I was an instructor at BioConstruyendo Patagonia in February, 2010. There were 20 instructors and 120 participants. I taught courses on how to make and apply earthen paints and plasters and created sculpture with earthen material.
Introduction to Permaculture
Permaculture and Natural Building
Passive Solar Design
Introduction to Natural Building
Solar Water Heating
Grey Water Treatment
Green or Living Roofs
Natural Building Techniques Covered:
Wattle and Daub
Light Straw-Clay Bricks
Earth Bag Construction
Cast Floor Panels
CIDEP, which stands for Center for Permaculture Research, Development and Education, is the central location for both hands-on projects and lectures. The center is a 24 acre farm in a beautiful rural area at the foothills of the Andes and 9 miles from the center of the town of El Bolson. Many sustainable systems at various stages of development exist at the center including natural windbreaks, natural buildings, alternative energy generation, passive solar systems, composting toilets, recycling, garden, and nature reserve spaces. The presence of all these systems creates a dynamic environment for participants since they actually live in and experience them.