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Indigenous Wisdom and Permaculture Skills Convergence

July 26 @ 8:00 am - July 31 @ 5:00 pm

$150 - $300

Indigenous Wisdom and Permaculture Skills Convergence
Pre-Event On-Site Infrastructure Build: July 19 – 25, 2017
Convergence: July 26 – 31, 2017
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota

Building a just and regenerative world from the roots up!

Join the Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative and a team of incredible facilitators to co-create a gathering that is transformative – not just for the attendees but for the community and the land that supports it. A place for us to put our values into practice through permaculture design alongside experts, where we can build a just and regenerative world from the roots up through art, music, and community.

Read more at the IWPSConvergence webpage, and reserve your spot here.

1. We’re converging to complete Lakota-initiated projects that will increase food security, build sustainable infrastructure and strengthen community on the Pine Ridge reservation.
2. Lakota residents who’ll join the convergence will receive a stipend (paid for by the ticket price), to learn useful resiliency skills, carry on work or maintain projects after the convergence.
3. Attendees receive experiential learning of permaculture design and will leave the Convergence with a deeper understanding of natural building, aquaponics, traditional ecological knowledge, and appropriate technologies through participating in hands-on projects. ALL projects were selected as beneficial by our tribal partners.
4. We’re striving to create community through ceremony, evening events, and mealtimes that are open to the Pine Ridge community. Resiliency groups on the res are invited to attend and share a meal or join a workshop free!
5. Through our connecting work, we’ll build long-term relationships that support the resiliency of indigenous and Earth-centered networks.

Opportunities to learn, build, and leave a positive impact

Natural Building
Participants have the opportunity to help design the plans for a Permaculture Center made of cob, under the guidance of renouned natrual building teachers. Then we will start and finish a smaller project, such as a chicken coop or oven together. Prepare for a cob-stomp dance party to music performers! If passionate about natural building, attendees are invited to stay on the reservation after the end of the convergence to help complete a nearby Earthship.

Growing Food Security
Learn about the unique challenges and solutions to growing food on the Great Plains. Work in OLCERI’s food forest, now 5 years old. Together we will plant the site’s Community Garden, and Walapini Greenhouse. Many infrastructure designs were created especially for the reservation and made of repurposed materials.

Growing mushrooms low-tech and medicinals. Mushrooms are a fast-growing source of nutrition and medicine. Learn how to cultivate mushrooms in open air conditions.

Appropriate Technologies
Attendees will learn how to build and complete projects that will contribute to the self-sufficient sustainable practices of the tribe, including:
• Passive Solar Dehydrators,
• Bike-powered generators
• Rocket Stoves
• Food
Nothing brings community together like a delicious, nourishing meal. The outdoor kitchen will be serving 3 a day for all participants. The kitchen hosts a workshop on traditional foods for all who prepare and serve meals. Meals are hot and off the grid provided by the world’s largest solar oven, on-site.

SolutionCraft is an ecological education kitchen classroom that highlights appropriate technology and ecological design. We will be highlighting the giant Villager sun oven, solar parabolas, rocket stoves, efficient zero waste and dishwashing systems, and other ecological technologies that can be used when designing a truly regenerative kitchen.
Read more about SolutionCraft here.

Tea House
Relax, have a cup of tea, and enjoy the company of other builders and visionaries in the tea yurt, open every evening.

We will be moved to the musical tunes of local and indigenous performers.
Performers TBA
Any interested performers please email pineridgepermaculuregathering@gmail.com

We encourage the sharing of skills and Facilitators for Direct action training, conflict resolution talks, decolonization talks

Bryan Deans
Bryan is the founder of OLCERI and host of the convergence. For more on his work, please see http://www.olceri.org/about-us

Koreen Brennan
Koreen has extensive experience in both permaculture design and in education. She has taught permaculture design at Pine Ridge since 2005, Miami, Los Angeles, the first Florida Earthship, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Gulf Coast University, Cuba. Costa Rica, and Tuskegee University.

Her areas of expertise and passion are food forestry, small farms and food security, designing for resiliency, community building, and regenerative economics.

