About.

CALLING ALL BUILDERS, HEALERS, AND LOVERS OF EARTH.

The Indigenous Wisdom & Permaculture Skills Convergence is an ecological infrastructure build at a community center that serves the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, August 19th - 26th. This gathering will bring together renowned ecological teachers, tribal members, and participants from around the country to learn, create, and practice eco-design and join in a variety of skill sharing workshops.



 This year (our second), we focus on deepening our relationships with tribal partners by returning as a small group of 50. We will build strong community ties through participant skill-shares, working groups on education and decolonization, and set up 3 food security hubs across the reservation. Our headquarters will be the OLCERI (Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative) where attendees can gain practice in natural building while contributing to the building of the Indigenous Wisdom Center - a future Lakota language school and permaculture demonstration site. 

All the sustainable infrastructure projects are led by Lakota community impact center OLCERI - the Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative (http://www.olceri.org). OLCERI's programs address food scarcity, lack of housing, and extreme poverty on the reservation. 

Under the guidance of our ecological experts, we will design a naturally built Indigenous Wisdom Center that will house other non-profit organizations focused on language and cultural preservation. Other permaculture projects include planting inside a greenhouse, food forest maintenance, permaculture garden design, rainwater catchment systems, and appropriate technologies like fuel efficient rocket stoves and solar cookers. Attendees will gain hands-on experience in permaculture and ecological design, while Pine Ridge residents will continue to reap the benefits of the infrastructure we’ve built. The August 25 - September 3rd gathering on OLCERI’s ranch will be a celebration of our commitment to food, music, art, and community, with sustainability and resiliency as it’s highest values. 

Program.

IWPS CONVERGENCE STARTS Monday August 19th and ends Sunday August 25th at 10 am. On the OLCERI ranch, Pine Ridge Reservation. Address and Directions provided post-purchase. Opportunities to stay on after the convergence exist. www.iwpsconvergence.com for details. 

HOSTS 

Bryan Deans, OLCERI - Lakota host and founder of OLCERI. Teaching engineering, natural building, bow and arrow, Lakota gift economy and more. www.olceri.org

Koreen Brennan, Grow Permaculture - Water catchment, Food forestry. Koreen has been working on Pine Ridge for 15 years and planted over 1,000 trees in food forests! www.growpermaculture.org


2019 PROJECTS

Wood-Fired Barrel Oven, with Jim Schalles. Jim is based out of Omaha, Nebraska where he advocates for traditional building techniques such as strawbale construction and clay based plasters. He has been building rocket stoves and wood-fired ovens for the last 8 years and has a soft spot for fellow pyromaniacs who are interested in empowering themselves with a wise usage of biomass fuel. You can find more about his work here at http://tallgrassvernacular.com.

Root Cellar and Cordwood Tiny Home Natural Plastering with Fernanda

Natural Building Construction - The Indigenous Wisdom Center with Engineers Without Borders


2019 WORKSHOPS

20 hr. Prebuild Street Medic Training - Vanessa Bolin, Standing Rock Medic

20 hour intensive. Begins pre-build Tuesday, August 20th. 

Dine Planting Techniques and Food Security on the Navajo Nation - Nate Ettsity

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief group

Song Share and Performance - Hannah Mayree, Black Banjo Reclamation Project

Passive Greywater Systems - Brennan Bird, SolutionCraft

Solar Energy 101 with Site Tour - Rex Litwiller

"Unconference" Skill Share - Time to share your passions with likeminded individuals 

*** SPECIAL MUSICAL GUESTS TO BE ANNOUNCED ***





Highlights.

  • permaculture, natural building, mycology, dance, community, solar power, water catchment, Lakota

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • slow: emails only

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Bookings.

$450/person

INVESTOR_ IWPS Convergence

Food included
Full Convergence pass August 19th - 25th.
Includes 3 daily (mainly fossil fuel-free) meals, access to swimming pond, hands-on permaculture workshops, and skill-shares in traditional ecological knowledge. Includes tent camping and car parking on site.

The INVESTOR ticket tier helps to fund materials for permaculture projects, and assist folks on Pine Ridge reservation to join the convergence as paid students or teachers of ecological design and Lakota ways. This is a not for profit event with 100% of proceeds going towards Lakota community resilience efforts, and you are supporting the legacy of this work in a BIG way! Thank You!

Prepare for some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet!
$350/person

SUPPORTER_ IWPS Convergence

Food included
Full Convergence pass August 19th - 25th.
Includes 3 daily (mainly fossil fuel-free) meals, access to swimming pond, hands-on permaculture workshops, and skill-shares in traditional ecological knowledge. Includes tent camping and car parking on site.

The SUPPORTER ticket tier helps to fund materials for permaculture projects, and assist folks on Pine Ridge reservation to join the convergence as paid students or teachers of ecological design and Lakota ways. This is a not for profit event with 100% of proceeds going towards Lakota community resilience efforts. Thank You!

*If the entry fee is your limiting factor, please email pineridgepermaculturegathering@gmail.com for potential work-trade options*

Prepare for some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet!
$300/person

BUILDER _ IWPS Convergence

Food included
Full Convergence pass August 19th - 25th.
Includes 3 daily (mainly fossil fuel-free) meals, access to swimming pond, hands-on permaculture workshops, and skill-shares in traditional ecological knowledge. Includes tent camping and car parking on site.

The Builder ticket tier helps to fund materials for permaculture projects, and assist folks on Pine Ridge reservation to join the convergence as paid students or teachers of ecological design and Lakota ways. Thank You!

*If the entry fee is your limiting factor, please email pineridgepermaculturegathering@gmail.com for potential work-trade options*

Prepare for some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet!
$250/person

PREBUILDVOLUNTEER_IWPS Convergence

Food included
Full Convergence pass August 19th - 25th.
This ticket is for individuals dedicated to supporting the camp setup at multiple work sites on the reservation. Activities include: physical labor, designing and envisioning spaces like the meeting circle or tea house.

Includes 3 daily fossil fuel-free meals, access to swimming pond, hands-on permaculture workshops, and skill-shares in traditional ecological knowledge. Includes tent camping and car parking on site.

*If the ticket price is a limiting factor for you, please write to pineridgepermaculturegathering@gmail.com for available work trade*

Prepare for some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet!
$200/person

PreBuild_VOLUNTEER_IWPS Convergence

Food included
Full Convergence pass August 19th - 25th.

This ticket is for individuals dedicated to supporting the camp setup at multiple work sites on the reservation. Activities include: physical labor, designing and envisioning spaces like the meeting circle or tea house. We encourage volunteers joining at this ticket tier to help pre-event with marketing. Someone from our team will be in touch with options for how you can help from home!

Includes 3 daily fossil fuel-free meals, access to swimming pond, hands-on permaculture workshops, and skill-shares in traditional ecological knowledge. Includes tent camping and car parking on site.

Prepare for some of the most beautiful sunsets on the planet!

Getting here.

Located 15 miles south of the Pine Ridge town, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. OLCERI is a ranch and wild horse sanctuary with amenities including an outdoor kitchen with 3 delicious local meals a day provided, compost toilets, solar shower, food forest, walapini greenhouse, and a variety of appropriate technologies in use to interact with. 

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