ALTERNATIVE BUILDING CONVERGENCE

 

 Over the course of two weeks, we will:

  • Learn about alternative building technologies, permaculture design, and community-scale microarcologies.

  • Begin construction of a ‘Simple Survival’ model Earthship – a self-sufficient autonomous dwelling made of natural and recycled materials.

  • Further develop a masterplan for the site that integrates built structures, organic food production, water management, and wildlife habitat.

  • Discuss how to establish a cooperative nonprofit educational center for ecological design-build arts and craft that will serve the local community.

  • Tour other local projects dedicated to ecological design, agroforestry, and sustainable development.

  • Go on local excursions to hike through a cloud forest, boat on the Lago de Apanas, and browse the artisan markets of Jinotega.

  • Eat delicious meals prepared by our local hosts.

  • Practice yoga and meditation, incorporating exercise and mindfulness into our daily routine.

  • Sleep under the stars in tents and hammocks.  (Or treat yourself to a dorm/hotel room in Jinotega and commute – a 15 minute drive to the site.)

  • Tell stories, make art, play, swim, sing, and dance.

  • Form new friendships to last a lifetime.

  • Plants seeds for positive change.

Join a global community of like-minded revolutionaries passionate about alternative design/build, environmental sustainability, creative self-expression, and cooperative living!  Be a part of the first of many cohorts that will together manifest another forward-thinking alternative to the status quo.

Participation fee: in order to provide the best experience possible, we are charging a modest fee that will allow us to hire local staff (instructors, drivers, and cooks) and provide a supply of clean drinking water and nutritious food throughout the convergence, as well as on-site showers and composting toilets.  Once these expenses are covered, what funds remain will go towards building materials, plants, and tools.

$1,000 – pay in full by 01/01/2020

$750 (early bird) – pay in full by 09/21/2019

$500 (scholarship) – contact us if interested in one of two scholarships reserved for those with limited resources.

Once your application has been reviewed, a $250 deposit (to be applied to your participation fee) will reserve your place in the cohort. Note that space is limited and the cohort may fill up well in advance of the deadline.

Deadline to apply: 09/21/2019