Thanks to all who attended in 2019 and made it such a unique and wonderful convergence. We really enjoyed bringing it together and are now in the process of designing next year's.
Save the Date 2020
We can now announce that the 2020 National Convergence will take place once more at the Hill End Centre over 11-13 September 2020. More details to follow...
Discover what you missed (or revisit what you experienced!)
In 2019, the event was held at Hill End - an activity centre with 65 peaceful acres. On the outskirts of Oxford, there was camping, dormitories and lots of spaces to meet onsite. "A place of possibilities," they say on their website, which was certainly true! See the schedule.
People from all areas of Britain came together to build a way forward as a community of designers, educators, learners and activists looking to use permaculture in all bioregions to create a network of thriving communities.
Hill End hosted a national convergence in the 1990s, so it's exciting to have been back after so many years. It was a good time to look at our growth as an organisation, with over 35 years of developing permaculture in the UK.
What is a convergence?
Every convergence is unique but underlying them all are some common features. A rural convergence sits somewhere between a conference and a festival in a field - it is a place for those interested in learning more about permaculture to meet, eat, share skills and learn together.
“A fantastic way to meet positive people doing useful things.” - convergence 2018 participant.
We have been organising events for decades, making those critical face to face connections possible. In 2015 we brought together over 1000 people from 72 countries to the international permaculture conference and convergence in London! Since then, national convergences have helped to strengthen our network and our support for regional gatherings means permaculture is growing across the UK. Read this blog post for a personal account of what a convergence is like.