About the event

For the past three years, volunteers and attendees from across the nation gather together with renowned ecological teachers and tribal leaders for one week or more on our home site in Slim Butte. Side by side, attendees practice ecologically-minded skills through hands-on experiences, and participate in workshops that empower them as leaders to take on the environmental and social justice challenges of today.

Goals of the gathering

  1. Complete Lakota-initiated projects that increase food security, build sustainable infrastructure, and enhance economic opportunity on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

  2. Provide scholarships (see: Community Stewards Program) for Pine Ridge residents to join as paid stewards and learn useful ecological design and construction skills.

  3. Attendees learn and practice permaculture design through hands-on workshops, and leave the Convergence with a deeper understanding of natural building, aquaponics, traditional ecological knowledge, and appropriate technologies. ALL projects were selected as beneficial by our Lakota partners.

  4. Create community through music, skill shares, and meals that are open to the Pine Ridge community.

  5. Build long-term relationships through Working Groups that support the resiliency of indigenous and Earth-centered networks.