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On 3/21/15 permaculturalists gathered for the 4th annual SE PDX Permaculture Convergence to discuss strategies and activate support for pollinators. In the morning we had a permablast! to plant pollinator habitat around the neighborhood including two dozen properties around PRI.

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“What if the paradigm transforms from either/or to that and more?” asked Kelli, who identifies as a migratory pollinator doing work in regional economic development. Kelli presented on the first night of the SE Permaculture Convergence, discuss her work with ecological art, intertwining aesthetics with habitat creation for pollinators. Brian Lacy added to the presentation, illuminating different contexts of why pollinators are declining, such as hybridized plants that don’t produce nectar and nerve agents applied to nursery plants. Besides the struggles, Brian shared creative ways to support bees, as well as the complexity of the situation in that there are different species that visit different flowers at different parts of the year.

Friday, March 20 a couple dozen folk gathered together to listen, share, dine, and dream about permaculture and supporting pollinators. After Brian and Kelli’s presentation, participants shared classes they’d like to teach the next day (today) and this is the schedule list:

 PRI Room Main space Sanctuary Outdoor kitchen
2 pm Permaculture and City Policy (1 hr) Permaculture and Economic Culture
3 pm Passive House Design and Annual Geothermal Solar (1.5)
4 pm Placemaking for Healthy Communities (4:30 to 5 pm) Facilitator Improvisation Start at 4:30 – onward Hotels for Insects!
5 pm Placemaking strategies for post-disater areas

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This year’s gathering will be hosted by the communities of both Planet Repair Institute (in the Sellwood Neighborhood) and @ Foster Village (in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood). Events are taking place the weekend of March 20, 21, and 22, 2015. All experience levels are welcome – from beginners to permaculture experts.

Friday & Saturday Events at Planet Repair Institute (PRI):
8512 SE 8th, Portland, OR 97202
• Friday Gathering: 7pm to 10pm: Potluck & Gathering to Determine workshops
• Saturday Events: 10am-10pm: AM Pollinator-Blast, Lunch, and PM Activities!
* Sunday Events: At FosterVillage, 4685 SE 64th, Portland, OR 97206
10am to 10pm: Commons & Garden Perma-Blast, Lunch, More Blasting!

Permaculture is a sustainable design science rooted in the observation of patterns in nature. For instance, the branching pattern found in a tree or a river is the same one found in your heart. By applying the self-organizing principles of nature to our human systems, we can grow beyond sustainability and build a truly regenerative culture.

Continuing on the momentum of last year when this event was hosted at Kailash EcoVillage, this is a special opportunity for Permies and the permaculture-curious in SE to gather together, share knowledge and skills, make connections, and inspire one another, taking the next steps in growing a regenerative culture in SE Portland and beyond.

The weekend will begin on Friday March 20th with a potluck dinner, after which we will plan the weekend organically based on what people are interested in discussing, presenting and contributing to the weekend.

The format for the gathering will include a pollinator Support “Perma-Blast”, discussion circles, presentations, skill-shares and hands-on projects. We will wrap up on Sunday afternoon after lunch with a next-steps session and closing circle.

Meals will be provided over the course of the weekend. For this, we are asking for a $35 contribution. If cost is a prohibitive issue, please inquire about work-trade opportunities.

Remember to bring a potluck dish for Friday evening. Please contact us if you need a place to stay.

• Please pay $35 upon arrival at PRI. These funds will support event costs and food

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The Planet Repair Institute is pleased to announce our 3rd annual Urban Permaculture Design Course 2013 in Portland OR this summer!PDC 2013 - Poster

Our course is embedded the neighborhood of Sellwood, where we grapple with urban transformation in a real context dealing with real people and social dynamics, challenges, and opportunities! Each session we explore a different ‘layer’ of the possibilities for neighborhood transformation and ‘block repair’. 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. 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.

We will be hosting many of our bioregion’s top instructors of ecological design who will cover a wide variety of topics, including soil remediation, water harvesting, food systems and forest gardening, natural building techniques, urban ecology and foraging, plant propagation and grafting techniques, small scale energy systems, climate change resilience strategies, ecological patterning, community mapping, drawing and graphing techniques, and collaborative design methods. However, our course is not limited to the classroom and theoretical learning – we will be spending lots time outside applying our knowledge, learning from hands-on techniques, and actively implementing systems that will have an immediate direct impact on the neighborhood and on the planet!

Costs and Dates

The course takes place over eight weekends between June and October:

June 22-23                    July 6-7

    July 20-21                             August 10-11

August 31-September 1                                 September 14-15

October 5-6                                   October 12

Cost of the course is $650-800 sliding scale, which includes a delicious lunch during each class.

Download a Registration Form.

Early Bird Special – Register before the end of the Village Building Convergence (June 2nd) and receive a $50 discount.

Scholarships – For those of low-income wanting to inquire about scholarship opportunities, please contact us at planetrepair@riseup.net for more details.

 

Here’s another testimonial from a participant of last year’s PDC:

*I was blessed to be initiated into the world of urban permaculture through
the Planet Repair Institute’s Urban PDC! The course brilliantly integrates
permaculture design theory with heartfelt community action, empowering each
student to take a leading role in transforming the urban landscape into a
resilient, ecologically vibrant space. Each weekend, we rolled up our
sleeves to design urban food forests across city blocks, re-invent old
industrial zones with new edible landscaping, and co-create sustainable
neighborhood meeting places. Along with a dynamic team of guest teachers,
Mighk and Mark brought an outstanding breadth of experience, depth, and
humor to the class. And the local, organic meals were delicious! Today, I
am applying so much of what I learned in my own community, and look forward
to expanding my knowledge of urban permaculture over time. Thank you PRI
for this transformative experience, I am eternally grateful!*

– Emily Wood

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