Permaculture

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems.

Julia McDowell
Julia McDowell

I am first and foremost the mother of my amazing little boy. However, intermixed in my free moments I dedicate myself to teaching ESL, dancing, creativity, and reconnecting myself with nature. In 2013 my husband, Irijah Rivers, and I founded Full Circle Flow Arts

I have been moving with flow-props since 2009, first beginning with poi, then picking up the hoop and now most recently dragon staff.  I approach my dance from a whole body perspective, exploring all types of angles. How different parts of our bodies participate with interconnected movements is the path that I take in learning as well as teaching.

My other involvements include co-creating our self-sustainable homestead and expanding my upcycled clothing design business, Perpetual Muse. No matter where I am or what I am doing, I am ever inspired to be my creative authentic self.

This will be a discussion about the traditional waste water toilet system vs. a humanure waste-recycling system and how to get a humanure system started on your land. We will discuss different designs, legal aspects, health concerns, and how to grow food with our poop!
Mateo Ryall
Mateo Ryall

Mateo Ryall has been learning and growing in knowledge of plants, mushrooms and trees for the past 20 years.  I own and run an organic nursery and permaculture design business that I started called Herb and Roots , which focuses on propagating and growing  medicinal, edible and useful plants, shrubs & trees using strictly organic methods . I am a certified permaculture designer in addition to apprenticing with herbalists. I work in designing and installing landscapes, building,  and creating water systems. I offer apprenticeships and interns at the nursery, and I am creating a learning institute where students learn about plant propagation, botanical identification , plants uses, plus permaculture design & implementation.

 Permaculture can apply to most aspects of living and understanding the principles are essential for it’s integration into our lives. In this class we will discuss the different principles while exploring and surveying different areas of the venue. We will cover how these principles could increase the utilization of space and energy at the venue, while hopefully empowering each  individual with the tools to transform their environment into a more sustainable and regenerative ecosystem that incorporates diversity and synergy from the natural world.
This class will focus on different medicinal mushrooms and the health benefits they offer. I will discuss the traditional uses in addition to the current scientific findings. The class will also cover how and why and mushrooms work physiologically in the body, while discussing their chemical constituents and growing habitats.
Clay Savely
Clay Savely
Clay Savely and Tree of Life Potters create visionary botanical ceramics by sustainably harvesting flowers, leaves, ferns and tree bark from the Appalachians and other parts of the world and creating complex impressions and patterns on functional hand-built stoneware pottery with iron-oxides and glazes. The vision is to infuse the spirit of the plant worlds with the earth realms of ceramics, as well as teaching about the healing potential of plants and art.
In this 2 hour workshop, led by myself and my lovely assistant Katherine Brown, we will begin with a plant walk around the property, learning about the medicinal and edible qualities of the flora that we are immersed in, and which plants work best for impressions into the clay. Then we will harvest a few plants for the small bowls that we will create. I will give a brief hand-building demo of how to shape your piece and then how to impress the plants into the clay with each participant’s unique design and energy infusion. After the workshop we will preserve these pieces and take them to our studio, stain and fire them, and distribute them after the festival via mail or locally, so that everyone who took part in the workshop can have a fossilized ceramic plant memory of Kinnection! We will ask a suggested donation of 5-10$ for materials and the firing process. We are excited to unveil this workshop for the first time at a transformational gathering, surrounded by some of the best plants to work with!
Josh Fox
Josh Fox
Fox has built a life around the healing powers of plants, people, and community. He weaves herbs, song, and acupuncture into his private healing practice, and writes music that uplifts the heart, honors his plant allies, and tickles the human spirit. With the same gentle, grounded nature he receives patients, he regularly holds group ceremony space around grief, heart-healing, and song-sharing. Find out more at: http://www.foxhealing.com/
Fox brings the music and wisdom of the plants in the form of a musical journey. Original plant ballads, sing-a-longs, and ancient medicine songs will conjure to life the energetic magic of the local flora!
J.D. Burnette
J.D. Burnette

JD was born, raised and is based out of the greater Knoxville TN area. After getting fed up with access to fresh, affordable & health foods, he perused and received an Aquaponics Certification in 2012, a Permaculture Design Certificate in 2014 and has been working in the agriculture and sustainability sectors ever since while continuing his education. During the summer of 2016, he began serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Pellissippi State Community College on the Hardin Valley Campus Garden project that delivers all of its organic produce to the Pellissippi Pantry for free distribution to students. While finishing his VISTA term, he has recently moved into a tiny house on a developing diversified farm.

