand together against racism and oppression, locally and globally?
This session will discuss these questions and more.  We are pleased that there is more Native American participation in NWPCC this year and hopefully some of them will attend and contribute to the discussion. 
Colonial, imperialistic, racist attitudes are not unique to Euro-Americans and can be found in all races. White, colonialism and neo-colonialism have dominated the world for decades with dire results for much of the world’s peoples. Seattle and Portland have the two whitest populations of the US large cities. The permaculture movement in the Pacific Northwest was started mostly by Euro-American hippies and a preponderance of men became the first teachers. This has colored the permaculture movement ever since and also the public perception of permaculture.

This year’s NWPCC’s decolonizing discussion and convergence of the generations carries the seeds of changing, updating and reforming the image of permaculture in our region among other races and with the youth.  Let’s make this one of the subjects of conversation at NWPCC 2016.