Forest Garden Convergence 2016


The Carolinian Canada Forest Garden Guild


The Living Centre

are pleased to announce the

3rd Annual Forest Gardening Convergence…

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Forest Wisdom for a Changing World


Join us for an exciting two days of learning, growing, deepening relationships and hands-on experiences in the art and science of Forest Gardening. Seasoned presenters will cover topics from – the Foundations of Forest Gardening, plant foraging, wild edibles, herb walks, nature connection, deep ecology,  and so much more….

 Saturday June 4th


Sunday June 5th 2016

9 am – 6 pm.

After 6pm – Evening Activities – Music Concert with Special Guest, Jarmo Jalava
at The Living Centre, 5871 Bells Rd, London, Ontario


By applying the principles of ecology to the design of home scale gardens that mimic forest ecosystem structure and function we can grow food, fuel, fibre, fodder, fertilizer, “farmaceuticals,” and fun, to support the needs of humans and the eco-systems that support us.

Keynote Speaker:  Jarmo Jalava


Plural Paradigms:  Using, Conserving and Revering Nature in Very Human Times

Ecologist, writer, singer-songwriter, botanist and birder, Jarmo Jalava, will share his perspectives on our relationship with Gaia at a time when it seems humans are both taking and losing control. Jarmo will draw on his lifetime of conservation work, spiritual practice and immersion in different cultures to stimulate thought and discussion about the local and global biodiversity crisis.  As Director of Ecosystem Recovery for the Carolinian Canada Coalition, Jarmo will also offer some straightforward ways in which forest gardeners can contribute to healthier ecosystems in Canada’s most biologically diverse and impacted landscape, the Carolinian life zone of Ontario.


All-ages Activities:


All-ages programming will take place throughout the Convergence. It is free for children under 14 to attend, though we ask that you include their names at checkout for our planning purposes. Children under 7 require a parent or guardian with them at all times. Children aged 7 and up can be signed in by parents or guardians for each session.  Parents/guardians will report what session they themselves will be attending, and be required to check-in with all-ages staff between each session.

*Registration in advance is required.

– Click here to register. 

The Root Cellar Cafe will be offering boxed lunches and dinner to participants again this year.  Further details about lunch and dinner options available under registration.

 The Root Cellar


Full day registration is $175, with a special early bird price of $145 until April 29th, 2016.

A special rate is available for people willing to volunteer for 3-4h during the Convergence. Note: Please contact Tracey Ogilvie McDonald to volunteer.

Download the work-trade application form*

Where can I stay?

What to bring: food and drinks, cups, plates, cutlery, cushion/chair/blanket, bug spray, water bottle, layers of clothing (some sessions will be outdoors), rain gear (the Convergence will be on, rain or shine). There will be a networking table, so if you’d like to bring promotional materials about a business or non-profit or event you are involved with, please feel free. Bring musical instruments, poetry, or other talents to share during the evening.

A very special thank you to our Sponsors:

Heartnut Level Sponsors – $1000 gift



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Forest Garden Farmacy


Elder Level Sponsors – $500 gift