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  • Writer's pictureColleen Dick

Rainbird is about People and the Journey, Part One.

Updated: May 12, 2021

Rainbird Village is the culmination of more than a decade of seeing and finding solutions to many of the problems that human-kind have brought upon ourselves. In consultation with patients, I found that I was seeing people who were sicker younger. Being alarmed about the situation, I felt compelled to look for causes and cures for the maladies. I found that when many of these young people improved their diets and other lifestyle related issues, they got well. The biggest challenge was finding highly nutritious food, which was free of sensitizing chemistry.

In my search, I found Permaculture. I googled it. I watched Geoff Lawton Videos. And, when I joined a Permaculture Group on LinkedIn in the Summer of 2014, and began to interact with people who where talking about the upcoming North American Permaculture Convergence, I knew that I had to go... Now, I have to tell you that I didn't know anyone, and we were low on money at the time, so I begged for a work-share scholarship, and my husband and I slept in a tent in rainy Minnesota for four nights. I had chigger-bites up to my knees and remembered all the things that I had forgotten about being in the Midwest. I've never been so miserable and so happy all at the same time. I met so many of the truly great people of Permaculture. Their pictures are here. Maybe you recognize some of them? When I left Minnesota, I knew that I had found "my people." It is my dream that someday we will be able to host a North American Permaculture Convergence at Rainbird Village...


Top Row: (left to right) Daniel Halsey | Kelly BoBelli, Penelope Livingston | Peter Bane

Middle Row: Michael Pilarski | Toby Hemenway | Speakers panel

Bottom Row: Cathe' Fish | Monica Ibacache | Seth Peterson

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