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Friends of the Trees Society Newsletter - August, 2016

'Tis the Season for Permaculture Convergences!

Dear friends and associates,

I am super excited to invite you to three permaculture convergences, an herbal faire in Spokane and a wildcrafting workshop in Weippe, Idaho near the Clearwater River.

The 9th Northwest Permaculture Convergence. October 7-9 at Fort Flagler, Marrowstone Island, WA. I am the overall coordinator this year and we are whipping up a top-notch, exciting event. There will be an illustrious line-up of speakers, presenters, artisans, organizations and businesses. We will have an outstanding Permaculture Fruit & Nut Show, a Northwest Permaculture Pioneers reunion, an International Development and Permaculture Track, lots of artisans at the Skillshare Village and dozens of booths in the Exposition/Trade Show/Vending area. Lots to see and do and lots of networking opportunities.

The 6th Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence, Sept 9-11 near Spokane, WA. I am part of the organizing committee as usual. This is an annual reunion of permaculture folks around the Inland Northwest. Lots of great workshops and presenters.

The 2nd North American Permaculture Convergence, September 13-18 in Hopland, CA. A chance to tap into the national permaculture movement and meet lots of the movers and shakers. I am not on the organizing committee this year, but will be there to contribute.

I can feel a change coming for me. I am realizing that I don’t need to organize any more permaculture convergences. I am expecting these will be the last permaculture convergences I will organize. I’d like to leave on the note of successful, fun and useful convergences. We are aiming for 400 to 600 participants at the NWPCC and 200 to 300 at the INPC. Don’t miss these chances for more fabulous Skeeter events.

Wildcrafting Workshop at Vedrica community in Weippe, Idaho near the Clearwater River.
Sept 6: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Training for commercial wildcrafters and for home use. Medicinal plants, edible, seeds, crafting, fibers. We are surrounded by useful plants wherever we go. We will cover how to collect, process and ship the main medicinal plants found growing in the region as well as collecting techniques, tools, timing of harvest and processing.
For more info contact Joanna at 541-735-1648.

The 9th Northwest Permaculture Convergence

October 7-9, 2016

Workshops • Skillshare Village
Fruit & Nut Show • Trade Show/Vending
International Development
Permaculture Pioneers Reunion
Fun • Networking

Join us for our 9th annual NWPCC and our 2nd time at Fort Flagler! Bring your skills and knowledge to share on ecological living & social justice. Let’s network and build alliances!

For details keep an eye on:

The 6th annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence
September 9-11 at Heartsong, in Tumtum Washington, just north of Spokane.
This will be 3rd year in a row that INPC has been held at beautiful Heartsong.

Our 2016 Theme is:
"Building ECO Community - Joyful Pathways to a Healthier Planet"

Workshops, panels, discussion groups
Skill-Share Village
Hands-on activities
Vendors, Booths
Networking, Children's Program
Fun, Circles, Live Music, Singing

Affordable Admission: $75 per person suggested for all 3 days, children 12 and under are FREE, teens suggested 3-day admission $37.50. $40 per person suggested single day rate. Meals included. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Children’s Program run by the Twin Eagles Wilderness School. Last year the Twin Eagles Children's program was a highlight of the the Convergence, so we're doing it again. There will be a fee for children who participate in this program: $30 per child for one day; $55 per child for both days if paid in full by Saturday morning. More information about the Children's Program is HERE.

For details keep an eye on:

Anyone coming to the Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence from the Methow or Okanogan region? We need someone with a pick-up truck or SUV with some cargo room to bring the Skylodge to Tumtum by Thursday, Sept. 8. Just the covering-- the poles are already here. Contact Skeeter at

The 2nd North American Permaculture Convergence
September 14-18, 2016 at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California.

9 Stages, 70+ Workshops, 10 Tracks, 100+ Presenters, Live Music, Delicious Food, Camping, Green Vendors & Much More!

NAPC II will be held in conjunction with the Northern California Permaculture Convergence (NCPC) which will be held concurrently on September 16-18 on the same site. Many of you may know that Michael Pilarski was one of the main organizers for NAPC I held August 2014 in southern Minnesota. I am happy to be on the team for NAPC II as well.

This Convergence will bring together sustainability enthusiasts, permaculture designers, social entrepreneurs, community organizers, social justice activists, people from the NorCal Bioregion, the West Coast, and all across North America for a dynamic, engaging, and celebratory gathering designed to build a powerful movement for community resilience.

For details keep an eye on:

Spokane Herbal Faire

Saturday, September 24 at 10 AM - 5 PM
Unity Spiritual Center

2900 S Bernard St, Spokane, Washington 99203

Promoting the Culture of Herbalism to the Spokane Community, via education, vendors and a socially engaging platform.

As the 2016 faire unfurls, the Herbal Faire organizers are creating an event that has more vendors, more educational opportunities and grants access to everyone. This year, the entrance fee will be by suggested donation. We want everyone to be able to participate, and lack of funds is no reason to turn someone away.

Children's activities will be available so the young ones will also feel welcome. There will be face painting, plant identification and other activities aimed at educating and entertaining children.

For details keep an eye on:

Contact Info:

Michael Pilarski
Friends of the Trees Society
PO Box 1133
Port Hadlock, WA 98339 
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