SHELTERMAKER DREAMING 2014

True to hope and expectation this programme was dreamy and rich with sharing and consciousness while the world around us appeared to be in a nightmare …
Sheltermaking is all about living, sharing and, most of all, consciousness!

Sheltermaking is all about living, sharing and, most of all, consciousness!

… and places like this spoke openly about the dreaminess of the landscape …
Heapstown Cairn, Co. Sligo shrouds its mysteries ...

Heapstown Cairn, Co. Sligo shrouded in mystery …

… which inspired lot’s of practical action as we strove to harness this power and render it visible …
The first roof truss is lifted into place on the nearby Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

The first roof truss is lifted into place on the nearby Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

… and Mother Earth freely provided the substance …
Excavating clay on-site at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Excavating clay on-site at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

… which led to some people inevitably being seduced …
Malaysian volunteer on The Gyreum EconoSpace build gets down and dirty ...

Malaysian volunteer on The Gyreum EconoSpace build gets down and dirty …

… while others took a tamer approach and kept things neat and tidy …
The floor of the LAC studio filled with clay-straw/lightearth.

The floor of the LAC studio filled with clay-straw/lightearth.

… and deference was paid to Father Sun and his solar power …
My new PV generating system

My new PV generating system

… and the LAC Studio south wall got a new overcoat…
The studio south gable gets a cedar overcoat

The studio south gable gets a cedar overcoat

… and organic healthy food was grown close to where it was needed …
Bucket gardens on the LAC office deck with the LAC studio in the background

Bucket gardens on the LAC office deck with the LAC studio in the background

… and I took to the road on a rented electric bike …
Having given up car ownership I have been exploring the possibilities of electric bicycles

Having given up car ownership I have been exploring the possibilities of electric bicycles

… and was so impressed that I converted my own and have never for a moment looked back …
My electric bike

My electric bike

… meanwhile, volunteers appeared to assist in the LAC Studio fitting out …
Fitting out the interior of the LAC Studio

Fitting out the interior of the LAC Studio

… and I too played my part in my dream …
Peter Cowman multi-tasking ... working+instructing!

Peter Cowman multi-tasking … working+instructing!

… and joined with several local enterprises in an alliance which had people walking the roads and exploring the magic of the place where we live …
The place where I live

The place where I live

… and new ground was broken with adventures within the invisible realms where all dreams are forged …
Architecture Playhouse introduced a new dimension into the sheltermaking process ...

Architecture Playhouse introduced a new dimension into the sheltermaking process …

… and then there was Earthsong and its dreams and possibilities …
Sheltermaking at Earthsong Harvest Camp

Sheltermaking at Earthsong Harvest Camp

… and I found myself relaxing with the dream, pondering where it might all lead …
Selling books and DVD's at Earthsong Harvest Camp market

Selling books and DVD’s at Earthsong Harvest Camp market

… which appeared to be deeper into mystery, a mystery residing within the land …

The Gyreum EconoSpace nestled into its surroundings

The Gyreum EconoSpace nestles into its surroundings


… which was something I had suspected and hinted at in my Soul Shelter presentation which opened the Sheltermaking Dreaming Programme in March at the invitation of Shamanism Ireland

Peter Cowman asks 'what if industrial civilisation collapses?

Peter Cowman asks ‘what if industrial civilisation collapses?

… this presentation being a summation of my 25 years of teaching activity as well as being preparation for a new way of engaging with Living Architecture now that The Sheltermaker’s Manual and the EconoSpaceMaking Course are complete – freeing me up for some new kind of sheltermaking which, at this early stage involves creative collaborations and a complete focus on the mortgage-free sheltermaking so dear to my heart.

The first gig of 2015 looks like being in Belturbet, Co. Cavan from Friday evening April 11th to Sunday 12th. This event will include the making and raising of an EconoSpace frame; a Architecture Playhouse Workshop; a sweat lodge; ritual engagement with the land; singing; drumming as well as a range of other activities relevant to living.

More to come in future Sheltermakers!