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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.

Rocket Mass Heater Workshop Taught by Sjang van Daal - 2-day course with hands-on training - July 25-26, 2015 Clark’s Fork, ID

The Permaculture Design Course May 23 to June 7 near Spokane, WA is History.
Next: The 2015 INPG Convergence?

See Some Photos Taken During the Course
on Simple Unhooked Living's Facebook Page.

...and on the INPG Facebook Page.

Here's what was covered: Schedule

There are many details that have been sent to participants in a series of email messages from Michael Pilarski, the PDC Lead Instructor. Here they are: Letter 1, Letter 2, Letter 3, Letter 4, Letter 5, Letter 6, Letter 7. These include very important information for folks who have signed up and for folks thinking about signing up.

Directions to Heartsong

7034 Highway 291, Tumtum, WA

The driveway is between mile marker 24 and 25 on Hwy 291.  Coming from the south you know you are close when the highway leaves the lakeside and goes inland, up a hill, round two sharp curves and through a little rocky pass.  The driveway is the first righthand driveway after second 15 mph curve.  There is a metal heart with a music symbol in it hanging on the mailbox.


Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild 2015 Permaculture Design Course with a special emphasis on Earth Restoration. A two-week, residential intensive course in Tumtum, WA. May 23 to June 7.

For more information about the Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild's 2015 Permaculture Design Course, contact:

Michael Pilarski
Inland Northwest Permaculture Guild
PO Box 165, Hot Springs, MT 59845

Refund policy. $100 is non-refundable. The rest will be refunded if cancellation is prior to two weeks before start date. Cancellations within two weeks of starting date results in $250 being non-refundable.

CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Permaculture Design issued by the Permaculture Institute of North America as well as the Permaculture Institute USA. Course graduates are expected to attend all sessions or complete homework assignments to make up missed sessions.

HEARTSONG is a community-owned property with the goal of being a permaculture site and educational center. We will be doing site design and hands-on projects to move Heartsong towards this goal. The 2014 Inland Northwest Permaculture Convergence was held at Heartsong and it worked out great. There is a large lodge with a kitchen and dining area downstairs and a large meeting room upstairs. There are gardens, forest, riparian zone, and fields for our outdoor activities.  We will set up a large sky lodge outside for activities.  There is a sauna next to a small pond and it is a short walk to a swimming lake.

ACCOMODATIONS: There are some indoor accommodations for which there will be an extra charge.  Some locals will commute.  Most people will tent camp. RVs or live in vans are welcome. No extra fee for camping or RVs.

MEALS: We will be hiring a cook. The menu will include vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. Everyone is requested to lend a hand in the kitchen on a rotating basis. We invite all the participants to bring food they have gathered, grown or processed themselves.  This food carries the special energy of the grower. ‘Mana’ is the word they use for it in Hawai`i. It translates to something like power or life-force. We will wildcraft for salad vegetables and maybe a few roots. We will purchase food from local farmers inasmuch as possible. After that we will buy bulk foods from the organic distribution network. Not only do we want to walk our talk, we want to eat our talk.

MICHAEL PILARSKI is one of the Northwest’s most well-known permaculture teachers and networkers.  He has lived and farmed in the region since 1972 and has hands-on experience with over 1000 species of plants. He founded Friends of the Trees Society in 1978 and has written extensively on agriculture, permaculture, agroforestry, forestry, ethnobotany and wildcrafting. Since 1988 he has taught 36 permaculture design courses in the US and abroad including 7 in eastern Washington and 3 in Montana.


include: Chrys Ostrander on small livestock, Gabe Gaul on mushrooms/fungi in permaculture, Phil Small on soil science, Gloria Flora on biochar, Marc Flora on forest gardening, Bob Merrill and David Kirchhof on building materials and technologies, and Margaret Ruhl and Elf of Bruce-Ruhl Design on urban design, rooftop gardening and farming urban yards. Stay tuned to the INPG website for further developments. Course participants will also bring a wide range of knowledge and experience to share.  We are all students. We are all teachers.

This intensive course will include lectures, power points, slide shows, hands-on, field trips, plant walks, design teams, research, presentations, small groups and evening activities. There is a half-day off in the middle of the course.



April 29 draft

Note: This is the first draft of the course schedule. It will undergo some revision before the course as new information becomes available. Many more topics besides those listed here will come up.  Since permaculture is such an integrated systems approach the topics will not be so compartmentalized as this schedule looks. The inter-relationships between various topics means that many things will come up over and over again during the course. We recommend day-people call ahead if they want to attend certain parts of the curriculum as this schedule will change to adapt to unforeseen circumstances and participants inputs.

Daily schedule
Breakfast 7:00 - 8:00
Morning circle 8:15 - 8:30
Morning overview 8:30 - 9:00
Session 1:  9:00 - 10:00
Short break
Session 2:  10:15 - 11:15
Session 3:  11:15 - 12:15
Lunch 12:15 - 2:00
Session 4:  2:00 - 3:00
Short break
Session 5:  3:15 - 4:15
Session 6:  4:15 - 5:30
Dinner  6:00 - 7:00

Evening session(s) 8:00 - 10:00

EVENINGS: Evening activities cover a wide gamut of cultural and educational experiences. Everyone is invited to put themselves on the evening agenda. Bring your power points and show-and-tell. Relevant movies welcome. Most evenings will see at least one (sometimes 2 or 3) events scheduled such as presentations, videos, discussions, demonstrations, parties, etc. The evenings are an integral part of the learning process and we encourage everyone to be part of the evening programs.

May 22 – Friday
Site preparations work-party. Help with last minute details is appreciated.
Participants who are coming from far-away may arrive in the afternoon or evening to get situated.
Dinner at 6:30.

