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A FREE Intro to Placemaking Course Series at HARP

Starting September 13th – a placemaking design course taught by Michael Cook. Don’t miss it!

From the City Repair blog:

Come learn the basic elements of placemaking, and become empowered to spread the word! After getting our basic overview of placemaking (what, why and how) along with discussions and group activities, class participants will learn how to give a basic City Repair slideshow. Also, we’ll provide those who show up with training in how to give a tour of past VBC sites.

Each class features Michael’s entertaining and informative power point presentations, group discussion, and a hands-on activity to feed your creative soul.

With Michael moving to the mid West this winter, we’re needing to grow a crop of placemaking superheros. The free Tuesday night course this fall will be focused on these skills.


What : Introduction to Placemaking

When : Tuesdays, 6:45-8PM, Sept 13 – Nov 1, 2011

Where : HARP, 2926 NE Flanders, lower level (enter from rear)

Who: final class led by Michael Cook before he moves!!!

Tentative course topics:

• Social Context and Indigenous Roots of Community Placemaking

• Scope of Placemaking

Universal patterns we draw from, insights for creating human-scale places in our neighborhoods. Understanding and contrasting the particulars of community placemaking. Understanding it’s reasons, scope, and goals and why it works. Grokking Placemaking.

• Gatherings and Group Process

Neighborhood outreach, meeting prep, basics of facilitation, decision making models (and their place), overcoming challenges, nurturing leadership.

• Social Capital and Community Asset Mapping

Seeing the Matrix. Seeing the Village. Understanding social capital and its stages. Making and utilizing community oriented asset maps. Building trust and nurishing potential.

• Collaborative Design

Identifying values, determining functions, setting priorities, while maintaining inclusivity in the design.

• Placemaking Modalities (Natural Building, Permaculture, Community Art, Community Building)

Models of inspiration. The many ways in which placemaking manifests and how we can make our places more sustainable. (Share your own ideas!)

• Making it Happen: Community Workparties

Pre-event site prep, materials, volunteer coordinator, education and site leaders, safety, having fun.

• Celebration and the Future

The importance of celebrating work, process and progress. Storytelling (mythmaking), traditions of upkeep.

Now Registering for… the Village Building Design Course, Fall 2011

Like what the film Village Alchemy is about so far? And you want to go in depth with a hands-on course?

You’ll definitely like the 8-week Village Building Design Course then. Taught by Michael Cook and Mia van Meter, two VBC core volunteers who know how to make places and inspire people to do it themselves, these design courses have been partially the inspiration for the content of our film Village Alchemy. The courses features guest permaculturists, natural builders, and many others.

This will be held in the Fall of 2011 at the Healing Arts Resource Project (HARP) – a VBC placemaking site as well.

location: 2926 NE Flanders St. Portland, OR. (


Specific dates:
Tuesday nights, Sept. 13 through Nov 1 (8 Tuesdays), 6:45-8.
Register soon! Find more info on the City Repair’s website and HARP’s website.

World Village Building Gathering in Lorane, OR.

World Village Building Gathering


July 30th through August 13th, 2011.

Information and schedule from the gathering’s Facebook event page:



Free Gathering with Focus on Natural Building


…Come join in a Tipi Building Workshop, Cob, Post and Tier, and More!

Co-Creating a Kids Village in the woods along the Siuslaw River

Children’s Activities include;
Mineral Paint Making, Herbal Medicine Making, Natural Building, Organic Food Preparation, and More.

Native Ceremonies

Acoustic Musicians

3 Meals Served Daily

Community Tipi’s and Tent Camping

Peace Village (Yoga, Kirtan, Meditation, Sweatlodge, and Massage)

directions from downtown eugene to village….

head south on willamette
turn right on west 18th
turn left on chambers
turn right at next stop sign on top of hill at Lorane Hwy.
turn left at next stop sign on Lorane Hwy. (continued)
turn left at next stop sign on Territerrioral Hwy
Go 6 miles to Lorane
make right at general store on Siuslaw Rd.
make left at next road right after mile maker # 43
make next immediate left on gravel rd.
go a couple hundred yards on look to your left

(please dont block road) and please also dont cross the bridge neighbor likes his privacy.
thank you

Olympia Village Building Convergence!

This year we have been seeing many placemaking convergence pop up in the Northwest. This weekend — August 11th – 14th — Olympia, Washington is putting on their own Village Building Convergence.


Olympia Village Building Convergence


For more info go to the website for the Oly VBC –


The schedule as printed on


The Olympia Village Building Convergence will be taking place at Fertile Ground August 11-14. We will be hosting work parties during the day to transform the commons, and events during the evening to transform the community.

Work parties will be from 10a-5p each day of the OlyVBC… come for a few hours or the whole day, however much you would like to participate. Learn new skills, share your own, and meet some fine folks along the way.

Projects include:
• Community welcome gate
• Living roof for the cob pizza oven
• Intersection mandala painting
• Chicken tractor lounge

Evening events begin at 7p. The main event on Saturday night will cost a $5-$15 donation, all other evenings are free!

Thursday, August 11:
Compassionate Communication
Nonviolent communication workshop with Liv Monroe

Friday, August 12:
Food Security in the South Sound
Food Summit update with TJ Johnson

Saturday, August 13:
Main event! $5-$15
Mark Lakeman and Mighk Simpson of the Planet Repair Institute
Followed by music with the Erev Rav Klezmer Orchestra

Sunday, August 14:
Community celebration!
Come down to Fertile Ground and check out the energy, love and transformation

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