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2019 Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Expedition

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Filobobos Natural Rainforest Protected Area, Veracruz State, Mexico


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Biomimicry and Design

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Veracruz State while learning about biomimicry with peers from all over the world.

Biomimicry is the practice of developing sustainable technologies inspired by ideas from nature. Examples of biomimicry that are changing our world today include highly efficient fans inspired by the way kelp moves in water, soil restoration solutions inspired by cushion plants, and CO2-sequestering cement production inspired by corals. While humans have a long way to go towards living sustainably on this planet, millions of species—with millions of years of field testing—contain technological strategies to help us succeed in our all-important quest to become a species that fits in well on a diverse planet.

Who should attend?

This event is designed for teachers, faculty, students, and professionals seeking an intensive, interdisciplinary, and experiential introduction to biomimicry in a vibrant natural setting.

July 5 - July 13, 2019

What you'll do

This expeditionary workshop will open your eyes, your brain, and your heart to new ways of engaging in the world around you. Along with international colleagues from a variety of disciplines, you'll explore ten different ecosystems (alpine, grassland, conifer forest, desert, volcanic lake, cloud forest, tropical evergreen forest, tropical oak forest, rainforest, mangroves) in Mexico's beautiful Veracruz State as you learn to see nature differently and work your way through the biomimicry methodology to solve a design challenge. During this workshop, you'll also be invited to hike, swim, raft, take a night walk through the rainforest, explore with all your senses, and learn in an open-air classroom.

The learning begins in the heart of Mexico City with a lecture and introductory session in the classroom on July 5. The next day we'll leave for Veracruz and begin a 7-day learning adventure in which we’ll explore each of those diverse ecosystems while deepening our ability to listen to, learn from, and echo nature. En route to Veracruz, we'll spend one night in a local village before arriving at the beautiful Talloguaya Camp located in a rainforest preserve along the shore of the Bobos River.

What you'll learn:

  • The practical application of biomimicry as a design and educational tool

  • Examples of biomimicry success stories

  • History, philosophy, and ethics of biomimicry

  • Biological and ecological principles relevant to design

What you'll take home:

  • A new understanding of the natural world

  • A fresh perspective on the work you do—whether in a classroom or a company—and new ways to engage students and colleagues to solve problems creatively

  • A new way of viewing and valuing nature

  • A sense of hope and possibility

  • A new network of collaborators and tools for further exploration

What people say about the trip:

"Some of the best 10 days of my life, not only learning about this fantastic field of study but also growing as a person. I have become more centered with our planet and have developed life-long friends from this journey. Having left with a desire to do more and a great love for Mexico and our planet as a whole."

"Little did I know this workshop would have such a great impact in my way of thinking and seeing nature."

"To say this workshop was life changing would be the understatement of the century. From the extraordinary locations, to the locally-sourced food, to the perception-shifting activities, I was blown away every step of the journey. I could not be more grateful to have been a part of this exceptional group of young minds whom I truly believe have the ability to change the world with biomimicry!"

Accommodations and meals

At Talloguaya Camp, participants will sleep in spacious two-person wall tents, with outdoor showers and flush toilets. Home cooked, local fresh foods are carefully prepared in the Veracruz tradition for each meal and freshly picked fruit abounds.

Your instructors

Your experienced instructors will include Sherry Ritter, Certified Biomimicry Professional, and biologist Delfin Montañana and architect Raul de Villafranca, both Biomimicry Fellows and professors at Universidad del Medio Ambiente (UMA). They'll arrive with 30 years of biomimicry teaching combined, ready to help you achieve your goals for the workshop and ensure you continue to apply what you learn once you return home.

Tuition and costs

The cost of the workshop is $2400 for professionals and $1900 for students and includes all meals and accommodations for the 7-day journey and stay in Veracruz, as well as three nights lodging in Mexico City. Tuition does not include travel costs to and from Mexico City, to and from the airport, or food costs while in the city.


Can you provide travel details?

Yes. We'll provide full details in a comprehensive logistics packet to be mailed to participants upon close of registration near the end of May. Please do not book airfare until we can confirm we have enough participants to hold the workshop. Once you receive confirmation, international participants should fly into Mexico City by the evening of Thursday, July 4. You can schedule your departure for after 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, or anytime on Sunday, July 14 or later (recommended).

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email megan.schuknecht@biomimicry.org or call +1-415-800-1905.

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