Yesterday early morning, went to see the AIDS garden in Golden Gate Park. Then, at 10 A.M started north on Highway 101, and took a few photos at the Solar Living Center, where the Permaculture Convergence is being held. Hopefully many more today and the next few days.
San Francisco, the walk there from 22nd Avenue:
The wonderful, contemplative AIDS Memorial:
First impressions of the North American Permaculture Convergence: very well organized, inclusive, differentiated, and integrated, all three! Wonderful food. Glorious place, despite being on the very edge of Highway 101. In fact you have to park your car on the other side, and then walk underneath the highway to get there. Very creative land use!
I sent this pic to my pod mates. Let’s refresh our garden gate!
The altar in front of the main stage:
The map. A wonderfully curvilinear place.
Many different building styles demonstrated, even a circular room made out of living bamboo!
This morning I participate in a forum with two others on “Resilient Communities” in the yurt, which of course, reminds me of home sweet home in the Tetons back in the day. Yesterday I sat in on a forum on zoning laws and ecovillages in that yurt, very interesting discussion, despite trucks rumbling by just outside. My experience, that city officials are people too, was very much echoed there. If we hope to change existing laws to favor commons and other shared spaces in a country which has so long prioritized individualism and private property, then it’s our job to politely and patiently build relationships with relevant city and county departments.