6 - 8 September 2019
Hill End Activity Centre, Oxford
We've lots more programme details just confirmed. Have a look at the wide range of options we have on offer so far - the hard bit will be deciding what not to go to! Plus, a limited number of day tickets are now on sale.
The national permaculture convergence is returning to the fields in 2019. We'll be at Hill End - an activity centre with 65 peaceful acres. On the outskirts of Oxford, there's camping, dormitories and lots of spaces to meet onsite. "A place of possibilities," they say on their website.
People from all areas of Britain will come 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 be back after so many years. It’s 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.
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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.
Some things to look forward to at this year's national convergence:
A Ceilidh to dance in the weekend together
Around 50 workshops from experienced practitioners, permaculture authors, Permaculture Association staff and those with skills to share - this event is co-produced by its participants
Open space to accommodate your needs and interactive sessions
Visits to local projects in the Oxford area
Children's programme run by experienced educators, for the family to enjoy and learn
Cinema of the best permaculture films - classics and ones you won't have seen before
Fireside music under the moon (bring your own musical instruments if you can)
Delicious, freshly prepared, organic and vegetarian food from Rocket Catering
Café with homemade cakes and snacks, plus a licensed bar
Gates open at 2pm on Friday 6 September. Activities begin at 4pm.
Event ends at 3pm on Sunday 8 September.
There are less than 30 out of 150 dormitory beds at Hill End still available.
Plus, four acres of camping space, more than enough for all of us wishing to stay.
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 (i.e. campervan) it’s £50 for Friday and Saturday nights. Campervan accommodation is at Valley Farm Campsite, which is 900 metres from Hill End, on Eynsham Road. We will facilitate lift-sharing between the campsite and Hill End.
Electric hook-ups can be booked separately. Additional nights are also available. We will send a form requesting extra details after you have booked your convergence tickets.
Getting there and parking
There is very limited car parking on site for just 90 cars total - less than 35 spaces left as of 15 August.
Car parking for the weekend costs £15 and must be booked in advance. Please arrange lift shares wherever possible to limit our footprint!
We will be providing transport from Oxford railway station for a small fee.
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 and we're working on the schedule.
We have a working group of members helping to co-create the event. If you would like to be involved in volunteering as crew, you're welcome to apply.
There will also be a marketplace for those selling permaculture-inspired products and ethical organisations to promote the work they do.
How to be there - booking
We offer a Pay-It-Forward option for those wishing to make a donation towards supporting an additional person attend on a bursary. Each £85 allows somebody who could not otherwise attend to do so.
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