Innovate Bamboo: Design / Build Workshop

March 9-16, 2024
Playa el Coco, Nicaragua

Taught by Wyly Brown

Bamboo is a natural composite material with incredibly high tensile and compression strength. Its natural form is a circular tube, a form that is often created out of steel or aluminum for structural members, because that profile is lightweight and structurally optimal for carrying longitudinal forces. In Central America and Asia, simple timber bamboo poles have been used for centuries as low-cost structural materials. In those applications it has been demonstrated that when properly treated, it is durable and long lasting for both interior and exterior applications.

In this seminar students will work to explore strategies to design structural systems with bamboo. We will begin with a precedent study of historic investigations into lightweight construction methods including the works of Buckminster Fuller, Frei Otto, and Felix Candela. In parallel we will explore historic and contemporary bamboo construction methods employed in both Asia and Central America

These initial studies will be the basis for generating structural and systems and construction techniques to be applied on multiple scales from architectural details to long- span roof structures. We will further explore these form-finding methods using both physically modelling methods and digital parametric techniques. The intent is to create large scale operational models that demonstrate how these systems will function on a large scale. We plan to build detailed prototypes that demonstrate functional build able joints, connections, and forms.

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Your retreat with us includes:
  • Accommodations within steps of the Pacific and also a lovely pool
  • Daily therapeutic yoga sessions with Michelle specifically designed to nurture you
  • 4 Daily and Nutritious meals and pre-yoga snacks, coffee and juice
  • Specialty workshops such as Thai Massage, Holotropic Breathwork, Meditation, Facial Cupping, Fascial Release and more!
  • Access to the Turtle Hatchery where the baby turtles make their trip to the Ocean

Optional Activities (not included in price)
  • Zip lining excursion
  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • Surf lessons
  • Transformational Bodywork appointments with Daphne and Michelle

    Sometimes the issues are not where the pain is felt in the body. Sometimes they are structural and held in the muscles bones and fascia, sometimes they are energetic and held in the nervous system, sometimes they are adhesions or old scar tissue playing out in the organs, sometimes they are in our ancestral lineage, and the body always knows what it wants to heal first.

    This work treats from the micro level of the blood vessel, nerves, organs, cranial systems, bones and connective tissue with a high level of specificity, to the macro level of how the parts of the body are aligned together and how freely they are moving. Daphne and Michelle are trained in the lineages of Structural Integration and Osteopathy and also specialize in working with trauma, both physical and emotional, supporting it to exit the nervous system.

    Our work starts by asking your body questions, and listening deeply to the answers. Then a highly personalized treatment emerges that is unique to every individual.

    This work can be supportive work for injury patterns, disc issues, incontinence, menstrual issues, nerve pain, car accidents, falls, IBS, GURD, scoliosis, concussions, pelvic imbalances, head aches, and chronic injuries to give some examples.

    We are the therapists people go to when they have seen everyone else. We deeply support our clients self discovery though deep yet gentle structural work, movement, spiritual and shamanic work.

    Please be prepared by wearing a swimsuit, or underwear as we will be benefited by seeing how the body is stacked and in relationship to itself. Keep in mind these sessions will be more focused on solutions than a full body treatment. If you are ready to release the old, please get ready for true transformation!

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Meet The Instructors

Wyly Brown, AIA

Wyly Brown is practicing architect and is a principal and founding partner of Leupold Brown Goldbach Architects, with offices in Germany and the US. Wyly holds a Bachelors of Art in Anthropology, and spent a number of years researching the connection between cultures and monuments through the reconstruction of full-scale, functional objects, often using historically accurate methods. Past projects include the reconstruction of Finnish reindeer-pulled sledges, Egyptian obelisks, British siege-engines, and Medieval man-powered cranes. After receiving a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University in 2006, he spent two years conducting research at the Institute of Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, University of Stuttgart, Germany, on the topic of rapidly deployable disaster relief structures. In 2008, due to Wyly’s experience in innovative approaches to structure, he was hired at Behnisch Architekten. In the four years at Behnisch, Wyly developed parametric optimization design tools that were implemented on several award winning projects, including the Max-Aicher Speed Skating Arena in Inzell, the “Spider’s Web” of the Spinnereipark in Kolbermoor, and a High School in Ergolding. In 2014, he founded LBGO architects in Munich, with Andreas Leupold and Christian Goldbach. He approaches design through a process of analysis and optimization, searching for simple unified solutions to complex, and often contradicting, requirements. In addition to his professional practice, Wyly teaches and researches bamboo architecture as faculty at the Washington University in St. Louis, integrating indigenous building practices with contemporary design and construction capabilities and techniques.

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Michelle Fleming

Michelle is a Yoga Therapist, a Thai Bodyworker, a Nerve and Artery specialist and a Board Certified Structural Integrator in the lineage of Ida Rolf. It was through these complementary practices of wellness that she healed her body - and from there Orthopedic Yoga Therapy was born.

These days she trains teachers and students to find a fluid pattern of movement that protects and nourishes the joints while stretching the muscles and connective tissue and quieting the mind. She is the owner of Sanctuary Wellness Studios, Director of Orthopedic Yoga and Transformational Yoga Therapy and founder of Equilibrium, a non-profit dedicated to bringing breath, movement and nutrition education to young people with anxiety and mood disorders.