Cosmic Social Outreach is proud to welcome you to its third "Bioconstruction Journey"

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

Bioconstruction Journey is part of the Journey, a series of opportunities to explore Guatemala’s beauty and get involved in social impact projects,

brought to you by Cosmic Convergence Festival, Synaptica Project, Arquitectura Mixta, EcoEscuela ComUnidad and Ivan Davila.

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


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

Mobile, Modular and Reciprocal Structures, Zomes and Yurtas, Bamboo Kiosks...will host Journey Portal, our workshops' temple, the Art Gallery, Herbal Clinic and other areas of Cosmic Convergence Festival.

We will then transform such structures into social projects for the local Mayan community!

The experience Includes:

1) 15 days theory and practice of natural building

2) Architectural and structural design with bamboo and wood (Modular and reciprocal structures, zome, yurtas)

3) Knots and splices in bamboo, metal and rope.

4) Bamboo varieties, harvesting, processing, immunization and treatment of bamboo

5) Co-creation of a Cosmic Convergence festival and Decorative uses of natural materials, palms , natural fibers etc.

6) Earth work, adobe benches, adobe oven.

7) Pdf materials about Natural architecture.

8) Full immersion in Mayan culture: typical food, Mayan building teachers and techniques, locally sourced materials , local Mayan architectures.

9) Social bioconstruction and volunteering opportunities.

10) Visit in San Pablo and San Juan to meet the community and discover local and bamboo architectures.

Plus (included in the price):

~ Ticket access to Cosmic Convergence Festival after the Journey.

~ Breakfast, lunch and dinner cooked by local Mayan women during the Journey.

~ Rent of tent, sleeping mat, blanket and pillow during the Journey (where it applies).

~ Camping site in the production and crew house.

~ Transport tickets to visit San Juan and San Pablo la Laguna.

Support the indigenous community of Lake Atitlan 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 the library for kids in San Juan la Laguna.

San Juan has a public library mostly used by kids but without adequate spaces for them. The library is managed by the community as a whole and they reached us to ask for a better learning space for the kids of the community. 

We create with the local community areas where nature, art and local culture can thrive out of the concrete jungle they calls development.


MAURICIO CASTAÑO GIRALDO  (Colombia/Mexico): Bamboo, carpintery & green architecture

GAIA VERTANI (Colombia): Yurts, zomes & community
IVAN DAVILA (Guatemala): Bamboo theory and practices
SELVA BHAIRAVI (Italia): Decorative uses of natural materials & weaving
AGOSTINO GIANNETTI (Italia): Social impact of bio-construction & volunteering opportunities around Lake Atitlan.


General Schedule:

8am- Breakfast

9am- Start of activities

1pm- Lunch

2pm- Afternoon activities

6pm- Closing activities

7:00 pm- Dinner

8 pm- Evening Talk

Evening Talks:

Trasformative learning in with Gaia

Bamboo varieties, harvesting, processing, immunization and treatment with Ivan

Green and bamboo architecture with Jaime

Knots and moorings natural with Jaime e Ivan

Splices with bamboo with Jaime

Zome and Yurtas with Gaia

Stage decoration with natural materials by Selva.

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

What you will build

Bamboo Kiosks - Modular and mobile structures - Yurtas - Zomes - Cob building - Natural festival decorations


  • Learn how to build with bamboo
  • Architectural Design
  • Social impact with natural architecture.
  • Day tour through local communities and bamboo buildings around Lake Atitlan
  • Support indigenous community while learning
  • Build and enjoy Cosmic Convergence Festival
  • Inspiring and life-changing human connections
  • Organic festival decorations
  • Access to volunteering opportunites

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping

Vegetarian Food

  • over 80% locally sourced
  • communally cooked meals


  • 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 these towns 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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