Biomimicry Thinking October 14-19, 2018 | Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
Join us among Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains for a five-day training experience designed to equip you with the framework to help conceive, create, and implement innovation ideas inspired by nature’s genius.
Set against the backdrop of the Appalachian forest, this biomimicry immersion workshop is for anyone open to discovery. Inspire your inner changemaker as you dive deep into the Biomimicry Thinking methodology, exploring how intelligence from nature can elevate your design process, leading to innovation that is cutting edge, effective, elegant, and inherently sustainable.
Bring your organization’s toughest challenge and discover how biological intelligence can drive cutting-edge social innovation solutions. Through six days of experience-driven and science-based discovery and leadership practice, you’ll work with interdisciplinary teams to discover how nature’s genius can foster better collaboration, create successful systems, and navigate change in complex conditions or in times of disturbance. These lessons from nature will help you lead the way to a more adaptable, resilient, cooperative, and networked world.
Who Is It For
Regardless of your familiarity with biomimicry, the workshop is for anyone who wants to re-imagine solutions to social and organizational challenges. Executive, business, non-profit, education, public policy, faith, and government leaders have used this course to change they way they tackle challenges. If you want to learn from nature to inspire new ways of doing business and begin gathering the biomimicry tools you need to elevate the way you think, work, and lead–this workshop is for you.
Where Is It
The workshop will be held at the 8,000-acre Blacktail Ranch, where Montana’s Rocky Mountains meet the prairies in a dramatic convergence of rocky cliffs and grassy hills. You’ll be inspired by the beauty and ruggedness, as well as one of the most biologically rich regions in the entire country. Accommodations include the historical lodge and cabins, and fantastic local, organic food.
October is the peak of fall foliage in northern Georgia. Photo: flickr.com | zuofab
The immersion workshop is led by Biomimicry 3.8 expert instructors.
A local naturalist will join the workshop to teach us about adaptations that allow local organisms to do things like stay dry, harvest water, create color, create structure, communicate, etc.– all functions often sought in humans designs.
The cottages at Elohee provide a variety of room options to fit your needs and budget.
Private rooms include a king size bed and en suite bathroom.
Shared rooms at Elohee include a private en suite bathroom.
You’ll join a motivated, hopeful, interdisciplinary crew of participants from around the world.
Mandala Hall, a sustainably built and energy efficient building, will be our main meeting area.
The Elohee campus includes a pond and amazing views of surrounding landscapes.
Workshop activities allow participants to practice biomimicry in a collaborative setting with people from other disciplines.
You will employ Biomimicry Thinking with an interdisciplinary team on a real world design challenge.
What To Expect
Each day is brimming with content and exploration. You should plan to clear your agenda and fully immerse yourself in the biomimicry experience!
Jamie Dwyer–Biomimicry 3.8 Principal, Design & Research
Biomimicry provides the perfect opportunity to fuse Jamie’s seemingly divergent interest in the fields of biology and architectural design. Her work for Biomimicry 3.8 is is often focused on integrating biomimicry in the built environment, from uncovering local biological champions as inspiration for place-based design to working towards creating factories that provide ecosystem services like a forest. Jamie has also led innovative research efforts in product design and social innovation. Working with companies such as HOK, BNIM, Interface, and Kimberly-Clark, Jamie has managed projects, led research and inspired many designers. Jamie has led dozens of budding biomimics through the biomimicry design process as well as through ecosystems around the world during past biomimicry workshops.
Drawing from an architectural design background, Erin Rovalo now weaves biomimicry into her design thinking expertise, which has allowed her to cultivate a distinctly innovative approach to finding sustainable solutions to a wider range of design sectors and challenges, such as packaging design and organizational development. For the past 7 years, Erin has successfully managed biomimicry innovation initiatives for Natura, Estee Lauder, Lone Meadow, Interface, and Burt’s Bees. Erin teaches Biomimicry & Design and iSites: Biomimetic Nature Journaling in the accredited MSc Biomimicry program at ASU and has supported the training of over 150 Biomimicry 3.8 certification alumni. Erin is a PhD researcher at Loughborough Design School investigating the use of prototyping in the biomimicry ideation process.
The all-inclusive price for the workshop includes delicious, organic and (when possible) locally harvested breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks; overnight accommodations for five nights; all activities during the week; tuition and course materials; transportation from the Atlanta (ATL) International Airport(at a set time); and administration costs. A variety of accommodations are available at Elohee Center to meet your needs and budget from camping to private en suite rooms. Some rooming types are limited and first come, first served. See photos of the rooms on Elohee Center’s website. Reserve your seat for only $500. Full payment is due August 17, 2018.
Camping | $3,200 Bring your own tent and sleeping bag for a more rustic experience. Camping platforms are provided as well as a dedicated bathroom & shower facility. Limited availability.
Shared room en suite | $3,500 These shared rooms have two single beds and a private en suite bathroom. You can request a roommate or we will assign you a roommate of the same sex.
Private single with shared bathroom | $3,600 These rooms provide more privacy and contain one single bed. A full bathroom is shared between two private single rooms.
Private king en suite | $3,900 These deluxe rooms provide a comfortable king size bed and your own en suite bathroom. Limited availability.
Discounts – Limited Availability! All discounts have limited availability, are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and may not be combined.
Student discount: Enrolled university students save $250. Must upload copy of current student ID upon registration.
Biomimicry Global Network member discount: Members of a local Biomimicry Global Network save $250. Must upload brief, written endorsement from local network leader upon registration.
Group Discounts Thinking of sending your team? Take advantage of our group tuition discounts. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
3 Participants: 10% Off
4 Participants: 15% Off
5+ Participants: 20% Off
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Registration and deadlines
Online registration forms must be completed by August 10, 2018. All instructions and pricing information is included within the form. Late registration will be accepted through September 21 pending availability. Late registrants will incur a $200 late fee.
Each workshop includes a team design challenge that allows participants to employ Biomimicry Thinking to brainstorm nature-inspired solutions to real-world challenges. One past team took on the challenge of designing environments that support employee wellbeing.
Each workshop includes a team design challenge that allows participants to employ Biomimicry Thinking to brainstorm nature-inspired solutions to real-world challenges. One past team took on the challenge of purifying water of heavy metals, particulates, and pathogens.
Each workshop includes a team design challenge that allows participants to employ Biomimicry Thinking to brainstorm nature-inspired solutions to real-world challenges. One past team took on the challenge of utility efficiency, aiming to design a high use building focusing on waste management with no water supply.
The workshop was everything I wanted and more. Rich with new material and hands-on design challenges. The Elohee Center location was beautiful and the food was delicious. I left with a new perspective and a desire to learn more. Highly recommended!