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Geoff Lawton was one of the keynote speakers at PV1 in Temcula, CA in March 2014.

PV2 isn’t just another permaculture convergence that focuses on hyper-local DIY skill building and resiliency; we instead decided to look bigger.

We are blending the practical techniques and tactics found in workshops with the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunity of a business conference.

We have brought together a diverse group of creative and innovative doers in a variety of fields looking to share experiences, knowledge, connect, and create in ways that increase passion, purpose and profit. These doers come from a variety of fields both within and outside of permaculture. Each field has its own needs and yields. It is this edge that creates the opportunity for things to happen, and it is this opportunity that offers value to the attendees – how can you fill needs and utilize yields to create more value in your life.

Featured Speakers for this years Permaculture Voices include:-


Neal Spackman

Culture is to People Care, as Climate is to Earth Care. You have to understand culture to be able to work in a certain context, and knowing that culture empowers you to do so. So if you can get to know the culture of a certain organization or business, you can use this model to get them to adopt permaculture, as based on my 7 years of living in foreign countries and integrating myself into the culture.

Neal will talk about the key people and principles he found in bringing permaculture to the tribes he works with and use that as a corollary to bringing permaculture to institutions, businesses, governments, etc. So essentially, it will be about a model of how to put together a team and a pitch to get permaculture adopted as a major component of how different organizations approach their missions.

Then Neal is going to talk about how he’s using this same model to approach various organizations in Saudi Arabia to put together the funding and legal team to start reforesting major parts of the West Coast. Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t, but Neal know’s the model that he is using works and it’s the model he wants to share.

And then I’m going to talk about all the organizations that I think we can target using my cultural model (because institutions are also foreign cultures with the same keypoints and made up of the same types of individuals) where we can bring permaculture and get it adopted.


Paul Stamets

BioDiversity is BioSecurity: Strengthening Foodwebs using Applied Mycological Solutions

Paul’s central premise is that habitats have immune systems, just like people, and mushroom forming fungi are the foundation of the foodwebs of land based organisms.

Our close evolutionary relationship to fungi can be the basis for novel pairings that lead to greater sustainability and immune enhancement. As w​ e are now fully engaged in the 6th Major Extinction (“6 X”) on planet Earth, our biospheres are quickly changing, eroding the life support systems that have allowed humans to ascend. Unless we put into action policies and technologies that can cause a course correction in the very near future, species diversity will continue to plummet, with humans not only being the primary cause, but one of the victims.

What can we do?

Fungi, particularly mushrooms, offer some powerful, practical solutions, which can be put into practice now.

Paul will discuss his groundbreaking research utilizing their cellular networks to create molecular bridges governing the evolution of sustainable habitats. The implications of his research are far-reaching and could spark a paradigm shift to a better future.


Erik Ohlsen

Permaculture Contracting: Ecologically Regenerative-Socially Just-Economically Viable.

Learn real world tools for design and implementation of Permaculture based contracting businesses.

Permaculture principles applied to business design.

Use the ethics of permaculture as triple bottom line.

Create a marketing plan that has a social impact.

Imagine being able to make a career out of your passion for Permaculture. Create a business that catches millions of gallons of water, builds soil on hundreds of acres, plants hundreds of useful trees every year, restores native habit, redesigns our cites our schools and new developments.

Join Erik Ohlsen, Principal of Permaculture Artisans and Executive Director of The Permaculture Skills Center as he shares tangibles recipes for economically, ecologically and socially just businesses.


John Ackley

3D modeling is a powerful tool to aid the Permaculture Designer in analyzing and designing water catchment, zones, sectors, earthworks, and plantings.

This workshop will give the student a crash course in using Trimble SketchUp, followed by a tutorial on landscape modeling and analysis, earthworks and plantings design using freely available tools and templates.

The SysDware plugins, tools and sample models used in the workshop will also be available to students for their use after the conference.

Jean-Martin Fortier

Is there a place for permacuture principles in a bio-intensive approach to successful (and profitable) small-scale vegetable production?

For more than a decade Jean-Martin and his wife have been making a living farming on 1.5 acres of land. Last year they sold for more than $140 000 in sales (with a profit margin of around 45 %) by selling freshly harvested vegetables trough their 140 member CSA and seasonal market stands. The secret of their success resides in the low-tech, high-yield methods of production they have developed at les Jardins de la Grelinette.






  1. Quote:For more than a decade Jean-Martin and his wife have been making a living farming on 1.5 acres of land. The picture post says 15 acres. I’m thinking 15 acres with the size of the hoop house.

  2. Sounds amazing, but charging $1000 for the admission and $250 for posterior video access is counterproductive to the spread of permaculture, if anything, it only serves to spread the notion that permaculture is elitist.

    Why not charge an affordable $60 for real-time streaming? Surely many permies around the world who’d like to but can’t watch it live in California would flock to the stream. With zero marginal cost, there’s no reason to squeeze this much money for a digital video. What you lose in contribution margin you gain in quantity.

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