About.

Join us for this pre-Cosmic Convergence Bioconstruction Workshop to learn how to use sustainable materials for social good!

Bio Constructions is part of the Journey, a series of opportunities to explore Guatemala’s beauty, brought to you by Cosmic Convergence Festival, Escuela ComUnidad, El Arte del Bambú más Synaptica Project. 

The workshop will take place in Santiago Atitlan at the amazing location of Cosmic Convergence Festival.

NATURAL ARCHITECTURE:

Come and learn how to build with Bamboo and Natural materials!

Mobile, Modular, Reciprocal Structures, Zome and Yurtas will host Journey Portal and vendor village, the activities and workshops's areas during Cosmic Convergence Festival.


The experience Includes:

1) 15 days theory and practice of natural building.
2) Architectural and structural design with bamboo and wood.
3) Knots and splices in bamboo, metal and rope.
4) Immunization and treatment of bamboo.
5) Co-creation of a festival and Decorative uses of natural materials, palms.
6) Pdf materials about Natural architecture.
7) Immersion into Mayan culture: typical food, building teachings and techniques, & local Mayan architectures.
8) Social bio-construction and volunteering opportunities.
9) Visit in San Pablo to meet the community and see local and bamboo architectures.


Plus (included in the price):
~ Ticket access to Cosmic Convergence Festival after the Journey.
~ Breakfast, lunch and dinner coocked by local Mayan women during the Journey.
~ Rent of tent during the Journey (if you don't have one).

~  Camping site in the production and crew house .

~ Transport tickets to visit San Pablo la Laguna.


SOCIAL OUTREACH:
Support the local indigenous community of San Pablo la Laguna through your experience.

Make a positive impact in Mayan communities, transforming natural building

from festival structures to indigenous community projects.

Money raised and bamboo used will be fully donated to build eco-rooms for the children of the public school in San Pablo la Laguna, the most critical town around Lake.

In this moment, the school we are going to improve is made of two concrete buildings facing each other with a concrete basketball court in the middle. The structure is overloaded with around 1340 students from primary and secondary classes.

Together with local builders, teachers and directors, we want to build the last floor of the main building with bamboo and other natural materials. We want to give those students an area where nature, art and local culture can find a safe space from the concrete jungle they calls development. 

The ticket cost of workshop will be fully donated to this project.


Presenters:

JAN BALBALIGO (Fillipine UK): teaching bamboo, carpintery & green architecture
GAIA VERTANI (Colombia): teaching about yurts, nomad structures & community
VICENTE CUC (Guatemala): teaching bamboo building & Mayan architectures
IVAN DAVILLA (Guatemala): Design of bamboo lamps, pergolas, objects.
SELVA BHAIRAVI (Italia): teaching decorative uses of natural materials & weaving
AGOSTINO GIANNETTI (Italia): teaching social impact of bio-construction & volunteering opportunities.


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Bookings.

$580/person

Latin American ticket

Food included
The cost of registration to the course, as well as the construction materials of the Journey Portal, will be entirely donated for the construction of eco-rooms for the children of the public school in San Pablo la Laguna, the most critical town around Lake Atitlan.

In this moment, the school we are going to improve is made of two concrete buildings facing each other with a concrete basketball court in the middle. The structure is overloaded with around 1340 students from primary and secondary classes.

We want to give those students an area where nature, art and local culture can find a safe space from the concrete jungle they calls development.

More (included in the price):
- Ticket access to Cosmic Convergence Festival after the Journey.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner coocked by local Mayan women during the Journey.
-Transport tickets to visit San Pablo la Laguna.
$670/person

International Ticket

Food included
The cost of registration to the course, as well as the construction materials of the Journey Portal, will be entirely donated for the construction of eco-rooms for the children of the public school in San Pablo la Laguna, the most critical town around Lake Atitlan.

In this moment, the school we are going to improve is made of two concrete buildings facing each other with a concrete basketball court in the middle. The structure is overloaded with around 1340 students from primary and secondary classes.

We want to give those students an area where nature, art and local culture can find a safe space from the concrete jungle they calls development.

