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Washington State Permaculture Convergence

Bringing permaculture people together from around Washington State & beyond. Sharing information, solutions, inspirations and insights!

  • Discussion
  • Workshops
  • Training Opportunity
When Sep 18, 2009 12:00 AM to
Sep 20, 2009 12:00 PM
Where Belfair, WA, Sahale Learning Center
Contact Name
Contact Phone 360-820-8586
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September 12-14, 2008  -  Friday-Sunday
Sahale Learning Center
Belfair, Washington (southwest corner of Kitsap Peninsula

Convergence Goals:
The convergence is a way to strengthen information flow and cooperation between permaculturists in the state of Washington; and to work on a vision of how permaculture can better serve the people and land of Washington state. How can more permaculturists make their living doing consulting, installation, teaching, etc?  This convergence will have some aspects of an organizational meeting for the permaculture community. The convergence will also be an educational event on gardening, water catchments, forest gardens, terra preta soil, wildcrafting, bio-diesel and other topics of interest for seasoned permaculturists and interested members of the general public. The final format of the event will evolve depending on who shows up. We expect that there will be advanced as well as basic level workshops. The convergence is for professional permaculturists, permaculture design course graduates and people newly involved. 

The weekend's offerings will be diverse and will include:
* Workshops by knowledgeable presenters.
* Panel discussions.
* Plenary sessions
* Demonstrations.
* Hands-on activities.
* Round-table discussions.
* Regional caucuses
* Informal networking and friendship making.
* Music and entertainment. Bring your musical instruments songs and dancing shoes. Self-reliance in entertainment. 

Permaculture Convergences are held at international, national and regional levels. PC convergences have been held in Washington State in the past but there has not been one for more than a decade.

Marisha Auerbach
Chuck Estin
Brian Hindman
Michael Pilarski
Bruce Weiskotten
+ many more
Many other experienced permaculturists have expressed strong interest in attending and we expect some of the following to be presenters:
Michael Becker, Dave Boehnlein, Barry Griffin, Chris Hogan, John Howe, Mike Maki, Chris Mare, Brent Naylor, Jenny Pell, Albert Postema, Pat Rasmussen and Matthew VanBoven. Anyone can schedule a workshop, presentation, demonstrations, hands-on activity, or meeting. You can schedule beforehand or at the event. To discuss scheduling contact Michael Pilarski: 

$60 to $100 sliding scale. All weekend activities and meals.
Single day: $30 to $50 sliding scale.
+ $50 for private room (weekend)
or $25 for a bed in a dorm room (4 to 6 people)
No extra fee for tenting or staying in your RV/vehicle.
Registrations, inquiries to:
Christy Nieto
2609 Cedarwood Ave., Bellingham, WA 98825
Pro-tem website:

Sahale Learning Center is a beautiful venue specializing in transformational education and green events.

* A remote, rural location on the lower Tahuya River with rainforest, big trees, river, floodplain, gardens, and buildings. Embraced by 65 acres of
forest and valley, the land holds within its valley a sacred grove of cedars more than 300 years old.
* 11 private rooms.
* 26 beds in dormitory rooms.
* Commercial kitchen, dining room and outside patio.
* Big 40 x 60' circus tent with plywood floor for large plenary meetings.
* Various small meeting rooms.
* Unlimited camping space.
* A building with 4 hot showers in the camping area.
* 1 large and 1 small hot tub.
* River with pools and sweat lodge.
* Sahale is into permaculture. They hosted permaculture design courses in 2004 and 2005. They are incorporating permaculture into their land development.
* Sahale is exploring setting up an ecovillage on the site.
* Sahale seeks site input from convergence participants.
Visit their website at: 

Located just 25 minutes from Belfair, Washington, Sahale is an easy drive from Seattle, Tacoma, and the Olympic Peninsula. You can get to Sahale from Olympia; from the Fauntleroy ferry terminal in west Seattle, by going over the Narrows Bridge in Tacoma or by driving south from the Hood Canal Bridge. 

Thursday, September 11: 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Early registration. Participants may arrive early to help set-up and familiarize themselves with the site.
Friday. Registration open all day.
Saturday. Registration open all day.
Sunday. Registration open till noon.
Sunday 5:00 pm. Closing circle.
People may stay over on Sunday evening if they are helping with clean-up. 

We would like to offer a number of scholarships to interested people representing disadvantaged communities, peoples or tribes. Send us an email or write us a letter if you would like to apply or represent someone.

Growing food is one of permaculture's biggest features, so we are going to rely on the participants to donate the food that will feed us.  This is one of the ways we are able to keep the convergence fees affordable. September is peak harvest month in Washington State.  What familiar or exotic food can you bring from your garden or your wildcrafting?  We expect to see a wide range of vegetables, fruits, berries, grains, nuts, and all manner of food products and beverages. Bring your best to impress the rest. Please let the registrar know what you plan on bringing so she can relay the information to the head cook.  We are asking everyone to take a shift in the kitchen asanother way of keeping convergence fees low.

Please help us spread the word through word-of-mouth, flyers, emails or mentions on websites or in print. The WSPC seeks someone to manage a website, chatroom, listserve, etc to enable communication between Washington permaculturists for WSPC and beyond. Calling all permaculturists in Washington State! This convergence is an opportunity for anyone interested in permaculture to expand their knowledge.

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