I want to mention a conference that I will be speaking at over Memorial Day weekend near Artemas, Pennsylvania, called the Age of Limits Conference. The conference is one of the few that deals directly with the issues we are facing today–the very real possibility of reaching Limits to Growth in a finite world, and how individuals respond to this issue.
This is an unusual conference–most of the talks are in a large tent. Some of the discussions are in a pavilion that is covered but open to the outdoors. Dress is very casual. Many attendees bring tents and camp on site. There are also hotels not too far away where one can stay. Registration fees are very reasonable. An old-fashioned barn dance is planned one evening. Registration is available at this link.
The speakers this year, besides myself, are John Michael Greer, Dmitry Orlov, Carolyn Baker, Albert Bates, Guy McPherson, and the organizer, Orren Whiddon. This is a link to a draft schedule. The topics of my talks are “Collapse 101″ and “Energy, Debt, and Financial Collapse.”Other talks will be on a variety of subjects, many more related to mitigation and dealing with emotions than numbers-type subjects. For example, one of Dmitry Orlov’s talks is called “Fostering Multigenerational Community.” One evening session is called, “Speaking the Words, Confronting Collapse, a discussion in the Round.”
Preceding the Age of Limits Conference, on May 17-May 22, there will be a Sustainable Life Skills Permaculture session taught by Patricia Allison at the same location. A person can register for both sessions, if desired.
The reason I am somewhat knowledgeable about the Age of Limits conference is that I spoke at a smaller version of the conference last year. The speakers last year included several of the same ones speaking this time–John Michael Greer, Dmitry Orlov, Carolyn Baker and myself. About 185 attended last year. I understand the setup has been changed to permit more to attend this year.
The group sponsoring this conference is the Four Quarters InterFaith Sanctuary. Church members provide a lot of volunteer labor, helping to keep costs down.