The Sheltermaker’s Journey - Designing your dream shelter through self-inquiry

10am - 4:30pm
The Community Hall, Leitrim Village, Co. Leitrim
Peter Cowman / 086 102 2400

A stimulating and interactive 1-day workshop that employs conscious thought and self-inquiry to help create a design for a shelter that nurtures an aspect of your personal life.

Please note that there is no requirement for workshop participants to build or to wish to build anything whatsoever. Experiencing the Sheltermaker’s Journey stimulates the imagination clearly revealing hidden dreams and offering these as viable means of external expression.


The workshop is repeated on:

July 28th
August 25th
September 15th


The workshop takes the form of a sheltermaking journey that can be viewed as a conscious encounter with one’s dream-self. This experience allows an inner dream to venture outwards so that it can be nurtured in the physical world. This process stimulates the desire to ‘live the dream’, a task requiring that it be sensitively sheltered as it is birthed in the outer world. The external self-view gained by making the dream visible in this way offers unparalleled insight into a direction one’s life wishes to take.

The workshop consists of four interconnected elements beginning with an exploration of the vital visible and invisible ingredients from which the shelter will be made. This sets the context for the ensuing design process after which one arrives at the realisation stage when a design can be constructed and inhabited. Each participant will document and retain a record of the sheltermaking journey they have experienced at the workshop.

Participants will receive a detailed Handout to complement their design work. The workshop will place an emphasis on the type of small low-cost, low impact, natural buildings that can be constructed in the average garden or within a private woodland without planning permission being required.

Having engaged with this workshop you will find there is no limit to the range of sheltermaking experiences you can pursue. Additional resources from will support this onward journeying.

Early Bird booking at €55 is available up to 2 weeks before each advertised workshop date. The normal cost of the workshop is €65.

All bookings include materials, refreshments and a vegetarian/vegan lunch.


Workshop Details

1: The Visible – an exploration of the physical world

Our departure point in physical reality allows us to examine what is needed to sustain our dream in the outer world and how this informs our choice of place, of people, of materials and of products to fashion a design within which the dream can be conceived and incubated.

2: The Invisible – a space exploration

Here we explore how the invisible realm, from which the dream emerges, connects to our ideas, beliefs, intentions and emotions and how the possibilities offered by this inform the evolving design.

3: Design – how to harmonise the visible and invisible

Within the heart of the sheltermaker’s mysteries the chosen visible and invisible elements are dynamically combined as the dream is brought to life and meaningful connections to the physical world are established.

4: Realisation – how a design can be constructed

This final part of the journey explores the dynamics of constructing a shelter and experiencing the reality of the dream.

Rest and reflection periods will be interspersed between the presentation of each element.

The workshop has been devised and will be led by eco-architect & builder Peter Cowman, director of