Discover Nature's Genius Costa RicaTBD
The immersion takes place Uvita, Costa Rica, and will inspire new ways of thinking for anyone open to discovery, no matter your professional background or experience with biomimicry.
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 biomimicry while they’re immersed in stunning ecosystems around the world. Participants dive deep into the biomimicry methodology, gaining hands-on application training under the guidance of our expert instructors.
Our workshops are designed to inspire new ways of thinking for anyone open to discovery, no matter their professional background or experience with biomimicry. CEOs, government leaders, engineers, interior designers, professors, teachers, directors of innovation, architects, entrepreneurs, and more have used our trainings to find new, more innovative ways to tackle challenges. You’ll join a motivated, hopeful, interdisciplinary crew of participants to discover how biomimicry can unlock a new way of thinking and drive meaningful change.
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We don’t do biomimicry in boring places, because when it comes to practicing biomimicry—applying lessons from nature to your challenges—immersing yourself in nature and learning among a community is essential. The immersion workshop experience centers around taking people outside to (re)connect with nature, allowing the sustainable strategies that have evolved in nature over 3.8 billion years to be discovered.
Participants leave refreshed and inspired to engage new ways of working, collaborating, and viewing challenges at hand. Highlights of learning in the field include:
There’s no wrong way to learn biomimicry. In fact, there are many ways to begin to discover innovation ideas from the natural world. Our workshops are formatted to kickstart the ideation process in several ways. Our main workshop and trainings are detailed below for you to explore. If you have any questions about the best fit for you, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll walk you through the options.
From the tropical rainforest to the rugged Rocky Mountain Front, Discover Nature’s Genius introduces participants to biomimicry in unique ecosystems around the world. Explorations through the local ecosystems deepen participants understanding of the biomimicry methodology, giving participants front door access into the world of nature’s genius and demonstrating how to apply its lessons. The Discover workshops emphasize Life’s Principles—the most important design lessons from nature—and the essential rules for the way life creates conditions conducive to life.
These workshops also emphasize the biology to design approach. In the biology-to-design approach, a biological phenomenon suggests a new way to solve a human design challenge. This approach is most appropriate when your process initiates with an inspirational biological insight (including a Life’s Principle) that you want to manifest as a design. Those who might follow this path include inventors and entrepreneurs, students who don’t yet have their own design process, those interested in discovering strategies that might inform new innovations, and educators interested in sharing biology in ways that generate interest with non-biologists.
Upon completing a Discover Nature’s Genius immersion workshop, you’ll be able to:
Re-frame and refresh your approach to problem solving by adding the Biomimicry Thinking methodology to your design process. A science-based approach implemented by Fortune 500 corporations and nonprofits alike, Biomimicry Thinking harnesses the power of asking: “How would nature…?” by exploring how intelligence from nature can elevate your design process, leading to innovation that is cutting edge, effective, elegant, and inherently sustainable.
These workshops emphasize the challenge to biology Biomimicry Thinking approach. The challenge-to-biology approach is useful for scenarios when a specific problem is at hand and you are seeking strategies and insights from nature for the solution. Each step of the Biomimicry Thinking process is detailed during an interdisciplinary team-based design challenges based on real-world questions. It will equip you with tools and knowledge of the methodology so you can begin to implement biomimicry into design applications.
Upon completing a Biomimicry Thinking immersion workshop, you will be able to:
Distinguish yourself in your field with our three-day, nature-based, hands-on exploration specifically focused on a topic, sector, or industry. You will be exposed to nature’s design lessons, experiential play with lessons from local habitats, as well as 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.
Both Discover Nature’s Genius and Biomimicry Thinking count toward the Biomimicry Specialist certification. Learn more
Workshop locations are selected using 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.
Costs vary depending on workshop type and location. All cost details are included on individual workshop pages. Generally, food, overnight accommodations, airport transportation, all activities during the week, tuition, and administration costs are included in the all-inclusive price.
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We’ve been teaching immersion workshops since 2003, but here’s our latest offerings.
2017 Discover Nature’s Genius in Costa Rica, December 4-9, 2017 Biomimicry Thinking in Georgia, October 22-27, 2017 Discover Nature’s Genius for Social Innovation in Montana June 6-11, 2017 Discover Nature’s Genius in California, April 3-8, 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
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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