Paving the Way in Modern, Indigenous Earth-Wisdom
What is the Tawantinsuyu Eco-Temple?
The Tawantinsuyu Eco-Temple is an ecological multicultural center being built early 2014 in Cusco, Peru by indigenous elder Juan Gabriel Apaza Lunasco of the Qero nation of Peru.
Why are we building an indigenous Temple?
Building the Tawantinsuyu Temple will serve as a significant step in actively cultivating, strengthening, and passing forth Qero culture to the next generation of wisdom keepers.
Using purely ecological materials and permaculture design, the temple will bridge ancestral earth wisdom with modern ecological consciousness to stand as a prime and creative example of sustainable urban development.
This space will facilitate the continuation of international gatherings amongst indigenous elders and enable them to fulfill their spiritual missions of uniting in ceremony, healing, and intercultural exchange.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
When and where will it be built?
When: Following our upcoming “Indigiegogo Tawantinsuyu Eco-Temple campaign” this
November, the temple construction is scheduled to commence in March 2014.
Where: On Juan Gabriels privately owned land of 190m squared near the center of Cusco,
How will we go about building a temple?
Using a mixture of natural building techniques, earthbag (superadobe), earthship designs of and applying recycled materials where necessary, the Tawantinsuyu Temple will present a positive model of urban sustainable development. We will establish a natural building volunteer program, in which we will create a collaborative team of building and natural building design professionals that will lead volunteers in the construction. We intend to create a integrated learning experience that is valuable for both volunteers and the local indigenous community. We are also looking into offering various certifications and/or school credit. As we raise funds, we hope to be able to provide lodging and meals for full time staff and volunteers. We intend to host a steady flow volunteers for one month or more at a time.
The Design Description:
The design we have envisioned is four ecological domes surrounding a central ceremonial area. The central area will hold ceremonial fire pit at its center, and will house plants, medicinal herbs and vegetables for onsite consumption, and native species to attract pollinators and other beneficial insects. Enclosing this central garden ceremonial space, and connecting the four domes, will be four walls created out of adobe and recycled glass bottles (earth-ship style). Overtop will be a large roof that spans across the four domes and creates a greenhouse effect for the garden, with a top central hatch for ventilation. Integrated into various parts of the Temple there will be artistic ornamentation that depicts Q’ero symbolism.
Other elements contributing to the structures resilience/ sustainability will be:
- water catchment and gray water reuse
-onsite composting including composting toilets
-gardens with herbs and pollinator attracting plants
-integrated rocket mass heaters for warmth and cooking
-decorative walls constructed with reclaimed glass bottles.
The land is 190m2, and privately owned by Juan Gabriel. The temple will be constructed on a South facing slope in the southern hemisphere. The terrain is primarily clay and rock, including exposed bedrock. This orientation presents a challenge for creating a passive solar design however there should be enough aspect to take advantage of the suns energy for warming the building and providing solar hot water. There is currently a small adobe shack on the site that can serve as tool and material storage. It is not intended to remain after Tawantinsuyu Temple is complete.
Below are photographs of the land
Bottom of the site facing up (North):
At the bottom facing east
At the top facing west
From the top facing down (south), shack shown cut off on the left.
Facing south east towards the shack