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The Communities Conference at Twin Oaks, Virginia, Sept 2-5, 2016

The Communities Conference is held Labor Day weekend, Sept 2 – 5, at Twin Oaks Community in Louisa County, Central Virginia.  The event hosts between 150 and 200 participants, including people who are members of, interested in, and new to intentional communities and other kinds of cooperative living and working.

The focus of the event is on intentional communities, although workshops sometimes cover a broader array of topics in cooperative and alternative lifestyles, economics, and organizing. If the workshop is not specific to intentional communities the presenter will  address the topic in relation to intentional communities.

The conference site is rustic and mostly outdoors.

More info about Twin Oaks here:

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Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:30pm: The Low Down on Pee and Poo: Composting Toilets & Urine Reuse – A talk at L.A. Eco-Village

Composting toilets offer a sanitary and ecological solution to the flush toilet. (Did you know that around 890 billion gallons of untreated sewage flows into US waterways each year?) Learn about waterless composting toilets, reusing urine, and considerations for installing a system into your home. This presentation will cover homescale composting toilets from urban to rural applications, large scale systems, operation and maintenance needs, codes, and common problems and solutions.

Learn about

  • Types of composting toilets
  • Benefits of using urine as a fertilizer
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Common problems and solutions
  • System costs
  • Codes and regulations
  • Artistic toilet designs


Los Angeles EcoVillage
117 Bimini Place
Los Angeles 90004

Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 7:30 pm to 9pm

$5 to $15 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Not required, but if you’d like:  or 213/738-1254

Sponsored by Greywater Action:

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Greywater Installer’s Course (6 day) November 9 – 14, 2015 at L.A. Eco-Village

Interested in learning all about greywater or becoming a greywater installer for your area? This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing, landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and build simple, economical residential greywater systems.

You will learn about the theory behind simple and high-end systems including the indoor use of greywater. We’ll cover basic plumbing and landscaping skills needed for the four types of common simple greywater systems. You will learn how to conduct a site assessment, determine which system to install and how to maintain existing systems. Additionally you’ll learn about what plants do best with greywater and the do’s and don’t of residential greywater reuse. By the end of the course you will know about proper installation of code compliant washing machine, and simple systems under the CA state code.

There will be an optional exam and installation for people wishing to be certified and listed on our website. The “installer’s page” contains contact info for graduates who wish to be listed, as well as an internal list serve for installers to share info, experiences, and get support.

Location: Los Angeles Eco-Village (117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles, 90004)

Cost: $750 with limited work-trade positions available (To apply for a work-trade position click here)

Learn more about the content and see the week’s schedule here.

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Restoring Water and Healing Love as Keys for a New Culture, Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 pm at Agape International Spiritual Center, Culver City, CA 90230

A rare opportunity to meet and hear some of the pioneering internationally renown people  from Tamera Ecovillage in Portugal plus the “Water Gandhi” from India.  Details below.

Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 pm
Agape International Spiritual Center
5700 Buckingham Parkway
Culver City, CA 90230
Tickets in advance:  $15 at Eventbrite. Or for $20 at the door.

Our ability to create a future worth living essentially depends on rediscovering our sacred relationship with two basic sources of life: healthy water and vivid love. What water is to nature, love is to humanity. Our modern culture has been following systems incompatible with the true nature of both water and love. Today’s world is marked by progressive desertification and thirst – in nature as well as within people’s hearts – which poses a serious threat to our common future. However, this is not the way our future has to be!

We are excited to announce that two global pioneers will be speaking in Los Angeles, who have been working for decades on revolutionary answers for these pressing crises, showcasing concrete models for the future:

Rajendra Singh, also known as “Water Gandhi.” is a well-known water conservationist from Rajasthan, India. Using a traditional method for retaining rainwater, Rajendra led a popular initiative that transformed approximately 8,600 square km of India’s Thar Desert into fertile land, providing a hundred thousand people with a decent living, and causing dried-up rivers to flow throughout the year again. As a result of this project, regional weather patterns changed causing overall precipitation to increase and extreme storms and droughts to dramatically decrease. The principles used are not limited to India, but tackle the global roots of our current water crisis and could be applied in California as well. Honoring his outstanding initiative, Rajendra just received the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize, an award commonly referred to as “the Nobel Prize for water.”

To him, water is more than only a chemical substance; he sees it as an ensouled being with which we can communicate.

Sabine Lichtenfels, is peace activist, spiritual teacher and co-founder of Tamera Peace Research Center in Portugal, where she heads the “Global Love School.” She is a source of profound feminine wisdom and peace knowledge, grounded in nearly forty years of experience co-leading one of the most radical experiments in community building and healing love of our times. She is the author of many books (among them Temple of Love and Grace. Pilgrimage for a Future without War) and has led international peace pilgrimages through Israel-Palestine and Colombia. Sabine was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as one of the “1000 Women for Peace” in 2005.

The event will be introduced and accompanied by Benjamin von Mendelssohn, director of The Grace Foundation and one of the next-generation leaders of Tamera, offering a brief insight into the “Healing Biotopes Plan,” the global peace strategy of the heart of Tamera’s work. Operating in the frame of holistic sciences, the plan starts from the premise that a few highly complex model centers around the world might suffice in replacing the informational matrix of violence that steers this planet within a relatively short time with a new global matrix of trust, compassion, and peace; creating a new morphogenetic field of global peace.

More info on Tamera Ecovillage here:

For more events with Tamera Team in California, go here:




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Regenerative Water Harvesting and Land Restoration Training Course October 7-11, 2015

Quail Springs Permaculture

Regenerative Water Harvesting and Land Restoration Training Course
October 7-11, 2015

Location/Climate: Southern California, High Desert

With Instructors:
Craig Sponholtz – Watershed Artisans, Inc.

Brenton Kelly – Quail Springs’ Land Steward, Farm Advisor & Restoration
Program Director

Neil Bertrando – R T Permaculture Designer

Quail Springs Permaculture invites you to learn about what constitutes
regenerative landscape design & restoration. Craig’s workshops offer an
understanding of the science of water on the landscape.

This 5-day Regenerative Water Harvesting & Land Restoration training
offers hands-on experience in the assessment, design and construction of
an on-going restorative and regenerative watershed project with intensive
immersion and experiential training in:

-  Healing degraded land by harvesting runoff
-  Reading the landscape and making informed decisions
-  Recognizing the symptoms and causes of degraded land
-  Identifying regenerative natural processes
-  Understanding how humans affect and are affected by the landscape and
-  Designing resilient solutions
-  Understanding management options for degraded land
-  Deciding what is doable and what should be done first
-  Planning and preparing to complete a successful project
-  Maintaining a project and ensuring its long-term success

Participants will learn skills needed to do high quality work that will
stand up to natural processes over time. These skills will serve a wide
spectrum of people and professions, from backyard restorationists to
farmers and land managers. Craig Sponholtz believes in doing it right the
first time and spends extra time with students on projects to ensure that
they understand the subtleties of the work being done. Emphasis on quality
ultimately fosters immense pride of a beautiful job well done.

"Craig Sponholtz’s Applied Watershed Restoration courses are a must. I was
very impressed with the thoroughness, hands-on learning, and Craig’s deep
knowledge – based on years of real-life experiences. The strategies taught
are simple and effective. They build on natural patterns so you work with
natural processes not against them. This way nature does the bulk of the
work once the structures are in place. I highly recommend these courses
for anyone working with the land and water."  - Brad Lancaster, author of
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond


Course Cost:
$750 (includes camping and meals)
$650 *EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT* until September 1, 2015

For more information and to register:

Contact with questions:
Danielle Brehmer,, 805-886-7239

* Financial aid in the form of payment plans and limited partial
scholarships by application.  Inquire early.