More (included in the price):
- Ticket access to Cosmic Convergence Festival after the Journey.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner coocked by local Mayan women during the Journey.
-Transport tickets to visit San Pablo la Laguna.
$680/person

Latin American Ticket + tent

Food included
The cost of registration to the course, as well as the construction materials of the Journey Portal, will be entirely donated for the construction of eco-rooms for the children of the public school in San Pablo la Laguna, the most critical town around Lake Atitlan.

In this moment, the school we are going to improve is made of two concrete buildings facing each other with a concrete basketball court in the middle. The structure is overloaded with around 1340 students from primary and secondary classes.

We want to give those students an area where nature, art and local culture can find a safe space from the concrete jungle they calls development.

More (included in the price):
- Ticket access to Cosmic Convergence Festival after the Journey.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner coocked by local Mayan women during the Journey.
- Tent, sleeping mat, blanket, pillow
-Transport tickets to visit San Pablo la Laguna.
$770/person

International ticket + tent

Food included
The cost of registration to the course, as well as the construction materials of the Journey Portal, will be entirely donated for the construction of eco-rooms for the children of the public school in San Pablo la Laguna, the most critical town around Lake Atitlan.

In this moment, the school we are going to improve is made of two concrete buildings facing each other with a concrete basketball court in the middle. The structure is overloaded with around 1340 students from primary and secondary classes.

We want to give those students an area where nature, art and local culture can find a safe space from the concrete jungle they calls development.

More (included in the price):
- Ticket access to Cosmic Convergence Festival after the Journey.
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner coocked by local Mayan women during the Journey.
- Tent, sleeping mat, blanket and pillow.
-Transport tickets to visit San Pablo la Laguna.

Program.

General Schedule:

8am-  Breakfast

9am-  Start of activities

1pm-  Lunch

2pm-  Afternoon activities

6pm-  Closing activities

7:00 pm-  Dinner

8 pm-  Evening Talk

What you will build

Modular structures - Yurta - Zome - Dome - Reciprocal roof - Bamboo furniture and objects - Cob benches and bottles/cob walls - Natural festival decorations


Evening Talks:  

Transformative learning in with Gaia

Green and bamboo architecture with Jan

Cutting and Immunization Knots and moorings natural with Vicente and Jan

Splices with bamboo with Vicente

Yurt and mobile structures with Gaia

Zome and Dome with Gaia and Ivan

Furniture and handicrafts with bamboo pieces with Ivan

Natural Roofs with Gaia

Scenery decoration with natural materials  by Selva. 

Social impact of bioconstruction in vulnerable communities and volunteer opportunities around Lake Atitlan with Agostino.

Highlights.

  • Learn how to build with bamboo
  • Architectural Design
  • Social impact with architecture.
  • Realize bamboo objects
  • Day tour through local communities and bambu buildings around Lake Atitlan
  • Support indigenous community while learning
  • Build and enjoy Cosmic Convergence Festival
  • Organic festival decorations

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • communally cooked meals
  • communal kitchen access
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • None: Off the grid

Getting here.

FROM GUATEMALA CITY'S AIRPORT: Usually there are direct shuttles from the airport to Lake Atitlan (Panajachel and San Pedro la Laguna), from here there are boats/lanchas to Santiago Atitlan. You can also take a shuttle to Antigua and another one from there to Lake Atitlan.
Once in Santiago take a tuctuc (three wheels motorcycle used as public transport) to the festival groung (10 min ride which costs 10quetzales). All the tuctuc drivers know where the festival is located.

FROM ANTIGUA: Take a tourist shuttle to Panajachel (Pana). From there take a boat/lancha to Santiago Atitlan. From Santiago, its a 10min tuctuc ride to the festival ground (El Festival).

FROM ATITLAN San Marcos/San Pedro: make your way to San Pedro (via boat/lancha or tuctuc - best lancha), then cross San Pedro to the Santiago dock and take another boat to Santiago. Then jump in a tuctuc from there to festival grounds. 

FROM PANAJACHEL: Take a boat ride to Santiago, then a tuctuc ride (10mins) to festival grounds.

FROM MEXICAN BORDER: Get yourself to Lake Atitlan (San Pedro or Panajachel) and follow instructions from there

FROM MEXICO - SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS: There is a direct tourist shuttle to Panajachel (10/12 hours). Once there follow instructions for Panajachel

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