No animals are permitted on site, which includes No emotional support animals and No therapy animals. Trained Service Animals, defined as dogs, are permitted on a case-by-case basis. All service animals need to be registered upon entry of the Convergence and will be issued specific credentials. All service animals must be housebroken and under the care of their handler at all times.
A certified Service Animal is defined as dogs that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Examples of such work or tasks include guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling a wheelchair, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, reminding their human owners to take prescribed medications, calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack, or performing other duties. Service animals are working animals, not pets. The work or task dog has been trained and must be directly related to the person’s disability. Dog whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not quality as a service animal under the ADA. Click here for more information.
We love you and your pets and they need to stay at home. If you need to make arrangements for your pet locally, here are some options close by:
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Parking is limited and so we encourage all attendees to consider carpooling or taking one of the shuttles as part of our RIDESHARE PROGRAM.
We will also have a bus departing from various BART stations in the East Bay; stay tuned for details!
There is no on-site parking so we are arranging off-site parking adjacent to the property. Campers will be able to pull in to register and off-load their camping supplies and then park off-site. Vendors will also have time to unload their vending and camping supplies and will then need to park off-site.
The entire conference is outside. It will most likely get hot during the day (in the 80’s) and really cold at night (in the 40’s). Please keep yourselves comfortable with clothing for hot days (hats, sunglasses, etc) and really cold nights! Our evening programming is all outside so we recommend you bring a warm jacket, a hat and a blanket to keep yourselves warm at night! Bring one to share, if you are able. Please note that this event is RAIN OR SHINE. If it does rain, we will have overhangs to accommodate the weather and to be on the safe-side, bring rain gear!
CAMPING (ON-SITE) & ACCOMMODATIONS
Camping on-site is $5/night (all days paid in advance during check-in) and is on a first-come, first-served basis. We have specific areas set up for our Speakers, Sponsors, and Work Trade Volunteers. There is no specific allotment of space and bear in mind, camping will fill up. If you want to camp with your friends, we encourage you to arrive together as you won’t be able to hold space. Be sure to bring a tent, tarp, camping chair and a flashlight (or headlamp) and anything else you think you might need to be comfortable.
What To Do:
- Check in at registration. You will be provided a map with camping areas and check in with the camp host in a specific area before setting up your tent.
- Tent camping only (10’x10′ or less). No RV or car camping is permitted on-site.
- All attendee vehicles must park at the off-site parking area.
- No cooking, smoking, wood fires, or generators on-site.
- Food vendors will be serving meals from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening.
- The campgrounds will have port-a-potties, and restrooms on site as well.
- The campground is unlit at night; please bring a flashlight or headlamp with you.
- Try out our solar shower! Suggested $3-5 donation per use.
- Label your personal property.
Note: Due to the dry arid climate you will not be able to use a camping stove or burn any type of fuel or have an open flame in the camping area.
ON-SITE RVs & SLEEPING IN YOUR VEHICLES
There are approximately 15 spaces for RV parking along the back Eastern fence of the property and 10 spaces in the middle aisle (east side). The fee is $5/day (all days paid in advance during check-in) and is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no onsite hook-ups for electricity or other services.
Information on nearby Hotels and off-site RV Camping can be found here.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
We have a variety of possibilities for meals; each requires you bring your own plates, bowls, cups and utensils for eating and drinking and your own water bottles. We will have a place to wash dishes. We will also have the following options, to help keep you all well-fed
- The Garden Café: Chef Isa Jacoby will be on site preparing delicious meals; Wednesday through Sunday. Meal tickets can be purchased in advance at the Information Booth next to the fountain.
- The Community Kitchen: We will have a community kitchen for your use on site so you may cook your own meals, individually or collectively in groups. Please bring ingredients and produce to prepare full meals, and maybe bring some to combine resources with others to cook meals together. Bring your own cook stoves and kitchen utensils for use in the Community Kitchen.
- Food Vendors: We will have a limited number of food vendors on site, to buy food items. Please bring cash to buy delicious food!
- Beverages: We will be selling coffee, beer from Lagunitas Brewing Company, wine from Frey Vineyards and beverages from Guayaki Organic Yerba Mateand House Kombucha.
ZERO WASTE CONVERGENCE
In respect of the Solar Living Institute we ask all attendees to be mindful and aware of the space around them, including all areas of the premises (including the porta potties, shower, communal areas, the garden, etc.) and the surrounding environments (i.e. parking lots located adjacent to SLI, etc.). What does it mean to go green? Our goal is to create a zero waste Convergence and we thank you in advance for your support:
- Bring their own plate, cups and silverware; there will be a designated washing station near the community kitchen and food vendors.
- Bring your own reusable containers (for water, coffee and tea) as we all know that single use plastic bottles are an enormous source of waste and not good for our beautiful planet. Real Goods, the retail store on site, also has these and other items for purchase.
- Before arriving to the Solar Living Institute, we ask that you take the time to separate packaged foods into reusable containers and recycle the packaging.
- While at the Convergence, we ask that you separate out your recycling, trash and compostables on-site in the appropriate containers located near the lavender labyrinth and around the property.
- And most of all — what you bring to the event, we ask that you take home — pack it in…pack it out.
Thank you for your help and assistance in a Zero Waster Convergence!
Established in 1978, Real Goods was the original “green general store,” focused on providing quality products to the budding back-to-the-land movement. In 1996, the current retail store was constructed at the Solar Living Center. At 5000 square feet of straw bale and other natural building materials, the Real Goods Retail Store walks its talk – educating and inspiring beyond its function as a sustainability store and show room. The store itself stands as a sort of landmark to the new age of green architecture, designed by legendary architects Sim Van der Ryn and David Arkin, engineered by the extraordinary Bruce King, and supported by an extended cast of characters that is a virtual Who’s Who of prominent local and Bay Area designers, builders, and craftspeople.
Product availability: bamboo eating utensils & plates, beverage containers, camping supplies, healthy snacks & drinks, Plastic Free Challenge items to promote living a more sustainable, plastic-free lifestyle.
The Real Goods Retail Store is open every day from 10am – 6pm PST. Click herefor more information.
We hope you’ll turn off your device. One reason that might help is that there will only be limited internet access on-site (mostly through your smart phones). More informatin to come so check back with our on-site information booth during the Convergence.
REMEMBER TO BRING
- PLATE, CUP, BOWL, UTENSILS, H2O BOTTLE: Let’s try to make this a Zero Waste Convergence!
- SEEDS FOR THE SEED EXCHANGE: Please bring seeds, envelopes and pens and join us in a ceremony celebrating our seeds and our diversity.
- CLOTHING: Bring your cool unwanted clothing to the Clothing Swap!
- LITERATURE ABOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION: It’s all about the networking!
- WARM BLANKETS & CAMP CHAIRS: For evening time sessions
- …and label all of your personal items!
BE OPEN TO THE POSSIBILITIES
Our hope is that we both deepen and expand our networks, our relationships, and our understanding. As we come together with diverse community resilience leaders from across North America from various areas of expertise, histories, generations, demographics and cultures, we invite respectful inclusivity and deep listening as we learn to build authentic new alliances for the work ahead. Please come with an open mind, big heart and gracious humility as we co-create this historic event together! Don’t forget a notebook and pen to record all of the innovative ideas you will be hearing about.