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Regenerative Biotecture Course – 2014

Regenerative Biotecture is the discipline of life on planet Earth, in its entirety. Questions you may want answered – What happens beyond survival? What is a healthy home? How do I build my own home? My own garden? Is food actually medicine? What role does water play in my life? 

nimbin - lucy scott

Welcome to the first of many RB courses facilitated by Terraeden Biotecture. What you will be walking away with will be an honourable title in Regenerative Biotecture (RB). Our main focus is on ‘big picture learning’. BPL is looking at the whole learning experience. The integration of head, hand, gut and soul education. During the course you will get hands on building experience, classroom time, there will be open-circle discussions and onsite tutoring.


The course will be completely catered for with three meals a day plus plenty of fresh fruit and refreshments. The meals will be put on by the kind folk from ‘foods that heal’ and ‘levity gardens’. There will be a large focus on nutrition for wellbeing and higher learning. It is said that a healthy mind and body starts from the gut outwards. This is the intention set for your sustenance during the course. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements we need to be aware of when you apply.

Background of the site

The course will be set in the semi-arid region of central north, NSW. The region is known mainly for its cotton production and its broad acre agriculture. There is very little in the way of organic farming and natural building in the area. The site is an old broad acre site that has been farmed for generations.

The vision is for the farm to be converted. Converted from conventional desecrating agriculture to a full scale organic farm with a regenerative home at the heart of it.

This may very well become somewhat of an influential move once the farm is producing with zero chemical input. Not to mention a home that heats and cools passively as well as taking care of its own sustenance through the running of the house itself!


Classes will be held by facilitators experienced in areas of building, land design, food production, soil science and more. Below is a list of subjects that will be taught throughout the duration of the course:

  • The home’s integrated natural systems

  • World climates & seasonal weather patterns. What is your climate?

  • Adapting design concept to your area

  • Phenology and us.

  • The flow of water

  • Harvesting and reusing water

  • Patterns in nature, the matrix of life.

  • Home as a vehicle for spirit

  • Understanding maps & reading landforms

  • Overall design including client brief

  • Garden design zones 0-5 including botanical cells

  • Building with natural materials

  • Food security, post harvest, fermentation & food storage

  • Holistic land management – integrating animals

  • Community structures – evolution

  • Aquarius and beyond


You will learn skills everyday with your own hands through the guidance of experienced builders and teachers. The home will be built as well as gardens and other pieces of infrastructure. Practical skills gained over the four sessions include but arent limited to:

  • Earth moving delegation

  • superadobe

  • formwork building

  • bottle wall construction

  • waterproofing

  • natural rendering

  • flooring

  • plumbing

  • electrical

  • solar

  • sewerage treatment

  • in house food production

  • exterior garden building

  • ethical home kills


While doing the course, everyone is welcome to stay onsite and camp, free of charge. A large part of this type of learning is living in community. You will be living, learning, building, eating and evolving with the same group of people for two weeks. You will need to bring whatever it is that makes you feel comfortable in your surrounds.

Course Structure

Session one – July 27 – 10 August

Session two –  August 26 – 9 September

Session three – September 24 – 8 October

Course costs is $1550 for a single session. Each session will run for two weeks at a time. The theory will be the same in each session, however the practical work will vary depending on which stage of the build is completed in the previous session. The most likely outcome for each session will go as follows:

Please note; Course fees are non refundable seven days prior to course commencement

Session one – mainly structural and some systems

Session two – some structural, mainly systems, some finishes

Session three – some systems and structural, mainly finishes

There are some volunteer positions available for the set up crew, pre-build. So, let us know if you are interested in that. Get in quick though, spots are limited!

If you have any further questions or queries please feel free to contact us

“I believe in god, only I spell it n-a-t-u-r-e” – Frank Lloyd Wright



Duuvy Jester

Duuvy is an Environmental builder based in Northern NSW. He has built enviro homes all the way from New Mexico to Australia along with countless retrofit projects. He, along with the rest of the Terraeden crew have been at the fore front of eco-building education in Australia. Duuvy specialises in Big Picture Education and is hell bent on delivering it to as many people as possible. 

Ian Todd

Ian is a licenced concreter with over twenty five years of experience in the industrial and domestic sector. He is an owner builder, constructing homes for his family wherever they live. With his deep love of ‘home’, Ian has embraced natural building techniques as a way for more people to afford their own dwellings by taking the daunting job of construction into their own hands.

Caroline Todd

Caroline has been enthusiastic about plants all of her life with nearly 30 years of experience in land and garden design. For the last twenty years she has raised family with Ian, exploring the balance between community and the environment. She has lived in the bush, at the beach and now Nimbin where she has studied permaculture, adult teaching and radio broadcasting. Caroline brings the ethics of Earth care, people care and fair share to the collective.

Johnny One Tree

Johnny has been in the organic food industry for the last eight years. He has perfected his craft from teachings and experiences picked up as far away as Canada to here in Australia. Johnny is co-founder and facilitator of Levity Gardens, an experimental, regenerative agricultural project. Reviving ancient farming methods with a modern twist using the laws of nature. 

Carla Muhling

Carla’s background is in food production. She has been working with ferments and focussing on healing through good digestion. This led to the birth of her business, ‘Foods that Heal’. FTH have promoted fermentation for the past few years now. They supply food through the local farmers market and they facilitate hands-on workshops. Carla is passionate about healing with nutrition and reconnecting people to real foods as well as the food source, itself.

Sally Fields

Sal has been living with dirt between her fingers, toes and more often than not on her face since she was a wee little being. Hailing from a mixed farming, sheep and cattle station in the outback of oz, it was a natural progression to study agriculture at Uni. Working as an agronomist (plant person) focused on Intergrated Pest Management (spraying less chemical) she yearned for a greener way of living. Her travels of self discovery lead to Northern California, thus beginning a decade of off grid living, and resulted in further studies in permaculture, adult education and Holistic management. Sally brings practicality, solutions and a big grin.