About.

Explore regenerative design through the lens of Permaculture and Natural Building. Over two weeks, participants will gain a thorough understanding of regenerative design theory and practice through hands on practical work, dynamic classroom presentations and workshops, engaging group discussions and activities, and epic field trips. Week 1 focuses on Permaculture, from the guiding principles and ethics to strategies and techniques for site design, soil building, holistic animal management, integrated water systems, social permaculture, and much more. Week 2 is all about Natural Building and covers design process, site analysis, natural building modalities, a wide variety of materials, appropriate technology, and more. 


ALREADY HAVE A BACKGROUND IN PERMACULTURE OR NATURAL BUILDING? JOIN US FOR JUST ONE OF THE TWO WEEKS! 

Program.

WEEK 1: PERMACULTURE

  • Class is 1/3 practical, 1/3 lecture and 1/3 field trips.

  • Begin with the Permaculture ethics and Principles, as well as the design methodologies, which form the foundation of Permaculture education.

  • Move on to earthworks and water, where we learn how to reharmonizes the relationship between land and water.

  • Learn composting, soil building, and other fertility techniques to convert you waste into Black Gold.

  • Plant propagation, cuttings, grafting, vegetable planting will turn you into a true plant ninja.

  • Hands-on practical work in the community. Give back and leave a lasting impact while learning practical skills.

  • Integrated animal systems and holistic care. Chickens, goats, ducks, rabbits, and more!

  • Field trips to Mayan Permaculture sites, including a 1,000-person, 400-acre Mayan Permaculture paradise.

  • Lectures and group activities on social Permaculture, biological businesses, and Permaculture in community.

  • WEEK 2: NATURAL BUILDING

    • Class is a balanced mix classroom activities presentations, hands-on work, and excursions and workshops.

    • Kick off with an introduction to natural building modalities, revisioning of home activity, and working with the elements.

    • Learn how to handle and build with several different traditional natural materials, including adobe, cob, rammed earth, bamboo, light clay straw, bajareque, and more.

    • Lessons in building structures from foundations to roofing systems.

    • Natural building walking tour of Tzununa and San Marcos with builder Charlie Rendall.

    • Work on a variety of sites throughout the community, interacting with the local community and exploring a variety of way to incorporate natural building into any site.

    • Learn how to enhance your space with natural plasters and finishes.

    • Create and present your own natural building design project.

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms

Vegetarian Food

  • restaurant on site

Internet

  • medium: voice calls (no video)

Ongoing classes

  • permaculture
    multiple times a day

Getting here.

We are located 3.5 - 4.5 hours from La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City. Public shuttles run several times a day from the airport or Antigua to Panajachel, the main town on Lake Atitlan. From “Pana,” you will take a lancha (boat) to Tzununa, about a 30 minute ride. Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and grab a tuk tuk (small three-wheeled car) to the Bambu Guest House.

Alternatively, you can take a private shuttle direct from the airport or your hotel to the Bambu Guest House.

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