Tiny Permaculture House Build

Regenerative Living

Mentored by

Ed Dale-Harris of SAWA

Permaculture Designer, Architect + Meditator

Location address: Liss, GU33
Chosen age group:

Ages: children 16 - 18 · adults 18+ years

Available tickets:
Standard £60Concession £45
Next date: None - Register your interest
A summary
A collaborative, practical and hands on course. Showcasing the ways in which we can use Permaculture ethics and principles to create a Tiny Home. The Tiny House Movement is taking the world by storm, one beautifully crafted movable space at a time. There is no denying that with rising house prices and inefficient building materials we are in the midst of a housing crisis. But it doesn't have to be this way. What if we could learn how to create sustainable and beautiful homes? Places of sanctuary that are practical, affordable and sympathetic to the natural world. Heartfelt spaces that are movable and integrated with the land and space they occupy. And what if we could respond to the climate situation we face with intelligent building and permaculture design, rooted in the simple conscious actions that have regenerative effect on our planet and our very being? Welcome to the SAWA Tiny House Permaculture Build Workshop! We offer a skilled and practical response to these questions, drawing on years of permaculture study and working professionally as designers from across the globe. With a deep focus on sustainable techniques at the forefront of natural building technology, you can be sure you are in great hands to dive deeper into learning how to build your own Tiny Home. What we will be doing: * 2 full days practical learning and building a Tiny Home on a trailer base What you will learn: * The principles of Permaculture - integrated and applied to a Tiny House design. * How to design a climatically suitable and sensitive Tiny Home. * Appropriate Technology, include: biochar, hot water, heating cooking wood stove, thermal mass, Solar PV, compost loo, grey water shower. * How to build the shell and structure of the Tiny House. * Basic Carpentry and Building Techniques. * A combination of sustainable design and mindfulness based approaches. * with a bit of all important self care based on Yoga, Ayurveda and Mediation. Materials: * We will be sourcing local low cost to planet materials. For example: Welsh sheeps wool fleece, wood fibre, straw, cork, cedar. * Materials might be up-cycled - taking materials that are wasted and turning them into something of greater long term value. For example we are looking at the repurposing of second hand double glazed windows that would otherwise be discarded. Community Building: * In good old fashioned village community style we will raise the barn! That means collaborating, listening, working together and healthy, happy builds for all. Investing in the safety and learning of others. * We will incorporate optional morning yoga with our certified teacher to bring us into our bodies each day. * We will have mindfulness and sharing circles for those who wish to join. They are an ancient way of integrating the days we spend together, taking the time to listen to what each of us has to say with full attention. What you can expect to get from this course: * A practical design and build skillset for building your own affordable, sustainable and quirky home that reflects exactly who you are. * Ideas of how to design and build your own Tiny Home! * A brilliantly fun way of learning how to use intelligent spacial design to create integrated spaces. * The feeling of empowerment that comes from knowing that you can take full ownership of a home building process. * A connected sense of being and working together in community. * A deeper awareness of Permaculture Principles and how to apply them to your daily lives in simple ways. * Upon completion you will receive the SAWA Architecture certificate of Completion for the Tiny House Build 2021. * Making new connections, friends and drawing on the knowledge of a master architect! * Delicious, and deeply nourishing food made by our resident SAWA chef and yogi * Lots of laughter, games, fireside chats, smiles, community building and fun!
About your mentor
Ed Dale-Harris of SAWA
Permaculture Designer, Architect + Meditator
ARB Architect, Edward Dale-Harris believes we must look beyond sustainability and move towards regeneration, we have to change our destructive behaviour and do much better to protect nature as citizens of the earth and stewards of the land. When we heal the land, we also heal ourselves. We need more ‘self-directed learning’ to build self reliance, wellness and confidence. We must learn to share resources to create a healthier planet for all. Ed realises the importance of a mindfulness approach to regenerative design, using nature as our teacher, and valuing a collective and collaborative decision-making process for a grounded and successful project. He is on a mission to introduce others to socially, environmental and mindful architecture and to keep his learnings at a fair cost to enable all people from all walks of life and be truly inclusive. Ed qualified as an Architect in 2017 and has gained many awards for his design, commitment, vision, compassion, charity work, environmental projects and peace building developments. In 2014 Ed founded SAWA with Enock Ruziga in Rwanda whilst working together on the 'a house for a victim' project. In 2015 Ed received the ‘RIBA North West London Society Award’ at the CASS Design School for this project, nominated as the best live and community engaged project. Ed spent eight weeks on site building a compressed earth block (CEB) house with recently-released prisoners and some of the families of their victims. The project was instigated by Ed and the Ntarama House Building Cooperative, to facilitate development and peace-building in post genocide Rwanda. The cooperative was set up by REACH, a local reconciliation