Pre/Post-conference Special Events


Restoration Agriculture with Mark Shepard – Aug. 26, 27, 28

Patterns and Permaculture with Toby Hemenway – Aug. 27 & 28

Introduction to Itinerant Permaculture With Rico Zook – Aug. 27 & 28

Permaculture Tour of the Driftless Region – Sept. 1 & 2


Advanced Permaculture Course in Teaching with Jude Hobbs and Andrew Millison, Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture – Sept. 2 – 8

Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Heartsong Retreat Center, Tumtum, WA – Sept. 11 – 14

rest_ag_infographicPre NAPC – Restoration Agriculture with Mark Shepard: 3-Day Course

August 26 – 28, Harmony Park, Clarks Grove, MN Visit the Event Website In this introductory course, learn the vocabulary and tools available to redesign your farm into a diversified, resilient perennial polyculture with tree crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables, and more. We’ll discuss techniques such as Farm-scale Permaculture design, keyline design for water management, staple food crops, alleycropping, silvopasturing, multi-story cropping, and how to put it all together into a sustainable and profitable farming system. Instructed by Mark Shepard Back to Top

Hemenway-Event2Pre NAPC – Patterns and Permaculture with Toby Hemenway

August 27 & 28, 9AM to 4:30PM, Minneapolis, MN Visit the Event Website Pattern is design, and design is the subject of permaculture, Mollison tells us in the Designers Manual. Patterns are nature’s ways of storing information, resolving conflicts, efficiently using resources, moving materials smoothly, recycling waste, and recognizing and ordering connections and relationships. They are also one of the hardest-to-grasp (and teach) elements of permaculture design. This two-day workshop will cover:

  • A vocabulary of basic patterns and how they function in both nature and design;
  • how patterns are formed and how they regulate and shape energy, material, social, and economic flows;
  • how patterns are used in indigenous, Western, and other cultures;
  • Fibonacci and the golden ratio, sacred geometry, and the science and mystery of pattern dynamics;
  • identifying and choosing the patterns that best suit specific design challenges;
  • using patterns and creating pattern languages to design physical and social landscapes and technologies.Back to Top

With Rico Zook, August 27 – 28.

Itinerant (adjective): Traveling from place to place, most often related to labour or a trade: itinerant farm worker, itinerant priest.

This short course is a comprehensive introduction to the many aspects of Itinerant work and Permaculture’s application in this way. From the ethical foundations to the practical steps for working internationally, this course will cover all the diverse and subtle aspects of doing itinerant work successfully. Today many people want to help others to live on our planet in a better way. All over the globe people of the majority world are starting to realize that the industrial model has serious flaws. They are starting to look for better solutions. Many of us in the minority world have the money, time and desire to be of assistance, however, good intentions are not enough. This course will provide you with understandings of the Itinerant landscape, as well as the tools to start moving from intention to reality.

Full details in this flyer (PDF)

Prices: $175 for Early Bird before August 5th. $200 for August 15, $225 at door.

PRI Cold Climate
3957 42nd Ave S,
Minneapolis, Mn 55406
Phone: 612.227.8407
Email for more information:    Back to Top

Post NAPC – Permaculture Tour of the Driftless Region, September 1-2

driftless-253x300Join us after the North American Permaculture Convergence for a tour of some of the best of what the upper Midwest has to offer!

Our tour will take us to 3 states as we visit Badgersett Research Farm, Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture, New Forest Farm, and Seed Saver’s Exchange.

The bus will leave the site of the NAPC at 8 am on September 1st and return at 8 pm on September 2nd.

More info at

AdvancedPCTeachingPost NAPC – Advanced Permaculture Course in teaching with Jude Hobbs and Andrew Millison, Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture, Fountain City, WI

Sept. 2 – 8, Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture Fountain City, WI

In this dynamic and interactive course, you will learn significant teaching techniques to communicate Permaculture principles and strategies in a wide variety of settings. Our goal is to encourage and inspire your unique strengths and talents by demonstrating diverse teaching modalities such as lecture, facilitating class discussions, storytelling, utilizing visual aids and hands-on projects. In this setting of active learning, you will experience essential practice by preparing and teaching multiple presentations.

For more information & to register:
Download the Course Flyer
Register HERE
Email:    Phone: 608-687-3332
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One-upThe Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild’s
2014 Convergence:
“Back to the Roots”
Four days!
Sept. 11, 12, 13, and 14.

Presenters and Workshops

Register Now!

>>> Apply as a Presenter and/or Trading Circle Booth <<<

This year, we are trying a more “Do-It-Yourself” approach to organizing our annual gathering. The richness of our collective experience will be enhanced by the active participation of attendees who share their talents and gifts with the group.

Contact us:

  8 comments for “Pre/Post-conference Special Events

  1. Marilyn Klinkner
    May 20, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Both of these look like fantastic learning experiences. I live in wisconsiin near Lacrosse.
    Will these be mutually exclusive? or taught together as a team? I’ll look at the website for it looks like I need to choose.

    • Monica Ibacache
      May 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Thank you for your interest in these two fantastic classes. While both teachers will also be presenting at the NAPC these classes will be happening concurrently. Marc will be at Harmony Park and Toby in Minneapolis. Best, Monica Ibacache

    • marilyn klinkner
      June 1, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      is there a fee for the preconference classes beyond the conference registration of the weekend? thank you.,

      • Monica Ibacache
        June 2, 2014 at 3:13 am

        Hello Marilyn!
        The NAPC starts Friday morning August 29th, make sure to get your early bird special ticket $150, includes the 3 days of top notch presenters, meals, and lodging.

        The 2 and 3 day workshop intensives happening earlier in the week are separate events, for information on the fees we invite you to check the course websites.

    • June 2, 2014 at 12:51 am


      The pre-conference workshops are mutually exclusive. Toby Hemenway’s Patterns & Permaculture – Nature’s Forms for Dynamic Design in being offered in Minneapolis. Mark Shepard’s Restoration Agriculture is at the site of the NAPC in Clarks Grove, MN. There is a fee for each course. Early registration ensures your participation and lowest pricing.

  2. June 12, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Exactly how to decide? How to decide? 🙂

  3. Erik Peterson
    August 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Hi there! I’m very interested in taking the pre NAPC patterns and permaculture course and contacted both emails for the event but have not heard back from the center yet. Knowing whether or not I can attend their workshop will greatly impact my schedule for the next few days so I’d like to know asap. Any help? Thanks

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