We tried our best to select a “best fit” location. We ultimately needed a venue that was affordable to keep the ticket cost down for attendees, flexible and scaleable so we can grow in size if needed, and a location that was near local permaculture demonstration sites and farms that will be involved in the activities before, during, and after the conference. Finding venues that fit this criterion and can deal with the influx of 600 people (parking, bathrooms, lodging, food, etc.) wasn’t easy. We think that we found a best fit in the Pechanga Resort.
Many people have asked, why isn’t this being held at a permaculture site? In reality, that sounds awesome, but it is easier said than done, and just isn’t practical. There just aren’t large permaculture sites around that can handle 600 people and everything that comes with the 600 people. Most permaculture sites also don’t have that much indoor seating, something that is required if you want to not have to worry about weather variations. And believe it or not, most people just don’t want to camp. But, if you do, that’s not a problem because Pechanga has an RV Resort on site, and there are numerous other camping venues nearby.
And finally this conference is being held at a professional conference center. We are trying to put on a professional permaculture conference. This isn’t a convergence, this a conference. There are A LOT of great permaculture convergences out there, but there aren’t any permaculture conferences. The convergences are great, support them (I help to organize our local one here in San Diego), but we are going at the this in a slightly different way. We are trying to attract more “professionals” into permaculture. There are so many great people already involved in permaculture, yet it hasn’t penetrated nearly enough into the modern day professions like architecture, engineering, and government. We are hoping to bring more of those people into the permaculture fold so ultimately more permaculture projects get accomplished on larger scales. If that can happen that means more jobs within permaculture and more changes taking place in the world, something that all permies can embrace and get behind. In order to help do this, we need to put on a professional permaculture conference, one that everyday permies can learn and grow from, and one that non-permaculture professionals can learn from and hopefully become permies.
Temecula is a modern day old west town, where cowboys and horse ranches still are a part of modern life. Temecula Valley “is in a veritable paradise which encompasses an area including over 35,000 acres of rolling hills and vineyards. Rural in nature, sustainable in farming practices and including an agricultural preserve known as the Citrus/Vineyard zone, the Temecula Valley is widely recognized as the ‘jewel’ of Riverside County.” When you aren’t spending time at the conference you can easily visit Old Town Temecula, spend some time getting Sideways at one of Temecula Valley’s many wineries , or do some hiking in the local mountains and desert.
So at the end of the day we think that we made a good choice, and I think when you attend the conference you will too.
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592
Designed in a style reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright, the architecture of Pechanga Resort reflects a casual elegance embracing nature and infused with Native American art and culture. Earning the AAA Four Diamond rating award annually since opening in 2002, Pechanga’s status as a recipient of that coveted award evidenced throughout in amenities and service.
A striking porte cochere entry flanked by two water features greets arriving hotel guests who are welcomed into an inviting lobby highlighted by a massive true-to-life oak tree and granite water feature. Met by attentive Front Desk Registration Attendants, guests can observe original art and photographs depicting the culture and history of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians that accent the lobby area. Other public rooms and hallways are similarly completed by original paintings, baskets and art.
Pechanga hotel guests will find Four Diamond comfort and amenities in each of its 517 spacious guest rooms and suites, including 24-hour room service. Each oversized deluxe room is unique with floor to ceiling windows and an impressive master bath. One bedroom suites offer sitting rooms with a wet bar, separate sleeping quarters and a one-and-a-half bath. Jacuzzi Suites combine the comfort of a deluxe room with an additional cozy sitting room and a full Jacuzzi tub for two. Hotel guests have complimentary use of the fully equipped health club, seasonal pool and sundeck with private cabanas, and a knowledgeable concierge service. Massage therapy is available by appointment at the spa located on the third floor adjacent to the pool and health club.
Made via phone: 877.711.2946
Made via the web: Room Reservations Here
Conference Dates: March 13-16, 2014