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OVERVIEW: Foundation-to-Finish, DomeGaia-style!

This 26-day workshop is divided into two, 13-day sessions. Attend both sessions to take your building from foundation to finish at a discounted rate! 

Deep in the rain forest at the base of the majestic Mount Arenal volcano, DomeGaia and Brave Earth are collaborating to build a third AirCrete dome in Costa Rica on a biodynamic, regenerative farm and retreat center.

We are honored to host this two-part workshop with the folks at Brave Earth & look forward to building with friends from around the globe in Costa Rica!



SESSION 1

​DOME FOUNDATION & BUILDING WORKSHOP​November 12 - November 25Learn the basics of Aircrete dome building following our Level 1 Workshop process with a few special topics added.​Learn how to:- Make AirCrete with DomeGaia's unique equipment- Lay a foundation- Create forms for blocks, archways and round windows- Make and use a compass arm- Build an archway- Build a multi-faceted cupola skylight- Build a fabric formed single-pour round window- Build a center pivot, oval-shaped wooden door- Practice techniques to build custom furniture & countertops out of cement & concrete​- Work as a team to co-create a sacred space, join hands and hearts in a joyous team effort


SESSION 2

​DOME COMPLETION & FINISHING WORKSHOP​November 26 - December 9Attend Session 2 if you have already attended a DomeGaia workshop and want help transform a basic Aircrete dome from a shell into a comfortable, unique living space. This session will focus on finishing a previously constructed Aircrete dome.

Explore how to:

- Apply exterior & interior finishing plasters- Plan and install plumbing & electrical systems- Install windows & screens- Finish flooring- Build custom countertops, closets & shelves- Create and install custom furniture like desks, chairs, beds and benches


OUR HOST: Brave Earth

Brave Earth is a regenerative biosphere. Their mission is to create a new type of model, a living laboratory in service to regeneration and co-evolution with Nature. Their long-term vision is to create a network of communities globally that are united through a shared vision to move from an extractive, capitalist model to a regenerative system.

Our host, ​Brave Earth, is offering lodging, on-site tours, transportation and local outings through Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, rated one of the top ten ecolodges in Costa Rica. The ecolodge is also a living classroom, regenerative farm, and recreational paradise.

​Finca Luna Nueva offers a farm-to-table restaurant, miles of hiking trails through the lush rainforest, a Sacred Seed Sanctuary featuring 300 plants prized for their medicinal or sacred uses, spa services, and an ozonated pool and jacuzzi. There are several on-site activities such as night wildlife hikes, birding, and tours of the Sacred Seed Sanctuary and cacao production.

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Bookings.

$1250/night

AirCrete Workshop Food and Accommodation

Nov 12 - Nov 25, 2018Minimum stay: 13 nightsMaximum capacity: 1 people
Food included
Brave Earth is a regenerative biosphere. Their mission is to create a new type of model, a living laboratory in service to regeneration and co-evolution with Nature. Their long-term vision is to create a network of communities globally that are united through a shared vision to move from an extractive, capitalist model to a regenerative system.

We offer a variety of accommodation options during your stay. For more details .. see link below.

https://www.domegaia.com/uploads/1/6/9/5/16958362/brave_earth_dome_gaia.pdf

Program.

SESSION 1

​DOME FOUNDATION & BUILDING WORKSHOP​November 12 - November 25


Learn the basics of Aircrete dome building following our Level 1 Workshop process with a few special topics added.​

Learn how to:

- Make AirCrete with DomeGaia's unique equipment

- Lay a foundation

- Create forms for blocks, archways and round windows

- Make and use a compass arm

- Build an archway

- Build a multi-faceted cupola skylight

- Build a fabric formed single-pour round window

- Build a center pivot, oval-shaped wooden door

- Practice techniques to build custom furniture & countertops out of cement & concrete

​- Work as a team to co-create a sacred space, join hands and hearts in a joyous team effort


SESSION 2

​DOME COMPLETION & FINISHING WORKSHOP​November 26 - December 9


Attend Session 2 if you have already attended a DomeGaia workshop and want help transform a basic Aircrete dome from a shell into a comfortable, unique living space. This session will focus on finishing a previously constructed Aircrete dome.

