Eco buiding course 27th July-3rd August

Prodolina 864 - 21405 Milna - Croatia
Join us for this specially crafted course combining hands-on building experience, lectures and design exercises to help you create your own eco building.

Be inspired by a multitude of techniques and projects you will see around the Gea Viva site, delve deeply into eco living while you are here and enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment!

Living in an eco building, brings you closer to nature, boosts your well-being and allows you to live your ecological values. Eco buildings are designed to minimize their impact on the environment, by using natural, renewable or reycled materials, being well insulated and incorporating the principles of passive solar design. Another important aspect is how much space you actually need. By designing floor plans cleverly, it is possible to save a lot of effort, materials and money! Practicals will illustrate these principles and deepen the principles learned. These cover hands-on construction as well as design exercises that playfully take your own project to the next level. In case you already have some sketches, a site or ideas, please bring them along.

You will learn the following:
o Overwiew of ecological building techniques and materials
o Site selection and building position
o Passive solar design
o Hands-on experience working with natural stone and wood
o Skills to design a building layout that suits your needs

Sabine Engelhardt is an architect, joiner and geomancer, who is the innitiator of the Gea Viva project. Being passionate about eco building, she has, together with friends and volunteers, built most structures on site. Sabine is an award-winning architect with over ten year's xperience, and has taught construction design part-time at Preston University for three years. She has designed and constructed her own tiny eco straw bale house, which you can see on site.

The course will run every day from 9.00 - 13.00 and from 18.00 - 19.30 hrs, with short interim breaks as required. You can also take part in Yoga and meditation sessions. The long lunch breaks allow a rest or time to go swimming during the hot hours of the day. The course starts on the first day at 18.00 hrs and will finish with breakfast on the leaving day.

The course language is English. Do not hesitate to ask, if you do not unterstand something, we can take it slowly. If you need, we can translate parts into German or Croatian.

Gea Viva is an eco retreat camp in a tranquil olive grove, 15 minutes’ walk from the sea and the harbour village Milna on the beautiful Croatian island Brač. Giving people the opportunity to experience living in harmony with nature, it offers retreats, events and seminars around the themes of ecological construction, permaculture, geomancy, healthy living, arts and crafts. Being completely off-grid, Its design is based on permaculture principles featuring a stone circle, a beautiful pavilion which serves as a teaching space, a permaculture garden, compost toilets, solar showers, a geodesic dome, a straw bale eco cabin, a giant mosaic dragon and a cosy Summer kitchen. The course will take place in our outdoor pavilion and around the Gea Viva site.

We have a fully equipped kitchen on site, and will prepare vegetarian meals jointly. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know in the registration form.
Please note that alcohol and drugs are not allowed on site.

The village Milna has grocery shops, restaurants, bars, cash points, a currency exchange, a doctor and a post office.

We offer four choices of accommodation:
1.) A glamping tent with canvas rooms and camping beds (one single 'room', two twins) (bed linen, blankets and sleeping bags provided)
2.) Camping in your own tent. We also provide tents and equipment for hire.
3.) Camping in own camper van. (2 spaces)

o six days of teaching
o course materials
o an in depth-tour of the buildings on site
o vegetarian breakfast, lunch and supper, jointly prepared
o optional meditations and Yoga sessions
o seven nights' accommodation in the glamping tent, own camper van or own tent (camping equipment can also be hired at an extra charge)

To secure your place on the course, please pay the deposit of 150 Euros at the time of your registration.

For cancellations up to two months in advance of the event, we will deduct a handling fee of 50 Euros, and return the remainder of the deposit to you. For cancellations later than two months before the event, the deposit is non-returnable and for cancellations later than one month before the event, the entire fee is due.

The nearest city is Split, which can be reached by plane, ferry, rail, coach and car. From there you can catch a passenger ferry directly to Milna on Brac or travel via Supetar with the car ferry (more frequent). Milna is also serviced by a ferry from Dubrovnik, Mljet, Korčula and Hvar.

Please bring coloured pens, a notebook, any information you might have regarding your own eco house project, working clothes, a sun hat, sunscreen and a towel.

7 nights, vegetarian meals and teaching 525 Euros in glamping tent/own camper 495 Euros in own tent

7 nights accommodation, vegetarian meals and teaching
525 Euros in glamping tent, own camper van or hire tent
495 Euros in own tent

7 nights, vegetarian meals and teaching 525 Euros in glamping tent/own camper 495 Euros in own tent


Gea Viva Eco Island Retreat

Milna (Splitsko-dalmatinska županija)

Starting from 19,00 €