Houses and buildings are the "nuclei" of any site, through which the majority of energy and resources flow to be either wasted or maximized for best use. And yet, most permaculture courses barely touch on physical structures! We here at Atitlan Organics think that your house and other structures deserve more attention as integral and essential parts of your overall permaculture design. That is why we offer this one-week course grounded in the permaculture principles offering a deep dive into the art and practice of Natural Building. From stone to cob to natural plasters, you'll learn a wide range of natural building styles and technique which can be put to use in any climate or region of the world. Learn how to reduce your footprint and maximize your efficiency all while creating beautiful, durable structures! We like to think of it as "Permaculture for Zone 0."
Each day is split into two parts: a hands-on practical in which you get the chance try out different techniques in natural building, and a classroom session which delves deep into topics such as stone foundations, building with cob, and troubleshooting design flaws.
A dynamic adventure awaits. We can't wait to meet you!
Studying regenerative design in Central America offers amazing opportunities to learn from indigenous cultures, rich natural patterns, and enormous diversity. Permaculture and Natural Building in Central America is representative of the edge effect or Edge Valuing Principle of Design. As one of the world's centres of biodiversity, Central America attracts people from all over the world interested in learning through nature. Regenerative design practices can be seen in action via the surviving indigenous traditions that are common in Central America.
All lodging and accommodations during the two weeks are provided by the Bambu Guest House, a beautiful natural building boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, comfy beds, wifi, super hot water, and amazing views of the lake, mountains, and rivers. The Bambu Guest House is proof that natural building can be clean and luxurious. Lodging is shared, but private rooms are also available for an additional charge. Meals are amazing and delicious, prepared at the Bambu's farm-to-table restaurant by its awesome team of chefs. All produce is provided by Atitlan Organics and other local producers.