Explore how to:

- Apply exterior & interior finishing plasters

- Plan and install plumbing & electrical systems

- Install windows & screens- Finish flooring

- Build custom countertops, closets & shelves

- Create and install custom furniture like desks, chairs, beds and benches


WORKSHOP SCHEDULES

SESSION 1: DOME FOUNDATION & BUILDING WORKSHOP
​November 12 - November 25

SESSION 2: DOME COMPLETION & FINISHING WORKSHOP
​November 26 - December 9

Arrival Day | Monday, November 12
3-4pm: Check-In @ Finca Luna Nueva
6:00pm: Opening Circle
6:30pm: Welcome Dinner

Days 1-12 | Nov 13 - 24
7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Workshop
12pm-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm-5pm: Workshop, Outing or Farm Tour
6pm: Dinner

Day 13 | Sunday, November 25
7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Workshop
12-pm-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Closing Circle

Arrival Day | Monday, November 26
3-4pm: Check-In @ Finca Luna Nueva
6:00pm: Opening Circle
6:30pm: Welcome Dinner

Days 1-12 | Nov 27 - Dec 8
7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Workshop
12pm-1:30pm: Lunch
1:30pm-5pm: Workshop, Outing or Farm Tour
6pm: Dinner

Day 13 | Sunday, December 9
7:30-8:30am: Breakfast
9am-12pm: Workshop
12-pm-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm: Closing Circle


OUR INSTRUCTORS: 

Gabriel De La Cruz
Workshop Coordinator & Lead Instructor

​​Gabe is a young man who with a bit of Irish luck and a few gentle nudges found himself in the DomeGaia Center for Product Development and Building Experimentation, a.k.a. Hajjar’s Garage. Since February of 2017, Gabe has traveled around the world bringing with him the simple elegance of the AirCrete dome, and sharing community, life, and love with people of all walks.

Rafael Bravo
Workshop Instructor​

As a Mexican-Chilean world traveller, art director, festival producer, actor, musician, juggler, acrobat, professional clown and chef, Rafa brings a playful dynamic to the DomeGaia team. Starting out building his own toys as a child, he now loves to build houses, bicycles and other useful toys. With a deep appreciation for art and design, and huge creative energy, Rafa facilitates instruction at most DomeGaia workshops. 

Highlights.

  • LOCATION: La Fortuna, Costa Rica ​ Nestled amidst endless tropical rainforest, the workshop site is located between San Ramon and La Fortuna, “The Fortune” in Spanish, aptly named for its extremely fertile lands. The property is approximately 30 minutes from Arenal Volcano and is adjacent to 110,000 acres of protected rainforest. Many consider Arenal to be the spiritual center of Costa Rica. It is home to world-class thermal baths heated by the geothermal activity of this large dormant volcano. There are several places nearby that will allow participants to experience different ecosystems and activities. The Children's Eternal Rainforest, La Catarata (a 230 foot waterfall), Arenal Volcano National Park, Lake Arenal, Rio Celeste National Park, and day-trips which include horseback riding, whitewater rafting, hanging bridges, zip-lines, mountain biking and paddle boarding.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be shared together at Brave Earth's newly constructed leaf shaped restaurant with a special guest chef. The kitchen prepares delicious and healthy foods with the organic greens, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and dairy from Finca Luna’s Demeter-certified biodynamic, regenerative farm. Many different selections are offered, as the menu varies depending on the weekly harvest. Probiotic-rich and fermented indulgences, such as kefir, kombucha and kimchi will be offered daily. Turmeric and ginger, known for their anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant potency, are infused into juices, dressings, and smoothies.

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room

Omnivore Food

  • restaurant on site

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

Getting here.


Closest Airport: San Jose International (SJO)

On-site accommodations are provided by Finca Luna Nueva Lodge and Brave Earth, located 2.5 hours away from the San Jose International Airport.http://fincalunanuevalodge.com/discover/directions/


Upon request, private or shared transport can be arranged by the staff at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge from SJO. Transportation costs are additional; please see the Brave Earth brochure below.https://www.domegaia.com/uploads/1/6/9/5/16958362/brave_earth_dome_gaia.pdf

Opportunities

AirCrete Dome Foundation-to-Finish Workshop is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • Build
  • Natural Building
  • Aircrete
  • Dome Gaia

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