Jodi and I enjoyed our weekend at the North American Permaculture Convergence. Thanks to all of the support we have received from the TRI community we were able to sponsor this inaugural event and finally meet many of the permaculture "elders" like Michael Pilarski, Jude Hobbs, Penny Livingston, Scott Pittman, Will Hooker, Toby Hemenway, Jillian Hovey, Peter Bane, Wayne Weiseman, and Sandy Cruz.
The elders shared information about PINA, Permaculture Institute North America, with all of the attendees. The focus of PINA is to professionalize permaculture design by creating a diploma process, the original idea of Bill Mollison, and to create networking opportunities for PDC graduates.
Many sessions spanning a range of topics like financial permaculture, biochar, urban permaculture, women's leadership in permaculture design, biogas, wild foraging and many others filled the three days. It was great to meet so many new people and spend time socializing with friends. We enjoyed a visit by the lake, watching the frogs and toads, harvesting apples, sampling elderberry and lemon balm wines, laughter and conversation.
This event and the long drive to and from inspired thoughtful conversation about what The Resiliency Institute should be and its role in our community. We welcome you to join in on these conversations as we hone in on how we deliver our mission and programming for 2015.