Are you ready to take action for the planet? 
• Explore permaculture with leading practitioners in the Midwest.
• Learn about innovative initiatives happening in NE Ohio
• Hear and share stories, successes and connections

The Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute (GRLPI) invites you to join us in Akron for our first NE Ohio Permaculture Convergence on Saturday, January 20th.

Learn more about permaculture, meet your colleagues from near and far, share stories, embrace the fun and the learning. Together, we can make our voices heard and help our ethics and values shine.

The GRLPI Akron Permaculture Convergence is not only an event to connect, inform and inspire permaculturists. It is a fundraiser and acelebration of the Great Rivers and Lakes Permaculture Institute, the new Regional Organization for Permaculture. And we are excited to introduce this important regenerative design methodology to the greater NE Ohio community.

Learn from recognized award-winning designers and authors in Permaculture, and network with enthusiasts and professionals in the industry.

The Speakers include:

   Peter Bane (of Montague, Michigan, author of The Permaculture Handbook and the forthcoming “Cooling the Planet” , is a frequent speaker and conference presenter who has taught more than 1500 students in 80+ courses over the past 25 years.)

Rhonda Baird (of Bloomington, Indiana. Permaculture educator and designer for the past 13 years, social and environmental organizer for more than two decades, and currently the Senior Editor of Permaculture Design Magazine)

William Faith (of Chicago, Illinois, founder of the Chicagoland Permaculture Guild and nationally known permaculture teacher)

Sabrena Schweyer (of Akron, Ohio, International award-winning eco-landscape designer of over 25 years and co-founder of PermacultureAKRON)

Whitney Sewell, St. Louis’s first sustainability award winner, specialist in urban permaculture, including work with immigrants

Programs include:

A Permaculture Primer,

Urban Permaculture,

Social Permaculture,

Design a Gorgeous Permaculture Landscape,

and a Spotlight on NEOhio, featuring locals doing awesome things.

(see program notes below)

Local design firm, Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc, is please to sponsor this first NE Ohio Permaculture Convergence to Akron, Ohio with the help of PermacultureAKRON . Akron is known fondly as The Rubber City for its contributions in polymer science and the rubber industry. Help shape the identity of Akron and NE Ohio in the 21st Century moving from the rust belt to the green belt.

You’ll enjoy conversations, workshops, vendors, silent auction, and – most significantly – a program by famed permaculturist Peter Bane that explores the unprecedented opportunity we have to cool the climate. Don’t miss it!

All are welcome: permaculturists, environmentalists, or those who are just curious.

Any questions?  Message us for details.

Program notes: 

9:00 Registration, Networking,

9:45 Welcome – Sabrena Schweyer & Whitney Sewell

10:00 Introductory Presentation – Peter Bane

10:20 – 10:40 Spotlight on NEO (exciting projects showcased)

10:40-11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:00 Concurrent Sessions

  1. Permaculture Primer – William Faith
  2. Urban Permaculture – Whitney Sewell
  3. Economics – Brett Joseph

12:00-1:30 Lunch

1:30- 1:45 Spotlight on NEO

1:45 -3:00 Facilitated Community Conversation – Rhonda Baird

3:00-3:30 Break

3:30-4:30 Concurrent Sessions

  1. Design a Stunning and Practical Permaculture Landscape – Sabrena Schweyer
  2. Social Permaculture – Rhonda Baird & William Faith
  3. Open Room – available for discussions resulting from Community Conversation

4:30 – 5:00 Break

Silent Auction ends just before keynote

5:00-5:15 Announcements & Spotlight on NEO

5:15-6:15 Keynote on “Climate Cooling” – Peter Bane

6:15 Closing Statements

Ends at 6:30 (Casual POST-EVENT – at Mustard Seed Market in Highland Square for remainder of night)

During event:

Vendors and food (Ms Julie’s kitchen will be offering breakfast, lunch and snack options)

Non-profits can promote at the Non-profit/Eco-org table (1- 2 pieces per org)

Silent Auction – Donate and/or purchase

White Boards/Questions – What ideas towards a more regenerative future might we/GRLPI pursue?

Calendar & Bulletin board for permies to post info on (events, business cards, jobs, fliers, etc.)