The SHED Open House, Saturday, July 14, 2013 in Pasadena

What:       The SHED Open House
Where:    1355 Lincoln Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
When:      Saturday, July 14, 2013 from 4pm to 9pm


The Shed is Pasadena’s emerging space for urban agriculture, sustainable development, planning, permaculture, and land use. A place for organizations, professionals and enthusiasts to connect, share ideas, talk about projects and learn from one another.
4pm          Meet and greet

5pm        Welcome and Introductions:
Marco Barrantes principal La Loma Development
5:20pm Jonathan Frame:
Arroyo Seco Canyon Project at Hahamongna Watershed Park

5:40pm Mark Rice: Next Course
Pasadena: a conversation on the future of food in Pasadena/

6pm      Larry Santoyo:
Permaculture in Los Angeles
6:20pm Christopher Shein:
Permaculture home gardening and book signing

7pm     Design Build Comm unity: Networking for
permaculture organizations, professionals and enthusiasts

Fee:  $5 Pre-register     $10 at the door

Arroyo Seco Foundation
Institute of Urban Ecology
Next Course Pasadena
Music, Food & Drinks! Waste Less Living

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Time Bank Training – Stephanie Rearick Rolling Conference, July 28, 2013 from 10am to 2pm in Los Angeles at Fais DoDo

What:       Time Bank Training
Where:    Fais Do Do, 5257 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles 90016
When:      Sunday, July 28, 2013 from 10am to 2pm


More information:

Learn about:

  •  Starting and coordinating a Time Bank
  •  Recruiting leadership
  •  Engaging stakeholders
  •  Engaging organizations as partners
  • Community justice and Time Banking
  •  Time Banking and other complementary currencies

About Dane County Time Bank: The Dane County Time Bank, established in 2005, is a network with over 2000 individuals and organizations who exchange time in order to build community, build capacity, and come together to help each other to build a better world.

More info on Dane County Time Bank here:

About Stephanie Rearick: Based in Madison, Wisconsin, Stephanie Rearick is founder and Co-Director of the Dane County TimeBank and Project Coordinator of Time For the World. In addition to her work in timebanking and promoting ground-up economic and community regeneration, Stephanie is co-owner of Mother Fool’s Coffeehouse. She worked for Greenpeace for six years during her youth, helped launch Madison Hours, a local currency in 1995 and served for several years on the steering committee of independent local political party Progressive Dane.

You can learn more about Stephanie at these sites:

Her personal website:
Speaking at the Economics and Peace Conference:
Lyon presentation on Human-Scaled Economic Development.

FB invite:

Fee for Time Bank Event:  FREE but reservations are required.  Donations gladly accepted*

RSVP to Time Bank Training here:  Autumn Rooney <>

Lunch will be provided by Large Marge Sustainables!

* Any Donations received will be put towards the future Arroyo S.E.C.O Network of Time Banks Community Revolving Loan Fund and Local Economy Incubator. We need to raise $5,000 in order to receive matching funds for the Community Revolving Loan Fund.

More about the Loan Fund and More about the Incubator

Special thanks to:
The Metabolic Studio
Fais Do Do
Large Marge Sustainables
The Living Economy Salon
CRSP Institute for Urban Ecovillages:

Stephanie is also a professional musician. and will perform new tracks from Dreamworld on:
Friday, July 26th at 7PM at Pop Hop,  5002 York Blvd Los Aangeles 90042
Consider donating to her Dreamworld Sharing Economy Tour fund!


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Ecocity World Summit 2013 in Nates, France September 25 – 27, 2013

What:       Ecocity World Summit 2013
Where:    Nantes, FRANCE
When:     September 25 – 27, 2013


More information:

ECOCITY 2013, is the collective place and moment to build a common culture among sustainable city players, a platform to accelerate the transition on a global scale.

Sponsored by Ecocity Builders in partnership with UN Habitat and UNEP (United Nations Environmental Program).

Early bird registration ends August 20, 2013.

So much fascinating information for the ecocity constituency among our readers here, including program information,  video interviews, past ecocity conference archives, and more:

Following on from Montreal, Istanbul, San Francisco, Bangalore, Shenzhen, Curitiba, Dakar, Adelaide and Berkeley, it will be the first edition to be held in the European Union. ECOCITY is the cross-disciplinary World Summit on Sustainable Cities supported by the NGO Ecocity Builders. The concept was originally designed to:

  • Facilitate exchanges among local, regional and governmental decision-makers, researchers and the civil society,
  • Bring together all the different disciplines on sustainable cities,
  • Offer equal treatment to all speakers,
  • Enable citizens to play a role.

This 10th edition positions «the city as a vital area of work to grapple with the global sustainability issues».

