SHELTERMAKER EQUINOX’15

LAC EconoSpace Studio with solar array, battery bank and frost

LAC EconoSpace Studio with solar array, battery bank and frost

Balance. Equality. Equilibrium. Equinox.
Whether its spring or autumn where you live, the vibe is pretty much the same – a dynamic balancing act.
Here in Ireland the land is waking up and plants, trees, animals and people are stirring into action also.

I’ve recently returned from a research trip to India, a place that was new to me but was curiously familiar too.

Cow   &    Man

Cow & Man

Me and Indian friends

Me and Indian friends

India is the most sustainable society I have ever experienced.

India brings the spiritual into the everyday

India brings the spiritual into the everyday

The secret of a truly sustainable society?

Bicycle, spirit house and water storage trtio

Bicycle, spirit house and water storage trio

Allowing the spiritual to manifest in the everyday.

Rangoli patterns reflect the enigmatic patterns of life itself.

Rangoli patterns reflect the enigmatic patterns of life itself.

One encounters the spiritual everywhere – in Rangoli for example which are sacred patterns displayed in front of houses and shops, a reference to the enigmatic patterns within life itself.

Recording rangoli patterns

Recording rangoli patterns

Rangoli put sacred geometry to shame by discarding all instruments but the hand and the eye.

Everyday sustainable transport

Everyday sustainable transport

Bicycles are in evidence everywhere in India, usually loaded to the gills with ‘stuff’!

Animal power

Animal power

Animals have their place and their roles in India too, providing truly ‘green’ transport.

Gopura are monumental towers at the entrance of  temples

Gopura are monumental towers at the entrance of temples

Temples, in terms of the spiritual, dominate not only the skyline but provide a sustainable perspective for the living of day-to-day life in India.

Worshippers and offerings at a temple ceremony on a Monday morning

Worshippers and offerings at a temple ceremony on a Monday morning

Colour, beauty, togetherness, spirituality, peace … India serves it all up in an alluring mix of the sacred and the profane.

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HERE & NOW

Meanwhile, back in lovely Leitrim, the frogs are calling out for mates, the birds are gathering in their nesting materials and the the land is reawakening.

My electric bike

My electric bike

Having given up car ownership a year ago I’m enjoying my electric bike more and more each day.

LAC Studio solar array

LAC Studio solar array

My solar array is also close to a year old and performing well – much easier to live with compared to the windcharger!

LAC EconoSpace Studio with solar array, battery bank and frost

LAC EconoSpace Studio with solar array, battery bank and frost

The LAC Studio, with its new cedar cladding, is now up and running and hosting a variety of creative activities, the results of which I will be referring to in forthcoming Sheltermakers.

With The Sheltermaker’s Manual + Worksheets and Online Course and the EconoSpace Course DVD readily available my energies are being freed up to focus on more LIVE Sheltermaking – the design and construction of real buildings for real people in real life.

An octagonal pole frame under construction

An octagonal pole frame under construction

REAL BUILDINGS FOR REAL PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE

The focus of my teaching activity will now be on assisting those living their architecture in the here and now.

This in its true essence is community activity that goes to the heart of our aliveness, our individuality and our desire to live our lives true to our potential.

Not only is this exciting, it is also deeply creative and exciting.

Several ShelterMaking Projects are currently scheduled to take place over the summer and more will be added to the list and things unfold. Details will appear online and in forthcoming Sheltermakers.

Inserting peter-posts on the gable wall at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

Inserting peter-posts on the gable wall at The Gyreum EconoSpace LIVE Workshop

LIVE ECONOSPACEMAKING: OCTAGONAL FORESTRY HUT

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This project will take place on a small farm near Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland. It will feature an octagonal EconoSpace constructed from locally sourced timber, milled on-site.

The forestry hut will be constructed alongside an extensive broadleaf plantation under Forestry Exempted Development provisions thereby REQUIRING NO PLANNING PERMISSION!

I will be hosting a series of ShelterMaker MasterClasses on-site, beginning on Saturday/Sunday April 11th & 12th.

It will be possible to attend either or both days of these MasterClasses and to volunteer to be involved in the project as it progresses day-to-day between MasterClasses. There will be accommodation and food available on-site. Supporting material relating to all aspects of the design and construction will be available to those who attend only some of the MasterClasses. MasterClass fees will be kept as low as is practical and will depend on attendances.

If you are serious about natural building design and construction and are serious about living the sort of life that goes hand-in-hand with such buildings then these are opportunities not to be missed.

If you are interested in attending and in receiving further details please register your interest HERE as soon as possible.

Peter Cowman gets hands-on with lightearth

Peter Cowman gets hands-on with lightearth

PROVISIONAL MASTERCLASS PROGRAMME

DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES ONSITE THE OCTAGON START-UP HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. FURTHER NEWS ABOUT THE MASTERCLASS SERIES WILL BE PUBLISHED IN SHELTERMAKER. IF YOU ARE KEEN ON PARTICIPATING IN THIS TYPE OF PROJECT PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST USING THE LINK ABOVE. THANKS!

ShelterMaker MasterClass 1 – April

Design evolution; On-site Workshop set-up (including the self-build bandsaw!); site preparation and setting out; foundations; peter-post and floor beam construction.

ShelterMaker MasterClass 2 – May

Framing up floor, walls and roof; window and door frame design and construction; closing in the roof.

ShelterMaker MasterClass 3 – June

Insulation; plumbing, drainage and electrical services.

ShelterMaker MasterClass 4 – July

Lining and finishing.

Fitting out the interior of the LAC Studio

Fitting out the interior of the LAC Studio

WILD SHELTERMAKING

Inchicore Workshop participants display the sheltermaking mood!

Inchicore Workshop participants display the sheltermaking mood!

If something a little racier is more to your taste then Wild Sheltermaking may be just up your street.

I will be leading this ‘activity’ daily at the Earthsong Harvest Moon Camp 18th-26th July 2015

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Say goodbye to tame, safe and respectable and say hello to wild, zany, exuberant and outrageous.

Wild Sheltermaking reveals our shadow side, our deep inner nature – it is mirror and revelation.

Wild Sheltermaking is womb, hidey hole, den, safe place, refuge – your place, your self.

Wild Sheltermaking is made using branches, sticks, string, cloth, grass, leaves, dream and imagination.

Wild Sheltermaking embraces, ignites, stimulates, lures, seduces, entices, invites, compels.

So, prepare to draw your line, to embrace your space, to live your wild side!

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See you at the Earthsong Harvest Moon Camp 18th-26th July 2015!

NEXT SHELTERMAKER: April