The first South West Permaculture Convergence takes place on June 9-11th at Goffin Land, Devon, with hundreds of talks, workshops, delicious local food and entertainment.
Along with a permablitz, numerous practical workshops and entertainment, there’s an impressive line-up of speakers from the region, from Schumacher College’s sustainable horticulture expert Jane Gleeson to local economy expert Jay Tompt, and long distance walker Ffyona Campbell, who is on a mission to get more of us foraging for our food.
Steph Hafferty will be stirring up some garden potions, while Caroline Aitken will be talking about integrating forest foods into our daily lives.
Permaculture magazine's founders, Maddy and Tim Harland will also be there, exploring permaculture enterprises, how they set up Permaculture magazine and Permanent Publications as well as taking part in post-election panel. Permaculture Association’s CEO Andy Goldring, will be talking about the emerging south west regional network.
There's plenty of activities for the kids too, from nest building and making seed bombs, to arts and crafts and music.
Located just a stone’s throw from Exeter and its major transport links, Goffin Land is a beautiful 96 acre site with its own woodland and a brook running through it. If it sounds idyllic, that’s probably because it is; you don’t even have to bring a car as a free shuttle bus will be provided from nearby Pinhoe Station. And once you’re on site, you’re free to come and go at any point, but we’re pretty sure you’ll find so much to occupy your time that you won’t want to until it’s all over (and probably not even then!)
All meals are included in the cost of your ticket - reflecting the ’people care’ aspect of permaculture in that we don’t believe anyone should go hungry while attending one of our events. Hilltown Organics, based in Okehampton, are already on board providing the vegetables, and we’ll be adding more local, sustainable producers in the coming weeks to ensure you get to sample the very best in local produce. There will also be a cafe and bar for any extras you would like to buy. As it’s a family-friendly event there’s also a dedicated kid’s area.
What we can’t say for sure - and this is the really exciting bit - is what will happen as a result of those serendipitous moments that no one can predict; when you meet someone for the first time but you just click instantly and it feels like you’ve known them for years.
There’s sure to be some amazing collaborations that result from bringing people together like this for a weekend in such an inspirational location.
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