Early registration is ending soon – join us at the First Annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence, Nov. 1-3, REGISTER today!

“And that is the secret of success: assembling sufficient commonsense people in one area. If we are one isolated biodynamic gardener in a district of contract vegetable growers or graziers trained in chemical agriculture, we find both the practice and infrastructure support of the isolated system difficult; there may be no one to talk to, let alone share resources with. On the other hand, as land titles in a region are brought out and occupied by any group who share ethical philosophy, so the shops, markets, processing centres, equipment, and support services for the new economy become worthwhile and available” – Bill Mollison, Permaculture; A designers manual p. 514

REGISTER FOR THE CONVERGENCE HERE: http://michiganpermacultureconvergence.com/forms/registration.php

Preview of “MI PERM CONVERGE 2013.1 Flyer”

Early Registration NOW….for the Michigan Permaculture ConvergenceLittleArtshram.org

September 17, 2013

Good Morning!

I write to you, as a permaculture enthusiast,“fellow permi” and Michigan resident, to let you know of an opportunity that may interest you personally or for that of your organization or company.  Little Artshram, the non-profit I still work alongside of, is contributing to the presentation and sponsorship of the First Annual Michigan Permaculture Convergence, November 1-3, 2013, at Camp Talahi in the South Eastern Michigan region.  I invite you to participate as a sponsor of this inaugural, statewide gathering, which is the dream seeding of the Great Lakes Bio-Region Permaculture Convergence.

Sponsorship of the convergence will create a stable platform for a sustainable, permaculturally designed yearly event bringing together folks who are interested in sharing knowledge and information about permaculture design, principles, and practice.

The goal of the Michigan permaculture convergence is to provide a forum accessible to all Permaculturalists and people interested in permaculture in Michigan, as well as the surrounding bio-region, to enhance community and share ideas on how to expand permaculture solutions across the region. By giving back to the host property the convergence will work to have a positive impact on the land.  Next year, the convergence will move to a new Michigan community and repeat the process.

Our focus in designing this year’s agenda, is to create a networking, educational and information sharing event with permaculturists from all over the Great Lake State who are sharing a diversity of skills and knowledge and on a pathway of practice.  We feel the opportunities for MORE permaculture education, experience and ecological-design practice are essential ingredients for strengthening community and increasing our resilience to a changing climate and economy.

Sponsorships will help offset the space rental, insurance needs and provide a living wage for a cook to organize and prepare meals for this 2+ day event.  We will work to barter other services, materials and expenses, and we’ve kept the registration fee low for participants, to make this as inclusive as possible for folks to travel to this year’s convergence location.  We’ve made the decision to invite—but not formally schedule any out-of-state permaculture mentors as the speakers at this event.  Rather, this year’s convergence will host permaculturists from across Michigan to share their particular niche within the permaculture community, showcasing work in Farm, Urban, Community, Education, Co-Housing, and Suburban settings.

I’ve included here just three examples of state-wide permaculture projects and developments, and there are plenty more.  In Kalamazoo the perennial revolution of tree crops is on-going….http://www.motherearthnews.com/homesteading-and-livestock/permaculture-farm-oikos-tree-crops-zw0z11zsto.aspx#axzz2f9RGuhmf

In Ypsilanti—a permaculture group utilizing a time-banking system are encouraging and building urban food forests….http://www.heritage.com/articles/2013/06/15/ypsilanti_courier/news/doc51bb44c1ab2ba864050528.txt?viewmode=fullstory

In Traverse City, A biodiverse 145-acre farm, DeYoung will be home to an eight-acre permaculture demonstration orchard and antique apple tree nursery. Each acre will support 25 apple trees surrounded by support guilds, or companion plantings, mimicking the ecology of a mature forest edge. In addition to apples and guild plantings, filberts hazelnuts and mulberries will be grown. http://www.morningstarpublishing.com/articles/2013/04/15/grand_traverse_insider/news/leelanau_area/doc516baa7671b02093258471.txt

Thank you for your consideration and support of Little Artshram and our efforts to share and expand permaculture education and opportunities in our birth and home-place of North West and Central Michigan–and throughout the Great Lake State!

