A study of the living library project based on the concept of EARTH SCHOOL conceptualized by Pi Villaraza, where the garden, playground, materials recovery facility, and creative learning spaces are integrated using permaculture design.
[BANNER PHOTO ] Students prepare their Bottle Bricks for their library.
Photo by Sarah Queblatin
The Bottle Brick Living Library Project
Through Maia Earth Village's Transition Initiative Program which I am developing as Mandala Earth Initiative, our facilitators and teachers shared some workshops integrating food and nutrition, healing, permaculture, natural home building, and regenerative community design with the community's existing capacities and programs at work on the ground. Video by Pi Villaraza
Three years ago I helped put together an intention to build a library for Guina'ang Elementary school in the indigenous community of Guina'ang in Bontoc, Mountain Province. Recently, an intention to build it using bottle bricks (PET Bottles filled with residual waste) has been seeded. I have been assisting in integrating a zero waste framework and an application of the Maia Mandala as an Earth School design with permaculture gardens and spaces that allows the learning and unlearning about the relationship of people and the earth. The earth wisdom of the Bontoc indigenous elders will be shared through intergenerational story circles and applied as symbolic designs for the library's mosaic floor, the garden structures, Materials Recovery Facility, and playground that the community builds and creates together.
This project is on hold because the original partnerships need to be cleared. Direct community stakeholder connections are being strengthened for now.