3rd Annual SE Portland Permaculture Convergence – March 28-30th

2014_site_handsAnnouncing the 3rd annual SE Portland Permaculture Convergence

Kailash’s Event Page

Save the date!
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, March 28-30

Following in the footsteps paved by the Planetary Repair Institute (2012) and Fostervillage (2013), Kailash Ecovillage will host this year’s event.

Tentative plans call for a similar format to the prior 2 year’s events:
Fri., Mar. 29th (6pm – 9:30pm)
Sat., Mar. 30 (8:30am – 9pm)
Sun., Mar. 31st (8:30am – 3:30pm)

All experience levels are welcome – from beginners to permaculture experts.

Permaculture is the conscious design of ‘cultivated’ ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems. It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty.

Continuing on the momentum of the first two years, this is a special opportunity for Permies and the permaculture-curious in SE to gather together, share knowledge and skills, make connections, and inspire one another in taking the next steps in growing a regenerative culture in SE Portland and beyond.

The weekend will begin on Friday, March 28th, with a vegan potluck dinner, after which we will plan the weekend organically based on what people are interested in discussing, presenting and contributing to the weekend. The format for the gathering will include discussion circles, presentations, skill-shares and hands-on projects. We will wrap up on Sunday afternoon after lunch with a next-steps session and closing circle.

Vegan meals will be provided over the course of the weekend, and we are asking for a $35 contribution. If cost is a prohibitive issue, please inquire about work-trade opportunities. Child-care options are undetermined at this moment.

Space will be limited, so please plan to reserve your place as soon as registration opens. (An announcement will follow soon.)

Cascadia Rising: A Bioregional Confluence Schedule Now Up!

1491754_10203549078064638_1519300357715362675_nOn Sunday, April 20th, bioregionalists from around Cascadia (and maybe a bit beyond) will converge at Portland State University to engage in some serious movement building. This confluence, or meeting place, is intended to bring together people from all different perspectives. The panels and workshops, presentations and performances were organized by the Cascadia Branch of Portland State University, a student and community group focused on raising bioregional awareness.

For details about the different offerings, check here. 






2nd Annual Heart of Cascadia Homebrew Competition

HOC Poster2014Portland, OR – The Oregon Brew Crew (OBC) homebrewing club is excited to host the 2nd annual Heart of Cascadia Homebrew Competition sponsored by Brew Brothers Homebrew Products and Buckman Botanical Brewery. A BJCP (BJCP.org) Sanctioned competition, the Heart of Cascadia is open to entries from all national and international homebrewers.

While last year’s Heart of Cascadia focused exclusively on Cascadian Dark Ales (CDAs) or “Black IPA’s”, this year will open it up to an additional Northwest style, the Northwest Red Ale. “We established the Heart of Cascadia to celebrate the local roots of the CDA”, said Ted Assur, President of the Oregon Brew Crew. “But in addition to hoppy dark beers, we do also do hoppy red beers just as well here in Cascadia”.

While CDAs are dark, with a mild roast character, and dominant hop nose and flavor, NW Reds meld citrusy hop flavors with sweet caramel malt. Both styles are hop forward, and both celebrate the uniqueness and glory of Northwest beer.

HoC_shieldRegistration is available on the OBC website, http://www.oregonbrewcrew.org/heart-of-cascadia. The entry fee is only $7 per beer.

All entries are due by May 1, 2014. Drop off locations include FH Steinbart in Portland, and Brew Brothers in Hillsboro. Check out the website for the full list of drop-off sites.

Judging will be held Saturday, May 17, 2014, and the winner will be announced that afternoon. Entries will be judged based on the proposed BJCP style guidelines. Guidelines and judging location are listed on the club website. This competition will follow all AHA/BJCP rules, available at http://www.bjcp.org/rules.php.

The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate from Brew Brothers, a personalized commemorative glass, and an invitation from Buckman Botanical Brewery to brew their recipe commercially on their 15 barrel brew system.

For questions or more information, send an email to competition@oregonbrewcrew.org.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the Oregon Brew Crew is one of the oldest and largest home brewing clubs in the United States. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and advancement of home brewing and beer appreciation.

Support the Cascadian Neighborhood Farm Guild

Justin and friends are starting up an exciting project here in Portland and are looking for a bit of help with initial costs. Can you spare a few dollars that will go to feeding the neighborhood with organically grown produce? Their idea just might become an inspiration and spread like wildflowers throughout the land.

Contribute now!