There are two categories of support you can  contribute, as a “Permi-Friend” or an “Inaugural Sponsor”.  A result of your support and an outcome of the convergence will be a planned for mapping and the creation of a network first based on seven regions that broadly make-up our home-place, and expand out to include the entire Great Lakes Bio-Region.

Here is the sponsorship form:  MI perm Converge Sponsor FORM, 2013 as well as, a flyer announcing the event, below.  Little Artshram is proud to be the fiduciary agent of this year’s convergence and is a registered non-profit 501.3c organization in Michigan.  Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have about sponsorship opportunities or information about the convergence.

We hope you will consider joining Little Artshram, as a “Permi-Friend” or “Inaugural Sponsor”!

`penny Krebiehl

Directress, Little Artshram



Preview of “MI PERM CONVERGE 2013.1 Flyer”

Become a “Permi-Friend” or “Inaugural Sponsor” of the Michigan Permaculture ConvergenceLittleArtshram.org
“People and Permaculture” and identifying the connecting web that has been cast over Little Artshram’s home-place and our Great Lake State of Michigan is a fitting theme for us, as we celebrate our 20th birthday year.
We are pleased to begin a “forward-back-paddle” and spend a little time sharing tidbits about the connections that have created fertile ground for Little Artshram and ARTSPACE’s birth in Michigan and the people that inspire our projects and work which emerge along with our home-places.
Here’s a little back-paddling:  Little Artshram began in Lansing, Michigan, on Turner Street, as The Greater Lansing ARTSPACE, in 1993.  (We actually began a few years earlier than that and called ourselves North Town Art Center, before taking on our .org/501c3 status.) In this historic district of North Lansing, we had ten years of joyous, creative mayhem taking place in what would become known as Old Town. One of our dearest of dear friends, Robert Busby hosted us in a century old store-front across from his Creole Gallery always supporting and sometimes participating in our family friendly projects and events. This coming weekend, September 15th, sixteen years after this photo of Robert holding a Tree Spirit mask was taken, we’ll be planting trees in Burchard Park around a memorial sculpture an in his honor.
Robert and the Tree Spirit Mask, 1997
In 1998 ARTSPACE closed up shop in Old Town and moved to Northern Michigan, as far as the BIG Lake Michigan lake-shore, first settling in the Leelanau County area.  Shortly afterwards, in 2000 is when The Neahtawanta Center asked for support in building puppets and masks for the annual Earth Day and All-Species Parade, and when we met Bob Russell, Sally Van Vleck and a good crew of Northern Michigan environmentalists. 
Last weekend, our beloved Otter Water Goddess puppet, made by artists and students from the Leelanau School and Glen Lake High School attended the memorial service for Bob Russell honoring our gratefulness and our connections for his life and service.
Otter Water Goddess, 2000
Another remembering and grateful strand in the Little Artshram and ARTSPACE web is that of a fierce and loving mentor, Jayne Walker of The Eco-Learning Center
Our relationship with Jayne continues through the work of Little Artshram and O’k CSA and the LLOOF program with others. Jayne encouraged, approved and supported our growing and learning through a chosen path of permaculture—-although she mentioned a few times that she’d like us to study up in a more formal way on Biodynamics.  She supported and encouraged our endeavors through Little Artshram to expand our experience as cultural creatives and educators, and to work with children, teens and college aged youth learning alongside of them, where our food came from and how to grow food without pillaging the Earth.
Jayne Walker, on her land.

As this forward-back-paddling with Little Artshram and ARTSPACE continues, a little reflection now in this place for our “little” non-profit organization that is so abundantly connected, from Lansing to Traverse City and a few dozen other places we’ve parked our creative, art, community gardening and environmental education cart.

We now, honor this web and many folks with strong, shining spirits, through our support for the collaborative work of The Michigan Permaculture Convergence .

Beginning in December 2012, Little Artshram and an expansive group of permaculture-minded individuals and enthusiasts have been meeting and organizing a state-wide gathering.  The Michigan Permaculture Convergence  will be held at Camp Talahi, in Howell, Michigan, on November 1-3, 2013. This first annual Michigan permaculture event is also the dream seeding of the Great Lakes Bio-Region Permaculture Convergence.

We are remembering and grateful for the continued inspiration that Robert, Jayne and Bob provide and for their nourishment that supported and encouraged Little Artshram and ARTSPACE to keep on keeping on. 



