The Northern California Permaculture Convergence (formerly the Bay Area Regional Permaculture Convergence) is an annual event which brings together permaculture designers, sustainability enthusiasts, and communities in Northern California, the West Coast, and beyond for a weekend of intensive focus on a common goal: to design sustainable habitats, in accordance with nature, for humans, plants, animals, our greater bioregion, and the Earth at large. Practitioners across a wide-spectrum of skill-sets exchange ideas through concurrent workshops and discussions ranging from organic agriculture and wildcrafting to natural building and appropriate technologies; from environmental remediation and disaster preparedness to community dynamics and global justice. In addition to a plethora of workshops and amazing speakers on a diversity of topics, there will also dedicated areas for skill sharing, collaborative discussions, children's activities, educational displays, and specialist vendors. Participants will have opportunities to socialize, network, and connect with others in this field through meals and the activities listed above.
Hosting Site Details - Green Friends Farm / M.A. Center:
The beautiful 180 acre grounds of the Green Friends Farm are becoming a demonstration & educational hub of leading permaculture, holistic management, and regenerative design practices. GreenFriends Farm began as a challenge to plant a thousand fruit trees on the overgrazed land of a former cattle ranch west of Oakland, California. Now, half way to meeting that number, it has become an educational center for cutting edge agriculture, a destination for enjoying nature, and a vibrant spot for volunteers of all ages and backgrounds. The site is also home to the M.A. Center - the U.S. headquarters of international humanitarian & India Saint - Amma. www.embracingtheworld.org.
Broadacre Permaculture Demonstration - Site Projects Include:
- 500 plus tree orchard and food forest
- Dynamic watershed restoration
- Broadacre land contouring & water infiltration
- Keyline patterning & ploughing
- Native reforestation & agroforestry
- Holistically managed grazing
- Soil food web management
- Solar energy
- Community garden & orchards
- Sustainability & spirituality programs
Northern California Permaculture Convergence Schedule and Flow
The Convergence will be a full three-day gathering including keynote speakers & presentations, Open Space, Bioregional Councils, Collaborative Discussions, Spokescouncils, Delicious Meals, and much more! Basic Schedule below. More etails coming soon.
Friday, Oct 12
10:00 am: Green Friends Farm Hands-On Projects
4:00pm: Convergence Opening Circle
7:30-9:00pm: Keynote Speakers - Starhawk & Penny Livingston
Saturday, October 13
9:00am: Morning Circle and Morning Sessions
7:30pm: Keynote Speaker - Geoff Lawton
Sunday, October 14
9:00am-noon: Morning Circle and Sessions
12:00 - 1:30 - Keynote Speaker - Mark Lakeman
2:30-5:30pm: Afternoon Sessions and Closing Circle
Questions - please e-mail:
or call 707-634-1461
When & Where
Living Mandala designs, facilitates and produces courses, workshops and events as well as offers consultation services that support personal, ecological and socially regenerative practices for green and holistic lifestyles. The mission of Living Mandala is to serve, empower, and promote holistic educators and organizations in order to increase awareness of their work, to create educational programs, to catalyze project activities that implement ecologically and socially regenerative practices of human beings living in greater harmony with each other and their environment. Grounded in the design science of Permaculture and Whole Systems Design, Living Mandala works with a triple bottom line of ethics and values: Care of the Earth, Care of People, and Return the Surplus. Living Mandala has co-produced over 75 courses workshops, and events the last 4 years from intensive three-week residential Permaculture & Ecovillage Design Certification Courses, weekend workshops, to larger conferences and events like the Harmony Festival Ecovillage, Financial Permaculture Summit, and others.