Archived Design Course
Ecovillage Design Course: July 27 - 31, 2005
Come join us for a transdisciplinary, multidimensional exploration of what may be the most important and pressing issue of our time-- how to design and implement truly sustainable human habitat. The full-featured "ecovillage" - whether urban, suburban, or rural - holds the most promising vision for a sustainable future.
Bodhi Creek Farm is nestled within the luxurious, verdant Cascadian foothills. The owners there are laying plans for developing a real "ecovillage" - in this case, a Sustainability Education and Retreat Center, complete with attached co-housing units.
At the Design Course, we'll set up a Design Studio right there on site, and, working in design teams, go through the holistic integrated ecovillage design process - producing useful and constructive design proposals for our 'clients' while enjoying a fun and valuable educational experience by all. This is applied, experiential, action learning at its best!
Subjects covered include but are not limited to:
- Permaculture Fundamentals
- Methodologies of Ecological Design and Whole Systems Design
- Patterns in Nature
- "A Pattern Language," and "Design with Nature,"
- Feng Shui and Sacred Geometry
- Living Systems Theory
- EMergy and Energetics
- Community and Environmental Economics
- Appropriate Technology
- Self-reliant Food Systems
- The Global Ecovillage Network
- Peak Oil and a Post-carbon Future, etc.
$200 3-day weekend Design Studio, July 29-31, 2005
$300 Design Studio + Optional 2 additional days preparatory class time, July 27-28, 2005 = 5 days total!
20% discount if paid in full by July 1, 2005.
This fee covers camping, three wholesome meals a day, all related course materials, and the opportunity to participate in an immersion experience in leading edge design work on an actual project-in-process. Course participants will be limited to 20, so contact VDI today to reserve a spot, or for further inquiry: (360) 927-2224 or .
(Note: Prior Permaculture Design experience preferred)
Founder and Executive Director of VDI; created the world's first B.A. degree in Village Design; M.A. Whole systems Design; Ph.D. Human and Organization Development (current student); Curriculum Coordinator for Global Ecovillage Network
Founder and President Rebundance Consulting; M.A. in Planning, U. of Vienna; Ph.D. Transformative Learning & Change at CIIS (current student); member U.S. Coalition of Education for Sustainable Development; adjunct faculty U. of New Mexico
Project Director for the Global Ecovillage Development Corporation; Ph.D. San Francisco Institute of Architecture, where he is associate faculty; chief architect Biosphere II; Fellow at Taliesin West; design work and consulting internationally
B.S. Environmental Studies at Huxley College; proprietor Earthcare Design Solutions, Inc.; graduate of Planet Organic's Permaculture immersion in New Zealand; currently Program Coordinator at O.U.R. Ecovillage on Vancouver Island, B.C.
Alan Seid, Tricia King, Kelly Keane, Nala Walla, Guy Burneko
To register, please fill out the Registration Form and submit it with payment (check or money order) to:
Village Design Institute
PO Box 2233
Bellingham, WA 98225
You will increase enormously your capacity to live sustainably.
...if it ain't fun it ain't sustainable - plan on having fun!!!