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 a sheltermaker

EconoSpace frame with roof being installed

EconoSpace frame with roof being installed

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model currently under development at the LAC

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model currently under development at the LAC

GARDEN EcoSHED ONLINE WORKSHOPS … DETAILS & HANDOUT/WORKSHEETS

BREAKING NEWS … DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK THE EcoLIVING SCHOOL IS NOW ON HOLD


DISCOVERING SENSITIVE WAYS OF BEING, SEEING, FEELING, DREAMING & DOING

Beginning in March 2020 an Eco-Living School will be convened in Co. Leitrim in the Irish northwest, close to Carrick On Shannon.

A series of hands-on Workshops will be offered whereby people can engage with the practical and emotional aspects of eco-living.

Workshop sessions, presented by international teachers Alanna Moore & Peter Cowman, who have, between them, over 50 years experience of alternative living, will include theory+practice and be supported with printed notes.

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

In addition to these Workshops an octagonal EconoSpace will commence construction at the same location.

Since the EconoSpaceMaking Course DVD was launched in 2009 many of these innovative structures have been constructed in all parts of the world.

Now, 10 years on, this octagonal version of The EconoSpace is being developed to partner the 10sqm, the 10sqmPlus and the 25sqm versions of this versatile, low-impact, low-cost building.

It is planned to sequence the construction of several Octagonal EconoSpaces in the Irish northwest beginning in the spring of 2020. A series of weekend workshops is to be organised in which participants can gain hands-on experience of the framing-up procedure as well as the erection of the frame itself. Those interested in the follow-on work of cladding, insulating, installing services and so on, of these frames can do so as volunteers by arrangement with the individual Octagonal EconoSpace owners. No previous experience of design or construction is needed to benefit from participating in these positive and lively events.

FURTHER DETAILS

If you are interested in hosting or participating in one of these hands-on Octagonal EconoSpace Workshops Contact Peter at the LAC putting ‘OctoEcono’ in the subject line.

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

Octagonal EconoSpace scale model

IRAN’S ANCIENT MUD CITY

I have been invited to visit the ancient mud city of Yazd in central Iran in April to teach my sheltermaking concepts and to assist my host – Professor Ali Ansar of the Azad Islamic University Of Yazd – with the work he and his students do regarding mud building restoration.

Professor Ali Ansar of the Azad Islamic University Of Yazd with his students.

Professor Ali Ansar of the Azad Islamic University Of Yazd with his students.

FURTHER DETAILS

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

VIDEO REPORT OF TRIP TO YAZD

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

Mud building in Yazd, central Iran

 

Owner Builder pdf magazine article on Yazd.

 

 

GARDEN ecoSHED

Yoga. Meditation. Daydreaming. Making&Doing. Music. Writing. Painting. Romantic Dalliance. Relaxing – there’s no end to what you can do in a Garden ecoShed! Discover how to create one for yourself – no planning permission required!

Workshop 1 of this two part event will focus on design – turning ideas into reality – while Workshop 2 will concentrate of construction.

Workshop 1 April 6th 2019 Workshop 2 May 4th 2019

FURTHER DETAILS

These Workshops will be held at The Organic Centre, Rossinver, Co. Leitrim

EconoSpace with timber cladding

EconoSpace with timber cladding

 

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The Sheltermaker’s Journey

Discovering how to create shelter to nurture a dream of your life …

Details

Living Architecture HeadSpace

Living Architecture HeadSpace

THE ART OF SHELTERMAKING

THE ART OF SHELTERMAKING

ECONOSPACE BUILD

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Enda Finlay is building himself an EconoSpace prior to building himself a house. Here is what he has to say …

“Our purpose for building the 10sqm EconoSpace was to provide us with an indoor space during the construction of our house. We also are looking forward to its future use as a summer house, guest bedroom, artist’s room, etc. We’re building the 10sq design. The plans were easy to follow and the simple innovations, such as the bench and the jig meant that manufacturing the main part was achievable. I love the bench and the jig ideas, once all the measurements have been sorted it becomes a really effective production line, very good systematic thinking!

Initially we will be using it as a site office/storage for tools, etc whilst we build our house…we won’t be living in it but using it as a refuge from the south-westerly wind and rains! Further down the line we’ll probably complete the internal walls.

It was great putting the pieces in places…a family and friends occasion too…possibly going to use sheeps wool insulation or some other reasonably priced sustainable one…I don’t have a good supply of marly-type clay for light straw…although we would eventually like to do the internal walls like that…

These are very adaptable spaces and structures, enthusiasm, hard work and a bit of skill will ensure your EconoSpace will evolve as you evolve.”

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Visit Enda’s building blog page

 

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ONLINE SHELTERMAKER COURSE

 

ENROLMENT & FURTHER DETAILS

 

Cloughjordan EcoVillage Workshop

Cloughjordan EcoVillage Sheltermaker Workshop

The Online Sheltermaker Course offers a unique opportunity for participating Students to create viable building designs to support their unique living needs, wherever in the world they happen to live.

SHELTERMAKER’S MANUAL SPECIAL OFFERS

SHELTERMAKER’S MANUAL UK SPECIAL OFFER ₤35 for both volumes incl. P&P

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SHELTERMAKER’S MANUAL EUROZONE SPECIAL OFFER €40 for both volumes incl. P&P

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OWNER BUILDER SPECIAL OFFER FOR AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMERS – THE SHELTERMAKER’S MANUAL $60 Incl. P&P!

 

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