Immersion Workshops

Join us on a biomimicry journey

Experience a new way of viewing and valuing the genius that surrounds us in the natural world.

Since 2002, Biomimicry 3.8 has offered week-long immersion workshops to introduce participants to biomimicry while they learn in stunning ecosystems around the world. Our immersion workshops offer the opportunity to delve deep into learning biomimicry, giving participants hands-on experience with innovation inspired by nature among a group of cross-disciplinary peers and with the guidance of our expert instructors.

No matter which workshop or training you attend, be ready get an up-close-and-personal look at the local ecosystems as you:

  • 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
  • Explore a world teeming with natural solutions

Workshop types

Discovering Nature’s Genius

While in an exciting outdoor environment, participants learn how to describe the function and context of the biological phenomenon that they observe, learning the biology to design approach as they explore. The Discover workshops emphasize Life’s Principles, design lessons from nature, and the rules for the way life/nature works. Our next Discover Nature’s Genius workshop will take place December 4-9, 2017 in Costa Rica; registration will open in late summer.

Applying the Biomimicry Thinking Methodology

These workshops emphasize the challenge to biology Biomimicry Thinking approach. Participants learn how to scope a biomimetic design brief, initiate, catalogue, and create meaning out of biological research, and develop concepts inspired by the research findings. The Biomimicry Thinking workshops focus on a specific discipline, for example the built environment or design. 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


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.


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.


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.


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

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 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

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

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

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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