This September 15th-18th Northwest Earth Institute course participants, partners, volunteers and community organizers (and anyone else interested in learning more about transformative sustainability education and how to create healthier communities) will gather in Port Townsend, Washington for three days of hiking, yoga, workshops on sustainable food, edible landscaping, dynamic community organizing, networking and community building. We invite you to join us!

This year’s North American Gathering is entitled  If Not Me, Then Who?  Building Healthy Communities and Local Food Systems One Conversation at a Time.  We are fortunate enough to be co-hosting the event with the NWEI Port Townsend Steering Committee, who has been actively organizing NWEI sustainability discussion groups for many years, most recently transforming the local food scene with over 30 Menu for the Future discussion course groups meeting–the groups involved local farmers, business owners, community stakeholders and food based organizations who are all working together to create a more sustainable local food supply (stay tuned for a future post delving into their work!)

For those of you who have attended NWEI events in the past, you know we will roll up our sleeves and dig deep into learning about what each of us can do to create a more sustainable future.  Workshops and discussions will focus on what successful community organizers have done in Port Townsend, and there will be opportunities to learn from the local community through visits to the Farmers Market and the Jefferson County Farm Tour.   We’ll explore how to be effective agents of change in our own communities – and we’ll also have a lot of fun!

One of the reasons we wanted to hold our gathering somewhere other than Portland this year is to pay homage to the beauty and bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Port Townsend offers the opportunity to be in the presence of the majesty of Puget Sound, with the Olympic Mountains across the way, and old growth firs and cedars nearby…  Since our work is rooted in protecting what we love and care about, there is no better place to come to re-energize, recommit and reconnect with friends and colleagues old and new. 

For more info on NWEI’s North American Gathering:  Download the Schedule of Events, or the Conference Flyer.  This blog post also marks the beginning of a series dedicated to sharing the inspiring details of this year’s NWEI North American Gathering.  Stay tuned throughout the summer to learn more (but don’t wait to register, because space is limited)

Here’s to community, health, the beauty and sustenance of nature – and to creating a sustainable future for generations to come.  We hope to see you there!