Past Meetup

Permaculture Pathways of Justice & Resistance - Workshop w/Author Adam Brock

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Price: $15.00 /per person
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Join us for a special evening workshop with visiting permaculture practitioner, social permaculture educator and author Adam Brock from the Rocky Mountain region. Adam's focus on a variety of social permaculture topics in recent years has resulted in a rich inquiry into what it means to practice permaculture in these times as well as the publication of his recent book Change Here Now.

For his visit to Portland, we will participate in an interactive evening workshop that focuses on Permaculture Pathways of Justice and Resistance. How can permaculture design and thinking support values of justice and equity in our world? Participants will dive into this material while also:

• Strengthening their pattern literacy skills

• Gaining confidence in applying design techniques to related challenges

• Building mutual trust, solidarity and social capital with one another

For more about this workshop, see below...

Preliminary Agenda:

5:30 Gather for Shared Potluck Food (bring a dish or beverage to share and your own potluck "kit" [bowl/plate/utensils/napkin/cup] for a zero waste event). Tea and coffee provided by the Hub.

6:00 Workshop begins

8:30 Wrap-up / Final Q&A etc.

Cost is $15 (thanks to an anonymous gift, helping to bring the price down!) per person to support Adam's work with a couple of dollars going into The Resilience Hub's ongoing educational programming kitty.

We have room for one work-study attendee to help setup and break down the room in exchange for the fee.

People of color, first nations people and people who identify as LGBTQI are invited to attend at the price of $10. Contact meetup organizer for details.

More about this workshop from Adam:

"To live in society is to navigate a jungle of social systems of all shapes and sizes: corporations, sports leagues, internet forums, government programs, and countless others. Unfortunately, very few of these social systems are designed with thoughtfulness or love. In a era when so many of our vital life choices have been delegated to technocrats, corporate execs, and elected officials, it’s time to create the conditions for local, participatory, and democratic institutions to thrive.

In this workshop, we’ll discover how to do just. Through applying permaculture thinking to institutions, movements and communities, we’ll discover fundamental organizing principles used by cultures and ecosystems around the globe. We’ll face the crippling legacy of colonialism head-on, and share strategies for decolonizing our institutions, hearts and minds. We’ll examine the life cycle of social movements, and the various strategies and tactics that propel them to success. We’ll learn the six behaviors that bind communities together and come up with ways to incorporate them into our own work. And we’ll apply design thinking of all of the above, creating concrete action plans to help our movements thrive."

More about Adam:

Adam Brock is a Denver-based facilitator, entrepreneur and designer committed to advancing sustainability and social change. He is the author of Change Here Now (, a social permaculture handbook published by North Atlantic Books in 2017.

As co-founder and co-director of The GrowHaus (, Adam helped transform an abandoned half-acre greenhouse into an award-winning hub for healthy food and urban agriculture. The GrowHaus, located in Colorado's most polluted zip code, now engages thousands of low-income residents per year, grows 1500 heads of lettuce per week, and has an annual budget of $1 million.

A certified permaculture designer since 2008, Adam is active in both the local and national permaculture communities. He is one of the lead instructors for the Denver Permaculture Design Course ( and co-founded the Denver Permaculture Guild (, one of the most active local guilds in the US. At the national scale, he served on the organizing committee of the inaugural North American Permaculture Convergence (, as well as a contributor and guest editor of Permaculture Design Magazine (formerly Permaculture Activist).

Adam is a co-chair of Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council (, a TEDxMileHigh speaker (, and has been named one of "Colorado's Top Thinkers" by the Denver Post. In addition to his solo facilitation and consulting work, Adam currently serves as Director of Social Enterprise at Joining Vision and Action (, Denver's premier consulting firm for social change organizations.


The Resilience Hub ( is a collaborative non-profit organization based in Portland Maine. Our mission is to build resilience at the personal, household and community levels while creating thriving examples of abundance based on ecological wisdom. We do this by offering a range of events, education and training as well as resilience-building services ( and projects ( We operate at local, statewide and regional levels (connected to and in support of other local permaculture "nodes.") Our work touches on all the realms traditionally encompassed by Permaculture (land use, energy, water, buildings, etc.) but with special focus on food and creating new economic models. The Resilience Hub ( uses this meetup platform to organize and manage more than 70 events per year.

Contact us ( if you would like to offer a workshop through our group or to request a specific type of event or workshop.