MARCH 6th – April 9th 2013
The Sheltermaker Tour ended like it began – gently, bathed in a dream quality that was rich with inspiration.
Events proceeded like clockwork, from the first gig to the last.
There was a new openness in people that was evident from the beginning.
I took full advantage of this!
Invisible Architecture was a hot topic!
I could tell immediately that my time away from Ireland had furnished me with a new forcefulness!
Suddenly, I was a foreigner – I could say what I wanted and get away with it!
Cian Walsh’s comment on the UCC talk!
I could feel the Sheltermaker Theatre taking shape at each new gig I presented.
Listening to shakuhachi music on the road helped keep me calm.
This was good – it was all so exciting!
The first hands-on workshop quickly revealed the power of the sheltermaker gene!
People were buzzing, myself included.
Along with the seriousness of it all there was plenty of craic!
‘Dreamy’ is the only way I can describe it.
The women, as usual, were fully conversant with the empowerment sheltermaking conferred.
Peter-post were knocked up in jig time and floorbeams appeared out of nowhere.
It was ‘living’ architecture at its best!
Life smothered us in feelgood and we responded appropriately.
In Cloughjordan I was welcomed with open arms, minds and hearts.
The book launch made me realise that I could now focus on the Sheltermaker Theatre!
This is the new vehicle for the efficient delivery of Sheltermaker’s message …
‘Live your architecture and life will follow on behind!’
THE SHELTERMAKER’S MANUAL
Due to unprecedented demand the first print run has sold out!
Reprinting is currently underway and both volumes will be available again shortly.
Walnut Books at Sheelagh na Gig Bookshop & Café, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary still have some in stock if you’re quick!
‘Eco-building On A Shoestring’ was another popular subject.
Frugality, it seems is the new cool.
The Cloughjordan eco-village appeared to be lost in time, marooned in a ocean of unfulfilled promise.
In Leitrim the focus was firmly on The Here&Now & on Fighting The Frackers.
The Rape of The Earth – coming to a shale gas field near you.
In the shadow of Carrowkeel magic happened!
We built an EconoSpace frame inside the Gyreum!
Suddenly the Sheltermaker’s message sounded particularly clear.
It was life that was complicated – building was easy!
Dublin too opened its door and welcomed me in.
Again, it was Invisible Architecture which captured imaginations.
At the Workshop everyone fell under the EconoSpacemaking spell!
The small inner-city backyard had space aplenty for dreaming!
My good friend Gerard Greene revealed the magic of natural paintmaking.
Clay-straw mixing was a big hit.
As usual, the Clay Mother delivered the goods.
A good time was had by all.
Plans are now being hatched for a 10 day Sheltermaking Festival to take place in Ireland during the summer of 2014. The emphasis will be on hands-on activities and on pushing the currently constricted alternative living boundaries outwards!
SOME OF THE EVENTS BEING PLANNED
Alternative Energy Systems
Wattle & Daubing
How-to Haggle & Barter
Bike Maintenance & Trailer Making
Song & Dance
Plus lots more!
If you want to contribute/participate, etc. let me know HERE
SHELTERMAKER SUMMER SCHOOL
Co. Leitrim, Ireland 2014
The Sheltermaker Summer School will take place during the summer of 2014 near Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim. Participants will have the opportunity to not only learn essential Sheltermaking theory but also to get hands-on with affordable eco-building activity. Local camping will be available.
SOME OF WHAT WILL BE ON OFFER …
Timber framing utilising the unique and proven peter-post system; Compost Toilet Construction; Alternative Energy System Design & Construction; Permaculture-based Food Production; Landcare; Connecting With Country; Rocket Stove Design & Construction; Plus Lots More!
If you want to participate or to be kept informed, send me a message from HERE