Are you curious about composting? Are you already composting but want to step up a level? What the heck is a microbiome any ways? We will discuss some soil and composting basics before we delve into ‘compost-hacks’ that will ensure your soil is a living, breathing, wonderland. As we wrap up that discussion, we will turn to why that is important for your health and how you can grow your own probiotics & prebiotics to nurture your microbiome! Novices and experts alike are guaranteed to learn something new that they can apply to virtually any context
Matthews Gibbons
Matthews Gibbons
Matthew Gibbons accidentally fell into the world of spirits and wine shortly after turning twenty-one and accepting a bartending position. What began as a college job formed a passion for food, beverage, and sincere hospitality. Matthew’s unique and holistic cocktails have gained attention for their use of molecular gastronomy techniques and ingredients such as kombucha, charcoal, natural shrubs, and mead. Matthew is constantly studying and tasting wine with the ultimate goal of becoming a sommelier and starting his own restaurant concept.
Why is there a cow horn in the vineyard? Is today a fruit day or a root day? What is a fruit day or a root day? This workshop explores biodynamic winemaking through a tasting of some of the world’s best biodynamic terroirs. We will discuss the importance of biodynamic viniculture, explore the winemaking process, and learn to properly evaluate and taste wine. (Must be 21+ to taste. Please bring a small cup.)
Phillip Yannella
Phillip Yannella
I grew up without an agricultural background but I was taught how to be self motivated and work efficiently. My ecological education started by WWOOFing and doing a Permaculture Design course, but most of what I learned about farming has come from the internet and hands on experience on my farm which is about ½ acre divided amongst 3 plots. This year I’m focusing on growing salad greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and root vegetables. I’m currently in my second year as a market gardener and I’m excited to constantly be learning how to make my systems run more smoothly. Farming fulfils a need of the community and I am drawn towards producing food and herbs because they will always be a necessity of life. By providing my community with food I get to be a part of everyone’s creative expression.
This class focuses on a young farmer’s first year urban market garden experience. Market gardening is guided by systems of standardizing growing spaces that improve efficiency and production while supporting the soil biology without tilling. These farming techniques eliminate the need for a tractor, make start up costs manageable, and allow more profit/acre to be generated. The opportunity for young farmers to get started with minimal start up costs is available because we don’t have to actually own any land. Creating urban agriculture can start by making agreements such as, exchange for produce, hourly yard maintenance, and leases with home owners in exchange for the access to their yard. If you feel like you want to farm but there seem to be many barriers to starting on your own, this class will give you a clear direction of how to grow your own farm.
Eric Szwajkowski
Eric Szwajkowski
Eric’s venture into agriculture started over seven years ago.  After quitting his job as a produce shipping manager in South Philadelphia, he moved to Hawaii to learn organic farming.  There he got enthralled within the permaculture and organic community on the Big Island of Hawaii.  After four years on the island and many different jobs in the industry, he moved to North Carolina to diversify his knowledge to include deciduous farming and forestry.  Currently, he lives in permaculture community outside Asheville, North Carolina where he practices organic gardening and food forestry.
This workshop will explore different concepts and principles of food and agroforestry and agroecology.  We will touch on land planning, planting local to your biome, the soil web/ living soils low inputs and high yields and nursery work.  This workshop will benefit anyone from the beginning gardener interested in permaculture to the seasoned production farmer who wishes to integrate agroforestry techniques into their farm.
Mage
Mage
Mage is a hip hop artist / producer, activist, herbalist, and yoga teacher born and raised in Nashville, TN. The intention of  his work is to meld ancient wisdom of yoga, herbalism, and spirituality with modern art forms in a way that is relevant, inclusive, and refreshing. He has been practicing herbalism for almost 5 years now and has studied the works of David Winston, Michael Tierra, Paul Stamets, and Rosemary Gladstar to name a few. In 2017, he traveled to an off the grid permaculture education center, Punta Mona, in the Gandoca National Forest of Costa Rica. There he completed a week long training for clinical herbalism that prepped participants to work in the herbal medical clinic at Envision festival. Currently he is an assistant Kung-Fu instructor and Yoga Teacher based in Nashville and makes music and studies plants in his spare time.

