"The main thing is the networking"

Hello permaculturists,
As I prepare for the  2016 Northwest Permaculture Convergence I ponder the words of Penny Livingston, who was passing through my new home-town of Port Townsend yesterday.  She said “I’m so over the talking heads conferences, listening to one speaker after the other. The main thing is the networking.”
The NWPCC will be a BIG networking opportunity. There will be hundreds of permaculturists and hundreds of allies from other sustainable movements.  This means thousands of reunion contacts and thousands of new contacts. People will get a chance to meet at mealtimes, breaks, at workshops, at the skillshare, and in small and large groups. We are accepting proposals for round-table discussions and “working groups” up to the conference and we will have an ad hoc scheduling board at the conference.
So far a number of NWPCC 2016 Tracks have emerged.
Fruit & Nut Track
International Development & Permaculture Track
Natural Health Track
Permaculture Pioneers Reunion Track
Decolonizing Permaculture and Anti-Oppression Track
Artisanal skills as found at the Skillshare Village
We are looking for people to present workshops or group sessions on all of these tracks (and more). If you know someone who would be appropriate please let them know, or send me their contact info.
Thanks, and I hope to see many of you there.
Michael Pilarski, [email protected]
There are lots of good reasons to get together - sharing information, friendships, networking, marketing, synergy and fun.



MICHAEL “SKEETER” PILARSKI is a life-long student of plants and earth repair. His farming career started in 2nd grade and his organic farming career began in 1972 at age 25. Michael founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and took his first permaculture design course in 1982. Since 1988 he has taught 36 permaculture design courses in the US and abroad. His specialties include earth repair, agriculture, seed collecting, nursery sales, tree planting, fruit picking, permaculture, agroforestry, forestry, ethnobotany, medicinal herb growing, hoeing and wildcrafting. He has hands-on experience with over 1000 species of plants. He is a prolific gathering organizer and likes group singing.