6 - 8 September 2019
Hill End Activity Centre, Oxford
Update 4th October 2019
Thanks to all who attended in 2019 and made it such a unique and wonderful Convergence. We have really enjoyed pulling together this event and are now in the process of designing another for next year. Keep your eyes peeled for imminent news of #Convergence2020.
Update 20th August 2019
***SOLD OUT*** There are no spaces left and the waiting list is closed. The national convergence will return in 2020.
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!
Gates opened at 2pm on Friday 6 September. Activities began at 4pm.
Event ended at 3pm on Sunday 8 September. 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!
See the programme details on the dedicated programme page.
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.
Accommodation is optional - you can select a non-accommodation ticket.
Camping is in a delightful, flat meadow, with a timber toilet and shower block.
Dormitory accommodation is spread across 4 blocks. It is fairly basic with up to 10 beds in each dorm. All dorms have toilet and shower facilities.
There will be a specified ‘family dorm’ block with rooms for those with children to use. Some have kitchens available for use.
All dorms will be either exclusively for male or female use.
Please note campervans cannot be parked on site.
If you’d like to sleep in your live-in vehicle, accommodation is at Valley Farm Campsite, which is 900 metres from Hill End, on Eynsham Road.
Electric hook-ups can be booked separately. Additional nights are also available.
Getting there and parking
There is very limited car parking on site for just 90 cars total.
Car parking for the weekend costs £15 in advance and must be booked when buying your tickets. Please arrange lift shares wherever possible to limit our footprint!
We will be providing transport from Oxford railway station for a small fee. Details have been provided in the information emailed to all participants.
Fun for all the family
The convergence is a family-friendly event. A full children’s programme will be provided for the over 5s. The programme will be a combination of learning and fun activities, led by a qualified, DBS certified educator.
Children's meals are included in children’s tickets.
Thanks to everyone contributing to the programme
One special thing about a permaculture convergence is that it is co-created by its participants. Thank you to everyone that is contributing a workshop, giving talk, or running activities. The programme is now bursting.
We have a working group of members helping to co-create the event and volunteer crew.
There will be a marketplace for those selling permaculture-inspired products and ethical organisations to promote the work they do.