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NE Women in Permaculture Gathering Extends Invite and New Deadline of August 15th

From: Anandi
Sent on: Monday, August 11, 2014 9:17 PM

Dear Women-, & Womyn-identified Permaculturists of the Northeast,

We've extended our registration date and wanted to put out one final call for registration! We also wanted to even further extend the invitation to those women that may not have taken a Permaculture Design Course but that are still working in the field (because we acknowledge many people practice permaculture without calling it permaculture). Please register by August 15th!


We, the Seed Team of this Women in Permaculture Gathering, extend to all women, those assigned female at birth, & gender-variant individuals, who are actively engaged as permaculture educators, organizers, and/or designer/practitioners in the Northeast, an invitation to gather together for exchange & renewal at the newly perennial Northeast Women in Permaculture Gathering at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, in Rhinebeck, NY, Sunday September 7 to Wednesday September 10, 2014.  

PURPOSE  We gather to...

- strengthen connections to ourselves, to one another, & to our Mother Earth;

- honor womyn's contributions to the permaculture movement;

- create a supportive environment for healing, empowerment, well-being, skill-building, & the cultivation of best practices;

- deepen our understandings of sexism, & grow skills for undoing all forms of oppression;

- celebrate & practice non-hierarchical, collaborative ways of learning, teaching & organizing.


In October 2012, the Omega Institute  in Rhinebeck, NY hosted a gathering of active permaculture practitioners in the Northeast.  Out of this congregation, grew an organizing group that emerged to focus on creating a gathering specifically for women in Permaculture. In 2013, Omega Institute generously hosted 40 participants for a two-day retreat where women & womyn-identified permie-folk got to connect with one another, build relationships, and deepen our permaculture roots.  Now in 2014, we have been invited back by the Omega Institute to hold a second Northeast Women in Permaculture Gathering.


The gathering is intended to start softly in the evening on Sunday, September 7th -- with time to land, introduce, (re-)connect, & share a meal.  We may arrive anytime Sunday afternoon -- & as late as Monday morning the 8th.  We will formally begin with an opening circle Monday Morning at 9am and close out Wednesday in the morning and check out at noon.

The Gathering will build on last year's leadership & organizing models, as well as its purpose & content Unlike last years gathering, which was almost entirely open space, this years gathering will include a mix of open space and pre-planned workshops.   As an attendee, one may hope to connect & share space with other brilliant forces in regenerative design in the region... as well as to dance, laugh, sing, be silly, be serious, cry, track animals in the woods, learn new skills, & more.  Join us, please.  Share your gifts with those who want to share their's with you.

We want to support mothers in coming to this event.  Mothers with children are welcome. Omega provides childcare for children ages 4-12.  Children under 4 are welcome also and if there are mothers with children under 4 interested in coming, we will work with them arrange childcare within the group.


The fee for this years gathering is $75.  This fee includes housing or a commuter fee if a participant is staying off campus, use of a classroom and all Omega facilities, and three meals daily during the Event Period. This small fee is the generous offer of OMEGA and the unpaid organizing team.  But for those that cannot afford $75 there are limited scholarships available.  All cancellations must be made 10 days prior to the event (August 25).

We are also suggesting to those that can afford to offer a donation to give $5-75 to the scholarship fund.

Additionally, we would like to thank OMEGA for their generosity by asking participants to bring perennial plants to contribute to the OMEGA nursery.

Space is Limited. Please register by August 15th on the website .

Looking Forward,

The 2014 SEED Team

Anandi, Simone, Frances, Antonia, Elyssa, Laura, Lauren and Uma.

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