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2018 Northwest Permaculture Convergence

| 10/24/2018 10:08:00 AM

The lodge at meal time 

We passed through the gate and left the rolling western Washington field and hedge row landscape behind. Camp Singing Wind greeted us with a long down hill gravel drive through maturing second growth forest with dense canopy above and thick shrubs and ferns below. We took a right, still downslope and emerged into the sunlight and the rustic wood sided lodge in a clearing.

People were moving crates of produce, chairs, audio visual gear into the lodge. There were slaps on backs, shouts, hugs and excited greetings. This was opening day for the 2018 Northwest Permaculture Convergence.

The Convergence alternates each year between Oregon and Washington. Its a conference with presentations, plenary sessions, skill shares, lots of networking, making new friends and lots of fun. This year's venue was a former girl scout camp, fifty miles north of Portland, Oregon. Iconic Mt. St. Helens was resting only 20 miles away.


Permaculture is a big umbrella. Topics of interest range from rural to urban. Plants, appropriate technology, culture and much more. Important common denominators are resilience of social systems and regeneration of the environment. We greeted friends not seen since the last convergence, unloaded a box of posters to give away, a donated box of premium granola and Eugene made tempeh for the kitchen, then continued down to the camping area. Everywhere we went was full of activity.

In the camp area there was opening circle and blessing from a First Nation elder. Around the circle, early arriving attendees introduced themselves by name and where they were from. People came from Seattle, Olympia, Portland, Idaho and beyond.. Then it was time for the educational program to begin - the first batch of classroom presentations, skill shares and a big swale building project for an eventual agro-forestry installation. Altogether, there would be over 50 presentations, plant walks, skill shares and demonstrations.

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