Veracruz Biomimicry and Design Expedition

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Talloguaya Camp

Filobobos Natural Rainforest Protected Area, Veracruz


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Biomimicry and Design
Up to 6 CEUs/academic credits available for educators

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.

June 22 - July 1, 2017

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 at Iberoamericana University, Santa Fe Campus, in Mexico City with an evening lecture on June 22, followed by a day-long introductory session in the classroom, on June 23. 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 your 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 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

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 for each meal in the Veracruz tradition, and freshly picked fruit abounds.

Your instructors

Your experienced instructors will include Megan Schuknecht, director of design challenge at the Biomimicry Institute, and biologist Delfin Montañana and architect Raul de Villafranca, both Biomimicry Fellows and professors at Iberoamericana University, one of the Biomimicry Institute’s affiliate universities. 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 $1800 and includes all meals and accommodations for the 7-day journey and stay in Veracruz. Tuition does not include travel costs to and from Mexico City or food and lodging costs while in the city. Register by March 19, 2017, for a 20% early bird discount (for a workshop cost of $1440).

CEUs or academic credit

Up to 6 CEUs will be available for educators who complete all sections of the course. CEUs will be offered through San José State University. The cost is $60 per CEU.

Up to 6 graduate semester credits are also available through Buffalo State University. The cost is $130 per credit. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact the Biomimicry Institute at the time you register for the workshop.


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. We recommend you wait to purchase airline tickets until notified. However, international participants should be prepared to fly into Mexico City by late afternoon on Thursday, June 22. You can schedule your departure for either early evening on Saturday, July 1, or anytime on Sunday, July 2 (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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Talloguaya Camp

Filobobos Natural Rainforest Protected Area, Veracruz


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