Creating the eco home of your dreams
This is a specially crafted course to learn about eco building at the beautiful retreat camp of Gea Viva. It combines hands-on building experience, lectures and design exercises to help you create your own dream house! 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 your 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 incoprorating 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 excercises that playfully explore your own dream house, taking your own project to the next level. In case you already have some skteches, a site or ideas, please bring them along.
You will learn the following:Overwiew of ecological building techniqes and materials Site selection and building position Passive solar design Hands-on experience working with natural stone and wood Skills to design a building layout that suits your needs
Gea Viva is an eco base and 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.
An experienced workshop leader, 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 thaught construction design part time at Preston University for three years
COSTS & DISCOUNTS
The cost for the training is based on gift economy, where participants are invited to contribute what they can afford and are willing to pay. The cost of putting on the course means we need to raise on average €250 per person. However we invite you to propose how much you would like to contribute. We encourage those of you who can contribute more to do so, which should allow us to cover our costs.
To secure your place on the course, please pay a deposit of 150 Euros at the time of your registration. Payments are by bank transfer in Croatian Kunas (HRK) or in Euros. Please pay for your accommodation in cash on arrival.
There is a choice of accommodation:
1.) Camping on site for seven nights is 45 Euros. Please bring your own camping gear.
2.) For those who do not want to travel with tents, mats and blankets, we will also set up camping dormitories, which is 70 Euros for seven nights. This covers the cost of water, infrastructure and tourist tax.
Staying on site, gives you a deeper experience of the course vibe, however, if you would like more comfort, we can book a shared room for you in the village for 105 Euros for seven nights (subject to us finding a same sex room mate for you), a single room for 175 Euros or an apartment for two for 245 Euros.
We have a fully equipped kitchen on site, and we can perpare vegetarian meals jointly, dividing costs for food. There are also restaurants in the village. Please note that alcohol and drugs are not allowed 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. Optional morning meditations are from 7.45-8.15 hrs. The long lunch breaks allows a rest or time to go swimming during the hot hours of the day. The course starts on 10th June at 18.00 hrs and will finish on16th June with an evening celebration.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring a notebook, any information you might have regarding your own eco house project, working clothes, a hat and sunscreen.
CP: Sabine Engelhardt
00 385 (0)91 880 4730
Price: Suggested donation 250€
Frequently asked questions
Ok, so I got to the island. What now?
Ah, our favourite question. 🙂 Here are just some ideas!
We’ve gathered only the best of the best restaurants, taverns, farms etc. to give you the opportunity to enjoy only the best island food, made from fresh, local ingredients. Check out our selection at gastronomy section of our website.
Do as locals do – eat well, sleep well! Again, only the best of Brač accommodation awaits you on our website, gathered under Accommodation section. Feel like royalty while you’re here!
#3 HAVE FUN.
There’s so much to see and do, all around Croatia, this truly amazing country. But, there’s even more of this awesomeness on island Brač! Here you’ll find dragons, Hercules, night sailing, poetry reading, electric dancing, graffiti painting, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it! So, here’s an idea. Browse through or culture section, plan some morning activities, go swimming in some of our beautiful villages, and the check the calendar to plan your night!
#4 AND MORE FUN.
You want more? Glad to hear it, cause there’s always something else to do on Brač! Choose your adventure, book a boat, safari tour, sightseeing or something more dangerous – Brač has it all!
#5 GET BRAČ PASS.
To enjoy yourself to the fullest, get yourself a copy of Brač Pass – interactive tour guide, with lots of discounts, interesting facts and prizes you can win!
* For getting around the island, we suggest using the local transportation. Click here for online booking with a discount!
I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!
Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.
BY SEA ///
There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.
First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.
Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!
BY AIR ///
Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač Deluxe, Rent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!
Once you’re on the island, rent a car, use taxis or local transportation. For online booking with discount, click here.
All the emergency numbers you might need but we hope you won’t!
POLICIJSKA POSTAJA BRAČ // POLICE STATION BRAČ
Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112
DOM ZDRAVLJA SUPETAR, HITNA POMOĆ // HOSPITAL, ER
Mladena Vodanovića 24 – 21 400 Supetar
+ 385 21 640 014 / 112
HRVATSKA GORSKA SLUŽBA SPAŠAVANJA // CROATIAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICES