Convergence 2020

Tents in a field

Ticket sales for the Convergence have been suspended until further notice. We still hope to run the event but do not feel it is appropriate to sell further tickets until the situation becomes clearer.

Coronavirus Update: It's understandable to be concerned about the implications of Coronavirus when booking tickets for events.

Currently, it seems likely that a ban on mass gatherings will occur shortly, as the advice is already not to attend these. We cannot, at this phase, have any certainty over how this will impact events in September, and thus are continuing with our plans as best as is possible and with an understanding that we will all need to adapt to the evolving circumstances. Any ban may or may not be indefinite. 

We will obviously keep up to date with the latest advice and communicate accordingly. More information can be found on the gov.uk website.

Please be aware that our refund policy ensures that if we cancel the event you will receive a full refund minus bank and booking charges. If you yourself choose to cancel your place, our usual refund policy applies, unless your cancellation is forced by government edict or similar. In this case, a full refund minus bank and booking charges will be made. 

Our convergence is about encouraging people from all across Britain to come together as a community of designers, educators, learners and activists putting permaculture at the heart of a network of thriving communities.

We are currently curating this year's programme and welcome you to be part of its creation. If you would like to add your views to what should be included, let us know via this short 3 minute survey.

 

Sunshine at lunchtime at the 2019 national permaculture convergenceThe site, Hill End, is an activity centre with 65 peaceful acres on the outskirts of Oxford, described as "a place of possibilities" on their website. There is camping, dormitories and lots of spaces to meet, share and learn, including some fantastic woodland.

We're looking forward to building on what we learned from being there last year, to create an even better event for 2020. 


"A real diversity of speakers and talks. A nice mixture of theory and practice. A chance to talk to people actually doing permaculture." - convergence 2019 participant.

 

Tickets are available now

We sold out early in 2019. Book your place soon to avoid disappointment and to help us plan for a thriving convergence.

Full weekend adult tickets for members are available from £105. Non-member prices are 20% higher.
Subsidised places are available for those on lower incomes.

Join the Permaculture Association from just £36 a year. This will give you discounted convergence prices, discounts for other events, plus many other benefits.

 

Convergence edge events

The Educators Gathering will be returning, before the convergence, at Hill End, Friday 11 September from 9.30am through until 3.30pm. Dormitory and camping accommodation is available the night before, Thursday 10 September. The Educators Gathering is open to all educators looking to include permaculture in their work, not just those registered as Certified with the Permaculture Association.

Children in Permaculture UK will be co-hosting the Educators Gathering and offering bespoke content specifically for those working with children and young people. Tickets for these events will be available from mid-March 2020. Sign up to receive our e-bulletin to get the latest updates first.

 

Two adults with a young child in the woods

Children and families

Children are always included at our convergences - there is a full programme of activities over the 2.5 days of the event, led by experienced outdoor educators.

This year, we are working harder than ever to design the convergence to be accessible, inspirational and enriching for all - including young people, children, and whole families - and are making sure that the site and timetable are designed with them in mind. 

There will be fantastic children's permaculture activities throughout the weekend, alongside a dedicated young people/teens' area.

More details of our plans for children and families will follow soon with other programme details.

 

Accessibility

Access and inclusion for people with disabilities, chronic illness, and those who are neurodivergent, has been at the core of the design for this year's convergence. For more details of accessibility provision see this link.

Please contact us if you need more information or support for your particular needs.
 


 

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.

"There's a whole load of other people out there who share similar hopes." - convergence 2019 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.

 

Discover (or rediscover) what you missed in 2019

See some of the workshops from last year on our YouTube.

Explore the images in our National Convergence 2019 Flickr album.

Check out last year's programme on Lineup Ninja.

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