XI International Permaculture Convergence
November 29 – December 3, 2013
Extended Permaculture Research Delegation, including Convergence, Conference, Urban and Rural Permaculture Site Visits
November 24 – December 7, 2013
Havana and Jibacoa, Cuba
Cuban urban farmer demonstrating animal traction, with "screenhouses" to shelter plants from the hot sun in the background.
Eco Cuba Network has been asked by the 11th International Permaculture Convergence, International Support Group (IPC 11) to provide support to US citizens to participate in the International Permaculture Convergence in Havana, Cuba, November 24 – December 7, 2013.
In addition to the conference, convergence, and permaculture site visits in Cuba, a pre-conference Permaculture Design Course will be offered November 11 – 24 at a rural site near Havana. Attendance at the course will certify participants to participate in the Convergence proceedings in Los Cocos, a rustic seaside campground near Jibacoa Beach, November 29 – December 3. For participants who are able to spend the entire month in Cuba, this is an ideal situation.
For participants who, perhaps, cannot afford the full 4 weeks in Cuba (time-wise or money-wise), please consider taking the necessary Permaculture Design Certification course in the US prior to November. There is plenty of time between now and November to find a low cost PDC course in your region and/or to work with local Permaculture Design teachers to set up a series of weekend workshops toward certification.
(We will post information on PDC courses being offered all across the US, in preparation for the IPC 11 in Cuba. PDC teachers are invited to email their information to ECN for posting on this web page.)
This Cuba program is open to full time professionals/practitioners and activists in the areas of agriculture, food and nutrition, environmental protection, environmental education, appropriate technology, and other fields related to permaculture and to sustainable development in general. Professors and university students of similarly themed degree programs across the US are also eligible.
Participants with full Permaculture Design Certification may submit proposals for presentations at the Conference and Convergence. US participants, please email a paragraph and bio to Pam Montanaro who will forward it to the IPC 11 organizing committee.
Participants who do not yet have the full Permaculture Design Certification may attend all activities, including the 5 day Convergence as observers and may enter into discussions, but will not have voting privileges.
IPC Schedule of events:
November 11 – 24: Permaculture Design Course (pre-conference event)
November 24 – December 7: Conference, Convergence, Urban and Rural Site Visits
IPC Day by Day:
November 24: Arrival in Havana, transfer to hotel, orientation meeting, city tour, cultural options
November 25 – 27: IPC Conference at the Pabellon Convention Center in the Havana neighborhood of Vedado
November 28: Urban permaculture site visits
November 29 – December 3: International Permaculture Convergence (Topics: Island Permaculture; Climate Change; Urban Perspective; other topics of interest) in Los Cocos campground, near Jibacoa, Matanzas province
December 4 : Rural permaculture site visits in Matanzas province
December 5: Rural permaculture site visits in Sancti Spiritus province
December 6: Rural site visits Topes de Collantes nature preserve; Return to Havna
December 7: Depart for Cancun and the U.S.
Potential program highlights (as time permits):
- City tour of Havana with focus on sustainable development
- Urban and rural permaculture site visits
- Meetings with foremost Cuban practitioners of permaculture
- Meetings with Cuban experts in complementary fields (renewable energy, environmental protection, sustainable development)
- IPC Conference participation and site visits
- International Permaculture Convergence (for participants with IPC certification)
- Visits to Cuban Biosphere Reserve
- Cultural options
- Pre conference workshop (November 11 – 24)
- Round trip flight Cancun-Havana
- Cuban visa and required Cuban health insurance
- Accommodations (double room, dormitories, or cabins, depending on the event)
- 2 meals per day (in Havana)
- 3 meals per day (in the rural areas)
- Conference, Convergence, Urban and Rural site visits
- Transportation (as needed)
- Guides and Translation (as needed)
- Optional Cultural activities
How to Register:
Cuba travel for Eco Cuba Network tours is arranged by licensed Cuba Travel Service Provider, Global Exchange Reality Tours, a non profit TSP with over 20 years experience arranging Cuba travel for professional, educational, cultural, and "people to people" delegations to research every aspect of Cuban life.
The link for the registration page is here. The Custom Tour Code to register is 2013.11.6. Please contact Pam Montanaro (by email or call 510-649-1052) for assistance with the registration process.
We must receive your application and a non-refundable deposit of $500 two months before departure. Payments by Mastercard, Visa and Discover are welcome. Full payment is due six weeks before departure.
This trip will be as diverse as possible in terms of race, age and life experiences. In some cases, a limited number of partial scholarships are available for low-income applicants.