About the iwpsc
Located on Pine Ridge Reservation, the sovereign nation of the Oglala Lakota people, IWPS Convergence works to amplify the initiatives of tribal organizations who collaborate to address food scarcity, poverty, and lack of adequate housing. We understand the Lakota can help their own community best - that's why we only support existing Lakota initiatives that will be maintained after the convergence ends.
Volunteers from across the nation gather together with renowned ecological teachers and tribal leaders for one week or more. Side by side, attendees practice ecologically-minded skills through hands-on experiences, and participate in workshops that empower them as leaders to take on the environmental and social justice challenges of today.
We are converging in support of OLCERI: the Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization Initiative. For 17 years, OLCERI has provided low-tech, highly accessible solutions to challenges on the Pine Ridge Reservation such as food scarcity, lack of adequate housing, and extreme poverty. OLCERI is designed to restore resilience, self-sufficiency, economic independence, and cultural revival among the Lakota people. For more information on OLCERI and the fascinating story of Bryan Deans, click here.
1. Complete Lakota-initiated projects that increase food security, build sustainable infrastructure, and enhance economic opportunity on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
2. Provide scholarships (see: Community Stewards Program) for Pine Ridge residents to join as paid stewards and learn useful ecological design and construction skills.
3. Attendees learn and practice permaculture design through hands-on workshops, and leave the Convergence with a deeper understanding of natural building, aquaponics, traditional ecological knowledge, and appropriate technologies. ALL projects were selected as beneficial by our Lakota partners.
4. Create community through music, skill shares, and meals that are open to the Pine Ridge community.
5. Build long-term relationships through Working Groups that support the resiliency of indigenous and Earth-centered networks.
On site at the OLCERI Homestead and Ranch
As students and guests, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to permaculture design and the existing programs OLCERI offers, including:
Wild Horse Rescue and Farmer/Rancher program
Food Forest and Community Garden
Earthworks and Water Catchment
Come prepared to camp, learn, and fully participate. All attendees will have access to:
3 meals a day from the Outdoor Community Kitchen and Solar Oven
Herbal Medicine Tea Yurt
This is a drug and alcohol free event
OLCERI is located 15 miles west of Pine Ridge town. Detailed directions and Rideshare Board provided after ticket purchase.
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