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Published on Sunday, August 17, 2014

Come to the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild’s 2014 Convergence

Tumtum, WA Sept. 11 - 14. Pay what you can afford. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Event date: 9/11/2014 - 9/14/2014 Export event

We are very pleased to announce:

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's
2014 Convergence:
"Back to the Roots"

at the beautiful
Heartsong Retreat Center

7034 Hwy 291, Tumtum, WA
(between mile markers 24 and 25)

Four days! Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 11, 12, 13, and 14.
Contact us:

Why are we doing this? For fun; for the value of coming together as a group; to deepen our understanding of permaculture principals and practice; to facilitate a sacred honoring of the land and it's marvelous multiple inhabitants with it's glorious varied species; to maintain and reinforce our regional interconnectedness; to develop a core of individuals that the community can depend on as the necessity of implementing permaculture solutions becomes more dire; to nurture a lasting relationship with the Heartsong Center as an on-going venue for permaculture-related activities; so that we can express our love for Earth and the global picture by accomplishing as much as possible in our short time together and laying the groundwork for productive work for many years to come.

>>> Register Now! <<<
(Please pre-register as we need to know the number of people attending)

>>> Apply as a Presenter and/or Trading Circle Booth <<<
This year, we are trying a more "Do-It-Yourself" approach to organizing our annual gathering. The richness of our collective experience will be enhanced by the active participation of attendees who share their talents and gifts with the group.

>>> Become a Convergence Sponsor <<<

The Heartsong Center is in a beautiful setting just 20 miles northwest of Spokane. Heartsong abuts a large, wooded park with nature trails and a lake. The center itself has ample meadows for car camping and RVs, wooded hideaways and grassy grottoes for tent camping, space for a Daily Trade Circle (which will be something along the lines of a barter fair/farmers' market/trade show), outdoor demonstration areas, some indoor lodging options, a sauna, showers and ample parking. Have a look at pictures of Heartsong.

There is a large main building that houses a good sized, commercial-style kitchen, a large upstairs meeting room (can seat 60 people and shared floor space for sleeping-- bedding and personal belongings put away or set aside during the day), a downstairs meeting space that can be used as a breakout area or small workshop space, a large, shaded outdoor porch useful as a meeting/workshop space and a shower (there's another shower available in an outbuilding).

There will be a large, "big top" tent we'll use for multiple purposes.

There is a house on the property that is known as the Women's Lodge that can house 8 to 11 women.

There is a yurt available for lodging. It is a shared floor space indoor sleeping area. There is a small cabin that can house up to six in a shared sleeping space that is reserved for seniors or special needs attendees.

There is a small, wood-fired sauna with a pond adjacent to it that is available for use. All attendees are encouraged to bring firewood for a community fire circle as well as for the sauna.

A short walk up the driveway takes you to a scenic lake called Red Lake that has good swimming or canoeing/kayaking (bring your own boat). Children must be closely supervised and must wear life-vest when in a boat.

Admission will be by donation with a suggested donation of $40 (except for work traders). No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Everyone will be expected to sign up for a minimum of one hour of volunteer work during the event.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! Register now!

If you would like to sign up for work trade, please sign up HERE. Please sign up by Aug. 20.

We invite you to share what you know at the Convergence, whether as a workshop presenter, hands-on project coordinator/teacher, demonstration presenter, artist and/or a trader/artist/artisan/producer/grower/tabler at the Daily Trading Circle. Please describe what you would like to offer on our website before August 31 so that we can review your presenter applications and add you to the Convergence schedule. All presenters are encouraged to bring their own canopies. Apply to present HERE. Apply for a booth in the Trading Circle HERE.

The schedule is being designed in such a way to allow for a slower-paced gathering with more mingle time during the day. Our intention is to avoid there being too many choices during any one time slot and also have on-going and long-duration schedule items such as creating the initial draft of a permaculture design for the Heartsong Center or completing a construction/planting project on the site.

Live music and drum circles are being planned.

Yoga every morning at 7am. Breakfast at 8am.

The schedule will include three meals a day. We are going to need another generous wave of food donations like we had last year-- please bring food to share or arrange for donations from your friends in the food trade). There will also be room in the scedule for  several Introduction to Permaculture workshops, one or two keynote speakers, time for regional caucuses to meet multiple times, a meeting time for organizers of the 2015 INPG Convergence, on-going work on the Heartsong Permaculture Design and the Daily Trading Circle.

Some of the ideas for workshops, demonstrations and hands-on projects include:
Beekeeping; Kim Chee making; Garden mushroom inoculation; plant and mushroom walks; goat husbandry and cheese-making; the healing and medicinal selection, preparation and use of cannabis and hemp; install a demonstration-scale food forest; radical, permaculture activism; food and nutrition education; 9/11 commemoration; natural building; Hula hoop; bio-char; mycology; primitive skills...
What else??

Some important guidelines:

Children need to be closely supervised as there hazards, including drowning, that need to be avoided. Cooperative child-care will be available.

The Convergence will go on rain or shine.

Everyone will need to sign a liability waiver (provided by Heartsong). This will be done at the registration desk prior to admission.

No alcohol.

No dogs.

No individual fires. Folks should being firewood for the community fire circle and the sauna.

Please bring food to share!

Smoking of cigarettes will be strictly confined to a designated smoking area.

Washington cannabis laws are to be observed and respected.

Potable water is available on site but everyone should bring as much drinking water as possible for their own use.


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