The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild is a network of permaculture practitioners who inhabit a region of the northwestern U.S. between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Rocky Mountain Range. We host annual gatherings and operate this interactive website to facilitate communication among Guild members and between the Guild and the greater community to inform ourselves and others about the promise of permaculture.

2015 Inland Northwest Permaculture Design Course?

A message from Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski seeking advice from permaculture-inclined folks in Spokane County, Stevens County and surrounding counties.
Dear friends,
I am in the process of planning a 2015 permaculture design course (pdc). It looks like it will be held at the Heartsong Retreat Center, near Tum Tum, Washington in southern Stevens County and close to Spokane. We held the 2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence at Heartsong and it is a lovely venue.
The big question is whether to have it be a multiple weekend pdc, or a two-week residential pdc. The best way to answer this question is to get input from the permaculture community, and most specifically from those people who would like to take the course.
I would love to hear from people interested in taking the course.  What would work best for you? A dispersed weekend course? Or a two-week period?
For the past three years I have done a spring pdc which was 6 weekends, every other weekend. Friday evening, all day Saturday and evening. All day Sunday. In 2015 I am planning a two-week teaching tour in western Washington which wouldn’t make this every other weekend schedule possible.  We could do something like:
February 27-March 1
March 13-15
March 27-29
3-weekend gap
April 24-26
May 8-10
May 22-24
Estimated cost $800
If we did a two-week residential pdc. We would be on site all day every day for two weeks with occasional field trips off site.  It would cost more since we would hire a cook and purchase food. Since some people would be camping we would likely do it during May when the weather is warmer.
Estimated cost $1,000.
We would offer a limited number of fee reductions in exchange for work trade. 

Email or call me if you are interested in the course and which schedule you prefer.
Please spread the word. 

Permaculturally Yours,

Michael "Skeeter" Pilarski

[Note from the INPG Webmaster: Michael Pilarski is the leading pdc teacher in the Inland Northwest. A great opportunity not to be missed! Photo: Skeeter leading the 2012 pdc in Spokane]

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's
2014 Convergence:
"Back to the Roots"

at the Beautiful Heartsong Retreat Center
was a resounding success!

More than 150 dedicated permaculturists attended 40-plus workshops, shared beautifully prepared meals, sang around the fire and went home enriched by the amazing skill-sharing and comraderie. We strengthened our network; we proved we could pull off a largely do-it-yourself, donation-based convergence; we established a lasting tie with Heartsong. We are gratified that we were able to gather so many participants from our small Inland Northwest region (our total number of attendees equaled 38% of the total number who attended the national convergence just two weeks prior).

We could not have enjoyed such a success without the many contributions of the folks who came-- whether in the form of cash donations, donated food, volunteer labor or positive vibes. The organizers helped create the space but it was the people who came to the convergence who created the experience. A very big Thank You to each of you.

Four days of Fun, Interconnection and Love of the Earth!
Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 11, 12, 13, and 14, 2014.

Read all about it >>>


Download a version of our Heartsong Convergence Poster to print and put up in your neighborhood!

