Conscious Construction

Mindfulness based sustainable construction education to transform the culture of building


Beyond green building practices Conscious Construction brings mindfulness to the building process, aligning social and well-being benefits for builders, owners, and occupants. Conscious Constructions promotes inclusion, diversity, equity, empathetic communication, conflict resolution, and a culture of community in construction.

Offering both focused workshops and the unique opportunity for on-site education through the community building projects at Atlan, the intentional community where CultureSeed lives, located on 150 acres in the Columbia Gorge region of the Pacific Northwest.

The main Atlan community house is currently under construction, and the crew greets each work day with a meditation. Yoga, tai chi, and plant based meals from the CultureSeed garden are also a part of the experience on-site.

Sustainability values are present throughout the project and the reason why the building is a large 5,000 square foot home. The house informs community and economies of scale, redefining how we can live with a smaller footprint and a greater sense of community and wellbeing. Using local materials and resources, striving for energy efficiency, durability, with strawbale and natural plaster, as well as a timber-frame from Atlan land trees.

You can’t take care of a project without taking care of your body
— Atlan and CultureSeed co-founder & Program Director Norm Dibble

Program Leadership

Norm Dibble

Conscious Construction has evolved from years of discussions between Atlan’s construction community and CultureSeed. Norm Dibble is an artist, adventurer, designer, craftsman, and creative problem-solver. He has studied with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Pilchuck Glass School, Evergreen State College, and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).

Summer Gorder

Summer Gorder has a passion for creating harmony between nature and the built environment. She worked on the first LEED Neighborhood Development pilot in  Dubai and won a grant with her team to design one of the first Living Buildings for the June Key Delta house non-profit achieving net zero energy and water goals. In 2009, she founded her company ecoREAL to teach, consult and innovate solutions for more sustainable and socially equitable developments. She also is an avid teacher training hundreds of professionals to become LEED Accredited Professionals. Community advocacy is at the heart of her work and she hopes to inspire more environmentally and socially conscious construction to protect the natural environment she loves paragliding, skiing and playing in!