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National Association of Housing Cooperatives Conference in Seattle October 30 – November 2, 2013

What:       National Co-op Housing Conference
Where:     Seattle (Grand Hyatt Hotel)
When:      October 30 – November 2, 2013

Comprehensive learning and networking opportunity about housing cooperatives, including:
– Financing
– Planning and promotion
– Legislative and legal issues
– Governance issues
– Improving Operations
Registered Cooperative Managers Certificate class

Details here:



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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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 )



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Ecovillage Education US July 5 – August 11, 2013 at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Missouri

Ecovillage Education USWhat:
Where:     Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, MO
When:      July 5 – August 11, 2013


More information:

The FIC invites you to join in the living laboratory of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage for Ecovillage Education US.

Join us for the 37-day summer immersion course for visionaries, culture-creators, and community organizers seeking experiential training in building or transitioning sustainable community.

A premiere training set within one of the US’ leading ecovillages, Dancing Rabbit in Rutledge, MO, this life-changing course gathers the wisdom of ecovillages worldwide to train new leaders in creating a more sustainable future.

Staff members include FIC staff and board members (and community founders) Laird Schaub of Sandhill Farm, Ma’ikwe Schaub Ludwig of Dancing Rabbit, Alyson Ewald of Red Earth Farms, Tony Sirna of Dancing Rabbit and several other leaders in the sustainable communities movement!


Register for Ecovillage Education

Register Today
Early Bird Registration ends soon!
Only 20 spots available!


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The 5th Annual Farm Conference May 29-31, 2013 in Summertown Tn

What:      The 5th Annual Farm Conference on Community and Sustainability
Where:    The Farm in Summertown TN
When:      May 29-31,2013


More information:

May 29–31 Memorial Day Weekend Summertown TN

Best conference bargain!    Register here

The Farm Conference
As we chart the uncertain waters of modern times, life in community serves as both a lifeboat, providing shelter from the storm, and as a flagship, leading the way to a more sustainable future.
If you seek a life with direction, with greater meaning, holding true to your ideals, follow the course of community. In community there is strength, gaining the leverage necessary to achieve your full potential.
Take the next step. This Memorial Day Weekend, May 29-31, join with others who share your vision, and leave uplifted, with the energy  to pursue your real life goals.
In community we depend on each other, and it is clear that each one of us has value and something to give, contributions to the whole, made visible through our work.
Find your passion:
  • Green Building
  • Green Business
  • Organic Food Production
  • Alternative Education
  • Midwifery
  • Environmental Activism
  • Peace and Justice Activism
  • Music and the Arts
  • and more
There is room for everyone in community, and you will have the opportunity to see how this can be expressed in a very real way when you are part of our special gathering.
Without question, our Green Building Tour is always one of the most popular aspects of our annual conference. For many years now, The Farm has been undergoing a housing boom, with an average of 4 new homes under construction every year. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see multiple examples of many types of green construction, including:
  • 3 Insulated Concrete Form Homes
  • The Massive Recycled Steel Dome
  • The Solar School, the largest Passive Solar Building in the State
  • Straw Bale, Earth Bag
  • Cob, Clay Slip and Cordwood
  • The Deltec Home
  • The Earth Shelter
  • A Hand Hewn Log Cabin, Affordable Amish Cabins
  • A home built with over 80% Recycled Materials, including framing, windows, doors, siding, tile, kitchen cabinets, lighting fixtures
  • The Locally Harvested Lumber Advantage
  • Over 100 KW in Solar Arrays

What people say about our past conferences:

“I really liked how organized the events are, how friendly everyone is.”
“Lots of hard work went into this weekend. I appreciate your efforts!”
“I throughout enjoyed it and would not change a thing about it.”
“Moved along at a good pace.”
“Highly informative. Very Inspirational. Heartwarming”
“I felt a strong connection to everyone I met.”
“Learning anything is possible!”
“Finally I saw all the methods I had only read and dreamed about.”
“The most encouraging experience I’ve had toward living my dreams.”

Visit Our Web Site to Learn More and Register Today.

The $175 per person registration includes camping and all delicious vegetarian meals featuring local and homegrown produce.

Contact me with any question you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!

Douglas |
931-964-2590 office | 931-626-4035 cell

Our fifth conference in partnership with the Fellowship For Intentional Community.


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California Cooperative Conference. Friday & Saturday, April 5 & 6, 2013

What:        California Co-op Conference
Where:     3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90020, Immanuel Presbyterian Church
When:      Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, 2013 all day plus


More information:

Join us for the California Co-op Conference on April 5 & 6 in Los Angeles! We’ll celebrate cooperatives by sharing successes and provide you with the most effective ways you can help strengthen and expand the cooperative movement!

The California Co-op Conference is dedicated to sharing how cooperatives are used to support sustainable communities. The Cooperative model inspires people to create grassroots opportunities for themselves and for their communities.

Discover how cooperatives stimulate economic development through job creation, housing, and services to under-served communities

Learn about food, worker, & housing cooperatives

Connect with other cooperators

Co-ops Reshape Communities – they not only create jobs, services, and better prices for their members, they transform communities!

-Click here to register online or here to download a registration form.
-Workshop descriptions, schedules, and speaker biographies are available on our website.
-To find out more about scholarships and co-op auction click here.
-Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here for more information.
-The location is within walking distance of LA Eco-Village; also, it is two blocks west of Vermont/Wilshire Metro station, and easily bicycle from anywhere in central Los Angeles.  But for  information on hotel, parking, directions, and other logistics, click here.

Want to join us for the Co-op Tour but can’t make it to the conference? Choose an option below!




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