National Convergence 2022: A Festival of Permaculture

9-11 September at Hill End, Oxfordshire

We are back, in real life and in Oxfordshire for our national convergence. 

2022 is all about celebration, coming together, breaking bread and raising a glass. It has been a long time coming but we are so excited to embrace one another again (hugging is optional). The convergence is a thriving hub of ideas, community and sharing experiences; we invite you to join us and take part. 

We'll be returning to the idyllic surroundings of Oxfordshire, at Hill End where we last gathered back in 2019. Hill End is an eco-activity centre with camping, dormitories and lots of meeting spaces onsite.

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What's on?

We are excited to announce the start of our programme, you can see more detail on our Programme Page. 

  • Susan Young, author of ‘Growing Beans. A diet for healthy people and planet’, will be showcasing the huge range of beans she has been growing in her garden in the Wye Valley, introducing unusual varieties and sharing with top tips for a successful crop.

  • Pippa Chapman will be running a 'Forest gardening in Small Spaces'- a step by step permaculture design process to design forest gardens in small spaces to be both productive and beautiful.

  • Robert J Somerville will be talking about the making and raising of a traditional Hertfordshire elm barn, using local timber, local inexperienced volunteers and hand tools. Robert will also run several workshop sessions introducing green woodwork in order to make an oak peg- an key component in holding a timber frame together. As well as sharing an understanding of mortice & tennon joinery using mallets & froes, and shave horses & draw knives. 

  • Adam Alexandra will be talking about how we can reconnect with what we grow and eat through local action and storytelling - continuing a relationship with the most prosaic of foods that has existed since we settled on the land 12,000 years ago. 

  • Aranya, teacher and bestselling author of ‘Permaculture Design: A Step-by-step Guide’

  • Visits to local projects including Marston Forest Garden, Oxford City Farm and Willowbrook Farm

 

Eating together

We always put food at the heart of everything we do at the Festival of Permaculture. We pride ourselves on providing delicious, heartwarming vegan and vegetarian meals and a nurturing space to share food with your fellow humans. We value the importance of the food so much that we include it in our ticket prices; a satisfied stomach ensures a positive learning experience. 

As well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, there will also be a community cafe providing warm drinks and snacks throughout the day. As well as topping up your energy levels, the cafe will be a space to come together and take part in workshops and listen to one another. 

Have more questions? You can browse through our Frequently Asked Questions here.

 

Ticket Prices

Early bird adult ticket: £110

Full adult ticket: £150

Child ticket (5-17): £35

Under 5's: Free of charge

Saturday day ticket: £65

Sunday day ticket: £40

Dormitory bed (2 Nights): £10

Car parking pass: £15

Campervan parking pass: £50 (Friday- Sunday)

 

Tickets include:

  • Camping Friday- Sunday
  • Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast/ lunch/ dinner, Sunday breakfast/ lunch
  • All meals are vegan with vegetarian options, dietry requirements are catered for but must be stated when buying a ticket
  • All talks, workshops and activities 
  • Evening entertainment 

 

Early bird tickets!!

We have a limited number of early bird tickets available. Members receive a 15% discount on the cost of adult tickets - a discount code is being emailed to all members. Early bird tickets expire on 30th June 2022- get yours now!

 

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Could you work at the festival?

Do you want to volunteer to be part of our crew? We need support with setting up, children's area helpers, stewarding, kitchen staff and packing down at the end amongst others. All volunteers get free access to the event. Fill out this form to sign up as a volunteer.

 

Do you have something to sell or demonstrate?

We love the many varied crafts, food products, artisan goods and so forth made by permaculture people and projects. The Convergence is a great place to celebrate those things and also put them in front of an audience of changemakers and holistically living folk. We have a small market at each Convergence and you're welcome to sell your products for a small fee above the price of a ticket. To learn more and apply, please look here.

 
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