Experience the World in New Ways with Learning the Language of Life

By |2018-09-14T21:30:21+00:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Experience the World in New Ways with Learning the Language of Life A Regenerative Workshop October 12 to 15  |  Claycomb Chalets, Champion, PA Those seeking to improve and inspire their lives through nature and experience the world in transformational ways — to discover, clarify, and fully inhabit the unique essence we each hold — will benefit from Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Journey. Through this immersive retreat to the serene Claycomb Chalets amidst the beauty of the southwestern Pennsylvania forest landscape, you will emerge with new breakthrough levels of intuition and awakening. Appropriate for anyone on a journey of discovery across all interests and abilities, this seminal experience will: Interweave concepts of regeneration and permaculture to embed the systems of the living world in (read more)

Just Playing in the Woods

By |2018-08-22T18:19:53+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Retreat October 12 to 15, Champion, PA At first blush, many of you will see the content of the program and wonder how this relates to green buildings or to the work that you do in the world. It’s not architecture or engineering or construction. This just looks like a fun retreat in the woods. You might be thinking: must be nice that these guys can afford to go play in the woods for a weekend. We do spend time in the woods looking for patterns. We expose you/us to new ways of understanding ourselves as part of a larger living system. We engage in thanksgiving, physical exercises, deep philosophical discussions and sharing stories. We engage with (read more)

Registration is LIVE for our Fall 2018 Workshop Near Seven Springs

By |2018-08-22T18:40:02+00:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Workshop with Joel Glanzberg Claycomb Chalets 114 Claycomb Chalets Lane Champion, PA 15622 (near Seven Springs) 12-15 October 2018 “Most of our problems are caused by thinking differently than Nature works.”     --Gregory Bateson Patterns are the language of Life, our original mother tongue. By triangulating the perspectives of traditional tracking (pattern reading), living systems thinking (pattern thinking) and regenerative design (pattern design), we can relearn to see with Nature’s Mind and act as essential members of this living world with essential roles. She is dying for us to play. Because all living systems follow the same patterns, learning to read them reveals where and how we can contribute to growing their health. (read more)

Join Us in Learning the Language of Life

By |2018-08-21T14:31:34+00:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Learning the Language of Life: A Regenerative Workshop with Joel Glanzberg and 7group Claycomb Chalets 114 Claycomb Chalets Lane Champion, PA 15622 (near Seven Springs) 12-15 October 2018 “Most of our problems are caused by thinking differently than Nature works.”     --Gregory Bateson Patterns are the language of Life, our original mother tongue. By triangulating the perspectives of traditional tracking (pattern reading), living systems thinking (pattern thinking) and regenerative design (pattern design), we can relearn to see with Nature’s Mind and act as essential members of this living world with essential roles. She is dying for us to play. Because all living systems follow the same patterns, learning to read them reveals where and how we can contribute to growing their health. We need (read more)

Regenerating Your Community

By |2018-08-07T20:25:51+00:00April 4th, 2018|Categories: Learning, Process, Thinking|

Every community is entirely unique. Each is distinctive. This work is about exploring, understanding and evolving that distinctiveness, so that members of each community can deepen their understanding of the unique essence of their particular place . . . and to see that essence as the core instrument for developing any community’s quality of life. In other words, such a regenerative process aligns community members (and project teams, when applicable) around what makes that community singular in a way that can grow the community’s viability and vitality indefinitely. An effective regenerative and integrative process invites community members (and design team members, again when applicable) to serve as authentic co-creators: they co-create and own any given program or project’s purpose, rather than being told what (read more)

Regenerating Place: Whole-Systems Design and Planning

By |2018-04-03T20:08:33+00:00April 2nd, 2018|Categories: Learning, Process, Project|

Spillian Workshop #2: Goal-Setting and Initial Concept 30 April – 02 May 2018 Spillian is a 33 acre historic estate, built by the Fleischmanns Yeast Family in the 1880’s as part of a summer retreat. Crowned by a museum-quality stick style mansion, embraced by the Catskills Forest, it now is the home of a center created to help people imagine past what they think is possible. 7group has been engaging with the place and its current owners to develop a master plan. Join us as we co-create the plan. As Spillian continues their master planning effort aimed at guiding its future evolution, all those interested in learning how to engage regenerative design and development are invited to participate in an extraordinary workshop series that will be (read more)

Regenerating a Sense of Place

By |2018-03-28T21:15:54+00:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Learning, Project|

Every place on Earth is unique. Every cubic meter on Earth shares no more than 30% of the same biology with any other cubic meter on Earth. To most of us, it all looks pretty much the same one to the next. In our rush to get where we are going, we don't take the time to notice the subtle differences. We don't even know the names of most of our fellow beings. The average US teenager can identify hundreds of corporate logos but less than a dozen local tree species. Words in the dictionary reflecting life are being replaced with words reflecting our technologies. Our development, our manner of speech, our buildings, our music, our entertainment, our very culture is subjected to homogenization which washes (read more)

What Your LEED Reviewer is Looking For? – GreenCon 2018

By |2018-02-16T15:58:05+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Have you ever received a review comment from GBCI and wished you could just talk to the reviewer! Well now you can! A panel of GBCI LEED Project Reviewers will discuss common errors and provide helpful tips for documentation and calculations during a session at this year's GreenCon. 7group has been reviewing LEED projects and training others to do so for USGBC/GBCI since 2003. This panel includes three of our veteran reviewers - Gerren Wagner, Todd Reed and Tyler Thumma. The primary focus will be LEEDv3 BD+C, Schools and Healthcare, but many of the issues addressed can be carried over to LEEDv4 projects. This session is presented in two parts with each reviewer having 10 minutes to discuss their top tips for producing a quality LEED (read more)

Don’t Forget the Sun – GreenCon 2018

By |2018-02-23T21:00:32+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Learning|

Large expanses of windows do not mean that a space is well daylit. In fact, daylighting in such spaces is often poor resulting in huge lighting contrasts and general discomfort. Properly daylighting your renovation project uses the same method, rules and tools used when designing a new building with a few added items to consider. Join 7group’s Todd Reed at GreenCon on Wednesday, March 14th to learn the method and tools used to provide any project the best quality daylight. This method uses an integrative process that not only leads to meeting the LEEDv4 daylighting credit requirements, but may also contribute to earning the integrative design process credit. Todd has firsthand knowledge of what is needed to meet the LEEDv4 requirements as he contributed to the creation (read more)

The Evolution of Ecological Design – GreenCon 2018

By |2018-02-16T18:11:42+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Learning, Thinking|

How has your thinking about what constitutes a green building changed over time? Is a green building a collection of components with green attributes? Is simply doing less harm good enough? Are we slowing down our impacts fast enough? Can doing good offset the damage we have caused? Can humanity shift from degrading living systems to helping all beings thrive? If yes, can we meet our own needs while doing so? What is sustainability trying to sustain? How can a system designed to constantly evolve reach a state of sustainability? Can technology address the ecological imperatives we face on the planet? Can we achieve sustainability without a significant shift in our worldviews? Do humans have the capacity to change their worldview absent dramatic crisis? Can (read more)

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This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.