An Epic Opportunity


Old and young, Experienced and newcomer!!
Transforming the landscape, culture and economy.,,,,,,
Homes, Neighborhoods, Communities
Go to our website for information on
sponsorships, presenting, roundtables, worktrade,
action teams and the Permaculture Exposition.
This very first North American Permaculture Convergence offers a special opportunity to meet up to 1,000 permaculture movers and shakers from across North America to share our successes and strategize how to create a permaculture future.
People will have different reasons for attending NAPC. For me, I view NAPC as a tremendous networking opportunity to meet permaculture movers and shakers from across the continent. As one of the permaculture movement’s historians I am also excited to use NAPC as an opportunity to collect more permaculture history.
The permaculture movement in North America is huge and growing fast!
The following list gives you an idea who the NAPC is inviting:
The following incomplete list gives you some idea of permaculture’s scope in North America.  This is just the beginning of a North American Permaculture Directory that Michael Pilarski is working on which will be expanded at the NAPC with everyone’s help. The eventual directory will be much expanded from what you see here and will include city, website, contact info, and names of people involved. Inclusion in the following list is not meant to be an endorsement, nor is absence meant to be a slight.  This is just what I could pull together at the moment.
[DRAFT, Version 1, June 14, 2014]
Gaia University [NAPC SPONSOR]
Indigenous Permaculture Program
MesoAmerican Permaculture Institute
Permaculture Activist Magazine
Permaculture Canada
Permaculture Credit Union
Permaculture ibiblio
Permaculture Institute, USA
Permaculture Institute of North America [NAPC SPONSOR]
Permaculture Research Institute, USA
Permaculture Research Institute, USA, Cold Climate  [NAPC SPONSOR]
Arizona Permaculture Convergence
Baja California Permaculture Convergence
Bay Area Regional Annual Permaculture Convergence
Colorado Permaculture Convergence
Eastern Ontario Permaculture Convergence
Florida Permaculture Convergence
Midwest Permaculture Convergence
Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence
Local Food Enterprise (LiFE) Summit
Michigan Permaculture Convergence
North American Permaculture Convergence
Northeast Permaculture Convergence
Northern California Permaculture Convergence
Northwest Permaculture Convergence
Quebec Permaculture Convergence
San Diego Permaculture Convergence
Southeast Permaculture Convergence
Southeast Portland Permaculture Convergence
Southern California Permaculture Convergence
South West Permaculture Convergence
Village Building Convergence
West Coast Women's Permaculture Gathering
Western Canada Permaculture Convergence
Wisconsin Permaculture Convergence
Asheville Permaculture Guild
Austin Permaculture Guild
Arizona Permaculture Network
Ark Valley Permaculture
Bay Area California Permaculture
Bloomington (Indiana) Permaculture Guild
Blue Ridge Permaculture Network
Boise Permaculture Guild
Central Coast California Permaculture Guild
Colorado Permaculture Guild
Columbia Basin Permaculture Guild
East Bay Permaculture
Eugene Permaculture Guild
Fingerlakes N.Y. Permaculture Network
Florida Permaculture Association
Great Lakes Permaculture Network
Great Lakes Permaculture Portal
Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild [NAPC SPONSOR]
Lakeshore Permaculture Guild
Los Angeles Permaculture Guild
Madison Area Permaculture Guild
Marin Permaculture Guild
Michigan Permaculture Community
Montreal Permaculture Guild
North Fork Valley Permaculture
Northeastern Permaculture Network
Northern Alberta Permaculture Institute
Northern Michigan Regional Permaculture
Okanogan Permaculture Club
Permaculture Community Action Worknet
Permaculture Drylands Institute
Permaculture Hudson Valley
Permaculture group for Southern Oregon / Northern California
Permaculture Institute of Eastern Ontario
Permaculture Institute of the Northeast
Permaculture Ottawa
Phoenix Permaculture Guild
Seattle Permaculture Guild
Siskiyou Permaculture Resources Group
Pike’s Peak Permaculture
Pittsburgh Permaculture
San Diego Permaculture Guild
South Coast Permaculture Guild
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Santa Cruz Permaculture Guild
Sierra Permaculture
South Coast Permaculture Guild
Southern California Permaculture Guild
Sonoma County Permaculture
Sonoran Permaculture
Spokane Permaculture Guild
Susquehana Permaculture
The Permaculture Guild of Houston
The St. Petersburg (Florida) Permaculture Guild
Urban Permaculture Guild
Urban Permaculture Guild, Oakland
Urban Permaculture Institute of the Southeast
Vancouver BC Permaculture Network
+ Transition Town groups across the country
Abundance Permaculture
Ananda Permaculture Project
Arcadia Commons
Badgersett Research Farm
Barking Frogs Permaculture Center
Barrett Ecological Services
Blue Heron Nursery
Big Sky Permaculture
Broken Ground Permaculture
Bullock Brothers Homestead
Camden Center for Environmental Transformation
Cascadia Permaculture Institute,
Cedar Creek Permaculture (Hastings, MI)
Center for Bioregional Living
Center for Deep Ecology
Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute
Chatham-Kent Permaculture
Chelsea Green Publishing
Cincinnati Permaculture Guild
City of Angels Permaculture Academy
Cloudview EcoFarms
Cob Cottage Co.
Dancing Green
Divine Earth Garden Project
Dreamtime Village, (WI)
Druid’s Grove Permaculture
Dynamics Ecological Design
Earth Learning
Earth Magic Permaculture
EarthFlow Design Works,
EcoEdge Design Ltd.
Ecological Gardens
Ecology Retreat Center
Edible Organic Design
Elfin Permaculture
Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage
Everdale Learning Centre
Falls Brook Centre
Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute
Forest Agriculture Enterprises
Friends of the Trees Society
Gentle Harvest
Global Permaculture Design Group
Green Mountain Permaculture
Grow Permaculture
Harmony Park
Healing Tree Farm
Heathcote Community
Herbn’ Wisdom
High Altitude Permaculture
Holistic Solutions
Holzer AgroEcology
Inside Edge Design
Island Mountain Institute
Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design
Kamiah Permaculture
Keyline Vermont
Kinstone Academy (Fountain City, WI) [NAPC SPONSOR]
Kootenay Permaculture Institute, BC
Liberation Permaculture
Linnaea Farm
Little Artshram
Living Mandala
Lost Valley Intentional Community & Educational Center
Midwest Permaculture
Mindful Generations
Mobile Design Lab
Moose Pond Arts
New Forest Farm
New York Permaculture Exchange
Oasis Design
Oakhaven: A Permaculture Center
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
OM Valley Permaculture Design/Consultation
Real Earth
Pacific Permaculture
Palouse Permaculture
Patricia Michael Design
Pattern Literacy
Peak Moment Television
Perennial Solutions
Permaculture Design & Implementation
Permaculture Now
Permaculture Project GTA (Greater Toronto Area)
Permaculture Project LLC
Permaculture TV
Prospect Rock Permaculture
Punk Rock Permaculture
Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm
Radix Center
Rain Water Harvesting
Real Eyes Permaculture Homestead
Regenerative Design Group
Regenerative Design Institute
Resilience Hub
Resilience Planning
Sacred Permaculture
Salamander Springs Farm
Sandy Bar Ranch & Nursery
Urban Permaculture Design
Seventh Generation
Siskiyou Permaculture Resources Group
Soul Springs Permaculture
Spiral Gardens
Sustainable Living Network
Sustainable Living Systems
Terra Phoenix Design
The Farm Ecovillage Training Center
The Garden Muse
The Permaculture Podcast with Scott Mann
The Rhizome Collective
Three Sisters Farm
TreeYo Permaculture
UMass Permaculture Garden
Verge Permaculture Inc.
Whole Systems Design
Wildcraft Permaculture
Wild Thyme Farm
Willow Way Permaculture
Yankee Permaculture
+ all the universities and colleges with permaculture programs
There are various PC directories on-line such as the Permaculture Activist’s Global Directory , PRI Global’s directory, WiserEarth, etc. and we will list and review them in our next edition.
Representatives of many of these organizations, networks and businesses will be attending NAPC.
Support the movement!


