UK Permaculture Convergence 2016

Permaculture magazine
Wednesday, 10th August 2016

The UK Permaculture Convergence 2016 is nearly here. Speakers include Geoff Lawton, Rebecca Hosking (BBC's Farm for the Future), and Graham Burnett (Vegan Book of Permaculture).

The bi-annual British Permaculture Convergence has been announced, with renowned teachers Geoff and Nadia Lawton offering workshops.

Following on from last year’s successful International Permaculture Convergence, the event will be a unique forum to share groundbreaking ideas and practices, develop new skills, and discuss strategy, as well as meet and greet with other permaculture practitioners from across the country. Permaculture is a holistic design framework for delivering sustainability at any scale.

BBC documentary-maker and regenerative farmer, Rebecca Hosking, is a confirmed speaker, alongside Geoff and Nadia Lawton. Geoff runs the Permaculture Research Institute in Australia and is a prolific writer and film-maker. Nadia Lawton hails from Jordan in the Middle East and together they run projects focused on re-greening the desert in Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Other speakers include Matt Ralston and Adrian Lovett who will hold practical workshops on making biochar (as seen in lead image), The association's Chris Warburton-Brown will discuss how to earn a living from permaculture, and our very own Graham Burnett will be looking at reframing your design challneges, with James Taylor. (For the current programme visit HERE).

The British Permaculture Convergence, 2-4th September 2016, offers a range of practical skill-sharing sessions, case studies and talks on subjects across the spectrum of permaculture - anything from natural beekeeping to redesigning public spaces, biochar-making to circular economies.

Many of the UK's leading teachers will be present to offer workshops ranging from permaculture in the garden to case studies of projects in urban schools. Alongside these will be contributions from partner organisations including The Federation of City Farms and Gardens; The Kindling Trust; Ecology Building Society and more.

Attendees are encouraged to offer their own workshops and activities as well as their musical and lyrical skills as part of Saturday Night’s cabaret. Regular Convergence-goers describe it as a cross between a serious conference and a festival, with chances to celebrate as important as opportunities for learning.

The location for this year’s event is the Nell Bank Centre in the beautiful Wharfedale in West Yorkshire. Nell Bank is an outdoor education centre for school children and those with disadvantaged backgrounds or disabilities. Situated in 12 acres of woodland and meadow, the Centre offers a great background for the event with excellent conferencing facilities, dormitories and a camping ground.

The event is organised by the Permaculture Association. CEO, Andy Goldring, is delighted that the event is back:

“The Convergence is always a brilliant event, a chance for the permaculture community in this country to get together in a fantastic location; celebrate our achievements; discuss ideas and practices new and old; eat great local, organic food and look forward together to whatever is coming next. It really is a unique event that offers a great deal to those who attend each time. We always get great feedback."

The event is organised by the Permaculture Association and is open to members of the charity, which you can join via their website for a small fee. Tickets to the event range from £65 upwards with camping and limited dormitory accommodation offered onsite for the weekend. Head to the Permaculture Association website to find out more: www.permaculture.org.uk/convergence-2016

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