focused charity, to help reintegrate perpetrators back into their community, by enabling them to build homes for victims of the genocide. This profound experience and research propelled the work of SAWA into the world of socially, environmental and mindful architecture. Ed has grown SAWA, into a collective of freelance professionals and pro-bono network of supporters. The structure is flat it has no hierarchy, each project is discussed openly and relationships and roles are defined on a project basis which meet the specific needs and constraints of each project. Ed has collaborated with a range of community groups, individuals, charities, private businesses and professionals to deliver the best holistic well rounded result, fair to the environment and all. In 2016 Ed received the ‘RIBAJ Rising Star 2016 Cohort Award’ for We Yone School in the Ebola-affected region of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Enabling 180 of the most vulnerable children in the community to attend primary school and provide a community space for adult learning. WYCF, the client, which nominated him for the RIABJ award, says: ‘Ed demonstrated a commitment to the charity’s mission and vision that made it very easy to entrust him with a great deal of responsibility. Ed would deliver design iterations while involving other experts to improve overall robustness (rammed earth consultants, pro bono volunteers from international engineering companies and partners from architectural firms)... he conducted workshops with men, women and children and the community’s vision became firmly embedded in the design. He adapted to... poor internet, uncompetitive contracting, bad weather, language barriers, variable conceptions of time, etc.’ RIBAJ who granted Ed the award says ‘Ed has set himself up as a designer who can be parachuted into unusual projects and places to get things moving: from mobilising the direction of the design to hiring and motivating the right team’. In 2019 Ed received ‘The Agri Tech Centre AJ100 Best Collaboration of the year Award’ with Squire and Partners, with the judges describing it as ‘an exceptional example of architectural practices doing charitable work in the developing world’. Ed has spent a large amount of time volunteering his skills in Rwanda and Mozambique, while seeing festivals as an opportunity to be socially active and experimental in the UK. Delivering projects in challenging environments: post '14 Ebola Sierra Leone, post genocide '94 Rwanda and '79 Cambodia and post '15 earthquake Nepal. Working closing with international and grassroots organisations to deliver appropriate and considered results.
Accommodation, Lunch and Details
Accommodation: Camping is available at Greatham Village Hall, St John’s Field, but need to agreed prior to arrival. Bring your own tent and bedding etc. There are toilet facilities at the campsite, but no showers, we can offer showers at the neighbours house if needed. You are welcome to camp with us from the evening before the course begins. Radical Inclusion: We would like to make sure this opportunity is available to all people from all backgrounds, wealth, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, identity etc. This course is open to everyone adults and young people aged 16+. 16-18 year olds wishing to attend independently will require a parental guardian to sign a waiver on arrival, provided by me. Volunteering: Further opportunities to get involved with the tiny house build might be possible, so please get in contact at sawa.engage@gmail.com to register your interest. SAWA Workshops: There's a WhatsApp Group you can join to hear more about it all Food: Vegan/Sugar free - Lunch will be provided on the teaching days. Fresh salads from the garden, and orchard fresh apples as well as a selection of teas and coffee for break times. Meals will be nutritionally balanced to provide an exquisite experience for your tastebuds as well as filling your bellies and giving you plenty of energy for the teaching days. Please advise us of any dietary requirements so preparations can be made in advance or bring your own to supplement. Kit List: Warm, waterproof clothing. Be prepared to get muddy too! Please also bring a food along to share, so we can organise a pot luck banquet with the whole group! If there are any specific requirements in relation to food, accessibility or any other matter, please get in touch and we will do all we can to try and accommodate you requirements.
Learning aims
Aim 1
To collaborate in a community group with the same mission, share resources and create a healthier planet for all
Aim 3
Learn to heal the land and at the same time heal ourselves
Aim 5
To design energy efficient systems using nature to ensure low or zero running costs of living in the building.
Aim 2
To understand regenerative and sustainable design
Aim 4
Learn how to Design and Build a Tiny Home!
Flow of the day
Morning Informal Yoga /Movement Session will be offered from 8am. Breakfast Self Organised at Camp Site Pot Luck (do bring something to add to the pot) Followed by all meeting together at 9am for the Circle Check in Session One - 10am - 1pm (with a 15 mins tea and snack break at 11.30) Lunch Break 1 - 2pm - lunch will be brought to the site and we will eat together there. Session Two - 2pm - 5pm (with a 15 mins tea and snack break at 3.30) Relax time is your own, head to camp site Dinner Self Organised at Camp Site - perhaps a pot luck stew (do bring something to add to the pot) The evening is your own - self organised campfires, sing songs and story telling welcome.
Pricing information
Ticket nameStandard
InformationPrices are a recommended donation, please let me know if you would like to donate a different amount. You can just come for one day that is fine too.
Ticket nameConcession
Where we'll be
Petersfield Road, Liss, Hampshire, GU33
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