This site focuses on Living (bio-dynamic) Energies and the WinSol Learning Center (LeLc*) located in the northern California Sierra mountains.
Status: As of October 2014, the construction is winding down and will resume next spring. The experiental learning lessons are being assembled from various previous workshops + university classes and will slowly evolve into the new learning center next year.
Living Energy (also known as Bio – Dynamic) or BioEnergetics – are the energies that flow through all living entities. From the tiniest bacteria to the tallest trees and all universes, living energy keeps us… living.
Living energy is the antithesis to our modern industrial world and its use of dead energy, aka fossil fuels. Some say our use of fossil fuels and explosive technologies is the basis for our violent, war/fear driven world. Rather than using energy arrived from dead organic matter and ancient animals, perhaps we can switch to living energy and create a more peaceful, loving + compassionate world.
This website and the LeLc* focuses on using Living Energy for practical, everyday applications. There are living energies all around you right now as you are reading this. They are mostly not obvious.
Living energy is not just a concept – it is a life style. It’s about using only the energy currently available to us and not borrowing from future generations’ wellbeing. Living energy is closely related to energy permaculture and to lo-cost passive energy systems that emulate nature’s patterns. It is also a subset of community microgrids (see above tab) that power up using local, sustainable, and decentralized (distributed) energy systems.
Here are five criteria for Living Energies:
1. Uses current solar income.
2. Effective embodied energy
3. Diverse + Resilient (self-healing)
4. Upcycle-able + regenerative
5. Celebrates abundance
The Living Energy Learning Center provides experiental lesson plans for dozens of everyday applications to reduce your energy costs while maintaining your comfort. Each lesson plan has a Living Energy Index based on the above five criteria.
The LeLc* focuses on indepth, experiental learning (by doing) about natural livingenergies that are available around us from sustainable, natural resources.
Here is a picture of the on-going construction of the main learning center geodesic dome.
* LeLc = Living Energies Learning Center
History of Living Energies
Pioneers of living energies are Viktor Schauberger, Nikola Tesla, Rudolph Steiner and Walter Russell. By far, Viktor Schauberger has contributed more to the insights and some practical applications of living energies in the early mid 20th century. His inventions of the log flume, repulsin, ++ have been mostly hidden from the mainstream. Callum Coates has done a wonderful job of bringing some of Viktor Schaubergers concepts and applications into the English language.
The best source for information about Viktor Schauberger’s (and his son Walter Schauberger) work is carried on by his grandson Joerg Schauberger in Bad Ischl, Austria through the PKS learning center. English information on the PKS learning center can be found here.
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