She has been involved in alternative education for 20 years and has been teaching permaculture regularly since 2006. She uses a variety of creative techniques and approaches to address different learning styles.

As a designer, her focus is on helping people create abundant edible landscapes, self-sufficienct urban or rural homesteads, resilient and high yield small farms, and successful intentional communities. Specialties include soil building and remediation, water catchment and use, edible landscaping, planning urban and rural integrated farming, reducing energy needs, and building more resilient finances and communities. She deeply appreciates the value of both beauty and utility, and so strives to meld aesthetics and practicality together to create designs that last, that work, that minimize care and expense, that produce abundantly, and are beautiful.

Koreen has a wide range of experience and expertise, including master planning, growing hundreds of species of edibles in a variety of conditions and climates, running an edible nursery, business incubation and holistic economics, whole systems strategy and design, community development and facilitation, organizing events, and life coaching, so finds herself taking on diverse projects at times. She organized permaculture style disaster relief for thousands of Haitians living in camps after the earthquake in 2010, has planted thousands of trees in different locations in the US, created dozens of gardens, coordinated the formation of the Sustainable Urban Agriculture Coalition St Petersburg, has organized natural building projects (straw bale, earth berm walipini) at Pine Ridge Lakota reservation and is a founding co-organizer for the North American Permaculture Convergence.

Read more about Koreen’s work here.

Peter McCoy
Peter McCoy is the co-founder of Radical Mycology, a grassroots organization and movement that teaches the means to easily work with mushrooms and other fungi for personal, societal, and ecological resilience. For the last ten years, Radical Mycology has provided free resources and held internationally attended conferences to share the science of mycology and the art of mushroom cultivation in a manner that is open-source, practical, and relevant for the modern world. Peter lives in Portland, Oregon and he regularly teaches mycology-related courses around the world.

Miguel Elliot
Miguel Elliott, knighted as “Sir Cobalot” had been Cobbing full time for over 20 years. He is the owner of Living Earth Structures, based in the Bay Area, which specializes in leading workshops and projects at schools to build ovens, benches and huts. He was part of the crew at Standing Rock to build the Strawbale School for the children of the camp. His latest design is the “Palletable Cobin” which is a quick, durable, well insulated structure made of pallets and cob. To see photos of his work, you can visit his website.


$300 – 500 sliding scale for Convergence July 26th – 31st.

$150 for volunteers pre-event infrastructure build and convergence organizing roles
Pre-build volunteers are invited to join the week before the Convergence (July 19th – 26th) to set up infrastructure. Besides a discounted ticket, volunteers will gain an intimate look at event production using permaculture design principles that uphold sustainability and transparency as the highest values. Volunteers will construct solar showers, compost toilets, shade structures, and signage for the incoming gathering, as well as get acquainted with the reservation through community outreach events. Positions to help organize the festival are needed. By filling out this form, we can asses your gifts and skills in order to place you in the most helpful position possible.

Pine Ridge permaculture stewards attend on a stipend
Residents interested in stewarding our designs at community impact centers throughout the reservation are invited to email us (pineridgepermaculturegathering@gmail.com) and connect with OLCERI to join the Convergence as a paid steward. The rate is $25 a day for attending workshops.

Reservation Community Resilience Programs attend free
We would like to serve as a platform for your organization or project. Please email to let us know how you’d like to join us.

Reserve your space and buy tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-wisdom-permaculture-skills-convergence-tickets-32142452942

For questions, comments, or workshop/artists proposals, contact:  pineridgepermaculturegathering@gmail.com

Stay connected and invite your friends at the Facebook event page here:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1580963141929473/

Permaculture Action Network is honored to be co-hosting this unique convergence, and to be in solidarity with indigenous people whose lifeways we all benefit greatly in learning from and with all those living, working and fighting to restore traditional lifeways that are regenerative and holistic.


July 26 @ 8:00 am
July 31 @ 5:00 pm
$150 - $300


Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota
Pine Ridge Reservation, SD United States


Oglala Lakota Cultural & Economic Revitalization Initiative