Panels, Presentations, Workshops, etc.

Presenter: Jan Spencer

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.

Presenter: Benjamin Pixie

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.

Presenter: Bruce Horowitz

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.



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?

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. 



Other Presenters:

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.

Presenter: Travis Rowland

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.

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.  

Presenter: rhonda ann barbieri

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.

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!!!

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!!!



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.

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. 

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. 

Presenter: Bryan Bakker

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. 

Other Presenters:

Presenter: Joshua Smith

Book Release Party!

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

Presenter: Tracie Sage

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.

Presenter: Elizabeth Dunne

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.   

Presenter: William Aal

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.
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.

Presenter: Zhaleh Almaee

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.

Presenter: Morgan Brent

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.

Presenter: Blythe Barbo

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! 

Presenter: Heidi Bohan

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')

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.

Presenter: Mark Robinowitz

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.

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. 

Presenter: Ed Suij

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.

Presenter: Julian Dominic

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. 



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.
Presenter: Paul Gautschi

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.

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)

Presenter: Albert Postema

Hugelkulture, Ponds, Swales, and General Dirt Work.

Presenter: Johnny Colden

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.

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.

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...

Presenter: Francesco Tortorici

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.

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.

Presenter: Pandora Thomas

Keynote Address

Details soon.

Presenter: Paul Stamets

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.

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.

Presenter: Terri Wilde

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.

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.

Presenter: huckleberry leonard

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.

Presenter: Forest Shomer

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.

Presenter: Will Carey

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. 

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.

Presenter: Anne Schwartz

Organic Blueberry and Raspberry production

Presenter: Mike Maki

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.

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.

Presenter: Brent Naylor

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.

Presenter: Marisha Auerbach

Permaculture in Southern Belize

A slideshow presentation

Presenter: Molly Winter

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.

Presenter: Sam Benowitz

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.

Presenter: Bomun Bock-Chung

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. 




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. 




Presenter: Andrew Millison

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. 

Presenter: Brian Kerkvliet

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.

Presenter: Gretchen Sleicher

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.

Presenter: Dave Boehnlein

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!

Presenter: Willi Paul

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

Presenter: Jim Gilbert

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.  

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?

Presenter: Charlotte Anthony

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.

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.

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. 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.

Presenter: Paul Taylor

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?

Presenter: Kristan Johnson

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.

Presenter: Michael Dolan

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   

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.

Presenter: Pat Rasmussen

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.

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 -

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.


Presenter: Aaron Armstrong

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.

Presenter: Irene Hinkle

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.

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. 

Presenter: Ken Miller

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.

Presenter: Tara Whitsitt

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

Presenter: Stormy Ganton

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

Presenter: Kateen Fitzgerald

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.

Presenter: Nala Walla

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.

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.