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Permaculture Technology Jamboree
(Previously known as the Appropriate Technology Course)
June 29th - July 10th, 2020

Early Bird Prices end March 15th!!!

This event has multiple purposes:
  • collaboration, experimentation and innovation to move permaculture technology forward
  • experiences for people new to permaculture technology
  • building homesteading skills

  • Our Jamboree Format:
    Attendees can wander among all TEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help.

    Ten Tracks of Permaculture Technology

  • optimize the fresnel lens glass melter
  • melt more glass
  • melt glass faster
  • design to reduce costs

  • a greenhouse that requires zero heat in the winter
  • greywater system that can function year round
  • a passive solar garden heater
  • wofati construction

  • roundwood timber framing techniques
  • rocket heater
  • skiddable foundation
  • dry wall stack walls, earhworks, rocket stoves

  • ​spring terrace: shape dry land to be able to extract 400 gallons of water per day

  • passive garden heater: a technique to help grow citrus, outdoors, in Montana
  • ​dry stack moon gate: correctly stacking rock to have a wall with a 2-foot round hole
  • ​rocket forge: a metalworking forge that does not require coal, propane or electricity

  • ​roundwood timber framing pavilion
  • ​two styles of innovative deer/chicken fencing with a per foot price that is less than 10% of normal
  • add a night mode (rocket mass heater) to the giant solar food dehydrator
  • build a cob sink from clay and sand on-site. It will be formed and then made waterproof with natural material
  • ​trombe wall. Move air 24 hours a day without electricity

  • ​create an electric tractor hayride tour
  • ​install a heliostat: A sun tracking mirror to add light and heat to a house
  • ​add permanent solar power to a tiny house
  • ​repair cafe
  • ​better crockpot: cook triple the food with less than 10% of the energy of a standard crockpot
  • ​window quilts and harvesting winter window condensation

  • TRACK SEVEN – SKIP: Skills to Inherit Property
    Part of our formal SKIP/PEP1 Program
  • woodburning a sign
  • carve tool handles
  • make fireplace tools
  • sharpen tools
  • make roundwood mallets
  • make a three-log bench
  • make adobe bricks
  • build a dry-stack retaining wall
  • cut down trees for use in log structures and/or firewood
  • make a rock jack to support a fence without digging post holes
  • sealing a pond without a liner

  • make a bird house, insect hotel, snake and toad habitat
  • make a hugelkulture garden
  • hot water bath canning
  • fermenting
  • pickling
  • foraging
  • harvest and eat wild edibes
  • harvest and preserve natural medicine: comfrey poultice, dried mullein leaves, and more!
  • make public art and branding a location
  • textiles: sewing, darning, crochet, basket weaving, making twine
  • using rocket stoves, rocket ovens, and rocket water ovens
  • everyone who wants to can drive the excavator

  • Some people have attended our events and opted to join our ongoing permaculture bootcamp for half a day for whatever they are working on for that day.
  • solar cooking, sawmill, natural building

  • With all of the other innovation, combined with a mountain of tools and materials, several attendees and instructors get ideas for projects that we didn't think of before the event started. Track 10 is for working on projects that were thought of during the event!

  • Daily Schedule

    7:00am – breakfast
    8:00am – summary of the day
    8:30am – session 1
    10:00am – session 2
    noon – lunch
    1:00pm – session 3
    3:00pm – session 4
    5:00pm – cleanup
    6:00pm – dinner
    7:00pm – evening presentations
    9:30pm to 6:30am – quiet time

    For the detailed schedule, click HERE!


    Chris McClellan -- Instructor:
    Uncle Mud (aka Chris McClellan) raises free-range, organic children in the wilds of northeast Ohio. Between building things out of mud and junk he writes for Mother Earth News Magazine and teaches simple DIY skills at workshops and fairs.

    James S Juczac --Instructor:
    James is an author and lecturer on topics such as self-reliance, true sustainability, building off-grid energy systems and mortgage-free housing. He has been dubbed "The King of Scrounge." Jim lives with his wife, Krista, in their round, cordwood and papercrete home on the property where they have established an off-grid intentional community. He is an EMT and an adjunct professor at SUNY Jefferson where he teaches the NABCEP Solar Installers course.

    Reisha Beck -- Instructor
    Reisha Beck is a mother, medicinal herb farmer and wildcrafter. She runs Wayside Botanicals, a small-scale permaculture based medicinal herb farm in Ferndale, WA. She has a back ground in organic farming, permaculture design, pacific northwest ethnobotany and western herbalism. She teaches at Wildroot Botanicals herb school in Alger, WA and First Light Farm and Learning Center in Carnation, WA.

    Paul Wheaton -- Host/Instructor
    Paul Wheaton, The Duke of Permaculture, is an author, producer, and certified advanced master gardener. He has created hundreds of youtube videos, hundreds of podcasts, multiple DVDs, and written dozens of articles and a book. As the lead mad scientist at Wheaton Labs, he's conducted experiments resulting in rocket stoves and ovens, massive earthworks, solar dehydrators and much more.