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Permaculture Design Course Certificate – Last weekend Mar 5-6, 2016

Can register for last  individual weekend upcoming March 5-6, 2016
Or get on mailing list for next completed Permaculture Design Certificate course:
Where: Eastside and Westside locations.
In and Around LA -directions and more details with registration

Additional Hands-On Training locations will also be offered.

The Permaculture Design Course has truly transformed the lives and enhanced the careers of thousands of people around the world, including architects, developers, social workers, city planners, teachers, students, gardeners, landscapers, homeowners, business owners and others.

• Modern Homesteading
• Elegant, Ecological Home & Garden Design
• Natural Building & Property Development
• Resilient Community

• Green Business Models

Permaculture Design touches on all aspects of life, offering decision-making protocols based on nature, for problem-solving, critical thinkingTHE CURRICULUM
The learning focus will be to design a community project- and extracurricular hands-on opportunities for home and garden design. Team projects are showcased on the final weekend of the course.TEACHING TEAM 
Teaching team is led by Larry Santoyo and include Internationally Acclaimed Leaders in the Worldwide Sustainability Movement.REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
You can register for the day, the weekend or the full course
Work-trades and Payment plans still available


(323) 206-5134

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Larry Santoyo, Program Director

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It Takes a Village – October 9 – 11, 2015 at rural Emerald Ecovillage in San Diego County

Play . Learn . Vision . Connect . Nourish . Explore

Three days of family-focused, community-driven festival fun.

Also featuring Diana Leafe Christian


We invite YOU into the “Emerald Village Observatory” for an immersive community experience that will inspire all ages to explore and celebrate what it means to be part of the global family. Bring your childlike curiosity to delve into the science of sustainable shenanigans, get down and (literally!) dirty as we dance in the gardens and then get foamy with your homies!

We are excited to also offer a series of WHYshops that create space for a deep investigation into emerging culture and topics that are relevant to evolving families and burgeoning communities. Conscious parenting, family well-being community building, permaculture, rites of passage, intimacy, spirituality, emergent technologies, and financial and global health are the focal points of “It Takes a Village.”


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International Permaculture Conference & Convergence, September 8 to 16, 2015 in London, U.K.

IPCUK will bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the world.

We have everything we need to create a sustainable world and future. Together we will create a vision of a near future society that is caring, sustainable and fair, and explore how we can collectively design strategies and pathways to make it happen.

Conference, 8-9 September 2015, The Light, Euston Road, London.
Designing the World We Want – two days packed with presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music, and art.

Convergence, 10-16 September 2015, Gilwell Park, Essex.
Designing the network we want – for people from around the world using permaculture in their everyday lives and communities.

Edge events, throughout the UK and Europe.
From tours and courses, to talks and more.

Book now for early bird tickets.

We’ve received a range of questions about the cost of the IPC in Britain – conference and convergence. This blog post gives some background information.

Like every other convergence, and permaculture conference, by far the biggest input is the time and labour of hundreds of volunteers, most of them also participants in the event. The permaculture movement has a strong tradition and ethic of everyone being active contributors. No one is just an attendee or delegate.

We have had lots of people working within one of the 13 IPCUK working groups, some for over a year. Without them it would be impossible to organise a coherent, engaging and inclusive event. Thank you to those dedicated individuals.

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Formidable Vegetable Sound System have released a new remix album Radish Beets!

You can see Charlie Mgee at the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence in London, this September. See details of Charlie’s Conference workshop, Sing the Change You Want to See.

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The IPC is a truly global event with participation coming from at least 50 countries. Here is a snapshot analysis to give you a bit of a picture of who is going to be at the convergence. Next month we will show a similar break down for the conference.

400 people have already bought their tickets to the convergence, and they come from 6 continents: Africa (3%); Latin America (5%); Asia (7%), North America (10%), Australia & Aotearoa (9%); Europe (65%). Amongst the list of delegates are people from some countries that have never been into an IPC.

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A team of intrepid IPCUK convergence coordinators met up at Gilwell Park, the site of the IPCUK Convergence. We spent 3 days on site with a mission to come up with some design suggestions for the site layout of the IPCUK.

Part three of three.

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