Convergence 2019

6 - 8 September 2019

Hill End Activity Centre, Oxford

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.

The convergence is bound to be a thriving hub of ideas, networking and sharing of knowledge. There will be chances for dancing and for research and learning.

We hope people from all areas of Britain will come together to build a way forward, as a community of designers, educators, learners and activists. 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, over 35 years of developing permaculture in the UK!

 

Helen wearing a hat in a field alongside a man eating lunch

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.

 

Some things to look forward to at this year's national convergence:Ceilidh in full swing

  • Camping and dormitories onsite

  • Delicious organic and vegetarian food from Rocket Catering

  • Friday night ceilidh

  • Open space and interactive sessions

  • Up to 50 workshops

  • Visits to local projects in the Oxford area

  • Children's programme

  • Outdoor and practical activities

  • Cinema

  • Fireside music

  • Licensed bar and café

Gates open at 2pm on Friday 6 September. Activities begin at 4pm.

Event ends at 3pm on Sunday 8 September.

 

Read the convergence pack for more details.

 

Accommodation

Tents in a fieldHill End has 150 dormitory beds and 4 acres of camping space, more than enough to house all of us wishing to stay. Accommodation is optional.

  • Camping is in a delightful flat meadow with a timber toilet and shower block. More details here.

  • 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 onsite:

  • 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.

 

Matt on his bike at the national permaculture convergence 2016, with Ilkley moor in the backgroundGetting there and parking

  • There is very limited parking on site for just 90 cars within the main car park. Car parking for the weekend costs £15. Spaces must be booked in advance. Please arrange lift shares wherever possible!

  • We will be providing transport from Oxford railway station for a small fee.

  • Further details about transport options will be announced in the next months.

 

Kids activities at convergence 2016Fun 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 checked educator.

  • Children's meals are included in children’s tickets.

 

Anna Locke presenting at the national permaculture convergence 2016, in a polytunnel, a beautiful settingWe invite you to make the event!

One special thing about a permaculture convergence is that it is co-created by its participants. We'll be asking for workshop offers, music, volunteer crew and other contributions soon.

We have a working group of members helping to co-create the event. We will be surveying to ensure the programme meets the needs of the network, and that the convergence can help upskill our efforts in spreading permaculture.

We will have a marketplace for those selling permaculture-inspired products and ethical organisations to promote the work they do.

 

Read the convergence pack for more details on the event.

 

How to be there - booking

There is a 15% discount for members. To receive this, please sign in to the website with your member login or become a member now.

 

Tickets are now on sale here.

 

Up until 30 April 2019, you can secure your place at convergence simply by paying a £40 deposit with the balance due by BACS by 31 July 2019. Details of payment will be sent to you after booking.

For those on lower incomes of under £13,000 a year, there is a reduced rate ticket available.

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.

 

I'm in! What can I do now?

If you'd like to know a bit more about permaculture, explore our 'The basics' page, Knowledge Base, and YouTube.