We invite permaculture designers, teachers, organizers, and PDC grads from across Maine to join us for the 3rd statewide winter gathering of our network during which we can connect, dream, and make action plans for the coming year around topics we hold dear. In 2011 we gathered in Brooks at Newforest Institute. In 2012 we convened in Rockland. In 2013 we will be meeting in Orono, and in 2014 most likely Portland.
Implementing a PermaVision: Celebrating Our Yields, Expanding Our Edges
- Telling our stories and sharing our skills
- Implementing permaculture ethics and principles beyond the garden
- Working in a variety of contexts including homes, communities, agriculture, and campuses
This year we are focusing on implementation—successes, challenges, and potential expansion areas—through World Café conversations, brief talks, and mini workshops designed to share skills for future implementation. Together let’s continue this important work within our network and our communities.
Optional social activities may be offered Friday or Saturday evening depending on interest. Overnight accommodations may be arranged at Terrell House or at Claudia’s house especially if you are attending the Maine Food Summit on Friday, 12/6.
Implementation Stories and Volunteers Wanted!
There are multiple opportunities to share your experience at this year’s Maine Permaculture Network Gathering:
- Send photos to be on display in our gathering space or bring them with you on a USB drive. See the instructions below to upload digital files to the Maine Permaculture Flickr site.
- Show and explain in a brief presentation (5-7 minutes) how you are implementing permaculture in your context.
- Share a skill in a one-hour workshop such as drawing for landscape design, fermentation, making tinctures, or labyrinth design.
Email [masked] to volunteer to present or lead a workshop.
To upload photos to Flickr account for display at the Maine Permaculture Network Gathering:
- Go to http://www.flickr.com
- Click "sign in" button (at bottom)
- Enter the following
- Yahoo ID: mainepermaculture
- Password: TheWayLifeShouldBe2013
- Please do not share this ID and password with anyone.
- Click "Upload" button in the main (black) menu area
- Either drag/drop photos from your computer, or select "Choose Photos" and find your photos.
- Select set "Mainepermaculture"
- (Optional) If you'd like, adjust any other settings like titles, description, tags, people. But please do not change "visible to everyone."
8:30 Coffee/tea/morning refreshments
9:00 Opening circle, introductions, and activity
10:45 Keyhole addresses and Q&A
12:00 Workshops overview
12:10 Potluck lunch and workshop signup
3:30 World Café
5:00 Activity, closing circle, and next steps
6:00 Optional potluck supper and social activities!
What to bring:
Your passion for permaculture in Maine, a notebook and pen, a healthy lunch item and snacks to share, and your own potluck kit (plate/bowl/utensils/mug/napkin). A refrigerator and hot plate will be available, but no oven/stove. Crockpots are encouraged for hot food.
If you need childcare in order to attend, please email [masked].
We are meeting this year in Orono at the new University of Maine Intermedia building: the IMRC Center (Stewart Hall, renovated and expanded). UMaine has offered permaculture learning opportunities since 2004 and, through the Office of Sustainability, is supporting the development of a permaculture demonstration site at Terrell House which was built in the 1980s as an energy systems experiment.