2022 Permaculture Technology Jamboree

Permaculture Technology Jamboree 2022 near Missoula Montana

Super Early Bird prices end November 30th!

wheaton labs gardening, tipi, wofati

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

Below are the 10 tracks we had for 2021's Permaculture Technology Jamboree. Since we are in the Super Early Bird stage of planning, we do not have the details hammered out for what each track will be for 2022. And you get a discount for buying tickets while we plot our new tracks!


TRACK TWO – solarium:

  • Solarium built onto existing garage 
  •  designed to warm the new bunk room
  • indoor growing space


  • 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

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.

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.

Thomas Elpel


Thomas is an author, natural builder, educator, and conservationist. He has authored multiple books: Foraging the Mountain West, Botany in a Day, Shanleya's Quest and numerous others about plant identification, wilderness survival, and sustainable living. He has multiple videos: Building a Slipform Stone House from the Bottom Up, How to Make a Grass Rope, Build Your own Masonry Fireplace - Masonry Heater - Masonry Stove, and many more. Thomas regularly teaches classes on plant identification, primitive skills and natural building. He is founder/director of Green University, LLC in Pony, Montana.

Thomas-Elpel books and DVDs copy

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

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

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.

Opalyn Brenger


Opalyn Brenager

Opalyn Brenger has been exploring a truly raw-material life while stewarding land and community in south-central Washington. Opalyn tends the sheep and the forest, transforming a fleece or a tree into not only yarn and lumber but clothing and snowmen too.  She brings her love of that transformation to the classroom sharing her skills while helping you develop yours.

opalyn collage of knitting, spinning weaving and other skills

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.

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 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. 

Rodney Morgan's natural building and rocket stove

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

Austin Durant



Austin Durant has been playing with his food his whole life, and fermenting it for over ten years. In 2011, he created Fermenters Club with a mission: To improve people’s lives by teaching them why and how to make and enjoy fermented foods; and to create communities that are connected through their guts. He teaches classes (online courses and hands-on workshops) on many fermented food traditions such as sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, kombucha, miso, as well as seasonal specialties. He writes and shares recipes, videos and other fermentation adventures on his blog, fermentersclub.com. An otherwise permie newbie, Austin tends to his small garden in zone 10a, urban/coastal San Diego, California and is greatly looking forward to attending his first PDC and instructing at the PTJ at the Lab this year!

Austin Durant collage of fermenting kimchi kombucha, sourdough, pickles


Super Early Bird prices end November 30th!

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, 2022

Regular Price $3,000

PTJ + Permaculture Design Course (PDC)

June 12th-25th and June 27th-July 9th, 2022

Regular Price $3,000

PTJ + Skills to Inherit Property (SKIP)

June 27th-July 8th and July 11th - 22nd, 2022

Regular Price $4,500


June 12-25, June 27-July 8, July 11-22,  2022

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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