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Hello Seattle Permaculture Guild!



  • July 9th - DenCity Research Visioning Potluck 5-9pm
  • July 12-13th -(Wednesday-Thursday) Workshop with Sandor Ellix Katz (author of Wild Fermentation) and Frank Cook
  • July 14th - Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust - open house -(rescheduled from July 1)
  • July 15th - Urban Permaculture class - at the Hoedown in Arlington
  • July 17th - Neighbors Fighting Global Warming - Public meeting - Phinney neighborhood.
  • July 17th, Three week Permaculture design course, with the Bullocks
  • July 22nd - Path-making workparty at Linda's Gaia's Paradise - Vashon Island
  • July 22-23 Cob Oven Building Workshop with professionalnatural builder Chariti Li Montez in Olympia, Washington.
  • July 21-23rd, Basic plasters/floor workshop with Bernhard Masterson
  • August 10th - Seattle Tilth - Permaculture workshop for the urban dweller
  • August 12-13th Earth Ovens, with ancient earth school of natural building
  • August 23rd - Convergence of the Tribes
  • September 8th - Art of Community Northwest: Co-Opportunities for Sustainability





July 9 - DenCity Research Visioning Potluck 5-9pm Have you ever wanted to live with other people? Have you actually done this? What is your fantasy community? We want to know! Come share your thoughts on intentional communities and at the next Visioning Potluck at the Fountain House 822 22nd ave, zip 98122. Between cherry and union in the central district. We will present some ideas and models of different living communities in the region, as well as one that the host group DenCity Research has been working on. Please bring good food, open minds and good friends. This is open to all, so feel free to forward this message. Remember an intentional community is any where people come together with a common intent. This is as simple as riding a bus with the same people on a daily basis. How do you choose to interact with the community around you? Love,Morgan 206.406.5523

July 12-13 (Wednesday-Thursday) Workshop with Sandor Ellix Katz (author of Wild Fermentation) and Frank Cook Wild Thyme Farm - Oakville, WA (~40 minutes south of Olympia)

In this workshop we will spend time walking outdoors, getting to know some local plants and harvesting edibles and medicinals, and together we will make kimchi, tempeh, idli, kefir, herbal elixer meads, and much more.

For information contact Morgan at 360-292-0416 or Shari at 360-273-7117 or email

July 14 - Wise Earth Ecological Landtrust - open house -(rescheduled from July 1) Please RSVP for dinner 630pm or come by after 8pm. carbon taxing will be in effect via parking fees $10-20. contact Albert Postema for more info. site address: 9811-192nd St SE Maltby

July 15 - Urban Permaculture class - at the Hoedown in Arlington, before the party begins, a 2hour class: Come learn how to observe and design sustainable ecosystems even if you live in the city. These techniques are applicable, and often revolutionary, everywhere. Hands-on stations include DIY seedballs, hayboxes, waterfilters, and grafting. Donations accepted for materials cost; if you can, bring seeds, grafting knife, cooking pot...." contact for more info

July 17th - Neighbors Fighting Global Warming - Public meeting - Phinney neighborhood. Contact Cecile Andrews for details at 783 1152 or email

July 17 - August 6 Permaculture Design Course at the Bullocks Homestead on Orcas Island. Almost full! For more info go to or email .

July 22nd, 9am - Path-making workparty at Linda's Gaia's Paradise - Vashon Island

You will be amazed at the progress that has been made since some of you were here last! The yards are all sculpted out: there's a circular yin/yang garden with keyholes, in the front yard looking out my kitchen window. There are mutiple raised beds of all shapes and sizes along the contours...there's a circular seating area between the house and the parking lot...there's deer fencing all around, with 5 gates...there's Adam's fabulous transition gated arbor leading in what I am calling Gaia's Paradise.

There's food, food, food, growing everywhere.

Now! For the icing on that 3 layer sheet mulch 'cake' we started last Fall. Path material! Straight from my land! I would like to rent a chipper for the day, and have a path-making workparty with tree limbs and slash chipped from my own property. I also have some already chipped material elsewhere on the island, waiting for us to come haul away, should we need it. There may even be other surprise tasks you may wish to tackle.

Food and beverages provided. Perhaps we can save a little slash for a bonfire at the end of the day (if it is safe)!

Bring drums and musical instruments for the after-party!

RSVP yes OR no please- ASAP. Thanks so much!

peace and summer blessings to all! Linda

July 22-23 Cob Oven Building Workshop with professionalnatural builder Chariti Li Montez in Olympia, Washington. This two-day workshop goes from 10-6pm with a community lunch that is included in the cost of the course. We will be learning ancient and proven methods for building an earthen oven made of cob, a mixture of sand, clay and straw. Cob ovens are easy to construct and a background in building is not required. They are an excellent alternative cooking source by being low cost and low impact. You will also gain skills in material selection, building methods and techniques, design planning and sculpture. I hope you can join us in creating a beautiful, ethical and sustainable wood-fired baking oven.

