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!
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.
The European Permaculture Convergence will take place 8 – 13 August 2018 in County Wicklow in the Republic of Ireland. Just an hour by public transport from Dublin.
The site is in a beautiful valley in the Wicklow Mountains which gives a unique opportunity for a restorative 5 days total immersion in nature. There is a specially designed and professionally led Children’s Programme centred around the theme Children in Nature, based on nature mentoring and the ethos of Forest Schools.
Attendance tickets are €100 for the 5 days of the programme. Children under 15 can attend for free. With a range of accommodation options from €25 camping to €80 for a hostel bed for the duration. Catering will be a choice of wood fire cooked whole food vegan menu plans and exciting local food trucks.
We are excited to release a limited number of 2-for-1 tickets to this year’s convergence whereby you purchase one ticket and Abundant Earth Foundation will sponsor the other for you! There are only 10 available and they are sure to be popular so do be quick!More details on this here.
There’s much more info about the programme, tickets, fringe events and volunteering on our website at eupc2018.ie
The European Permaculture Convergence (abrv. EuPC) is a bi-annual gathering of Permaculture practitioners, teachers and enthusiasts representing the all countries and bioregions of the European continent and beyond. The decision to host the EuPC 2014 in Bulgaria was made following a meeting of the European Permaculture Teacher’s Partnership (EPT) in Vale de Llama, Portugal. The Partnership was a EU-funded initiative that brought together educators within this emerging field to set standards for the implementation of Permaculture education throughout the continent. It included representatives from more than a dozen countries. The first meeting of the EPT was held immediately after the EuPC 2012, which took place in Escherode, Germany. Since the project was part of a two-year funding cycle, it only made sense that that the final meeting should be held right before the EuPC 2014. Leading up to the decision, both the EPT and the Permaculture Council of Europe realized that the event had never been held in an Eastern European country, so the decision for it to take place in Bulgaria was rather obvious.Continue reading “EuPC 2014, Batak, Bulgaria”