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Wanderfoot cordially invites you to join us on our Joshua Tree Eco-Design Tour!  Over the course of 2 days we will be exploring unique and inspiring locations throughout Joshua Tree.  We have created a rich and holistic experience for our guests that integrates practices of sustainable design, yoga, rock climbing, mindfulness and well-being!

**Continuing Education Credits available for AIA & USGBC members**

Our tours are a mindfully created balance of inspiration, education and adventure!!

Saturday October 17th – Sunday October 18th, 2015

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Invite 2 friends and SAVE $50!!   JOSHUA TREE SPECIAL  –  FACEBOOK INVITE

2 Day Joshua Tree Eco-Design Tour ~ $290

Purchase Tickets!

$290 – early-bird / before October 15th
$310 normal / before October 17th
$280 – Student/AIA/USGBC 

There are only 11 spaces available on this tour – reserve your space NOW!!!

2 Day Joshua Tree Eco-Design / without Rock Climbing ~ $210

Purchase Tickets!

$210 early-bird / before October 15th
$230 normal / before October 17th
$200– Student/AIA/USGBC

(Additional Component – San Diego Sustainable Design Symposium – Friday, Oct. 16th)

3 Day Combo / Sustainable Design Symposium + Joshua Tree Eco-Design Tour ~ $330

Purchase Tickets!

$330 early-bird / before October 15th
$360 normal / before October 17th
$305 – Student/AIA/USGBC

3 Day Combo / without Rock Climbing ~ $250

Purchase Tickets!

$250 early-bird / before October 15th
$270 normal / before October 17th
$225 – Student/AIA/USGBC

1 Day Local (Sunday) / Building Tours ~ $15

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1 Day Local (Sunday) / Building Tours + Integratron ~ $45

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Rock Climbing Adventure

A journey to connect with nature and reflect on the importance of a healthy ecosystem
Lead by expert adventure guides at Joshua Tree Uprising
Options available for beginners and more advanced climbers
Option of nature hike available for anyone not wanting to rock climb

Lodging – Hicksville Motel & Artist Retreat

A unique, charming and eclectic collection of repurposed and refurbished Airstream Trailers and Train Cars power by Solar Energy
Guided fireside eco-chat discussing ways in which we can make more healthy and sustainable choices in our personal and professional lives

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Site Tour – Integratron

Dome built entirely of wood (no metal) in 1954 by George Van Tassel
Dome built to revitalize the human body at a cellular level with perfectly designed acoustics and precisely tuned harmonics
Design and blueprints inspired by scientific research of Nikola Tesla and claims of UFO contact
We will enjoy a 1 hour crystal bowl sound bath – guaranteed to be an ‘out of this world’ experience!!

Site Tour – Bonita Domes

A unique and beautiful glamping location in the desert near Joshua Tree
Organic earthen architecture inspired by Nader Khalili of Cal-Earth (California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture)
Building technique known as Earth-Bag, Rammed-Earth or Super-Adobe construction

Site Tour – Cielito / United Earth Builders

Explore an innovative superadobe dome designed and built without cement
United Earth Builders focus on simple and minimalist design, artful architecture, and environmental mindfulness
Building technique known as Earth-Bag, Rammed-Earth or Super-Adobe construction

Site Tour – Sacred Sands Bed & Breakfast

An elegant and luxurious strawbale building designed for comfort and beauty
An ideal place to return to for a romantic getaway!

Closing Circle

Closing circle with ideas, committed steps of action and inspiration to co-create the most healthy & beautiful world possible!




San Diego Sustainable Design Symposium

A 1 day gathering of innovative eco-pioneers co-creating the most healthy, beautiful and sustainable San Diego possible! Learn about Permaculture Design, Natural Building and Efficient Water Systems from experienced thought leaders in their associated fields.

Friday, October 16th – 2015

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1 Day San Diego Sustainable Design Symposium (Friday, Oct. 16th) ~ $50

Purchase Tickets!

$50 early-bird / before October 15th
$60 normal / before October 17th
$35 – Student/AIA/USGBC

There are only 35 spaces available on this symposium – reserve your space NOW!!!

Friday – Itinerary

10am – Energy Innovation Center Tour

(Address: 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. -San Diego, CA 92117) 

The Energy Innovation Center is 1 of 10 buildings in the world to receive a double Platinum LEED certification. During our tour at the EIC we will learn about the latest in energy and environmental technologies. The building exhibits a solar system that produces 20% more energy than it utilizes on a daily basis and a community garden fed by a rainwater catchment and grey water system; amongst many other inspiring features!

11am – Introduction to Permaculture Design

(Presenter: Christopher Marciello of Ecology Artisans)

Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking that uses ethics and design principles. It guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.  By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers. This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in our local communities that will help us prepare for an uncertain future with less available energy.

12 – Lunch Break

1pm – Introduction to Natural Building

(Presenter: Rebecca Tasker of Simple Construct)

An introduction to a range of natural and sustainable building systems such adobe, cob, and rammed earth, with a focus on straw bale building as ideally suite to our region. Learn about the surprisingly-sophisticated ways in which simple materials such as clay, sand, and straw perform hi-tech roles like providing super insulation and thermal mass; dealing with water vapor and buffering changes in humidity; protecting from wildfire and earthquake; and creating better acoustics and air quality. Learn the pros and cons of different systems and how they can be effectively and legally utilized in San Diego.

2pm – Efficient Water Systems

(Presenter: Brook Sarson of H2OME)

Learn how to use Integrated Strategies to Provide Water Resilience in Southern California.  With the use of greywater, actively and passively harvested rainwater, and appropriate landscaping you may be able to use little to no municipal/well water to irrigate a productive garden and landscape.  Find out how much rain you can actually capture in a year, how to store it in tanks or in the soil, and how rainwater means you’ll use less water for your plants.  Greywater is a simple way to add to your water budget.  However, there are many things to know and understand about how to use it safely, how to be compliant to local and state codes, and how to find the most efficient ways to get water from each source outside.  Onsite water is far better for your plants, our watersheds, and our state!

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Research & Education

Supporting Nonprofit Research and Education for Ecologically Designed Systems

A percentage of profits from each tour will be donated to a non-profit research and education program that is developing replicable models for ecologically designed neighborhoods, villages and communities.  Local Earth is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, CA that is committed to supporting the progress of sustainable community development.

The 1st phase of the Local Earth Village Development Model is an interdisciplinary, open-source Eco-Design Challenge to build the world’s most affordable and ecologically designed home for a semi-arid, temperate environment.  Participants in this design challenge will include both university students and working professionals.  The winning home design with be included in the community development plan for Local Earth Villages.  The Local Earth Villages will serve as innovative societal models for urban planning and sustainable community development.

Phase II will be focused on a Living Cluster Model for 10-15 people (baseline -12 people) that includes ecologically designed systems for housing, food production, energy generation, water and waste management.  In the following phase this Living Cluster Model for 10-15 people will then be replicated and incorporated into the EcoVillage Design Model for approximately 140-150 people (baseline -12 Living Cluster Model’s of 12 people = 144 people).  These open-source neighborhood, village and community designs will be utilized to inspire the most ecologically efficient living systems possible.


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