Update 3/27/16: We just finished the closing circle and cleanup. The event was a smashing success! We had almost 70 participants, including more than half dozen ecovillage residents, and several visitors from outside Portland, including some from Washington. We are now in discussion phase for next event. Some have proposed holding the next event at the summer solstice. More updates to come! See our FB page for more photos of the events.

Rethinking Permaculture Vernal Equinox Convergence: Everyday Strategies for Compassionate Living

Hosted by Kailash Ecovillage and Food Not Bombs

Please join us for a weekend convergence where we will discover how to transform our lives to be more in line with our heart’s compassionate and harmonious nature.

Traditional permaculture has great insights into more sustainable ways to grow our own food – we aim to expand the vision of sustainability to include the practical changes we can make to our daily lives, right now, to create less harm to our world, and to foster a more ecologically sensitive, and more joyfully vibrant, human culture.

We will cover techniques to grow more of our own food, but also look at the daily consumer habits and lifestyle patterns that we take for granted, and to explore how they might be transformed to free us from the oppressive and unhealthy aspects of our society.

We will consider what it means to practice “spiritual permaculture” – living in a way that honors all living beings, and all the diversity of life on our planet, as our family. In this light, we will focus on practices that don’t confine or cause suffering to other animals for our own (human) benefit.

  • Veganic gardening strategies
  • Reducing dependence on the money system
  • Fostering community sharing
  • Meditation, movement, and sound practices to support a sustainable life
  • Classes focused on creating real, practical changes in our daily lives, to be implemented now!

Whether experienced permaculturists, or the newly curious, all are welcome to attend. If you have something you’d like to teach that is in line with our vision, anyone is welcome to facilitate a class – let us know what you’d like to offer! (There will be an opportunity to add classes on the first night of the gathering.)

We aspire to offer the kinds of workshops where participants will learn the skills, and receive the support, that can lead to actual, practical, life changes immediately after the weekend.

There is no charge for this event, although donations are welcome. All food will be provided for free – procured from the abundance around us using the strategies we will share! You are encouraged to spend the night on site, also for no charge (indoor or outdoor).

Kailash Ecovillage, 4311 SE 37th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202

Community room

Friday, March 25 5-9p Program| Introductions, Event Scheduling & Meal

Saturday, March 26 9am-9pm| Presentations/Workshops

Sunday, March 27 9am-3pm| Presentations/Workshops & Discussion

In order to help us best plan this event, please RSVP

Let us know if you wish to host a presentation or workshop!

Here is an interview with about “Spiritual Permaculture”.