HANDS-ON SHELTERMAKER WORKSHOPS

Co. LEITRIM, IRELAND
JUNE – AUGUST 2014
Part of the Sheltermaker Dreaming Programme

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shel·ter·mak·er |ˈSHeltərˌmākər|

noun

· a person who shapes their shelter to suit their life – and the life of the planet

· a person who assists someone to make a shelter to suit their life – and the life of the planet

Details of Hands-On Sheltermaker Workshops

These hands-on Workshops are an ideal opportunity to learn the practicalities of Sheltermaking from Mr. Sheltermaker himself, Peter Cowman.

Peter has been successfully imparting his immense knowledge of eco-building design and construction to people for over 20 years with his unique blend architecture+life which he calls ‘living’ architecture.

Mixing lightearth for installation into EconoSpace frame

Mixing lightearth for installation into EconoSpace frame

With an emphasis on the use of natural materials, on debt-free construction, food production, consciousness and a celebration of life, these hands-on Workshops are a unique opportunity to work alongside Ireland’s leading proponent of practical sustainable living.

No previous experience of construction is required to participate and benefit from these stimulating Workshops. All that is needed is a positive attitude. The number of participants in each Workshop will be limited and participants will receive personal tuition and guidance from Peter Cowman. Workshop participants can also avail of a generous discount on the Online Sheltermaker Course.

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The Workshops will take place near Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, from 10am – 4pm, Monday-Friday, from June through to August. Participants will be working in a real-life situation, on real buildings and will receive personal tuition and guidance from Living Architecture Centre director, Peter Cowman.

Inchicore Workshop participants display the sheltermaking mood!

Inchicore Workshop participants display the sheltermaking mood!

The sheltermaking experiences on offer go beyond just learning how to build because life is included in the mix, the vital ingredient which makes everything real, relevant and utterly engaging. By bringing consciousness to the design+build processes in this way participants will readily understand why sheltermaking is such a vital part of any aspiration to live sustainably.

EconoSpace with timber cladding

EconoSpace with timber cladding

Already on-site are a beautiful EconoSpace which functions as the Living Architecture Centre office plus a large scale EconoSpace with peter-post framing, lightearth walling, clay plaster and finished with natural paints. Both of these buildings have been constructed by hand on shoestring budgets.

The site is off-grid and is powered by a hand-built windcharger. There will be an opportunity to learn about alternative energy systems from Peter Schneider, one of Ireland’s foremost experts in the field.

EconoSpace Art Studio Lightearth with clay plaster and ochre paint

EconoSpace Art Studio
Lightearth with clay plaster and ochre paint

Some of the Hands-On Sheltermaking activities which will be on offer

Participants will have the opportunity of configuring, in consultation with Peter Cowman, the mix of activities they wish to engage with.
Timber Framing with the unique peter-post
EconoSpaceMaking
Basic carpentry
Window/door framing
Living Architecture
Configuring a design
Picking an ideal site
Setting up a workshop
Pole Framing
Wattle & Daub
Compost Toilet Design & Construction
Barrel Stove Design & Construction
Rainwater Harvesting + Storage
OffGrid Electricity Generation + Storage
Setting Up A Fire Kitchen
Greywater recycling
LightEarth Walling
Clay Plastering
Natural Paint Making + Application
Solar water heating
Permaculture
Plus more!

This is how easy and fun EconoSpace wall raising can be!

This is how easy and fun EconoSpace wall raising can be!

Participants will be working in a real life situation and will be privy to all the ups and down and ins and outs of the sheltermaking process. The mood will be light and cheerful with an emphasis on the freedom, excitement and insight offered by engaging in the design+build processes.

Fees

€50 per day/€200 per week per person

Fees include personal instruction, Notes and lunch.
Discounts available for 2 persons booking and attending together; for adults attending with young persons 12-17 yrs and for young adults 18-21 yrs.
Participants will also have the option of following the Online Sheltermaker Course at a generous discount.

Barter+Trade

The Living Architecture Centre is committed to alternative economics, so if you are cash-strapped there is the possibility of trade and barter. Currently I need: A 21 speed gentleman’s bicycle; plumbing supplies [pipes; fittings; water storage tanks; etc.]; a car sharing arrangement in Leitrim; assistance with metalworking – building some rocket stoves; graphic design services; publicity agent services; IT assistance.
Contact the LAC with proposals.

Volunteers

There will be some options for volunteering during the month of April.
DOWNLOAD DETAILS OF VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMME
If you are interested contact Peter at the LAC or phone 086 1022400.

Participation

It is recommended that those wishing to participate familiarise themselves with the concept of Living Architecture before applying – using the link below. A reading of some of these Articles would be worthwhile, plus a reading of the Introduction to The Sheltermaker’s Manual

Timetable

The specifics of what will be happening when will be constantly updated as the work unfolds. So, if you want to participate and learn something specific contact me [using the Contact Form below] as early in the summer as possible.

MARCH 27th

SOUL SHELTER Presentation at Dunderry Park, Co. Meath
In association with Network magazine

APRIL Tue1-MAY Fri2

Volunteer Opportunities Contact LAC

LAC hand-built windcharger

LAC hand-built windcharger


MAY Mon5-Fri9

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim – Off-grid electrical system refit with Peter Schneider, Ireland’s foremost alternative energy expert. This workshop will revolve around the re-installation of the LAC on-site power generation system which is based on a hand built windcharger with battery storage.

MAY Mon12-Sun18

Sheltermaker Festival, Co. Sligo
NOW POSTPONED TILL LATER IN THE SUMMER

MAY Sat24

Architecture Playhouse Workshop 1 Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

JUNE Sat7

Architecture Playhouse Workshop 2 Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

JUNE Mon9-Fri13

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JUNE Mon16-Fri20

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JUNE Sat21

EcoBuilding On A Shoestring Organic Centre, Co. Leitrim

JUNE Sun22

EconoSpaceMaking Organic Centre, Co. Leitrim

JUNE Mon23-Fri27

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JUNE Mon30-JULY Fri4

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JULY Sat5

Architecture Playhouse Workshop 3 Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

JULY Mon7-Fri11

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JULY Mon14-Fri18

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JULY Mon21-Fri25

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

JULY Mon28-AUGUST Fri1

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

AUGUST Sat2

Architecture Playhouse Workshop 4 Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim

AUGUST Mon4-Fri8

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

AUGUST Mon11-Fri15

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

AUGUST Mon18-Fri22

HandsOn Sheltermaking Leitrim

To apply to participate, cut and paste the following headings into the message box of this Contact Form using the words HandsOn Workshops in the subject line, keeping your answers short and to the point. You will receive a personal reply.

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What you want to gain from participating in a HandsOn Sheltermaking Workshop:

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