One year after Rio + 20, ECOCITY 2013 must be a platform to accelerate the transition on a global scale, in partnership with the United Nations.  Ambitious goals have been set for the event:

  • A crucial political moment worldwide,
  • Mobilization of all the driving forces,
  • Emergence of large-scale solutions,
  • A change in the rules governing the city,
  • An action-driven schedule.

ECOCITY 2013 will be a unique opportunity to organize dialogue between the bearers of a European urban development model and their counterparts in other continents.


ECOCITY 2013 format

Ecocity, the World Summit on Sustainable Cities, will be held from 25 to 27 September 2013. It will be followed by the Summit of the Mexico City Pact Signatories on Saturday 28 September. The two events are very complementary.
ECOCITY will take shape over the 3 days with the Summit and the Exhibition designed as «the ideal place to showcase solutions for sustainable cities» and innovation.
A new approach, around a collaborative work, will make it possible for all the contributors to co-build the programme.

The Summit will propose various types of meetings and exchanges:

  • Plenary sessions,
  • Keynote session
  • Theatre-style room
  • workshop
  • round tables
  • Vico demonstration
  • Global village
  • Solutions exhibition and B to B meeting

Because of the voluntary systemic approach and cross-disciplinary plurality, it will be essential to propose a thematic tour to facilitate the choices of delegates and visitors when attending ECOCITY 2013.

A project built jointly with all the international networks of sustainable city players.

The Nantes Métropole political ambition is to make ECOCITY 2013 the collective place and moment to build a common culture among all sustainable city players. The project governance is organized around this task:




The Eleventh International Permaculture Conference & Convergence (IPC11) in Cuba in Nov 11 – Dec 4, 2013

What:      The 11th International Permaculture Conference & Convergence

Where:     Cuba

When:      November 11 through December 4, 2013: various events

Details here:  The Eleventh International Permaculture Conference & Convergence (IPC11), Cuba (Nov/Dec 2013)

Community Projects, Conferences, Courses/Workshops, Presentations/Demonstrations, Social Gatherings — by Roberto Perez Rivero

IPC11 Cuba 2013 — Key Events and Dates

  • Pre IPC International PDC — 11-24 November, 2013
    Cueva de los Portales camping Site, Pinar del Río, Cuba
    With a Highly qualified team of Professors from USA, UK, Canada and Cuba.
  • Conference Dinner and Gala
    – 24 November, 2013

    Havana, Cuba
  • International Permaculture Conference
    – 25-27 November, 2013

    At the Pabellón Cuba, in Vedado, Havana, Cuba
    With many important Permaculturists already confirmed to present.
  • Visit to Urban Permaculture sites –
    28 November, 2013

    Havana, Cuba
  • Convergence –
    29 November – 3 December, 2013

    To be celebrated at Los Cocos Camping Base, Mayabeque Province, Cuba
    There is still space for presentations at the Convergence, please contact us.
  • Permaculture Tours –
    From December 4th, 2013

    Three choices that include the provinces of Matanzas and Sancti Spíritus and the best preserved traditional Spanish Villa in Cuba, Trinidad.


For all the information, including prices and payments, in English and Spanish, please check

For direct contact with the organizing group in Cuba, email to: ipc11cuba (at)

There is an early bird discount of 10% for those that register before July 31!



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Your Final Footprint: Home Burials and Green Funerals, Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:30pm at LA Eco-Village

What:       Your Final Footprint: An introduction to Environmentally-conscious after-death care,
funeral and 
disposition  with Olivia Bareham

Where:     L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl, Los Angeles 90004 (directions)

When:      Friday, September 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm


You recycle, you try not to use toxic products and you pay attention to how your lifestyle|
affects the environment. When you die you want to be assured that your final footprint is
in alignment with the integrity in which you lived your life. But is this possible?  Please join
us for a lively, informative evening!

Topics covered will include:
  • Traditional funeral industry practices
  • Legalities and logistics for home-based, natural after-death care
  • Embalming vs dry-ice
  • Benefits of a family-directed home wake & funeral
  • The case for “Green” burials
  • High-Tech disposition alternatives
  • Films & slide shows demonstrating the sacred beauty of home funerals and green burials
  • Q & A

     Refreshments will be served.

About Olivia:
Rev. Olivia Bareham is an ordained Minister of Healing. She holds bachelors degrees in Education and Natural Theology in Sacred Healing and is a certified Death Midwife. Olivia’s experience in the fields of auxiliary nursing, elder care and hospice volunteering inspired her to investigate a more meaningful and personal alternative to traditional funeral practices.