    Mike Haasl --Instructor
    Mike Haasl is a mechanical engineer, woodworker, blacksmith, and permaculture homesteader in northern Wisconsin.  He constructed a sweet greenhouse, builds with pallets and upcycled material, and experiments with compost heat.  He is developing a demonstration site for permaculture homesteading, and collaborating to create the SKIP program.

    Erik Pehoviack -- Instructor
    Erik is the co-owner of PermaRecycling, specializing in repurposing vintage cars and home rehabilitation in western Nebraska. He is a handyman, auto recycler, mechanic, welder, mason, carpenter, and teacher of all things hands on. Major hobbies geared toward partial independence are renewable energy and food based perennial horticulture systems

    Fred Tyler -- Instructor
    Fred has led the Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs for three years now. He's directed and taught skills ranging from organic gardening to woodworking to natural building.

    Dre Oeschger -- Instructor
    Dre runs a healthy side hustle aptly named Strong Wife Sourdough.  She also loves to crochet and occasionally sells custom crochet items via another side hustle, Dre's Crochet.  She is a mother of three and loves unschooling her boys.  She has also lent her experience and knowledge in the implementation of Acton of the Rubies, an alternative learning studio in Elko, Nevada that applies many of the unschooling and Montessori principles.

    Alan Booker -- Instructor
    Alan Booker is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Integrated Regenerative Design, which trains professional design practitioners to create systems that are ecosystemic, biocompatible, and regenerative. With over 30 years experience in engineering and 20 years in sustainable design, Alan is the author of multiple books. In addition to teaching PDCs, he also provides consulting and workshops on earthworks, soil remediation, composting, forest gardening, holistic management of pastureland, keyline design, aquaculture and aquaponics, off-grid energy systems, and natural building systems.

    Josiah Kobernik -- Instructor
    Josiah cobbled together a diverse background in commercial agriculture, horticulture, market gardening, raising livestock, homesteading, and other general build/fix skills before landing at Wheaton Labs in 2019. Since moving to the labs, he has taken to working with roundwood timber framing, earthen plasters, videography, rocket contraptions, and any other inventions he can get his hands on

    Ron Bigelow -- Instructor
    Ron, also known as the Permaculture Pickle, is the owner of The Farm on 277th, and organic, permaculture farm which grows 277 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs. He currently is one of the leaders of Bootcamp at Wheaton Labs.

    Jennifer Richardson --Instructor
    Jennifer Richardson is a former cattle rancher and current resident of Wheaton Labs. She is participating in the boot camp and living in Allerton Abbey, the first wofati, in order to test the thermal inertia of the structure.

    Abe Coley -- Instructor
    Abe Coley is a 1,123rd generation fence builder living in Missoula, MT. His daddy had him peeling logs when he was three years old, and he's built just about every kind of fence ever since - from cast iron and wire to dry stacked stone to wattles, hurdles, and stick fences. If the saying is true that good fences make good neighbors, then that pretty much makes Abe Coley, Mr. Rogers.


    Work Trades for Permaculture Technology Jamboree, PDC, and SKIP
    Work a 7 weeks in Bootcamp for a ticket to the PTJ!

    Super Early Bird Tickets can be purchased HERE!

    Early Bird Prices end March 15th!!!
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    Paul and I have been working on the schedule and it's looking beautiful.  We added "Evening Presentations" so now there's even more goodness.
    permaculture technology jamboree full schedule
    Filename: ptj-schedule.pdf
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    I have noted three or four typos in the bios of the instructors. Do you want to know what they are, or am I just being anal to bring them up?
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    Hi, folks! I have tickets to this event but haven't yet figured out how I'm getting to Missoula from Omaha. Paul suggested I reply here. It's a 17 hour drive, which is daunting but doable with multiple drivers; the 26 hour bus ride is less appealing at $300+. Carpool, anyone?

    It looks like I can get reasonable plane tickets (on Frontier) as far as Bozeman if I don't mind spending the night in Denver, so if anyone has tips on cheap travel from Bozeman to Missoula, or wants to carpool from there, let me know!
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    I am wondering about what the accommodations are for the PTJ, and if that is included in the registration price. (I don't see that info on the web page or FAQs. Did I miss it?)
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    We're still working on that webpage, but there are some handy threads I can link you to.

    Tenting is free at Wheaton Labs during an event (you can see more about tenting here:

    There's also some lodging options at Wheaton Labs, too! You can read about them all here: I think the Red Cabin and Allerton Abbey are already booked. You can find out what dates are open for lodgings by emailing

    There's also probably lodging in nearby cities, but I don't live there, so I'm not sure how near or far they might be. I think if the tickets are bought, more details on nearby lodging are provided?

    I hope that helps!
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