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Blue Hill Cooperative Design Lab Gathering


  • Gatherings Ellsworth Road Blue Hill, ME, 04614 United States (map)

Are you interested in the cooperative economy, or co-housing models, or creating a more resilient future in your community? If so, this workshop is for you.

The Farming Artists are creating an intentional community of farming and festival with co-living, cooperative enterprises and shared land stewardship. They are rooting this project in Blue Hill and forging their vision in community.  

This three-day weekend workshop involves participatory design process and collaboration to build a prototype together. You will learn hands-on about legal, social and ecological frameworks that support collective action in local food production, tiny houses villages, eco-tourism and agroforestry.

The course will illuminate key concepts in cooperative development, intentional communities, permaculture and maker-culture. Participants will create a cooperative model in real-time using rapid-cycle cooperative development methods.

The goals for the weekend are to prototype a design that includes: 1) a clear membership structure for each of three areas: 1) friends of The Farming Artists, residential co-living, and learning guilds; 2) financial models for eco-lodging, festival production, tiny house building, and farming/woodlot ventures; and 3) an approach to co-learning that balances ecological, social, and self-learning agreements.

Come to Blue Hill this fall to learn more about cooperative co-creation at Co-op Design Lab. You will be shaping the organizational structure, membership and culture of the Farming Artists and articulating a path forward for this innovative cooperative model while learning to replicate the process. All designs are collectively held; anyone can recreate the model, or parts of it using a different name. 

The Farming Artists are interested in the larger ecosystem of their project and are committed to creating a regenerative enterprise with a lot of emphasis on growing the four nurturing capitals (living, cultural, social and spiritual). With their cooperative enterprises and co-living experiment, they aim for inter-generational engagement and well-being. The core of their community-scale work is vibrant seasonal festivals. Green building design, guest lodging and co-housing. 

This course follows an action-learning process that can be replicated in other communities. Participants are part of what is emerging in the workshop, and take the process with them at the end of the lab. There will be many modules to chose from for your ideal learning experience. The event will push participants to get past the structures, systems and patterns of thought that keep us from creating the world we want to live in.  

Schedule :

We will begin on Thursday evening with a Harvest Moon Social and Workshop Kickoff at the Farming Artists barn.

The weekend workshop will begin Friday at 8:30 am and take place at Gatherings in Blue Hill. We will end the day by 6:30 pm. Saturday morning we will reconvene at 9 am and close the circle by noontime.

Tuition :

Tuition for this course is $160.

Apply here for CDL Blue Hill!