Hi I’m Justin Kertson. I live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and two teenage kids, and I helped start a small group called the Cascadian Neighborhood Farm Guild. Our vision is turn people’s yards into organic gardens and edible forests that will create community within neighborhoods, help make neighborhoods self-sufficient, and provide an excess of food that can be given to those who are in need.

By contributing to this campaign you are not only helping us transform people’s yards into gardens. You are also helping create sustainable communities, and you are helping feed people who are economically displaced and can’t afford to eat quality, fresh organic produce.

What We Need & What You Get

In order to get our first urban farm up and running we need to raise money to get the resources needed to create and build the farm. We need seeds, plants, and soil; additional tools like shovels, saws, garden hoes, hoses, and wheel barrels; things like rain barrels, chickens, beekeeping equipment, and materials to build a chicken coop and run, garden boxes, a greenhouse or cold frames, etc. The expenses quickly add up, even for just one standard suburban residential property. Neither I nor anyone else will profit monetarily in anyway from this fundraiser. 100% of the money raised goes to build and maintain the gardens that will build community and feed people in need.

Those who donate to the campaign will receive one of a variety of Cascadia themed gifts ranging from stickers to hats to flags as a token of our deepest gratitude for your help in getting this project off the ground. No matter how much you give, you’ll have the pleasure of knowing you have people with food security issues get quality, fresh, local, organic food.

In the event that we do not reach our fundraising goal, any money that has been donated will still go towards the project. We will get what we can with whatever we have, and we will accomplish as much as we can given whatever funds we are able to obtain. Not reaching our goal may mean our timeline has to change as we find other ways of acquiring resources, but it doesn’t mean the project will not go forward.

The Impact

By donating to this campaign you are not helping an entrepreneur start their company or invent some new product. You are helping to build community, sustainability, and self-reliance within neighborhoods. You are helping fight against food insecurity by helping to provide quality and nutritious food to those in need. You are not just helping another business venture, you are helping to improve neighborhoods and in our city, and you are making a difference in the lives of people who need it the most.

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can’t give money, you can help spread the word by using the indiegogo share tools post the links to this campaign in your social media.

3 Day Community Rights Intensive with Singing and Games

Becoming ‘We The People’: Finding Our Voices as Citizens

A weekend with Paul Cienfuegos presenting the workshop content, Laurence Cole leading singing and Kelly Hogan offering ‘games of dialogue’ using Theater of the Oppressed techniques.

April 4, 5 & 6 at Tryon Life Community Farm, Portland, OR

What is it that most deeply matters to you? What kind of town/landscape do you want to create for our children? For our grandchildren? We invite you to spend a weekend with us as we learn more effective ways to protect our local communities and the rest of the living world by learning about and exercising our inherent right to govern ourselves. Your voice is the carrier of what matters to you. Imagine using that voice to both speak and sing, as an empowered member of your local community.

Beginning in Pennsylvania, and now stretching across nine states from Maine to New Mexico, 160 communities have passed legally binding, locally enforceable Community Rights laws that for the first time in U.S. history enshrine the inherent right of a local majority of residents to protect the health and welfare of their local places. Each of these new-paradigm laws defines what the community wants, reins in corporate so-called “rights”, and stops legal but harmful corporate activity dead in its tracks.

What is Theater of the Oppressed?

By utilizing the Community Rights legal strategy, and by blending our voices with others, we actually CAN empower ourselves as citizens to achieve goals regarding water, air, energy, frack sand mining, cell phone towers, land & economic development, education, etc…

We the People really are more powerful than we dare to believe.

If you think of yourself as a non-singer who would be uncomfortable in the singing, know that you can just listen to others. You might then find yourself humming along, and maybe later, trying out one of the easy-to-learn parts that carries you into harmony with the group, contributing to a ‘whole that is greater than the parts’.

No previous experience or knowledge of any sort is necessary to attend. We hope you’ll join us!

For workshop details and payment options, please visit http://www.motherearthschool.com/adult_education.shtml

Registration is required in advance. The fee for this workshop is a sliding scale between $100 and $300 depending on your means. Please choose a payment that honestly reflects your ability to financially support this event.
Our workshop leaders:

  • Paul Cienfuegos has been leading workshops, giving public talks, and organizing local communities towards dismantling corporate rule and strengthening local democracy, since 1995 when he founded Democracy Unlimited in northern California. Now living in Portland, he co-founded Community Rights PDX in 2012, and the Oregon Community Rights Network in 2013. He continues to expand his life passion: to help communities near and far to rediscover their power to govern themselves. He has great faith in the inherent wisdom and capacity of everyone to strive for a better world. His talks have been broadcast nationally on Alternative Radio. More info at PaulCienfuegos.com.
  • Laurence Cole is a choir director and composer from Port Townsend, Washington. A long time eco-villager and advocate for the whole natural community, Laurence is known for leading many kinds of groups into the power and convivial pleasure of group singing; an ancient human process for investing a space and a community with beauty, meaning, connection, and the cohesive motive force “that helps shy people get up and do what needs to be done.” More info at LaurenceCole.com.
  • Kelly Hogan is a co-founder and preschool teacher at Mother Earth School. Her passions include teaching children and adults in an outdoor setting, utilizing a fusion of current, regenerative educational philosophies while weaving in her deep commitment to anti-oppression work. She has been attending Theater of the Oppressed trainings and researching topics of diversity and accessibility for the past 7 years. In July, 2013 she attended a Theater of the Oppressed facilitator training with the Mandala Center for Change and is now spearheading an effort toward creating a forum theater group for Portland educators.

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Conflict Transformation Skills Workshop 2/15/14



February 15
Portland, OR

Conflict is inevitable, especially within groups of people coming together with different value systems, and personal-working cultures. Conflict can be an opportunity to grow communication skills, group rapport and trust, and deepen our commitment to the shared work.

Or, it can be a painful, individual or group experience that ultimately dissolves the working relationships and impacts the efficacy or functionality of the shared work or the group itself.  How does a group consciously choose the path of the former?

In this workshop we’ll use a restorative justice framework to explore and discuss how conflict within a group can be anticipated, contained, and transformed.

We’ll look at some common roots of group conflict including: abuse or misuse of power, the lack of strong intact pre-existing group relationships, difficulty in expressing needs, horizontal or lateral oppression, basic communication breakdown, lack of acquired tools, and/or inherited cultural shame about being involved with conflict.

I’ll offer some strategies for engaging the inevitability of conflict in groups before it begins to happen, as well as some clear basic tools for engaging it when it arises.  This will involve examining word choice, reading body language and using our intuition to help guide interactions.

Voluntary pairs work, whole group discussion, arts and journaling, drama play, and role playing may all be part of this workshop based on the desire of the attendees and available timing.

Sliding scale: $30-60
I’m committed to making all of my educational opportunities as accessible as is possible and still earn a sustainable livelihood.  Please contact me directly if the sliding scale is prohibitive for you and we’ll see what might be possible.

Rain Crowe draws from over 15 years of experience from her work as an educator, professional facilitator, process designer, and strategic visioning planner with political organizers, land-based intentional communities, spiritual groups, permaculture groups, and more. She teaches nationally about social permaculture/ecology, conflict transformation, magic and ritual, and about decolonizing and healing from the effects of Empire culture. She lives in intentional community in Portland, OR and is a regenerative culture events organizer. Additional resources are drawn from The Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision Making, The Empowerment Manual, Groupworks Pattern Language, and firsthand training from Starhawk, Lisa Fithian, Cynthia Jones of Diana’s Grove, Bill Aal of Tools for Change, and all the personal peer facilitators who help her to keep growing.

To Register please email raincrowe@riseup.net
(Registration is not being tracked through this event page.)

I am requesting a $15 non refundable donation per class to hold a place, with the balance due before or at class.  Thank you.

Class size limited to 10 people.


May 1 – 4th: Cascadia Poetry Festival in Seattle

copy-Cascadia_Header_2The Cascadia Poetry Festival is an international event which seeks to bioregionally animate & culturally construct Cascadia by gathering writers, artists, scientists and activists to collaborate, discover and foster deeper connection between all inhabitants and the place itself. On May 1-4, 2014, renowned and emerging poets from the region will present talks on Cascadian culture and illustrate how it is the best poetry of the region.

It will include:

  • Presentations and Readings
  • Workshops and Panel Discussions
  • An 80+ person one night Beer Slam – 8 regional poets, sponsored by 8 regional breweries.
  • Small Press Fair from publishers around the Pacific Northwest

Renowned and emerging poets from the region will discuss Cascadian culture and illustrate how that is presented in the best poetry of the region. Workshops will allow participants to hone their skills in the manner of the best poetry of the region and be inspired by others. Readings by faculty and other invited poets, morning panel discussions will extend the opportunities for deeper understanding of the subjects raised and Living Room is a daily (3-5pm) open and democratic reading where every poet can read their own work. A workshop by legendary BC poet Daphne Marlatt happens Friday, May 1 from 9a-1p and details are here. Thanks to Seattle University and Spring Street Center for being hosts.