Monday, May 31, 2010

Village Building Convergence

Checking out local open spaces created during this 10 day convergence in Portland OR.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

5 Day Earth Dome Workshop in Mexico

Neil and Stella have just returned from Mexico!
The focus of this workshop was building in a way that connected the structure and the people to the energy flows of the universe. Stella reminded participants to use all of their six senses to touch, listen, taste, smell, see, and intuit their surroundings.

Extra care was taken to build this dome as a living structure with breathable walls and natural waterproofing and plasters. The building will serve as a meditation dome and was built with a mix of raw earth and scoria rock. Lime was used as a stabilizer in the foundation and stem walls. The exterior plaster is cob made from horse manure and clay and will be finished with a thin lime plaster.

Neil and Stella taught 18 participants who built a 2.5 meter (8ft) dome during the 5 day course.
Participants ranged from 21-60+ years young and covered multiple states in Mexico. Participant's backgrounds were architecture students, engineers, artists, permaculture educators, indigenous organizers, teachers, construction workers, a Hait relief organizer, and people interested in esoterics and sacred geometry.

We want to thank all those who attended and especially recognize Angel who hosted and organized the workshop for all his efforts. Thank you also to Ge for translating and Angel's Aunt for the amazing meals.

Neil and Stella