Date of release: 6 December 2017
Australasian Permaculture Convergence to be held in Canberra, April 2018
In 2018, Permaculturalists will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Permaculture, a set of principles with a focus on sustainability, ecological design, natural farming, and systems thinking. As part of these celebrations the Australasian Permaculture Convergence will be held in Canberra from the 15th to the 19th of April 2018. The four-day convergence kicks off with the inaugural ACT Permaculture Festival on Sunday the 15th of April 2018, at Canberra City Farm, followed by four days of connecting, sharing and learning at The Greenhills Centre near the Cotter, at the foothills of beautiful Mt. Stromlo.
The convergence offers an opportunity for all Permaculturalists to be involved in the forum, with the event being coordinated by people within the Permaculture community.
The theme for the convergence is ‘Connectivity’, and submissions for presentations, demonstrations and displays that align with this theme are now open and encouraged. The commitment and drive from Australia’s Permaculture community is sure to be the catalyst for the success of this event.
The keynote line-up for the convergence currently includes David Holmgren (the Co-founder of Permaculture), Bruce Pascoe (Bunurong man of the Kulin Nation & author of Dark Emu), Tammi Jonas (Pastured pig farmer & President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance) and Dr Charles Massy (ecological farming advocate & author of The Reed Warbler).
Anyone involved in the community or wanting to be a part of it is encouraged to attend the Permaculture Festival which is a public event. Attendance at the Convergence itself is open to anyone who has completed a permaculture design course or equivalent, or to is currently participating in a permaculture design course.
“This is an opportunity for everyone to share their Permaculture journey, their research and ideas, and to have fruitful discussions about the future directions of Permaculture in a global context.” says John Champagne of Brogo Permaculture Gardens and programming organiser for APC14.
“We are excited to bring the Australasian Permaculture Convergence to Canberra and South East NSW!” says James Innes, Southern Harvest Association Vice-President, “the region will come alive through discussion, debate and learning, a great opportunity to help celebrate and build on the last 40 years of Permaculture in Australia.”
A feature of the program is locally sourced and ethically raised food and drinks and the organisers are working with local farmers to achieve this.
Volunteer positions at the convergence are welcome for those keen to be involved in the event, and indeed encouraged, in keeping with the fundamental Permaculture tenets of community building and resilience.
Want to attend the convergence? Get in quick to take advantage of the early-bird discount for the first 100 tickets. All bookings are through the Southern Harvest Association website for the convergence and on-site accommodation and camping is available.
Permaculture Australia member and Earlybird special – $595; Includes — 4-day convergence attendance, shared accommodation and all meals.
Regular Price – $630; Includes — 4-day convergence attendance, shared accommodation and all meals.
Day tickets are available for locals. Children’s discounted tickets are also available.
Find out more about ticket prices and bookings
Find out more about the Australasian Permaculture Convergence
(02) 4842 1899
Mobile (text only due to reception) 0400 165 403
High resolution images are available on request and interviews with key speakers may also be arranged on request.