Register: OCT/23/2018, Submit: NOV/19/2018, Eligibility: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies, students; individually, teams up to 4 members, Fee: Architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 90 USD, students 70 USD (MAY/21 – JUN/22/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 120 USD, students 100 USD (JUN/23 – AUG/03/2018); architects, designers, enthusiasts, companies 140 USD, students 120 USD (AUG/04 – OCT/23/2018), discount for 3+ registrations from one university/school, Awards: 1st Prize 3,000 USD, 2nd Prize 1,500 USD, 3rd Prize 500 USD, BB Student Award 500 USD, BB Green Award 500 USD, 6 Honorable Mentions
The act of silent meditation can be a daunting prospect for many people, those used to the constant communication of modern life. However the benefits of silent meditation are ideal for those who experience high levels of stress, or those with a hectic lifestyle. It allows for a greater understanding of yourself by developing a more effective coping strategy for managing stress levels.
Escaping the constant bombardment of media updates, emails and phone calls allows for a drastic increase in effective concentration and a wider perspective. Allowing you time to re-focus on yourself and your immediate surroundings, silent meditation also forces you to talk less and listen more, effectively improving your communication skills and challenging yourself in a whole new way.
Ozolini retreat is located 100 km from Riga, Latvia in an area densely rich in natural resources, with as many as 50 species of herbal plant life per square metre. Surrounded by forest and lakes, visitors are able to escape back to nature in this peaceful work meditation and eco fitness retreat.
Discovered almost by accident, the tea created at Ozolini draws on 15 years of experience, infusing it with apple leaves and locally-sourced organic herbs. The tea is collected and created in a certified organic farm in the Amata region, where owner Brigita Lukina has been making mixtures of tea since the late 1970s. Following the advice of Doctor Helēna Rubīne, each unique organic tea is created to act as a supplement to daily nutrition, and works to improve health.
The location of the Ozolini teamakers is an ideal place for guests to restore their connection with nature. Surrounded by forest and its very own Lake Bezdibenė, the owner’s collaborate with programs like workaway.info to offer a work meditation and eco-fitness retreat for visitors from countries all over the world. Ozolini also hosts summer camps in which the secrets of medicinal herbs can be explored, and various self-awareness workshops take place.
For the Silent Meditation Forest Cabins competition participants are asked to create designs for a cabin that could be replicated in any number of spots throughout the forest. The cabin’s main purpose is to help guests enjoy silent meditation, where the only sounds they would hear would be the sounds of nature. The cabin should have sufficient area for guests to meditate, write, draw, or create using materials found in nature, allowing them to let go of the external world and reconnect with their souls in nature’s wild perfection.
The silent meditation cabins would need to be able to accommodate just a single person, and offer them basic and humble living conditions.
With competition winners being put forward for consideration for construction, designs for the The Silent Meditation Forest Cabins should focus on eco-friendly and cost-effective building techniques. As Latvia has a reputation as one of Europe’s greenest countries, the structure should have the potential to become a regional example of green building practice.
REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
- Comfortable living accommodation to a single person for 4-5 days
- Non site specific – must be versatile enough to be replicated in different forest locations
- Operational in all seasons – resistant to the elements of heat, cold, rain, snow and wind
- Maxiumum floor area 15m2; sufficient clear floor area for meditation
- Small food and water storage
- Mosquito proof
- Alternative lighting options (no electricity available)
- Heating system for winter months must be suggested
- Recommended construction material – wood
- Dry toilet reccomended
- Practice the environmentally responsible and resource – efficient construction methods
- Low maintenance in terms of both effort and costs
There is no specific location set for the cabins.
Participants must present designs for a cabin that is versatile enough to be constructed in different sites in the forest.
Ozolini retreat is located 100 km from Riga, Latvia in a long-inhabited patch of landscape which features once extensively grazed and selectively logged mixed-species forest, wetlands, solitary trees, old farms, small arable fields, meadows, and pastures.
Over the years the forest has gradually turned into ancient woodlands, and become host to all manner of rare plant and animal species and unique life forms. The forest is impressive in appearance, with huge biodiversity offering a world of holistic possibilities.
In terms of local topography, the competition site is located on a small ridge and is surrounded by huge Norway Spruce (Picea abies) with only small openings in the canopy allowing sunlight to penetrate the tree crowns. Blueberries (Vaccinium myrtillus) spread throughout the area, and during spring time, forest anemones (Anemone spp) flourish in abundance.
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