Welcome to the first Sheltermaker of my Irish sojurn.

What a six week run it’s been!

Peter Cowman asks 'what are the true secrets of sheltermaking'? in the Soul Shelter Seminar at Dunderry Park, Co. Meath. This theme will be pursued during the SHELTERMAKER DREAMING SUMMER PROGRAMME at the LAC

Peter Cowman asks ‘what are the true secrets of sheltermaking’? in the Soul Shelter Seminar at Dunderry Park, Co. Meath.
This theme will be pursued during the SHELTERMAKER DREAMING SUMMER PROGRAMME at the LAC

Kicking off with my Soul Shelter Seminar at Dunderry Park in Co. Meath my Irish Return next led me back to the beautiful northwest where I opened up the slumbering Living Architecture Centre studio.

Living Architecture Centre studio - lightearth with straw-clay plaster and ochre paint ... low cost, low impact and handmade

Living Architecture Centre studio – lightearth with straw-clay plaster and ochre paint … low cost, low impact and handmade

What a beauty this is – warm, dry, welcoming, low cost, low impact, hand made – extraordinary! With the help of an enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers – Irish, American, Italian, English, Croatian, Phillipino and Lithuanian – the LAC has been made ready for the next phase of operations.

Volunteers get down to work and play at the LAC

Volunteers get down to work and play at the LAC


Volunteers working on the LAC Studio

Volunteers working on the LAC Studio


Peter Cowman multi-tasking ... working+instructing!

Peter Cowman multi-tasking … working+instructing!

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

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


This SHELTERMAKER DREAMING SUMMER PROGRAMME will focus on the dynamic combination of inner+outer, material+immaterial, body+soul aspects of Sheltermaking.

This will track right to the heart of living, consigning normal perceptions of what architecture is all about to the waste basket!

Sheltermaking, as I like to call it, is all about consciousness!

This extraordinary revelation emerged from my Australian sojurn where many insights were gleaned by my being suspended from the underside of the planet – one of these being the fact the archaeologists excavating ancient mudbrick ruins believe that it was the beginnings of sheltermaking which prompted a leap forward in respect of human self-awarness and consciousness.

That this might be the case is certainly true for this has been my experience as parlayed in my talks on Invisible Architecture.

It is within the invisible parts of architecture that the mysteries of life reside, cleverly disguised as nothingness! Model of 10sqm EconoSpace

It is within the invisible parts of architecture that the mysteries of life reside, cleverly disguised as nothingness!
Model of 10sqm EconoSpace

It is within the invisible parts of architecture that the mysteries of life reside, cleverly disguised as nothingness!

This is similar to the invisible parts within people – their Dream World – which the modern world considers to be nothing because it cannot be copied or patented or otherwise exploited and pedaled in the marketplace!

So, haul out your diary and book yourself in for some extraordinary consciousness raising, sheltermaking and fun!

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

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


SHELTERMAKER DREAMING SUMMER PROGRAMME

ARCHITECTURE PLAYHOUSE WORKSHOP

We kick off on May 24th with the first of our Architecture Playhouse Workshops which will focus on connecting people to the dream of their lives. Utilising dynamic and empowering techniques – which at times transcend the visible world – these energetic, exciting and fun Workshops will facilitate participants in articulating the architecture of their lives by shaping a dream place where they can truly be themselves – an experience that will forever change how they think about themselves, the world and the future!

EFFRINAGH JUNCTION

Why not make a weekend of it? We are a group of creative souls living close to each other in this beautiful part of Co. Leitrim called Effrinagh. We offer you the opportunity to share the stimulus of this way of life – walking the roads; enjoying the beauty and the relaxed pace; connecting with like-minded others and scheming how best to live a meaningful life.

We invite you to stay over, share a home cooked vegetarian meal and watch a stimulating film in the Underground Cinema on Saturday evening and to take one of the Sunday Workshops on offer – “Creating a Cut Flower Garden” nearby on Sunday, May 25th, 10.30am – 4pm or taking a Fairy Walk with renowned Australian geomancer and author Alanna Moore … or Awakening Your Ears with musician/sound artist Natalia Beylis … or, simply doing nothing other than waking up in the beautiful Leitrim countryside and having a relaxing morning …

SUMMER PROGRAMME 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.

LAC hand-built windcharger

LAC hand-built windcharger


LIVING OFF THE GRID

DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY! The delay in staging this Workshop is due to the difficulty in finding serviceable secondhand deep cycle batteries! If you know of any please let us know ASAP – use this Contact Form

The Workshop features an off-grid electrical system refit with Peter Schneider, Ireland’s foremost alternative energy expert and 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. FURTHER DETAILS

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 – these Workshops will now take place at the Living Architecture Centre, near Drumsna, Co. Leitrim
This Workshop has now been expanded to include the option of making a weekend of it! Follow this hot link for details

JUNE Sat7

Architecture Playhouse Workshop 2 Dock Arts Centre, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim [change of venue! Refer to above]

EconoSpace frame and windcharger at sunset

EconoSpace frame and windcharger at sunset


JUNE Wed 11-Sun15 EconoSpaceMaking

at The Gyreum, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo
This Workshop is an opportunity to experience the buzz of LIVE EconoSpaceMaking – working on the erection of an EconoSpace frame, learing about roofing, walling, making window and door frames and all that is involved in making a low-cost, low impact building which can be constructed without the need to apply for Planning Permission!

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 THIS WORKSHOP NOW HAS A CHANGE OF VENUE & DATE – IT WILL NOW BE HELD ON JUNE 28th!

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 THIS WORKSHOP NOW HAS A CHANGE OF VENUE! REFER TO MAY 24th ABOVE

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.