The Convergence is about building village-ness and community through shared experience and having fun. The event hosts dozens of workshops every year on topics from how to ferment cabbage and how to compost, to how to build with waddle and daub. We share skills, learn together, and celebrate with food, music, and performances.
The VbC is a project of Transition Town Montpelier. Transition Towns provide a forum for people to come together to address issues like climate change and economic instability by developing resilient and sustainable communities.
Not too long ago, most humans had many basic skills that were essential for survival - growing and processing food being primary ones. Yet in coming to rely on modernity's comforts and economic promise many of us no longer have those skills, and this is what the Transition Town notion of reskilling addresses as that promise fails to pan out as we once thought it would. Many skills can be found in the workshops during this year's VbC so stay tuned!
Vermont's Village-building Convergence was start six years ago, modeled after a similar event in Portland, Oregon. For the first couple years we focused on doing projects, such as the garden shed at Barre's community garden. For the last few years we've been putting on a weekend gathering of camping and skill-share workshops. We're always open to new ideas from those who can make things happen, so join us this year, and if you're so inclined bring your big ideas.
6th Annual VbC is on!
All Together Now in East Montpelier is hosting this years skill share extravaganza.
You can make this happen!
Present a workshop!
Perform a puppet show!
Or just come and enjoy!