The Planet Repair Institute is pleased to announce our 4th annual Urban Permaculture Design Course 2014 in Portland OR this summer!


Our course is based at two locations in SE Portland. Our primary class location will be at the planet Repair Institute in the neighborhood of Sellwood, where we grapple with urban transformation in a real context dealing with real people and social dynamics, challenges, and opportunities. We will also be meeting at Jeans Farm alongside Johnson Creek, where the Learning Gardens Institute, Mother Earth School and Rising Stone CSA collaborate on running a farm and forest-based school program.

At each session we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation (‘block repair’) and urban farming, food systems and related educational functions of each. We consider simple no-cost or low-cost interventions and small scale intensive systems that any neighborhood could implement in order to help transition our urban spaces into thriving social ecologies, and urban land into productive learning centers. Blending the whole system design methods of permaculture with the urban reclamation techniques of block repair, we explore opportunities to reclaim the commons, activate underutilized spaces, integrate water management and energy systems, take down fences, create vibrant perennial food systems, and localize our economic relations.

Oliver Kellhammer – One of Canada’s Greatest Permaculture Teachers!

When?: Next Thursday, July 31st, 7:00-8:30pm

Where?: Planet Repair Institute (8512 SE 8th Ave)


Oliver Kellhammer is a Canadian bio-artist, activist, writer and one of
Canada’s longest-term permaculture teachers. His botanical interventions
and public art projects demonstrate nature’s surprising ability to recover
from human-inflicted damage. Kellhammer will discuss strategies for
remediation (phyto, myco etc.), and the prospects for deep-time climate
change resilience. Oliver is a captivating and inspiring speaker like none

In exploring nature’s innate capacity for earth repair, Oliver poses the
question, ‘What Can I Not Do?  His wide ranging talk will draw on many of
his ‘botanical interventions’ into urban space including his recent work
leading biodiversity tours of brownfield habitats in Troy, NY, visits to
abandoned airports in Berlin, and a floating module project on the
Willamette River that will investigate future ecological scenario in
response to climate change and industrial contamination

Oliver Kellhammer is an immensely inspiring permaculturalist and a
marvelously entertaining presenter. Be inspired and think about
permaculture in a ways that you have not considered before!

This event will be held at one of Portland’s most developed urban permaculture demonstration sites – the Planet Repair Institute, birth place of the City Repair Project.  Come early to check it out!

How Much?: We are asking for a sliding scale donation of $5-10 at the
door. No one to be turned away for lack of funds.

Register in advance at:

PRI Resident Sarah Heath’s Film Launches Its Fundraising Campaign!




Sarah and her team only have 29 days to raise their goal or they don’t get a cent! They need all of the donations, big and small, they can get to make this campaign succesful! Take a look at the campaign and support if you can. Then help spread the word so that this important film can be made!

Thank you so much!



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Join us for 2 full days of Hands-On Mushroom Cultivation training at the Planet Repair Institute with Ja Schindler and Fungi For the People.

We will spend the weekend exploring many exciting approaches to home and small business scale edible and medicinal mushroom growing, with a strong focus on growing regionally appropriate varieties on easily accessible recycled materials. The entire process is worked through in a hands-on format and everyone will leave with the materials and know-how to start growing their own.

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DSC08071The Banksy of Permaculture – back by popular demand!  This is the third consecuative year that the Planet Repair Institute and Permaculture Meetup will be hosting Oliver Kellhammer – one of Canada’s  most experienced and dynamic permaculture designers.  Oliver is well known for his work as a “botanical land-artist” who creates guerrilla-style food forests interventions to reclaim neglected urban spaces for the commons that shake people out of their passive, routinized life, by forcing an engagement with the urban ecology. Oliver has successfully protected these interventions the the guise of public art.

Last year, Oliver’s talk highlighted urban permaculture strategies for climate change resilience, his climate change forest experiment on Cortes Island, and his attempts at “botanical re-mixing”, open-source landscaping, and hacking the urban ecology. This year Kellhammer will be coming directly from Finland where he has been collaborating with other artists at the Finnish BioArt Society on the concept of “Deep Time”.

This event will be hosted at the Planet Repair Institute – a fifteen-year old urban permaculture site and the birth-place of City Repair and the Village Building Convergence. Join us at 6pm for a tour and history of Planet Repair Institute and Share-it Square, followed by Oliver’s talk at 7pm.

When: Sunday October 6th, 6pm tour, 7pm Public Talk.

Where: Planet Repair Institute (8512 SE 8th Ave)

How Much: $10-$15 (Sliding Scale… please contact us if this is out of your price range:)

More Information: oliverk.org and planetrepair.org

*** Please Contact us to Confirm you Attendance ***


Please join us for this phenomenal documentary. Popcorn will be served.


Where: PRI, 8512 SE 8th Ave. Portland, Or

When: Thursday, June 13th

Time: 7:30pm

Admission: FREE

From the Occupy Love website: “Join acclaimed director Velcrow Ripper (Scared Sacred, Fierce Light) on a journey deep inside the revolution of the heart that is erupting around the planet, as he asks the question, “How could the crisis we are facing become a love story?”

Occupy Love explores the growing realization that the dominant system of power is failing to provide us with health, happiness or meaning.   The old paradigm that concentrates wealth, founded on the greed of the few, is causing economic and ecological collapse. The resulting crisis has become the catalyst for a profound awakening:  millions of people are deciding that enough is enough –  the time has come to create a new world, a world that works for all life.”

For more info on the film, please visit occupylove.org

We hope to see you there!


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