Shannon Reece [MASD 2016] has a day job in sustainable design, but for him that’s not enough. On the side, he is a certified natural movement instructor and specializes in teaching adaptable human movement patterns – empowering people to become healthier, more mindful, and capable humans.
Now, Shannon has combined his unique experiences, passions, and expertise (including what he learned in the MASD program!) to create a new 14-day field course called Nature-Inspired Design Wilderness Expedition, run in partnership with NOLS.
According to the course webpage:
While backpacking and canoeing through New York’s Adirondack mountains, you’ll learn to progress through the stages of the biomimicry design spiral to arrive at practical solutions to real-life scenarios.
NOLS expeditions are full of amazing experiences, from climbing peaks and learning to read topographic maps, to learning about your personal leadership style and how to bake cinnamon rolls in the backcountry. The Nature-Inspired Design Wilderness Expedition will combine the rigorous NOLS curriculum with opportunities to explore biomimicry.
For instance, teams may be identifying the parts of a system while backpacking to a new destination or identify life’s unifying patterns while canoeing for the day.
Each day the basic format for the biomimicry course will consist of a morning lesson introducing the day’s topic or challenge, a team activity during the day, and group share or brainstorm in the evening. There’ll be plenty of time for private reflection and journaling as well.
Far from home and your normal routine, you’ll open your mind to what nature has to teach.
What are you going to do on your summer vacation?
If you’d like an easy online Introduction to Biomimicry, please check out our upcoming Continuing Education course, offered April 6 – May 12.
If you’re interested in nature-inspired design and wondering what to do AFTER your summer vacation, please explore our fully online MA in Sustainable Design program!