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2013 Inland NW Permaculture Convergence

Published on Thursday, March 14, 2013

2013 Inland NW Permaculture Convergence

MiVoden Retreat Center - Hayden Lake - Sept 13 - 15

Event date: 9/13/2013 10:00 AM - 9/15/2013 2:00 AM Export event

Update 9/7/2013 - Use the following Link for more information and registration to the INPC 2013


The 2013 INPC will be held at the MiVoden Retreat Center on Hayden Lake, Idaho. The camp is a 35-minute drive north of I-90. Will Kearns and Sheila Grace visited several camps recently on INPC’S behalf and MiVoden was the best choice. MiVoden is a summer camp facility which has many attributes for our event. They have a large commercial kitchen which we can staff and bring in our own food.  There is a large, beautiful dining room with a breathtaking view of the lake which can hold everyone at once, plus another huge room adjacent to it for plenary sessions.  There is ample space for tenting and for RVs. There are small cabins for people who wish indoor accommodations. The camp is right on the Hayden Lake with a sandy beach, canoes, etc.  The water in mid-September is still warm. There's also a great outdoor stage/ gathering area, a heated indoor pool area, a hot tub, rooms with digital presentation capabilities. If you’d like to look at some photos go to:   http://www.mivoden.com/retreats/facilities
They are into growing food and we all feel that it is a good fit to have the INPC at MiVoden. We will give them some permaculture ideas to think about.
This year’s INPC will be different than INPC I and II, which were held respectively at the Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane and the University of Montana Conference Center in Missoula.  One big change in 2013 is that everyone will be able to stay on site so that there is more time for interaction. The rural camp is close to nature and we get to go swimming, take plant walks, etc.
Another change is the emphasis is switching from conference to convergence.  The first two INPCs were conferences that focused on education, workshops and presentations for permaculturists and the general public. The 3rd INPC will be a convergence of people who are already into permaculture and there will be more information on movement building such as permaculture education, permaculture consulting, networking, how to set up and run local groups, etc.  There will also be how-to workshops with practical information. We would love to see people do demonstrations and hands-on activities. The convergence is for people who have completed permaculture design courses as well as people who are excited about permaculture. Permaculture people from around the Inland Northwest are invited.  Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon, and southern interior British Columbia.
Let’s share information, collaborate, synthecize, synergize and have fun!
Our next step is to pull together a team of people to organize this year’s INPC. We will need some on-the-ground people in the Couer d’Alene/Hayden Lake area but team members can be from around the region.  Would you like to be on the team?
Contact: Michael Pilarski
PO Box 165
Hot Springs, Montana 59845
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Will Kearns

5/29/2013 3:36 PM

We would love to have Torie's help with the convergence (you too Thom). Michael Pilarski is the chief organizer and I'm one of the helpers. Although we've chosen the venue early this year we're just now beginning to really get going on event planning. Have you seen Michael's latest? Just posted it today although it's a couple of weeks old. http://spokanepermaculture.org/Forum/tabid/93/forumid/18/threadid/100/scope/posts/Default.aspx (last post). Kind of gives an outline of Michael's thinking. Glad to have you on board Torie! I'll make sure you're included in all correspondence (especially any that isn't posted here). Thanks for your interest and patience! Will Kearns

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