September 11-13, Oxfordshire, England. Bringing about positive change can be hard work. It’s important to make strong, lasting connections with people who share our hopes and concerns for the future. The convergence is about encouraging people from all across Britain to come together as a community of designers, educators, learners and activists putting permaculture at the heart of a network of thriving communities.
So if you’re looking for some positive energy for recharging your soil, soul and society, then look no further!
Full weekend adult tickets for members are available from £105. Non-member prices are 20% higher. Subsidised places are available for those on lower incomes.
This year, the yearly Spanish Permaculture Convergence will be held in a special place, the eco-village Lakabe. Lakabe can be found in the North of Spain, in Navarra. 40 years ago, on the 21st of March 1980, it was an abandoned settlement which was foundagain by a group of people with a Vision. Today, they are living that Vision and about 40 people live in this regenerated, self-contained community.
Permacultura Íbera, the organizing body of the “CEP” (Convergencia Estatal de Permacultura), the Spanish yearly Permaculture Convergence, is grateful for the opportunity to be able to offer the national Permaculture Designers to spend time in this inspiring place, and looks forward to celebrating their 40 years of existence with Lakabe’s residents. 40 years of voluntary frugality, of setting an example, 40 years of working wíth nature, nót against it. See you in Lakabe from the 23d until the 26th of July!
During Dutch Design Week, 16 to 25 October 2020, De Kloosterbostuin in Eindhoven The Netherlands is organising the first edition of the annual Feral Dutch Design* show at Landgoed Eikenburg.
Dutch Design Week is an established international design show that attracts over 350,000 visitors to Eindhoven each year in the last full week of October. It showcases the harvest of innovative, creative and esthetic design by young and established designers. DDW is known for radical, challenging and controversial work. The past few years have seen a surge in “green” and “sustainable” design. Still even this innovative work seems stuck in greenwashing the urban mindset and industrially manufactured world. Due to the triple bottom line of biodiversity, climate (energy) and material resource emergencies, new windows are opening. There is a renewed interest in rewilding not just nature but also our own human societies and individual lives.
From the DDW.nl web site: “Dutch design DDW does not just see Dutch design as a label for a certain group of designers or design aesthetic, but as a permanent reflection of a culture and attitude that is characteristic of the Netherlands and of Dutch people. We identify with a solution-oriented approach, functionality, humanism, free thinkers, brutality, humour, ability to put things into perspective, single-mindedness, not hindered by thinking in terms of hierarchical barriers, the unconventional. But also the readiness for taking stakeholders seriously and involving them in the solution, in the creative process. Dutch design is an attitude and does not by definition refer to a nationality.”
“In October of each year, Dutch Design Week (DDW) takes place in Eindhoven. The biggest design event in Northern Europe presents work and ideas of more than 2600 designers to more than 350,000 visitors from home and abroad. In more than 110 locations across the city, DDW organizes and facilitates exhibitions, lectures, prize ceremonies, networking events, debates and festivities.
Although during the event every imaginable discipline and aspect of design is on offer, the emphasis is on experiment, innovation and cross-overs. Exceptional attention each year goes to work and development of young talent.
DDW concentrates on the design of the future and the future of design. It is our objective to show how designers from around the world shape a positive future and to strengthen the position and meaning of Dutch designers.”
Feral Dutch Design aims to show design from the perspective of the free and wild world of unconditional hospitality of nature. An exploration of a new relationship between mobile human communities of permanauts (enduring sailors) and a replenished biosphere. The show celebrates the remaining wilderness and recapturing the wildness of free people like you and I. Come join us for a week of co-creation and inspiration of life beyond urban permaculture. Exhibition, demonstrations, courses, workshops, fashion show, music, food tastings, Open Space and networking opportunities.Register your interest by email to info [at] dekloosterbostuin [dot] nl. Please include your name and address so we can get back to you.
De Kloosterbostuin is the first emerging iLAND centre in The Netherlands.
In this two day course for parents, teachers and other educators to learn how to engage children in permaculture, participants will learn how the permaculture ethics and principles can be applied to education; discover some great benefits of outdoor learning; learn how to create child-led sessions which engage the whole child: eyes, heart, hands and head; and much more!
28&29 Sep @ Landmatters, Devon, England
5&6 Oct @ the Sustainability Centre, Hampshire, England
This last May, some 80 permaculture designers and fans gathered under the full moon in the region of Albacete in Southern Spain. For four days we shared knowledge and practical information, as is typical for Permaculture convergences, but we also collaborated on the design of the national organization Permaculture Íbera and together dreamt it into the next phases. Several dynamics were used to slow down, be present, reflect, observe and then interact. New workgroups (anillos = rings) such as Finance and Legalities and Education were suggested to be added to the previous sociocratic setup by the pilot group, middle ring or core group, which has been working (voluntary) towards a solid structure for 5 years now already. Willing participants positioned themselves in their working area of choice, and as we write/read, these new action groups are committing to sharing time and experiences in search of practical solutions to regenerate our landscapes and to up resilience through reinforcing connections across the bioregions of the Spanish country.
Photos of the event are here and if you read Spanish, a lovely write up was made by Igor, one of the event’s kitchen coordination group and fervid Permaculture Designer himself.
“Training Permaculture Teachers” (TPT). Rosemary Morrow developed TPT in order to have a multiplier effect in the development of permaculture, with the intention to develop the course in the different European languages by teachers from those countries. The following TPT courses in Europe 2019 are facilitated by Alfred Decker and local teachers:
Facilitated by Alfred Decker (core facilitator and convener), Nicole Wolf (convener) and guest tutors: Declan Kennedy, Mojisola Adebayo, Sonja Bach, Johanna Häger, Dennis Posthumus, Robert Strauch, Bouba Touré, Raphaël Grisey, Rosemary Morrow (via videoconference) and others
Film Feld Forschung @ Silent Green Kulturquartier and 12P Permaculture Design invite you to a two-week intensive Permaculture Design Course (PDC), offering the internationally-recognized 72-hour permaculture curriculum. Our focus is on urban and social permaculture and how activist permaculture can work for climate justice and building a non-racist society where the permaculture ethic „People Care“ is practised. We will explore soil as the ground we live on and with, as a contested and extracted medium; how practices of soil regeneration connect to how we live together; and how the ethics and principles of permaculture and regenerating soil relates to arts and film practices.