“At the event of death and for a few days following, there is a window of opportunity for great healing to occur. I noticed that when the funeral director stepped in to take over the closing ceremonies, very often this window silently, and permanently, closed. Families were left feeling empty and helpless, often with a feeling of incompleteness.”

In an effort to provide a way to keep this window open and facilitate the healing process, Olivia completed a course in Death Midwifery, resulting in certification as a Home Funeral Guide. She subsequently created Sacred Crossings with the mission of inspiring, educating and empowering families to reclaim the lost art and healing ritual of a Home Funeral.

Olivia is a writer, producer and public speaker – she serves on the Board of the National Home Funeral Alliance ( and Los Angeles Hospice at Anam Cara.  ( For more info on Olivia and her organization, Sacred Crossings, here:

Fee for this event:  $5 to $10 sliding scale

Reservations please: or 213/738-1254


More info on this topic below.


View our slide show of Home Funerals here…

Home Funerals by Sacred Crossings
Home Funerals by Sacred Crossings
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future events and workshops on this and related topics, please write to:
To learn more about upcoming Death Midwifery workshops and classes, please contact Olivia at: 310-968-2763Thank you for forwarding this e-mail to friends and relatives who may be interested.


The Three Secrets of Healthy Living with Dr. Jhasmin Santizo Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 7:30pm at LA Eco-Village

What:       The Three Secrets of Healthy Living with Dr. Jhasmin Santizo
Where:     L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles 90004  (directions)
When:      Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm


More information:

Dr. Jhasmin Santizo decided to become a Chiropractor after her father, L.A. Eco-Village member and Eco Maya Festival producer Julio Santizo, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Colorectal cancer. From this experience, she decided to make a difference in the medical field, by educating people about health, wellness, and prevention. Chiropractic has shown her that it’s just not about low back and neck pain, but about teaching others how to live and maintain a healthy lifestyle. She is also an athlete, training in Krav Maga and Cross-fit 3-4 times a week.

Everyone invited.  No charge

Reservations please:  213/738-1254 or



Seed Saving Class Sat., June 29, 2013 from 10am to 1pm at L.A. Eco-Village

What:       Seed Saving Class with George Patton
Where:     L.A. Eco-Village, 117 Bimini Pl., LA 90004 (directions)
When:      Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10am to 1pm


More information:

Learn all about Seed Saving from L.A. Eco-Village resident George Patton. George hosted the Gardening Naturally radio show on KCRW in the early 1980s. He volunteers with the Biodynamic Association of Southern CA and is focused on food security, composting, growing and using herbs.

Potluck lunch in the L.A. Eco Village Courtyard after the workshop.

Please bring a dish to share and your own plate cup and utensil to make this a zero waste activity!

Everyone welcome!

Fee:  3 time dollars or $5

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Rainwater Harvesting with Brad Lancaster Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 7:30pm at LA Eco-Village

What:       Booksigning and Evening Talk with Brad Lancaster
Where:     L.A. Eco-Village (directions)
When:      Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm


author of
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands
Turning Water Scarcity into Water Abundance; Vol.1, 2nd Edition

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
7:30 pm, $5 to $10 sliding scale (no one turned away)

Rainwater Harvesting expert Brad Lancaster returns to Los Angeles with his newly published 2nd Edition of his award winning, best selling book Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands; Turning Water Scarcity into Water Abundance, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition on Wednesday, June 26.

Brad’s books have always encouraged readers to turn water scarcity into water abundance by welcoming rain into our lives, landscapes and soils.  In this newly updated 2nd edition, Brad updates real life case studies for harvesting rainwater, completely renovates the approach to seeing & understanding sediment flows, and adds more tools for harvesting rainwater and other often overlooked free on-site resources, such as wind, sun, and shade.

Rainwater harvesting is the process of capturing rain and making the most of it as close as possible to where it falls.  By harvesting rainwater on the land within the soil and vegetation, or in cisterns that will later irrigate the land, it is possible to control erosion, reduce flooding, and minimize water pollution.  This practice is enormously beneficial in a world with a finite supply of fresh water that is becoming increasingly polluted.

Although rainwater harvesting has been accomplished by humans in virtually every drought vulnerable region of the world for millennia, our society, until very recently with the help of people like Brad Lancaster, seemed to have a collective amnesia about the utility, efficiency, and beauty of rainwater harvesting practices.

Brad Lancaster is an author, permaculture teacher, designer & consultant, and co-founder of Desert Harvesters ( Brad has taught programs for the ECOSA Institute, Columbia University, University of Arizona, Prescott College, Audubon Expeditions, and many others. He has helped design integrated water harvesting and permaculture systems for homeowners and gardeners, including the Tucson Audubon Simpson Farm restoration site; the Milagro & Stone Curves co-housing projects.  Brad lives on an eighth of an acre in downtown Tucson, Arizona, where annual rainfall is less than 12 inches. He practices what he preaches by harvesting over 100,000 gallons of rainwater a year, and with his brother Rodd, have created an oasis in the desert by directing harvested rainwater into a thriving landscape that includes abundant gardens, food bearing trees, and habitat for wildlife, instead of into the streets and storm drains of Tucson.