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A field primer on clinical herbalism and first aid. This workshop is a break down of different classes of herbs and conditions that can be remedied with them. We will also talk about ethical and responsible uses along with an explanation of how to deduce conditions by interview, how to determine proper dosage, and things to be cautious about when working with plants.
Leif Olsen
Leif Olsen
Leif is an environmental scientist and mushroom cultivator based out of Brevard,
NC. He explores the interrelations between ecological health, human health, food
production, environmental contamination and the restoration of degraded
landscapes. Leif’s work has ranged from the quantitative analytical study of
environmental contamination, to developing community based sustainable
agriculture systems. He currently works with Pisgah Gourmet LLC and has received
degrees from University of California at Santa Cruz and Duke University. His
overarching goals are to use the lessons of nature to improve the human experience,
and to promote a more elegant and aesthetically pleasing existence.
Tincture making is a highly accessible way to preserve and concentrate the medicinal compounds and spiritual essence of plants and fungi, and while the basics of it are relatively simple, there are plenty of nuances that go into making high quality preparations.

In this workshop will we learn the basics of tincture making and then delve into some of the more technical and esoteric aspects of the process, including when and how to harvest materials, matching solvents to desired plant chemicals, preparing raw materials for more efficient extractions and utilizing intention to connect the plant, the preparation and the user.

The workshop will include a visual demonstration of preparing plant or mushroom materials, starting a tincture and straining a finished tincture so you will go home the resources to start making your own medicine at home!

As our scientific understanding of nature increases and is integrated into the modern worldview, old mysteries are revealed and fascinating new concepts emerge.  Recent research is beginning to shed light on long neglected topics such as the molecular behavior of water, plant communication, microbial symbiosis and functions of soil ecosystems.

We will explore the implications of these topics and more, including farming without chemicals, benefits of invasive plants, mycelium as a chemical pipeline and how our hearts can pump all that blood so fast.  With this knowledge, rhetorical questions can be answered and our place and functions in the universe can be better understood.

Mason Everyone McMonegal
Mason Everyone McMonegal
I first learned to dig burdock from my old Irish agronomy professor at West Va. University. “Oh look at that beautiful root,” he would say of the invasive weed, “It’s gotta be good fer sum’thin, don’t ya’ think?!” Looking back, it is obvious that he was setting me up to think outside the box, and yes, burdock is edible and ancient Chinese medicine. With my agronomy degree and wild foods teacher certification, I have over 1000 hours of plant identification training and teaching experience. Look for my walks around Asheville and at other gatherings in 2018, which can be found at Friendofplants.com
Together we will explore our world through the lens of our fronded friends, the phtyo-sensual
open hearted beings that make life on Earth possible. Thousands of plants are waiting to share
even more love with you than you may have realized. Join me for a stroll as we meet, greet and
share in the beauty and bounty of our plant allies. Topics include identification, role in
community, tasting, harvesting ethics and propagation. Come hungry, be prepared to journey on
foot.
The more we get to know the plants and mushrooms around us, the more we can share in
Earth-based connection. Come meet plants and mushrooms. Learn how to identify them, how to
use them, and how they can use your help! Together, we create a safe and simple environment
for all levels of experience.
Michael Numinous
Michael Numinous
Michael Numinous is a worker-owner of Buchi Kombucha, freestyle artist and aspiring farmer.  He’s spent the best part of the last decade using his gift for communication to help grow Buchi from an Asheville brand into one of the largest and most respected kombucha breweries in the world.  He currently lives in a small farm community in Barnardsville, NC with his best friends and hosts workshops and events through his company Bard & Brand.
For thousands of years, humans have preserved and acculturated fermented foods as an essential aspect of our heritage.  At the same time, these foods have cultivated their culture within us!  Science is now affirming what our ancestors have long understood — that without the invisible world within our microbiome, we would not be who we are.  With this understanding, we will dive in to explore the mystery of the unseen world within us and raise awareness around the roll of kombucha and other living fermented foods in the restoration of a symbiotic and thriving human culture.  Come thirsty, Buchi Kombucha will be served!