Thanks to everyone who came to the 2013 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence. See you at Heartsong!

NEW! Videos from Michael Pilarski's 2013 Missoula Permaculture Design Course

The 2nd Annual Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference (INPC2) in Missoula, Montana, has come and gone. It's hard to believe. It was a great success with nearly 50 presenters, oodles of workshops, field trips, panel discussions, shared meals, a conta dance and friendships renewed and initiated.

Many thanks to our conference organizing team for the countless hours put in, and to our conference sponsors, our work trade crew, our slate of presenters, our trade show tablers, the University of Montana, the University Center Kitchen Crew, the Celtic Knots string band and anyone else who helped make it all happen.

You can see the presenters and their workshops, plus other information from both the 2011 and the 2012 conferences under the "Past Conferences" tab in the menu bar.

There are also some conference photos in the galleries. You can add you own photos of the conference, photos of your Permaculture projects and the like. Click "Share Photos" under the Galleries tab.

The 2011 Spokane Permaculture Conference:
The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild Kicks it Off
Right with a Gem of a Gathering at Spokane Falls Community College.

See more pictures HERE

The 2011 INPG Conference at-a-glance


Permaculture Design Course Scholarship Application

The Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild would like to offer one or two scholarships to
deserving people for each permaculture design course we put on. We can also do some fee
reduction scholarships in additional cases.

You may fill out our on-line application or download an application you can either fill out electronically or print out and send in.

2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence: Two Possibilities

The 1st North American Permaculture Convergence (NAPC) is in the works and it looks like it will be held near Minneapolis, Minnesota August 28-31, 2014.

I (Michael Pilarski) am on the NAPC core organizing committee so will be putting a lot of my time into the NAPC and thus will not have much time for organizing a 2014 INPC (Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence). Here are two possibilities for the 2014 INPC:

North American Permaculture Convergence Being Planned for 2014 - Your Input is Requested

Dear Permaculturists of North America,

The desire for a North American Convergence has been expressed by a number of Permaculture practitioners and organizers over the years. It was also seriously discussed at the IPC in Jordan in 2011. As a result of efforts a nd organizing meetings held at the recent Cuba IPC, it is now obvious there is enough coherence and momentum to move this idea forward.

Read the Friends of the Trees Society December 2013 Newsletter

You can read the newsletter on-line HERE or download a pdf (see 'attachement' below)


The INPC is a unique opportunity for all of us who dream of a more sustainable and resilient future to come together from diverse backgrounds and habitats to share, explore and practice strategies to build the capacity and interconnection of our initiatives and to further empower our common visions becoming a reality.
One participant coming to INPC wrote this about why he was coming:
“This many stellar people passionate about these lifeways generates a critical mass that forges conne

Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence - AUGUST 28 UPDATE

Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence - Why bother?

Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence – June 11 News

The biggest INPC news!
We are happy to announce that Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden is our INPC keynote speaker.

Conference Host University of Montana Grows its Own Food and Buys Local

[Ed. Note: Here's where the money you spend for food at the 2012 Inland Northwest Permaculture Conference goes!]


UM's Farm to College program hits $1M milestone

September 22, 2012 10:30 pm  •  By MARTIN KIDSTON of the Missoulian Newspaper

On a cool September morning, University of Montana executive chef Patrick Browne wandered the school’s organic garden, watching over the selection of kale, the picking of tomatoes and the ripeness of the squash.

Standing aside in his white kitchen apron, he noted how the chickens will arrive fresh from Ryegate, and when the crowd sits down for supper at the evening banquet, scheduled for later that week, the entire meal will be Montana raised.

New Website Feature - Post your own permaculture opportunities

You can now post listings of many types of permaculture opportunities such as a job openings, jobs sought, courses offered, design clients sought, equipment for sale and the like.

If you are a registered user and you are signed in, you can post your own opportunity. Your posting will need to be approved prior to going public.