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About IPC

What is IPC?

'IPC' or the International Permaculture Convergence, is an epic gathering of permaculture practitioners from around the world, to share knowledge and expertise and strategize about the future of the permaculture movement. It has been active since 1985 and brings together inspiring and experienced permaculturists to deliver diverse and engaging programmes.

The event unfolds in 2 parts - the Conference which is attended by members of the public, policy makers and representatives of the Permaculture community; and the Convergence, which is attended by people who have completed their Permaculture Design Course.

IPC India 2017

This year the IPC is back in South Asia after 16 years! At the 11th IPC held in Cuba, Aranya Agricultural Alternatives was chosen to host the 13th IPC in India.

Aranya Agricultural Alternatives is an environmental and developmental organization working in Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Agriculture since 1999. The organization has been empowering farming communities across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh through permaculture practices that create sustainable livelihoods.

The main theme of the IPC India 2017 is Towards Healthy Societies, supported by the following 6 sub-themes:

  • Women as Agents of Change
  • Sustainable Water Resource Management
  • Revitalizing and Preserving Traditional Farming Practices
  • Permaculture as Social Responsibility
  • Grassroots Permaculture in Action
  • Permaculture and Climate Change Adaptations

The two invigorating days of the Conference will be packed with presentations, demonstrations and insights on permaculture design philosophy, regeneration of soils, managing water crises, climate change mitigation and sustainable living practices.

The Convergence village is currently being developed from scratch based on permaculture principles. It will offer an opportunity for permaculture practitioners and eco-conscious individuals to collaborate, learn, share and connect deeper with the theme. There will also be a special focus on demonstrating traditional Indian agricultural and cultural practices.

As it is a fully self-financed event, donations and sponsorships are greatly appreciated! You can give generously to our website

Applying to Be a Future Host

To be considered as a future IPC host you need to fill in an application form and send it to the International Permaculture Convergence Council. (This application form will soon be available here, along with other application details).

The next IPC will be held in Argentina, in 2020. While there is no hard and fast formula for choosing hosts, the intention is to move between countries in the global north and global south.


At the 7th International Permaculture Convergence in Croatia in 2005, it was determined that an IPC Support Group would be beneficial. In 2013 this was evolved into two parallel, but distinct organizations - Friends of IPC (FIPC), a non-profit based in USA with 3 board members; and the International Permaculture Convergence Council (IPCC) with members from different continents and world regions.

At the 12th IPC in UK, in 2015, FIPC and IPCC were formally approved as the international bodies of the IPC tasked to choose the next hosts as well.


FIPC's specific mission is to augment the funds needed for convening the biennial IPC event, with a special focus on scholarship funding for delegates traveling from all parts of the world to attend.

BOARD: President: Mugove Walter Nyika (Zambia), Secretary: Marcia Amidon (USA), Treasurer: Wesley Roe (USA), Advisory Board Members: Margie Bushman (USA), Tedrowe Bonner (USA)

To make donation to FIPC visit:


The IPCC helps advise the IPC hosts, manages the process of choosing the next IPC convener, and oversees the scholarship selection.

MEMBERS & SUPPORTERS: Ayouba M Kamara (Liberia), John Nzira (Coordinator, South Africa), Nicole Caran (Austria), Keri Chiveralls (Australia), Margarethe Holzer (Coordinator, Austria), Monica Ibacache (USA), Pavlo Ardanov (Ukraine), Maria Prieto (Spain), Rodolfo Sandoval (Venezuela), Supriya Gaddam (India), Tierra Martinez (Argentina), Wesley Rowe (USA), Xavier Bruzaud-Grille (Thailand).

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History of IPC

IPCs started back in 1984 in Australia, and has become the key global meeting point for the international permaculture network. It is a place to have discussions in person about strategy, educational standards, research, and regional and global permaculture developments, as well as a platform to build connections leading to significant projects.

Complete List of IPCs:

  • 1984 - IPC1 Rowlands, Australia
  • 1986 - IPC2 Breitenbush Hot Springs & Olympia, USA
  • 1988 - IPC3 Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1991 - IPC4 Kathmandu & Biratnagar, Nepal
  • 1993 - IPC5 Copenhagen, Denmark & Gerlesborg, Sweden
  • 1996 - IPC6 Perth, Australia
  • 2005 - IPC7 Motovun, Croatia
  • 2007 - IPC8 Pirenopoli & Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2009 - IPC9 Malawi
  • 2011 - IPC10 Jordan
  • 2013 - IPC11 Cuba
  • 2015 - IPC12 London, the UK
  • 2017 - IPC13 Hyderabad, India
  • 2020 - IPC14 Argentina