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Immersion Workshops

Drive innovation with professional training inspired by nature’s genius

Today’s world needs innovators who can design and initiate resilient, sustainable solutions.

From designers at Nike to R&D teams from Johnson & Johnson to university students looking to jumpstart their careers, Biomimicry 3.8 has been inspiring the next generation of change-makers through its week-long immersion workshops since 2002. A visionary kind of professional training, our immersion workshops introduce participants from diverse, multi-disciplinary backgrounds to innovation inspired by nature while they learn in stunning ecosystems around the world. Participants delve deep into the biomimicry methodology, gaining hands-on experience under the guidance of our expert instructors.

It’s cutting-edge professional training designed to drive innovation that will help solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Be ready to explore a world teeming with solutions:

  • Experience nature’s forms, processes, and ecosystems
  • Witness nature’s elegant designs, technology, and innovation
  • Learn how to translate and apply nature’s genius to your field


Workshop types

Discovering Nature’s Genius

When it comes to practicing biomimicry—applying lessons from nature to your challenges—immersing yourself in nature and learning among a community is essential. Discover Nature’s Genius workshops offer a new kind of professional training, introduce participants to biomimicry in ecosystems around the world. Explorations through the local ecosystems deepen participants understanding of the biomimicry methodology, giving participants a front door into the world of nature’s genius and demonstrating how to apply its lessons. The Discover workshops emphasize Life’s Principles, design lessons from nature, and the essential rules for the way life/nature creates conditions conducive to life. Our next Discover Nature’s Genius workshop will take place December 4-9, 2017 in Costa Rica; registration is now open. Learn more here.

Applying the Biomimicry Thinking Methodology

A science-based approach implemented by Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofits alike, Biomimicry Thinking explores how intelligence from nature can elevate your design process, leading to innovation that is cutting edge, effective, elegant, and inherently sustainable. This workshop will equip you with tools and knowledge of the methodology so you can begin to implement biomimicry into design applications. This professional training provides a deep dive into the foundation of the biomimicry philosophy and design approach through a mix of lectures and activities. Each step of the biomimicry thinking approach is detailed during an interdisciplinary team-based design challenge. Our next Biomimicry Thinking workshop will take place October 22-27, 2017, near Atlanta, Georgia. Registration is now open. Learn more here.

Biomimicry Applied to Industry

These trainings are a multi-day, nature-based, hands-on exploration specifically focused on a sector or industry. You will be exposed to nature’s design lessons, experiential play with lessons from local habitats, and engage immediate and direct application to your own projects and challenges in an interactive, collaborative setting. Unlike the immersion workshops, attendees are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. Stay tuned for upcoming topics and locations. Take a look at our last training which focused on the built environment.

Biomimicry Specialist certification

Both Discover Nature’s Genius and Biomimicry Thinking count toward Biomimicry Specialist certification. Learn more

Instructors

Workshops are led by top biomimicry experts, including the thought leaders who helped develop the methodology. Instructor details and bios are included on individual workshop pages.

Locations  

Workshop locations are selected using a strict criteria. We seek out intimate venues with a high commitment to sustainability, proximity to nature and comfortable accommodations all found in an interesting and unique ecosystem.

See where we are heading next! | View upcoming immersions here

Pricing

Costs varies depending on workshop type and location. Generally, food, overnight accommodations, airport transportation, all activities during the week, tuition, and administration costs are included in the all-inclusive price. All cost details are included on individual workshop pages.

History

2017
Discover Nature’s Genius in California, April 3-8, 2017
Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation in Montana June 6-11, 2017

2016
Discovering Nature’s Genius: Cape Tribulation, Australia September 5–10, 2016
Biomimicry Thinking for Social Innovation: Netherlands June 25-30, 2016
Biomimicry Thinking for Design: Sonoran Desert, Arizona, March 5-10, 2016

2015
Biomimicry Thinking for Social Innovation: California April 19–24, 2015
Discovering Nature’s Genius: South Africa November 9–14, 2015
Discovering Nature’s Genius: Montana August 2–7, 2015

2014
Discovering Nature’s Genius: La Cusinga Lodge, Costa Rica December 9–14, 2014

 

Biomimicry ushers in an era based not on what we can extract from nature, but on what we can learn from her. This shift from learning about nature to learning from nature requires a new method of inquiry.

— Janine Benyus, Biomimicry 3.8 Co-Founder
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