Greetings Activists,

We’re launching out 8th year of the Portland Urban Permaculture Design Course!

The PDC often is remembered as the point where  everything began to change. In gaining a deep perspective and practical skill set of how we can design our systems and lives to be more fruitful for all, something unexpected happens. We begin to realize that our lifelong yearnings, a hunger for meaningful connection are finally being satisfied without feeling like you have to conform or abandon your values.

You meet amazing people of all walks of life and realize that there’s a community of folks just like you, ready for change and waiting for the right place and time to take the leap. Welcome to the rest of your life!

Register Here!

Oct 7-8, Nov 4-5, Dec 9-10, Jan 13-14, Feb 10-11, March 10-11, April 7-8, and May 5-6



The Urban Permaculture Design Course is now being offered through the City Repair Project, an Oregon charity that aims to improve relationships and the places we live through local, neighborhood-scale efforts. Our teaching team, led by long-time City Repair organizers Mark Lakeman  and Matt Bibeau, will benefit greatly from the return of Ridhi D’Cruz (City Repair Co-Director) and Julian Dominic (City Repair project coordinator), and will feature many of the bioregion’s top instructors of ecological design as guest instructors.


Permaculture Design Certificates are issued after you complete the course and meet attendance and learning requirements. This PDC is certified by City Repairhosts of the largest urban permaculture convergence there is, the annual 10-day springtime barn-raiser involving over 30 participating project sites Village Building Convergence-Portland

Register Here!


Sunday, October 16th
10 am to 10:45 am: City Repair Volunteer Orientation
10:45 to 12:30 pm: Trash Pick Up!

On this day, we will gather at the PRI,  a site that started the City Repair 20 years ago. For folks interested in working with City Repair, arrive at 10 am to learn about the history, mission, and ways to plug in.

After that, to give service to the land we will walk to the nearby Willamette River and pick up trash along the way. Gloves will be provided.

Trash collected will be diverted from the landfill by being repurposed into art that will be displayed in different settings including our large annual event, the Village Building Convergence.

For more info, visit www.cityrepair.org. And for live updates follow our FB event page:https://www.facebook.com/events/1287839074582609/

PRI Spring

We’re excited in supporting City Repair as they participate in a large tactical urbaism event next weekend on the 20th! Along with Oregon Walks, Better Block PDX, and a host of wonderful organizations, a large swath of downtown will be transformed into a more bike and pedestrian friendly zone with numerous forms of activities and engagements. Think street fair.

City Repair will be transforming O’Bryant Square off at SW Washington and SW 9th. There will be design feedback activities, music, dancing, free tea served from the T-Horse. New PRI resident Sara Bellum will be coordinating upcycled art.

Stop by if you can and volunteers are also need for helping set-up, run the space, and take down. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/jpCsPW46TDEjzON13

Oregon Walkways Aug 20

PRI resident and City Repair founder Mark Lakeman will be traveling through California in March on speaking tour. Click here for more info!


1. Sunday, January 31st, 10 am to 2 pm (FB event)
2. Sunday, February 7th, 10 am to 2 pm (FB event)

Come on down to the founding zone of #CityRepair and see the#permaculture and #naturalbuilding wonders of the #PlanetRepairInstitute(PRI) and #ShareItSquare!

We’ll be helping the bustling #community take care of their #gardens,#communitycompost, fruit trees, and do general care and upkeep.

Most work will be done outdoors, so dress for the weather. Snacks, tools, and guidance will be provided.

Contact Kirk at volunteer@cityrepair.org or call at 307-287-0005 (no text).

Last day to turn in Placemaking applications for the Village Building Convergence! Drop in hours for help and special concerns tonight from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at City Repair’s office, 840 SE Alder Street.

3 days left!

Click on the image to get to an application for intersection repair, natural building, or community garden building for the Village Building Convergence!

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Want to talk in person about your placemaking applications? Have special requests or questions? This Thursday there’s a placemaking office hours at City Repair’s office: 840 SE Alder St, PDX from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Facebook event page here.


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Mark Lakeman and City Repair are traveling to share the Village Building wisdom with Prince Rupert…come on by if you’re near!
Facebook Events:
The Village Lives: Placemaking and the Remaking of a Modern City
Placemaking: Nuts & Bolts
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