Biomimicry Thinking October 22-27, 2017 | Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia
Join us among Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains for an eye-opening learning 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 five-day deep dive into the Biomimicry Thinking methodology explores how intelligence from nature can elevate your design process, leading to innovation that is cutting edge, effective, elegant, and inherently sustainable.
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..?” and this workshop will equip you with tools and knowledge of this methodology so you can translate biology to application. Activities will include practicing with interdisciplinary teams on design challenges based on real-world questions.
Who Is It For
The workshop is for creative problem solvers searching for a way to re-frame and elevate their innovation and design processes. You’ll join a motivated, hopeful, interdisciplinary crew of participants to discover how biomimicry can unlock a new way of thinking about your toughest challenges. Past workshop participants have included CEOs, engineers, interior designers, professors, high school teachers, directors of innovation, architects, university students, entrepreneurs, and more! No prior experience with biomimicry is required – all skill levels welcome.
Where Is It
Elohee Center is located in the foothills of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains on 220 acres of undeveloped land two hours from Atlanta, Georgia. The idyllic setting allows you to (re)connect with nature while getting up-close-and-personal with the local ecosystem and mentor organisms that exemplify the genius design part that is nature.
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.
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.
You'll learn about Life’s Principles–the deep patterns behind the way life works–both in the classroom and outside in the local ecosystem.
The cottages at Elohee provide a variety of room options to fit your needs and budget.
You will employ Biomimicry Thinking with an interdisciplinary team on a real world design challenge.
October is the peak of fall foliage in northern Georgia. Photo: flickr.com | zuofab
The workshop provides many opportunities to (re)connect with nature.
Mandala Hall, a sustainably built and energy efficiency building, will be our main meeting area.
Shared rooms at Elohee include a private en suite bathroom.
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.
Erin Rovalo–Biomimicry 3.8 Senior Principal, Designer 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; and administration costs. A variety of accommodations are available at Elohee 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’s website. Reserve your seat for only $500. Full payment is due September 1, 2017.
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.
Online registration forms must be completed by August 28, 2017. All instructions and pricing information is included within the form. Don’t delay, our workshops fill quickly. Late registration will be accepted through September 29 pending availability. Late registrants will incur a $200 late fee.
Discounts – Limited Availability! All discounts have limited availability, are offered on a first-come, first-serve 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.
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.
This is by far one of the best workshops I have ever attended. Biomimicry is the missing link for the next generation of innovations. Be prepared to be amazed!