SOUL SEMINARS : Soul Shelters

Dear friends,

Have you ever been interested in designing and building your own home or space? At this next Soul Seminars we will be welcoming Peter Cowman, architect and eco builder, to talk on the subject of dreaming, devising and making your own living space. Bound to be a thought provoking night with plenty of interesting discussions! This event will take place in Dunderry Park, Navan, Co. Meath

About the Talk
Peter Cowman invites us on a journey to the heart of sheltermaking, exploring how we might create buildings that nourish our souls. Along the way we find the familiar and the new juxtaposed in a dizzy mix of the visible and invisible. We meet Carl Jung, discover Vastu Shastra, Fung Shui, Sacred Geometry and varied sheltermaking traditions that freely offer up their secrets. As we ascend this path we can calmly observe hazards that litter our way. Under Peter's skilful direction we imagine these overcome by the treasures lurking within our hearts - love, passion, creativity, humility, daring, consciousness. 

The stage thus set, we can freely articulate our dreams and discover in the process who we are, where we are going and how we plan on getting there. This glimpse into the garden of promise encourages our longing for wholeness, nourishing the hope that we might at last arrive at a place where we can be our selves. Encouraging us forward with gentleness, firmness, wit, quirky insight and the scent of liberation, Peter holds potential chaos at bay while offering clear instruction on how we might best manage the forces of reason which caution us to desist in this quest for truth and liberation.

With our feet once again firmly on the ground we are encouraged to realise our dreams within the perspective of the here and now and to draw around these a robust fabric to ward off the mundane. In this way we shape our architecture out of the invisible, sheltering the delicacy of our souls beneath a humble cloak within which the realising, the reappraising, the relinquishing, the rebirthing begins.

Provocative. Inspiring. Poetic. Entertaining. Practical. 
Not for the fainthearted.

Peter Cowman is an architect, eco-builder, writer and teacher delivering Courses & Workshops internationally on the subject of Living Architecture. He was born and educated in Dublin, Ireland, graduating from the School of Architecture, University College Dublin in 1976. Apart from his work as an architect, at various points of his nomadic life Peter has worked as a salesman, an art gallery director, a handyman and as a full-time parent. He began teaching people how to design their own homes in 1989, a task which he still pursues as director of the Living Architecture Centre. He is the author of The Sheltermaker's Manual published by Python Press. 

Never having had a mortgage himself, Peter has a special interest in the creation of affordable, low-impact, mortgage-free buildings and has developed a unique timber framing system for cost-conscious self-builders. Originator of the ‘Sheltermaker’ and ‘Living Architecture’ concepts Peter’s work has been widely publicised in both print as well as broadcast media, worldwide. He has recently returned from Australia where he has been living and working for the past number of years. He is currently embarking a programme of Workshops and other events, entitled 'Sheltermaker Dreaming' which he will be presenting throughout the country over the coming months.


As always we begin with a meditation, break for tea and biscuits at 9pm and finish at 10pm. We look forward to welcoming you there!

Warm regards,

Martin Duffy

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  • emma

    Was just wondering what parking is like because i will be driving up from wicklow

    March 24, 2014

    • Martin D.

      There is free parking at Dunderry Park

      March 24, 2014

  • Caroline

    Can't wait!! just wondering if any nice person is driving from dublin?

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • pyramid

    hi do you have to have building experience.

    March 18, 2014

    • pyramid

      great, I'm working on a project at the moment, restoring old outhouses in donegal. it is my hope to open a healing village. To have some soul shelters would enhance the

      1 · March 18, 2014

    • pyramid


      1 · March 18, 2014

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