2021 Permaculture Technology Jamboree

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Early Bird Prices end January 31st!!!!

wofati, rocket mass TeePee, harvesting from hugel

This event has multiple purposes:

  • collaboration, experimentation and innovation to move permaculture technology forward
  • experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • building homesteading skills

Our Jamboree Format:

Attendees can wander among all TEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

Ten Tracks of Permaculture Technology


  • optimize the fresnel lens glass melter
  • melt more glass
  • melt glass faster
  • design to reduce costs


  • a greenhouse that requires zero heat in the winter 
  •  greywater system that can function year round
  • a passive solar garden heater
  • wofati construction


  • roundwood timber framing techniques
  • rocket heater
  • skiddable foundation
dry wall stack walls, earhworks, rocket stoves


  • spring terrace: shape dry land to be able to extract 400 gallons of water per day
  • passive garden heater: a technique to help grow citrus, outdoors, in Montana
  • dry stack moon gate: correctly stacking rock to have a wall with a 2-foot round hole
  • rocket forge: a metalworking forge that does not require coal, propane or electricity


  • roundwood timber framing pavilion
  • two styles of innovative deer/chicken fencing with a per-foot price that is less than 10% of normal
  • add a night mode (rocket mass heater) to the giant solar food dehydrator
  • build a cob kitchen sink from clay and sand on-site. It will be formed and then made waterproof with natural material
  • trombe wall. Move air 24 hours a day without electricity


  • create an electric tractor hayride tour
  • install a heliostat: a sun tracking mirror to add light and heat to a house
  • add permanent solar power to a tiny house
  • repair cafe
  • better crockpot: cook triple the food with less than 10% of the energy of a standard crockpot
  • window quilts and harvesting winter window condensation

TRACK SEVEN – SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property

Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program

  • woodburning a sign
  • carve tool handles
  • make fireplace tools
  • sharpen tools
  • make roundwood mallets
  • make a three-log bench
  • make adobe bricks
  • build a dry-stack retaining wall
  • cut down trees for use in log structures and/or firewood
  • make a rock jack to support a fence without digging post holes
  • sealing a pond without a liner


  • make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
  • make a hugelkultur garden
  • hot water bath canning
  • fermenting
  • pickling
  • foraging
  • harvest and eat wild edibles
  • harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more! 
  • make public art and branding a location
  • textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
  • using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water heaters
  • everyone who wants to can drive the excavator


  • Some people have attended our events and opted to join our ongoing permaculture bootcamp for half a day for whatever they are working on for that day.
solar cooking, sawmill, natural building


  • With all of the other innovation, combined with a mountain of tools and materials, several attendees and instructors get ideas for projects that we didn't think of before the event started. Track 10 is for working on projects that were thought of during the event!

Daily Schedule

7:00am – breakfast
8:00am – summary of the day
8:30am – session 1
10:00am – session 2
noon – lunch
1:00pm – session 3
3:00pm – session 4
5:00pm – cleanup
6:00pm – dinner
7:00pm – evening presentations
9:30pm to 6:30am – quiet time


Chris McClellan


Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

James S Juczac


The King of Scrounge

James is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge." Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.

Cordwood papercrete home and The Art of Scounging

Reisha Beck


Reisha Beck surrounded by wildflowers

Reisha Beck is a mother, medicinal herb farmer and wildcrafter. She runs Wayside Botanicals, a small-scale permaculture based medicinal herb farm in Ferndale, WA. She has a background in organic farming, permaculture design, Pacific Northwest ethnobotany and western herbalism. She teaches at Wildroot Botanicals herb school in Alger, WA and First Light Farm and Learning Center in Carnation, WA.

reisha beck wildflowers medicinal garden salmonberries

Paul Wheaton


Paul wheaton in snow

Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more. 

better world book, paul wheaton ted talk, rocket stove and oven DVDs, permaculture cards, World Domination Gardening

Mike Haasl


Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin.  He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat.  He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and collaborating to create the SKIP program.

Erik Pehoviack


Erik is the co-owner of PermaRecycling, specializing in repurposing vintage cars and home rehabilitation in western Nebraska. He is a handyman, auto recycler, mechanic, welder, mason, carpenter, and teacher of all things hands-on. Major hobbies geared toward partial independence are renewable energy and food-based perennial horticulture systems.

Fred Tyler


Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for five years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building. He is the coordinator of timber-frame projects and food-growing systems.

couch balcony rocket stove willowwanka

Dre Oeschger


Dre Oeschger

Dre runs a healthy side hustle aptly named Strong Wife Sourdough.  She also loves to crochet and occasionally sells custom crochet items via another side hustle, Dre's Crochet.  She is a mother of three and loves unschooling her boys.  She has also lent her experience and knowledge in the implementation of Acton of the Rubies, an alternative learning studio in Elko, Nevada that applies many of the unschooling and Montessori principles.

Alan Booker



Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

Josiah Kobernik


Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on.

josiah solar glass recycler, garden, wofati rocket stove

Jennifer Richardson


Jennifer Richardson mud splatters sunglasses

Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.

rocket stove, natural floor and siding, small wood table crochet

Rodney Morgan


rodney morgan natural building cob instruction

Rodney Morgan has a Masters in Sustainability and has been working with energy building energy efficiency and alternate designs for over 15 years. He is a Small Wind installer, CPHC (PHIUS, Passive House), Landfill Manager, Hazcom 40, and Mud Buddie. In short, an overeducated mechanic that enjoys playing in the mud and preserving the planet. 

Abe Coley


Abe Coley is an 1,123rd generation fence builder living in Missoula, MT. His daddy had him peeling logs when he was three years old, and he's built just about every kind of fence ever since - from cast iron and wire to dry stacked stone to wattles, hurdles, and stick fences. If the saying is true that good fences make good neighbors, then that pretty much makes Abe Coley, Mr. Rogers.

log arch Fence machine abe coley


Super Early Bird Prices end January 31st!!!!

Note: 80% refund up to two weeks before the event starts. If you are not comfortable with being recorded, please do not attend. Tobacco/drug/vape free campus.

Regular Price: $1,650

Permaculture Technology Jamboree (PTJ)

June 28th-July 9th, 2021

Regular Price: $1,000

First half of the PTJ

June 28th-July 2nd, 2021

Regular Price: $1,200

Second half of the PTJ

July 4th-July 9th, 2021

Regular Price: $2,600

PTJ + Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

June 13th-26th and June 28th-July 9th, 2021 

Regular Price: $2,400 

PTJ + Skills to Inherit Property (SKIP)

 June 28th-July 9th and July 11th-24th, 2021

Regular Price: $3,200


June 13-26, June 28-July 9, July 11-24,  2021

Paul will provide three simple meals a day at no charge, but food is not included with your ticket.  If you have special dietary needs/desires, you might want to bring your own food and use our rocket cook stoves, ovens, solar ovens and other cooking contraptions.

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