Cost: sliding scale $75-$150 Location: 4027 Biscay St. NW, Olympia Washington Date: July 22-23 Time: 10am-6pm

For any further information please call 360 867 9945 or email

Visit our website to learn more about this great community resource and future events:

July 21rst-23rd BASIC PLASTERS/FLOORS with Bernhard Masterson Whidbey Island,WA This workshop will explore the versatility and application of earthen plasters. We will be doing interior and exterior plasters, window and door detail work, bah relief, and fresco applications. This is your chance to get really muddy and learn plastering techniques that you can use with your own building projects. We will be plastering over a number of different materials, including light straw clay, earth bags,and wood. Workshop begins Friday at 4pm. Bring a dish to share for dinner. Lunch provided Saturday & Sunday. Cost: $200

August 10, 6:30-8:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 10:00 am-3:00pm, Creating Garden Harmony: a Permaculture Workshop for the Urban Dweller

This three-day workshop will provide participants with an introduction to permaculture and offer skills for interpreting and applying these principles in an urban setting. Participants will have the opportunity to create hands-on permaculture garden projects that will offer the skills and experience needed to replicate them in their backyard. Specific topics include, garden planning, natural patterns in the garden, inviting wildlife into the garden, and plant and people communities. This course is designed to inspire the city gardener to think and act more permaculturally and provide resources for making further connections related to permaculture in the Seattle community. Co-sponsored by the Seattle Permaculture Guild.

The class will meet Thursday August 10, 6:30-8:30 pm, Saturday, August 12 and Sunday, August 13, 10:00am-3:00pm. Thursday's class will be held at Bradner Gardens Park. Saturday and Sunday classes will be held at the Good Shepherd Center garden in Wallingford. This intensive workshop costs $105 per person or $95 for Tilth members. Advance registration and payment is required. To register, go to

August 12/13th EARTH OVEN Coarse: Whidbey Island,WA This will be a fun and information packed workshop on building a clay oven and baking in it. Come with a sense of wonder at this ancient art of using the materials under our feet to build a wood-fired baking oven. We will cover material selection, earth mixing techniques, foundations, corbelled domes, and finish plaster. We will spend a day and a half building and if all goes well, fire and bake in it on the last afternoon. Lunch provided both days. Ancient Earth School of Natural Building PO Box 1061 Freeland, WA 98249

Eli Adadow & Marta Mulholland 1-877-673-4296

August 23 - Convergence of the Tribes: Wednesday 6:30-9pm at Linden Orchards (N. 67th and Linden in the Phinney Neighborhood). Potluck co-hosted by City Repair Seattle, NW EcoBuilding Guild, NW Biodiesel Network and the SPG.

September 8 Art of Community Northwest: Co-Opportunities for Sustainability When: Friday, Sept. 8 - Sunday Sept. 10, with possible site visits to communities in the area during the day 9/8 Where: Bastyr University in Kenmore (near Seattle) - Why: To promote and support communities that recognize and practice sustainability What: Interactive workshops/playshops, plenary speakers, music, art, fun live auction, networking opportunities, tables available for groups.

  • Meet People from Existing and Forming Communities: Ecovillages,

Cohousing, Egalitarian, Housing Cooperatives, Collectives

  • Build Real Community Where You Are: at home, at work, at church, in

other organizations

  • Tools You Can Use: Facilitation, Consensus, Ecological Assessments
  • Be More Sustainable: Green Building, Local Agriculture, Bio-Diesel,


Contribute! Submit a proposal for an inspiring activity or workshop you are willing to lead or perform: practical tools, inspiring stories and energizing activities on all levels, including a children's program. (Proposals due by June 1.) Know someone you think could lead a great session? Tell us about them. See details in the attached Call for Presentations, or contact:

Ma'ikwe Ludwig, Program Coordinator, email: , telephone: (505) 514-8180 or Gretchen Sleicher, Program Team, email:, telephone; (206) 324-1226


Non tribe members can send event info to This info will be compiled by a rotating volunteer twice a month and posted to the permaculture website, the tribe, and emailed to the guild list. If you've planned an event, and didn't make the newsletter, take advantage of tribe and post your event there.

  • We’re going to aim for meeting once a month for folks interested in making sure the guild is running smoothly. Please come!
  • Organization of events and volunteers will be headed by whoever cares about the specific task the most! If you have an event idea, etc. consider organizing it. If not, perhaps post it on the guild’s wiki and someone else might pick it up.
  • For members who like networking online, want to check on last minute events, or post last minute stuff, etc.

check out the Seattle Permaculture Guild at and join the tribe.


  • More events needed. Please organize one and send updates to
  • collect info on PC sites around town
  • Write/share articles on any topic related to permaculture
  • Create display for tabling at events
  • Staff table at upcoming events (eg Fremont Solstice Parade)


Of interest to permaculturists: Wolf Camp Cooperative -

As always check Seattle Tilth website for summer and fall organic gardening events:

All this and more at Check out our wiki and post permaculture info (see May events newsletter for details).

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