Strawbale cabin on site
Creating the eco home of your dreams - 10th - 17th JuneThis is a specially crafted course to learn about eco building at our beautiful retreat camp. It combines hands-on building experience, lectures and design exercises to help you create your own dream house! Be inspired by a multitude of techniques and projects you will see around the Gea Viva site, delve deeply into eco living while you are here and enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment!
Gea Viva is an eco base and retreat camp in a tranquil olive grove, 15 minutes’ walk from the sea and the harbour village Milna on the beautiful Croatian island Brač. Giving people the opportunity to experience living in harmony with nature, it offers retreats, events and seminars around the themes of ecological construction, permaculture, geomancy, healthy living, arts and crafts. Being completely off-grid, Its design is based on permaculture principles featuring a stone circle, a beautiful pavilion which serves as a teaching space, a permaculture garden, compost toilets, solar showers, a geodesic dome, a straw bale eco cabin, a giant mosaic dragon and a cosy Summer kitchen. www.geaviva.net
An experienced workshop leader, Sabine Engelhardt is an architect, joiner and geomancer, who is the innitiator of the Gea Viva project. Being passionate about eco building, she has, together with friends and volunteers, built most structures on site. Sabine is an award-winning architect with over ten year's xperience and has thaught construction design part time at Preston University for three years.
The main course language is English. Do not hesitate to ask, if you do not unterstand something, we can take it slowely. If you need, we can tranlate into German and Croatian.
Cost & Discounts
The cost for the training is based on gift economy, where participants are invited to contribute what they can afford and are willing to pay. The cost of putting on the course means we need to raise on average €250 per person. However we invite you to propose how much you would like to contribute. We encourage those of you who can contribute more to do so, which should allow us to cover our costs.
To secure your place on the course, please pay a deposit of 150 Euros at the time of your registration. Payments are by bank transfer in Croatian Kunas (HRK) or in Euros. Please pay for your accommodation in cash on arrival.
There is a choice of accommodation:
1.) Camping on site for seven nights is 65 Euros/450 Kunas. Please bring your own camping gear.
2.) For those who do not want to travel with tents, mats and blankets, there is a camping dormitory, which is 84 Euros/630 Kunas for seven nights.
3.) Eco cabin with one double bed, 190 Euros/1425 Kunas for seven nights.
Staying on site gives you a deeper experience of the course vibe, however, if you would like more comfort, we can book a shared room for you in the village for 105 Euros for seven nights (subject to us finding a same sex room mate for you), a single room for 175 Euros or an apartment for two for 245 Euros.
We have a fully equipped kitchen on site, and we can perpare vegetarian meals jointly, dividing costs for food. There are also restaurants in the village. Please note that alcohol and drugs are not allowed on site.
The course will run every day from 9.00 - 13.00 and from 18.00 - 19.30 hrs, with short interim breaks as required. Optional morning meditations are from 7.45-8.15 hrs. The long lunch breaks allow a rest or time to go swimming during the hot hours of the day. The course starts on 10th June at 18.00 hrs and will finish on16th June with an evening celebration.
The nearest city is Split, which can be reached by plane, ferry, rail, coach and car. From there you can catch a passenger ferry directly to Milna on Brac or travel via Supetar with the car ferry (more requent).
What to bring
Please bring a notebook, any information you might have regarding your own eco house project, working clothes, a hat and sunscreen.