Catherine Campion's Bioconstruction & bamboo cottages at Terra Nova de Corazón

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Build Project Description

UPDATE: We are currently seeking *builders* to complete our bamboo construction (June); and starting a small bioconstruction & composting toilet build (July/August). Would love to have a skilled gardener to rescue our (trampled by horses) veggie & herb garden, and help with lunch prep. Need irrigation design & installation. Bilingual volunteers are preferred, as some of our teachers only speak English OR Spanish, but all are welcome to apply. We are a few kilometers inland from the beach town of Montañita, Ecuador. 1 hectare (2.5 acres) of lush, green, hilly land, covered in mature fruit trees & two simple living structures: open-air kitchen, yoga loft, office & bathroom. Forming a brand-new non-profit intentional community; eventually community education/free school & hospice/senior care. Right now, I am on my own. I don't have designs/plans - just some ideas and an open mind. Would love to meet people interested in designing & building from the ground up. We have so much to work with!

Structure of My Build Project

Eco Village

Building Styles Integrated

Rammed Earth
Earthship/used tires
Straw Bale
Adobe/Mud Bricks
Recycled Materials
Local Materials
Round Wood
Timber Framing
Wood Shakes
Earthen Floor
I am a complete noob to this world, and am simply open to possibilities. If you want a clean slate on which to build, this may be your dream project.

Sustainable Systems Integrated

Solar Power
Rain Water Collection
Sustainable Appliances
Cob Oven
Composting Toilets
Grey-water re-use system
Food system integration
Indoor plumbing
Passive Solar Hot Water
Rocket Stove
Natural Furniture building
I would love help integrating any of the above, especially a basic solar set-up, composting (squat?) toilets, grey-water & irrigation.

Build Project Facilities

Simple "glamping" - kitchen, bathroom/shower, yoga room, hammocks for napping/sleeping, mattresses on floor. Wi-Fi!

Activities near the Build Project

Eventually, I would love to host donation-based workshops of all sorts of things on the land. As for social activities, we are a $2.50 cab ride from the surfing capital of Ecuador, where they party all night - if you're into that sort of thing. I'll also be taking Spanish language lessons. If people are interested, we could have classes at Terra Nova.

What to Expect about Food

Shared Costs
I am not builder...but, I AM a feeder! I will provide your vegetarian *work-day* meals. We do ask a $5-10/day contribution, to cover food, utilities and household expenses. I wish I could cover everything out of my own pocket, but it just gets too expensive with so many wanting to visit Terra Nova. Also, delicious lunches can be gotten in town for $2.50.

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Current Building Status


Type of Build Project

New Structure

Projected Start and End Dates

1 Mar 2016

Previous Building Experience

Quite challenging, actually. Went way over budget, partially because we hadn't factored in feeding ten students & volunteers. Best to be clear from the beginning as far as expectations go. Trying not to be so easily swayed by, "professionals," claiming to have my best interests in mind.

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Type of Volunteer Being Looked for

Creative, skilled, hard-working, problem-solving, reliable, honest & kind.

Where you will be Sleeping

Until more structures are built, we generally sleep in tents or in the kitchen/common area - in a hammock or on a mattress, with mosquito netting. We have: 3 tents 4 hammocks 5 mattresses

Maximum Time a Volunteer can Stay

90 days

Minimum Time a Volunteer can Stay

21 days

How much Notice Needed Prior to Hosting

10 days

The Number of POOSHers Desired

3 POOSHers


Michael Beck's picture

So cool!!

Catherine Campion's picture

Thanks for your support, Michael. Let me know if you ever want to come down to Ecuador to help us build the earthship of our dreeeeeams!!
natalie singh's picture

Hi I would like to volunteer... please contact me at
Mark Hall's picture

HI is this project still ready to go? If so i would like to offer my services. please contact me at

Laura Macia's picture

Hiiii!!! We are a couple looking for projects like yours!!! Are you still receiving volunteers? Please contact me at:
DalisGoncalo DalisGoncalo's picture

Excellent post,The Catherine Campion's Bioconstruction & bamboo cottages look so great,I would love to volunteer after getting at for better learning about Bio-construction,the description sounds great,I am so excited to be at Terra Nova de Corazón for Catherine Campion
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