May 23 – Saturday (Introductions day)
The first day of the course is important to get to know people and learn how the course runs.
10:00- 11:00 am Opening ceremony.
11:00-12:15 Course introduction.
Lunch 12:15-2:00
2:00-3:45  Participants introductions.
4:00- 6:00  Site Tour.
6:30-7:30  Dinner
Evening – Mollison Video, Global Gardener

May 24 – Sunday (Principles day)
Session 1 - Permaculture ethics & principles.
Session 2 - Permaculture principles.
Session 3 – Zones.
Session 4 – Sector analysis and slope.
Session 5 - Ecology. MP. Patterns.
Session 6 - Observation exercize, solitary, then group. Patterns in nature.
Evening: People in Permaculture.

May 25, Monday (Native people and native plant communities day)
Session 1 – Ethnobotany and ethnoecology from the Pacific Northwest and other parts of the world.
Session 2 – Discussion on the intersection of permaculture and indigenous, traditional ways.
Session 3 - Weeds and invasive plants. Sustainable wildcrafting.
Session 4 – Restoration ecology.
Session 5-6. Walkabout and meet the local plants. 

May 26, Tuesday, Water day
Session 1 - Humid Landscapes, landforms, microclimates, forests.
Session 2 – Keyline System of Soil & Water Management.
Session 3 – Replacing irrigation with permaculture,
Session 4 – Collecting and storing water, rooftop catchment, rain gardens, tanks, swales, gabions, contour terraces, earthworks. Ponds. Aquaculture. Mariculture.
Session 5 – Permaculture Methodology. Site Analysis,
Session 6 – Design Teams form and meet.
Evening – Sepp Holzer aquaculture video.

May 27, Wednesday. Tree day
Session 1 – Fruit and nut trees in permaculture systems. Forest farming.
Session 2 – Windbreaks & hedgerows.
Session 3 –Plant establishment through the zones, propagation, seeding, tree planting.
Session 4 Design teams meet.
Session 5-6 – Hands-on tree planting
Evening: Party, music, dancing.

May 28, Thursday (Gardening day)
Session 1 – Soils, soil building, vermiculture, fungi, soil inoculants.
Session 2 – Gardening methods.
Session 3 – Composting, sheet mulch, mulching, hugelkulturs, forest biomass.
Session 4 – Greenhouses and season extenders.
Session 5 – Hands-on gardening,
Session 6 – Hands-on gardening,

May 29, Friday (Field trip day)
Field Trip all Day
Evening off.

May 30, Saturday. 
Half-day off. ?

May 31, Sunday. (Animal day)
Session 1 – Discussion of field trip. Mid-course review.
Session 2 – Small livestock, chickens, etc.
Session 3 – Large livestock, grazing/range management. Pasture management. Holistic Resource Management.
Session 4 – Wild animals. Beekeeping. Integrated pest management.
Session 5 – Design teams meet.
Session 6 – Design teams report
Evening: All Species Council

June 1, Monday
Session 1 – Human waste. Grey water.
Session 2 – Arid and semi-arid landscapes and strategies.
Session 3 – Design teams meet.
Session 4 –
Session 5 – Walkabout,
Session 6 – Walkabout,

June 2, Tuesday. (Energy and natural building day)
Session 1 - Energy strategies.
Session 2 - Solar, wind, hydropower, ethanol, biofuels, etc.
Session 3 –
Session 4 – Natural building. A permaculture approach to dwellings, building materials and retrofits.
Session 5 – Hands-on.
Session 6 – Hands-on.

June 3, Wednesday. Urban day.
Session 1 – Urban Permaculture.
Session 2 – Urban Permaculture roundtable.
Session 3 – Design teams meet.
Session 4 – Design for catastrophe. Emergency preparedness
Session 5 – Design for slums and refugee camps.
Session 6 –

June 4, Thursday (Invisible structures day)
Session 1 – Invisible structures of settlement. Permaculture applied to social systems.
Session 2 – Local governance.
Session 3 – Local economies and barter systems.
Session 4 – Ecovillages, intentional communities, kin’s domains.
Session 5 – Design teams meet.
Session 6 – Governance, Democracy,

June 5, Friday
Session 1 – Permaculture in the tropics and subtropics.
Session 2 - High Islands and coral atolls.
Session 3 – Working in the Global South.
Session 4 -
Session 5 –
Session 6 –

June 6, Saturday
Session 1 –
Session 2 - Design Teams meet.
Session 3 - Design Teams report.
Session 4 - Design Teams report.
Session 5 – Design Teams report.
Session 6 –
Evening: Perma-culture talent show. Poetry, performances, music, skits, etc by participants. Everybody.

June 7, Sunday
Session 1 – Permaculture networks, regional, national, international.
Session 2 - Where do we go from here.
Session 3 – Parting remarks. Closing ceremony.

Each person going for certification is to research and write a report for at least one plant or animal species (or group of species). How it fits into permaculture systems, uses, ecological functions, growing conditions, traditional uses, etc. You will have a 5-minute presentation period to present your report to the group during the 2nd half of the course.

The design team projects start on day three.  Only those students who are taking the whole course will be on the design teams (5 people on a team). During the course each team will meet for seven class periods plus a few times during non-class time. Each team is to prepare a design with map, time-lines and species lists for their project.  There will be two report periods during the course.

Some ideas for hands-on projects.
Tree planting, hoe-dadding.
Sheet mulching
Plant propagation, grafting, hardwood cuttings, etc
Wildcrafting herbs and roots.
Processing herbs.
Making tinctures,
Raised beds, double-dug beds, square foot gardening.
Swales, layout and digging. A-frames, laser line level.
Cob demo or straw/light clay.

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


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