UK Permaculture Convergence & Sunrise Off-Grid Festival

Tony Rollinson
Wednesday, 1st August 2012

The 2012 UK Permaculture Convergence takes place in South Wales this month. It is a great way to meet everyone and learn so much about the skills we are increasingly needing. Also, can anyone from the permaculture community help our good friends at the Sunrise Off-Grid Festival? They need some workshop presenters at this year's event, read on for details of what skills they require.

You wait all summer for some good weather and a good event too go to, then two come along at once!

The Permaculture Association 2012 Convergence will be held 24 - 26 August 2012 at Coed Hills Rural Art Space in South Wales, featuring almost 80 workshops, presentations, skill-sharing sessions, discussions, networking opportunities and much more.

Tickets will again be limited to 350 places. The Convergence always books out with a waiting list, so do get your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

It's an event by members for members of the Association, but you can always sign-up at the time of booking if you aren't already a member. All ticket sales go towards supporting the Association's varied work (

The convergence team have loads of great ideas about this year's event. However, it's you that makes the event so special by bringing your own knowledge and experience. If you would like to run a workshop or assist in any other way email Louise at the Association: [email protected]

For more information and to book online, please visit

Design Immersion Week

Directly after the British Permaculture Convergence, Designed Visions hosts a design immersion week, exploring the spectrum of permaculture design, from personal to broadscale.

The course explores advanced designs and is for people who have already completed their design course. It offers an opportunity to work with others in a guided process, exploring your edges and depths.

Contact Mel on 01326 251 302 or [email protected] or view 

Sunrise Off-Grid

Finally, and taking place at the same time, can you help this year's Sunrise Off-Grid Festival? They are looking for a number of specific workshops/presenters this year's event.

Particular things they would like to cover are:
Building Rainwater Harvesting Systems - Home-made bio-digesters - Home Sauna Builder / Home Hot Tub Builder - Cycle-Powered Washing Machines - Building with Pallets (they have seen some great online demos of what can be built with old pallets, which we have plenty of left post-Sunrise) - Toolmaking: How to make basic tools by hand - Seed Conservation: Its importance and how to do it.

More General workshops that they would like or need more of are:
Practical Eco-Build Demonstrations - Any interesting alternative tech kit (last year we had a Bedini Motor and an amazing unit you could put on a woodburner and generate electricity with) - Clothing and Shoe-Making - Particularly the latter - Anything kid friendly on the Off-Grid theme

If you can help please get in touch with [email protected] as soon as possible.