Remembering, Grateful and A Great Fall Gathering…People and PermacultureLittleArtshram.org


WHERE did those BIG birds come from?

Glad you asked!

Find out with a special invitation to join in on the puppet-growing fun, ’cause it’s time for our 2013 PUPPET CAMP!

PUPPET CAMP is a two-week fantastic intensive, musical, theater and art experience which includes an opportunity for aspiring puppeteers and musicians to participate in a performance at the Traverse City Film Fest!

Learn the how-to’s of the ancient art of puppetry and mask making, be a part of creating an original, story-telling play and script, compose original music and songs guided by talented artists and musicians….Registration open! M-F, 9 am -3 pm, July 22nd through August 2nd!

O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, have been sharing puppet and mask performances since 2010, and will be holding a fantastic and special 2-weeks of PUPPET CAMP to prepare for a performance in Traverse City, including building puppets, set design, story-boarding, puppet and mask performance/acting lessons….This is amazing, local “organic” puppet theater, which includes a week of production and design, with our continued collaboration with professional artists and musicians.

The 2013 PUPPET CAMP is brought to you by Little Artshram and O’k Puppet Theater and the Pretty Good Players, with  composer and musician Rokko Jans, and Traverse City’s home-town puppeteer and mask-maker, Penny Krebiehl, and we are expecting a few very special guests artists and musicians!

Yippee! We can’t wait for the creative chaos and this 3rd Annual Puppet Camp to begin…Join us!

Register here:


Scholarship available and discount for siblings.

Please inquire!

Info: 231-735-8370




*photo from “A Special Day in Bumpkin Land” one of our visiting puppet artist, George Meyer‘s marionette show, performed at Heart of the Beast Theater in 2012

Summer Puppet Camp in Traverse City….for children, youth & adultsLittleArtshram.org

It’s Monday, July 8th, 2013

Greetings and please share this invitation to get outdoors and learn a little while having a whole lot of fun:

WOW, Cherry Fest really took us by storm—and now, and finally in our Northern Michigan neighborhood, we have a REAL rain and thunder storm happening which is causing a slight delay in the beginning of our present summer camp week.

We’ve decided to turn these little problems into a solution and offering a “special” last minute deal to anyone TODAY who decides to join us tomorrow through Friday, July 9-12th….reducing our weekly camp fee to $115.

If you choose to grab this last-minute rain-delayed deal, please make sure to call ahead and reserve a space for your child: 231-735-8370.

Our theme this week focuses on a learning through a continued permaculture process of a mini forest garden plan for Higher Grounds Trading Company, as we integrate young people’s voices into planning and design of this garden. We’ll also be immersing ourselves in herb and wild-crafting, with opportunities to learn about medicinal plants—both in the “wild” garden and in our home-gardens.

A sampling of topics, in this week’s day-camp, shared through cooperative games, storytelling, hiking and wandering, and visits to familiar and favorite “classrooms” in the Munson Woods: indigenous plants and edible forest gardens, ecological design process, medicinal native plants, harvesting and processing herbs, timing/plant life cycle (whole plant, leaves and blossoms), fruits, barks, roots and root barks, making herbal tinctures, oils and salves, and creating a “Pharmacy in a Pot”, a dozen medicinal herbs to pot!

Grace with medicine

Pictured above is our new friend, Grace, who is holding a bundle of medicinal flowers and herbs, including lavender (Calming; flowers and leaves used in tea); yarrow (anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing; leaves and blossoms used in tea.) We also had fun learning about plantain this past hot, Cherry Fest weekend–using it as a poultice or “green bandage” on a few aggravating insect bites!

For more information on Little Artshram’s summer camp-experiences for children and youth go to these links:

Summer Camp info and registration right here: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=982

ALSO, coming up quick is a two-week comprehensive visual and performing art experience with our Puppet Camp registration: http://www.littleartshram.org/?page_id=2028

AND for a view of the camps we offer, check out our photos from our first wild and wonderful week of woods-wandering and forest garden designing….https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152991860720503.1073741826.122677780502&type=1&l=9bb0948ec9



Summer Camp THIS WEEK in Traverse City, with a special rainy-day offer…LittleArtshram.org