contribute to a project about dwelling

in symbiosis with nature

& re-wilding, towards a state of thrival

We invite you to join us for a Generation

in exploring what it means to dwell in symbiosis with nature

and in contributing to outer and inner re-wilding.



A process of dwelling and creating is experienced through generations of gatherings. Here, the art of living is explored as a layered creative process, where the creation by each Generation gives rise to the focus of the next. People from various parts of the world and a range of stages in life come together, to live in the rainforest and create with bamboo, furthering the evolution of Soná.


A structure or system is created by the group as they dwell immersed in nature, with the aim of enhancing the quality of living in symbiosis with nature and re-wilding the land. In addition, what emerges within each participant through an intangible process of inner re-wilding grows on into the future, through their actions and lives around the world. A Generation is an offering to the region of Soná and to the world, through immediate/local and future/global action.


  • Creation with bamboo:  What emerges in terms of design when imagining new ways of inhabitation that allow for a full symbiosis within nature? The region of San Carlos has a natural abundance of bamboo which will be the main material to facilitate these explorations. Creation happens at a variety of scales, from the hand-held to a built space, in relation to the particular amalgamation between participants and land.

  • Re-wilding: How can we re-imagine the flows of energy and matter related to the act of dwelling for a group of humans fully in this ecology? This means human beings connecting with a natural ecology in ways that enhance life at all scales and in all forms. It becomes a re-wilding of the land as well as the human -- a fully symbiotic thrival amongst nature.

  • Adventurousness: Which opportunities for transformation are brought about by being exposed to vastly unfamiliar living conditions? Openness and perseverance seem to be expressed as depth of capacity and insight. Days will be pretty active and spent mostly outdoors, food will be plant-based and nights will be accompanied by exciting tropical storms - this isn't for the faint hearted!



Imagine waking early in your tent to the sound of the birds, a view of the sunrise, with the liveliness of the rainforest embracing you. A time of movement gives space to your connection with self and surroundings, and is followed by a nutritious breakfast and preparatory gathering. Space between opening and closing the day varies in pattern, but focuses on collective/creative activities, centred around the particular Generation's theme. The day comes to a close with dinner and a sunset gathering around a fire or within a circle of candles. 


Time in the rainforest has a unique rhythm, far removed from the traditional 'work week'; space for spontaneous creative action, exploration of the lands, further reflection and additional recuperation are found on rest days which are organised in alignment with the flow of activity.


Bamboo is a promise – a promise to future generations.

Bamboo is a material that you won’t run out of.


Bamboo is an indigenous material to San Carlos.

It grows abundantly in Soná on the banks of rivers and streams.

The wild grass grows

up to 18m tall.

It is strong,

acting in tension like steel, in compression like concrete,

with nodes avoiding buckling,

and is sustainable too,

capturing 9kg of CO2 per pole.


With a life cycle so fast

as a handful of years from seed to structure,

hollow branches carried by the hand

allow the human to tend to the act of dwelling,

creating structures that are sheltering,

tactile, naturally connective.

Thought in the past to be structurally unsound

(eaten to dust by insects when untreated),

new treatments

enable its tapering connectivity

and range of forms

to nurture and nourish the human condition

in symbiosis with the lands.



Dwelling in Symbiosis