The Regenerative Tiny Home Workshop

Learn how to design and build your own home?

Mentored by

Ed Dale-Harris of SAWA

Architect, Regenerative Designer + Meditator

Location address: Hailsham, BN27 4HE
Chosen age group:

Ages: 18+ years

Available tickets:
High Waged £150Middle Waged £125Low Waged £100
Next date: None - Register your interest
A summary
This one day 10am - 4pm workshop is a great place to start if you are thinking of embarking on a self-build eco home project. Dreaming of a low cost, self-sufficient autonomous green living, this is the place for you. The Tiny House Moment is booming and we all know how important it is to be getting off fossil fuels with green clean energy. Meet Eartha, the Early Bird, Ed's Tiny Home! 150 days or labour, £20K worth of materials. Eartha, Ed's Baby has been born. After years of green dreaming and practicing in this field of Architecture, International Development and Regenerative Systems Design, bringing together all this experience and knowledge to create this Mobile Tiny Home. Ed founded SAWA in 2014 around these principles, this project really brings it all together. The Tiny House Movement! addresses all of today’s crisis's: cost of living, energy bills, housing, mental health, economic, environmental etc... Living small can mean living outside more in nature, learning practical skills to keep you fit and embodied, living connected to the land and away from consumerism AND touching the soil every day. Not to mention saving money on rents, bills, mortgages and living in a community…. The list goes on... What will you learn: *Learn how to build your own Autonomous Regenerative Mobile Ecologically Conscious Regenerative Home? *Principles and ethics of regenerative design integrated and applied to a Tiny House design. *The design and build sequence of a house *A basic cost breakdown of what Ed spent on what, Building material reclamation / foraging, where to look *Materials + Structural Frame Design *Insulations and thermal mass - timber, wool, wood fibre etc - Thermal, vapour open + closed *Ecological Design Bio climatic Seasonal design *Compost Loos - pee poo separator design *Water: Grey, Black and Rain what do with what *Solar PV, Wood burner heating and back boiler *A combination of sustainable design and mindfulness based approaches. with a bit of all important self care based on Yoga, Ayurveda and Mediation. Bring your own unique building design problems and questions? Get a chance to imagine and dream and map out of what kind of space you would live to live in. Get inspiration and empower knowledge to build your own home the self build Journey of a lifetime! What you can expect to get from this course: *A practical overview of how to design and build your own eco tiny home *An opportunity to design and draw up your dream on paper and get feedback from an architect! *A brilliantly fun way of learning how to use intelligent spatial 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 part of a movement and community. *A deeper awareness of nature based regenerative principles and how to apply them to your daily lives and design *Making new connections, friends and drawing on the knowledge of a self building, ecologically mindful architect! *Taste delicious, and deeply nourishing food from the garden made by our resident SAWA chef *Lots of laughter, chats, smiles from a group like minded fun souls!
About your mentor
Ed Dale-Harris of SAWA
Architect, Regenerative Designer + 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, environmentally 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 a 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 RIBAJ 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 closely with international and grassroots organisations to deliver appropriate and considered results.
Important Details
Site Specific Requirements Parking - Springham Farm is a 200 acre Organic in Conversion farm, soon to be Biodynamic. It has a large cattle herd that may need access to the barns at any time. Please park where you are directed to park, when you arrive. Please don't open any gates and go into any field that you are not invited to. Always close any gate behind you. No dogs are permitted on the site. Sadly children are not covered on our insurance so can not come to this event. The site is an active working farm - No individual strolls. No touching the bales. The Cattle Fences are electric, don't touch them. We will be in the veg garden, house and garden areas only. 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 all adults and young people aged 16+. 16-18 year olds wishing to attend independently will require a parental guardian. SAWA Workshops: There's a WhatsApp Group you can join to hear more about it all, get in touch if you want to join. Food: Potluck Lunch - Please all bring a small dish or some food to share, we will provide a pot curry, a fresh salad from the garden to share too. There will be a selection of herbal teas and coffee for break times. Vegan healthy snacks are welcome to be donated and shared at tea break at the end of the day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements so preparations can be made in advance or bring your own to supplement. WHAT TO BRING: A Lunch dish to share Water bottle, Mug, bowl + Cutlery Correct clothes - Be prepared for the appropriate weather, we will be outdoors. We will shelter inside in the barn if the weather gets bad. But we plan to be outside most of the day if possible. If cold and wet bring warm, waterproof clothing , boots it may get muddy. If sunny bring hat, sandals etc A Design Challenge - example: How can I create a beautiful eco home on my 6 x 2m trailer for less than £10K? 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 your requirements to make you feel welcome..
Learning aims
Aim 1
Learn how to Design and Build a Tiny Home!
Aim 3
To design energy efficient systems using nature to ensure low or zero running costs of living in the building.
Aim 5
Learn to heal the land and ourselves
Aim 2
To understand regenerative and sustainable design principles
Aim 4
Learn to collaborate in a group with the same mission, share resources and create a healthier planet for all
Flow of the day
10am Welcome Circle Mindful moment Intro about Springham Farm Orientation and Awareness site safety Regenerative Principles Meeting Design of Tiny House Today UK Context - Cost Crisis - Climate Change 11.30 am Tea Break ( tea station set up in either office or tiny house weather depending) Learning from observation of Nature's Principles A short walking tour of gardens, harvest greens 1pm - Potluck sharing lunch Bring a small dish or something to share, a salad, a curry pot and herbal teas will be provided. (if diets are sensitive just bring your own) Design Activity Overview Story of Ed's Tiny house and Design rationale The budget Spectrum (£1k-5k-25k-50k-500K) Design Embodiment Movement Visioning Exercise. Mapping/ Drawing your Tiny Design Exercise Closing Circle - Mindful Moment - Takeaways + Reflections 4pm - Optional tea + questions (Healthy, vegan, organic, whole food, organic, sugar+gluten free, snack to share are welcome;-)
Pricing information
Ticket nameHigh Waged
InformationIncome over £50,271 pa Inline with UK Gov. tax brackets
Ticket nameMiddle Waged
InformationIncome £12,571 to £50,270 pa Inline with UK Gov. tax brackets
Ticket nameLow Waged
InformationIncome up to £12,570 pa Inline with UK Gov. tax brackets
Where we'll be
Springham FARM, Grove Hill, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 4HE
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