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Five Days of Events to Imagine a Sustainable Future: August 4th through the 8th
By Films For Action /

Wednesday August 4th. Film Screening & Speaker Presentation: "Sustainable Vocations and Emerging Green Economies"

7-9:20pm. Liberty Hall. 644 Mass St. Lawrence, KS. $3

Films For Action will be teaming up with Karlin Family Farms to bring Lawrence a special event. At 7pm we will be screening the inspiring documentary "The Next Industrial Revolution," exploring the ecological design concepts of revolutionary thinker William McDonough.

Watch the Trailer


Then, following the film, renowned Permaculture activist and educator Warren Brush will be giving a presentation titled "Sustainable Vocations and Emerging Green Economies." Warren Brush lives in California and is the co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm and the founder of True Nature Design, a Permaculture consultation firm that works extensively in North America, Africa and other countries worldwide.

Learn more about Warren Brush organizations and programs:

Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm,, a 450-acre arid land Permaculture demonstration and educational center located in the southern California mountains.

Trees for Children,, is an organization that teaches youth how to plant trees in ways that contribute to their community’s resilience and stability. It also raises funds for tree planting projects.

Mentoring for Peace,, is a research project that is discovering the nature of how to mentor our children to be peacemakers with broad concentric rings of influence.

True Nature Design,, is Warren’s Permaculture design and education company

Wilderness Youth Project,, a youth centered organization that mentors youth in learning nature observation and origins skills

Thursday August 5th and Friday August 6th: Advanced Design Workshop, "Designing Your Dream"

Join this unique course and interactive learning opportunity to watch the designer in action while contributing, gaining skill, and building confidence as a permaculture designer and consultant!

This two day intensive workshop will be taught by Warren Brush, the co-founder of Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm and the founder of True Nature Design, a Permaculture consultation firm that works extensively in North America, Africa and other countries worldwide.

Permaculture is an integrated design system based on ecological principles that create resource efficient and productive human environments. Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature. These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs that provide diversity, stability, and resilience for local populations.

This Advanced Permaculture Design course is designed to give the participant a grounded understanding in how to apply permaculture in their lives and communities as a designer. Topics will include: Patterns of the design process; energy transactions-design flows; broad-scale/ urban strategies using keyline, agroforestry and holistic management; site assessment & measurement; concept planning: food, water, shelter, energy, access; design software, CAD and other design tools and presentation methods; permaculture as a business model.

Course Outline (2-Day):
Day I Thursday, Aug 5th
07:00 – 08:00am Arrival, housekeeping, tea and coffee
08:00 – 09:30am Introductions, PC principles review from a designer’s perspective (interactive),
09:45 – 11:00am Client Interview process, Game
11:15 – 12:45pm Permaculture design tools, patterns of the design process, data gathering
12:45 – 02:00pm Lunch (byo/ provided)
02:00 – 03:45pm Broad-acre Permaculture strategies, agroforestry, keyline design and application, water appropriation in landscapes,
04:00 – 06:00pm Site Assessment including walk around land/farm, elemental analysis, MAP game
06:00 – 07:30pm Dinner (provided)
07:30 – 09:30pm Urban PC Strategies, Q&A

Day II Friday August 6th
07:00 – 08:00am Arrival, breakfast, tea and coffee
08:00 – 09:30am Concept planning, design flows, zone and sector application
09:45 – 11:00am Design Practicum/ Game
11:15 – 12:45pm Data assembly, design presentation models: hand-drawn to CAD,
12:45 – 02:00pm Lunch
02:00 – 03:30pm Design Practicum
03:45 – 05:15pm Permaculture Design and Education as a business model
05:30 -- 06:15pm Q&A, Design Critiques
06:15 -- 06:30pm Closing Ceremony

The Details:

Where: Karlin Family Farms. 3033 Kasold Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66047.

