2023 Permaculture Technology Jamboree

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  • Move permaculture technology forward: Collaboration, experimentation and innovation in the field of permaculture!
  • This event provides experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • To build homesteading skills
  • To gain hands on experience with various technologies
  • Community and conversation with people who are bonkers about permaculture!

Our Jamboree Format:

Attendees can wander among all FIFTEEN 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. 

12 Tracks of Permaculture Technology

(Under Construction) Below are the purposed 12 tracks for 2023! We are still working out the details for the event - that's why you get a discounted ticket for purchasing early.

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  • Build a Take-Home Rocket Core
  • Build a Rocket Kiln 2.0
  • Build a Rocket Oven for an Outdoor Kitchen
  • Build a Rocket that Generates Electricity

TRACK TWO - Natural Building:

  • Cob Sinks and Showers 
  •  Grow a Tiny House with Mushroom Mycelium and Toungue-And-Groove Pine
  • Add a Solarium Entry to the Yurt
  • Slab Trees Freehand with a Chainsaw, and Build a Roundwood Deck
  • Natural Plasters & Paint
  • Sheep Wool Insulation
  • Felted Walls for Insulating a Space


  • Preserve a Million Calories
  • Storing food for winter without electricity (6 ways)
  • Stock root cellar for 20 people for the year
  • Make Pottery from Clay Harvest on Site
  • Build a Hugel and Plant it


  • Build a Robust Apothecary
  • Tincture 
  • Salves
  • Teas
  • Remedies


  • Build a Log Picnic Table & Bench
  • Build Log Bunk Beds
  • Build a Skiddable Bodger Shed
  • Build a Shaving Horse
  • Build a Three Log Bench
  • & More!


  • Make Window Quilts
  • Weave a Sun-Shade from Natural Fibers
  • Sew and Stuff a Straw Tick Mattress
  • Weaving a Rug or Blanket
  • & More!


  • Add Permanent Solar to a Tiny House
  • Electric Tractor Hayride Tour
  • Heating Water with the Sun without Needing Winterizing
  • Install a Heliostat
  • Fire up the Solar Glass Recycler
  • & More!


  • Install a Passive Garden Heater
  • Build a Holzer Root Cellar in a Day
  • Build a Natural Swimming Pool
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TRACK Nine– SKIP ( Skills to InheRit Property)

  • A track dedicated to the "Skills to Inherit Property" program
  • Knock out a bunch of BBs with the help of PEP1 certified instructors
  • Basic Birdhouse
  • Wood Burned Signs
  • Make a Kindling Cracker
  • Tool Handle
  • & More!


  • Make Seed Balls
  • Plant a Living Fence
  • Foraging
  • Make Twine
  • Make wax Cloths / Lunch Kit / Jar cover
  • Create Public Art
  • & More!


  • Drystack Moongate
  • Drystack Stairs
  • Drystack Wall to Protect a Fruit Tree
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TRACK Twelve - Bee Track

  • Build a Few Hives
  • Build a Swarm Trap
  • Extract Honey
  • Build a Log Beehive Shelter
  • Build a Log Style Beehive
  • & More!

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 6:00am – quiet time

Arrival: Day Zero (July 2 - the day before the beginning of the event) Register and get settled in.

airport pickups: 10am to 5pm

arrival by car: 1pm to 5pm


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.

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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.

Paul Wheaton


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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

Michael Otten


"Michael Otten (Stoic the Dirt Hippy) is a traveling sustainable developer with a passion for earthen building and passive solar design."

Lisa Orr

Lisa Orr

Lisa Orr is a potter in Massachusetts working to create a Permaculture Pottery Paradise on her property with winter warmth supplied by two rocket mass heaters.  She is determined to create and refine a rocket kiln and spread the gospel of smokeless + low wood pottery firing throughout the land. Her pottery pieces promote ideas of nutrient cycling and other permaculture values.

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James is an author/lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has had numerous articles published; his book "The High Art and Subtle Science of Scrounging, 2nd ed." is currently available and he is presently writing several other books. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge". Jim has taught energy, solar certification and electronics as an adjunct professor at three colleges. He has also worked as a Community Energy Educator in 10 northern New York counties. He also brought skills to Kandahar, Afghanistan where he worked as a civilian contractor with the US Army's 10th Mountain Brigade teaching appropriate technologies to the US and Afghan armies as well as the local civilian population. 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.

Opalyn Rose


Opalyn Brenager

Opalyn Rose 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

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

Samantha Lewis


Samantha grew up weaving and doing needle work with her mother and grandmother. After high school she bought 60 acres of Washington forest land and built an off grid homestead. She attended Wilderness Awareness School and taught youth programs there for many years. She apprenticed with educator, author, artist Heidi Bohan, learning baskets and medicinal and traditional uses of plants. She likes to make her own clothes and grow her own food, living the permaculture dream on 5000 acres of Washington prairie land where she raises Finn sheep and other animals.

Beau Davidson


Beau is an audio engineer and music producer, and natural building contractor and consultant. Currently Beau resides on his multi-generational family farm in South Central Kansas, where he makes innovative, ecologically-contextualized structures, landscapes, and spaces out of the physical materials at hand. Currently they have an ecological research initiative to tend the borderland between philosophy and practice of resource-stewardship, creativity, and whole-living.

Jacob Wustner


Jacob Wustner

Jacob Wustner is a second generation beekeeper born and raised in Missoula, MT.  After graduating from Northland College in 2008 with a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on public policy, he moved back to Montana.  During and after college, Jacob worked in the family business, eventually starting his own.  His passion for agriculture and beekeeping has grown and he has been involved in a few different beekeeping operations. Spending more than 10 seasons in California almond pollination, his experience with honey bees and commercial agriculture has driven him to seek new ways of beekeeping and growing food. 


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.


PDC:  June 17 - July 1, 2023
PTJ:  July 3 - 14, 2023

Regular price tickets will be $3300

Permaculture Technology Jamboree (PTJ)

Regular price tickets will be $1650. Super Early Bird expires after the first 10 tickets have been sold, so claim your spot!


PTJ: July 3 - 14, 2023
SKIP: July 17 - 28, 2023

Regular price tickets will be $3300

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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