Tue June 7,  Wed June 8, Thur, 9 2016, 9:30am - 1 pm, Location: REFUGE PDX, 116 SE Yamhill. 

Join us for this exciting course catered to inspire veterans and newcomer village builders alike! We will give you our best practices toolkit for changemaking in the commons to enable us to weave together an international village building movement. We will bring the village alive through interactivities, dynamic and thought-provoking conversations, while sharing practical tools and strategies.

Course Instructors

This year, we are especially excited to showcase our diverse team of placemaking specialists and the exemplary collaboratively leadership culture we have been co-creating here at City Repair and Village Building Convergence - Portland.  This three-day course will be co-taught by City Repair’s main organizers including Mark Lakeman (City Repair co-founder and Creative Director), Marc Tobin (Executive Director), and Matt Bibeau (Program Advisor & 12-year City Repair organizer), Priti Shah (Financial Director), Kirk Rea (Development Director), and Ridhi D’Cruz (Associate Director).

We invite you to write to us requesting specific topics or specialized areas of focus. We will do our best to integrate all of these to co-create the most powerfully transformative learning environment yet. The Village Is Everywhere. See you there!


For Ongoing Updates, please RSVP via our Facebook Event here.

Course Schedule

Day 1, Tue, June 7, 2016

9:30 pm - 10 am: Arrivals, Introductions, and Ice Breaker
10 -  10:10 am: Overview of the Course, Instructor Introductions
10:10-10:30 am: CIty Repair & VBC Overview
10:30-11:15 am: Ecological Design: Permaculture and Place
11:15 - 11:30 am: Break                   
11:30 - 12:15 pm: Natural Building presentations, discussions and demonstrations
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm: Ecological Art and Decor at Hearth
12:45 - 1 pm: Closing

Day 2, Wed, June 8, 2016

9:30 pm - 10 am: Spirit of the Crossroads Game
10 -  10:10 am: Overview of the day
10:10-10:45 am: Diversity, Inclusivity and Equity: Social Permaculture and Cultural Sustainability
10:45-11:30 am: Collaborative Leadership and Growing a Healthy Volunteer Culture
11:15 - 11:30 am: Break                   
11:30 - 12:15 pm: Collaborative Decision-Making: Using Dynamic Governance or Sociocracy
12:15 pm - 12:45 pm: Needs and Yields Analysis of Participants Projects
12:45 - 1 pm: Closing

Day 3, Thursday, June 9, 2016

9:30 pm - 10 am: Arrivals and Mingling
10 -  10:10 am: Overview of the day
10:10-10:40 am: Financial Permaculture: Repairing our Relationship to Money
10:40-11:15 am: Consulting with CR
11:15-11:30 am: Break
11:30 - 12:30pm: Block Repair
12:30 pm - 1 pm: Closing

Please fill in our Repair Your City: Village Building Design Course Interest Form Below or by clicking here