Cost: We value this workshop at $300, to meet our immediate expenses we are asking a minimum of $150. If the sliding scale is beyond your means, please contact our registration email address or our phone number and set up a work trade or barter. Our goal is to not turn anyone away for lack of funds. All funds raised go to support our instructor Warren Brush, the Quail Spring Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm, and to future Karlin Family Farms demonstration projects and educations outreach. Current and future projects include outdoor shower, cob oven and bench, farm stand and information kiosk, intern housing, educational curriculum and school visits. The fee includes organic meals and Camping/Lodging.

Register: -- Tel: (785) 371-4700

Minimum $25 needed by July 31st! Pay Registration Fee Here! Download the registration form, fill it in, and email it back to ASAP!

You can also pre-register by check. Make checks payable to: "Karlin Family Farms" and mail them to: 3033 Kasold Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047

Saturday August 7th and Sunday August 8th: 1st Annual Midwest Permaculture Convergence!

At these times of growing ecological and social transformation, we have the opportunity now more than ever to come together and work collaboratively towards implementing regenerative solutions to the many serious problems facing the world today - solutions that heal our disconnection from nature and provide abundance for ourselves, our communities, and the planet on which we reside. Many of the solutions we are seeking to the problems facing the world today can be found in Permaculture - a growing global movement for ecological and social regeneration.

The 1st Annual Midwest Permaculture Convergence is a strategic, collaborative gathering bringing together an exceptional collective of permacuture designers, teachers, students, activists, urban gardeners, paradigm shifters and aspiring change-agents.

Join us at Karlin's Family Farm in Lawrence, KS to network, share, strategize, and synergize about our various projects and initiatives within the greater permaculture and transition movements.

The Details

Where: Karlin Family Farms. Lawrence, KS. 3033 Kasold Drive Lawrence, Kansas 66047.

Saturday, Aug 7th
08:30 – 09:30am Registration
09:30 – 10:00am Opening Ceremony
10:00 – 11:00am Karlin Family Farms Walkabout
11:00 – 01:00pm Spotlight Sessions
01:00 – 02:30pm Lunch
02:30 – 04:30pm Open Space
04:30 – 05:30pm Invitation (Keynote Speaker Warren Brush)
05:30 – 07:00pm Collaborative Projects/ Art Making
07:00 – 08:30pm Dinner (potluck)
09:00 – 11:00pm Cabaret

Sunday, August 8th
07:30 – 09:00am Garden Harvesting / Yoga
09:00 – 09:45am Breakfast
10:00 - 12:00pm Collaborative Projects/ Art Making
12:00 – 01:00pm Bio Regional Council
01:00 – 02:30pm Lunch
02:30 – 04:30pm Break Out Sessions (KPC, FFA, Kaw Transition, KFF, 12st Homestead & More)
04:30 – 06:00pm "Permalympics"
06:00 – 06:30pm Closing Ceremony

Cost & Registration: $50 to $100 for 2 days, sliding scale. Includes four nutritious organic meals and camping. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Accepting barter or work/trade. $25 per day if you can only come one day. Please RSVP $25 before July 31st through this link.

Download the Convergence Registration Form, fill out the basic info, and email it to

This event is being organized by Karlin Family Farms, in collaboration with Films For Action, Kaw Permaculture Collaborative, Quail Springs, 12th St Homestead and Local Burger.

This event is crowd-promoted, so if you'd like energizing events like this to grow and continue to get more awesome every year, do what you can to help make this event a success!

Here are a few ideas:

1. Help spread the word (please tell or forward this to 10 friends/ groups that you think would be interested)

2. Register or Donate ASAP! to help us plan for meal and other expenditures.

3. Think of something that would add to the experience? Email Brady Karlin at to see how you can help organize and co-create in our process.

4. Donate a product or service to our silent auction fundraiser at the Convergence.

5. Come to our Films For Action Presentation and Film Event that will be kicking off the week (Wed Aug 4th, 7pm Liberty Hall).

6. Print the poster and hang some at your favorite places, job site, fridge. Download the PDF:

7. Invite friends personally and get a few of them to go with you.

See you there!

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Five Days of Events to Imagine a Sustainable Future: August 4th through the 8th