Event sponsors:
Los Angeles Eco-Village Collaborative:
CRSP Institute for Urban Eco-Villages, Urban Soil-Tierra Urbana Co-op,
Beverly-Vermont Community Land Trust, Greywater Action

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Other SoCal events with Brad Lancaster:

Santa Barbara:
Tue, June 25, 2013 at 7:30pm, $5 donation
Santa Barbara Central Library, Faulkner Gallery
(805) 962-2571

San Diego
June 29,30 Rainwater & Greywater Workshop
hosted by the San Diego Sustainable Living Institute

More Info on Harvesting Rainwater:

Sweetwater Collaborative
We are the successor to the Santa Barbara Green Living Co-op and are now locally based.
Our legacy is putting in water harvesting projects using a barn raising model, in hands-on, community-based workshops.

Permaculture Credit Union

You Tubes:
Rainwater Harvesting with Brad Lancaster

Sustainable World Radio Podcast Brad Lancaster

Santa Babara Permaculture Network Logo

(805) 962-2571
P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190

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Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Conference – Switzerland July 7 – 12, 2013

What:       Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Conference
Where:    Schweibenalp,  Switzerland
When:      July 7 – 12, 2013


More Details here:

Celebrating Community – Lessons from our living history:

Hearing from founders and elders of our movement about successes, lessons learned and growing edges relating to GEN.

NextGEN – International perspectives from the next generation:

Allowing ourselves to be inspired by the enthusiasm and intelligence of youth and young adults that are building pathways to our future.

Political Influencing – Policies for civil society engagement:

Learning how top-down and bottom-up approaches can combine to support and implement ecovillage strategies for the transition of our societies to a more sustainable way of living.

Villages in Transition to Resilience:

How traditional and indigenous village networks can use the ecovillage approach to become strong vehicles for the regeneration of social and natural environment.

Alternative Technologies:

Hands-on experience and the theoretical background to innovative technologies that make a real difference.


  1. Beyond Consensus – Exploring Sociocracy and Holacracy
  2. The Art of Recycling – Creating Beauty from Waste
  3. Empowered Fundraising – Allowing funds to flow into Sustainability
  4. Sustainable Economies – alternatives to the prevalent growth model

The conference will provide a multitude of opportunities to get to know the other participants and for informal exchange. Each participant will also be a member of a Home Group where they can touch base and deepen their experience each day.

The conference will be facilitated by Macaco Tamerice, Zoltan Hosszu, Robin Alfred and Kosha Joubert. Interesting speakers will present their work and projects.

NextGEN Meeting

Parallel to annual GEN Conference meeting of young people involved in NextGEN will take place in Schweibenalp. The aim of the meeting is to enable young people to come together and create heart-to-heart connections which will improve cooperation in the future projects. NextGEN meeting will be longer as GEN Conference itself and will start already on Saturday the 6th of July in the evening. It will last until Sunday 14th of July. Read more here. If you are interested in the youth meeting please contact lara(at) for further information.

Please find the conference schedule here.


Our hosting partner community
Center of Unity Schweibenalp

We are a community of about 20 people. Creativity, compassion, open communication, sincere encounters and zest for life are important to us. What connects us all is our vision, living and working together.
The Business on Schweibenalp is affiliated to the “Association Center of Unity” as a seminar business and employs members of the community and external staff. We see ourselves as a model business that links the events and workshops held here, with the community and the Alpine Permaculture project as well as being a pioneer in holistic management. 

Our charming and renovated Guest House with its 100 beds was built in the early years of the Swiss mountain tourism and is surrounded by an area of about twenty hectares.



Conference Fee

Regular 500 €
Reduced 350 € ( for students, unemployed, people on low income )



Capoeira: all levels workshop Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 11am to 1pm

What:       Capoeira: all levels workshop
Where:    Bresee Foundation, 184 Bimini Pl, south end of L.A. Eco-Village (directions)
When:      Thursday, January 2, 2013 at 8 pm


More information:

Everyone is invited, beginners to advanced.  For those who like the class, we plan to hold sessions a few times each week.  This will be a low-cost class to encourage everyone to get in shape, learn capoeira and generally contribute to the spirit of community.

Please do come through on the 13th to get more details, meet our Instructor, see what the class will entail and determine if this particular group is for you.


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