| Off-Grid Building
Jamey and Jen Archer are American citizens living part of their lives in a different world. In 2012, the couple leapt into an unexpected life, surviving a house-sitting gig in a volcano home on the beautiful, exotic Ometepe Island in Nicaragua’s mysterious Lake Cocibola. Along with their son Jeylin, the family endured several challenges that they had to ‘sink or swim’ not realizing the full scope of their “off-grid” paradigm. They had to learn how to connect with the community by earning trust and trade their own skills and education in order to survive. Jamey Archer is a career tradesman specializing in artistic and conventional construction craftworks. Jen is an educator, performer and problem-solving enthusiast with a passion for “mindful living.” In 2016, the family broke ground on the teacher’s housing, a unique dome design, for their Ascential Language & Arts School (ALAS) in the Merida and El Congo villages. The house will be created from compressed earth blocks that have already been tested in the quirky San Juan del Sur weather and the dome design has been used to create several other useful, sustainable structures. The Archers are proficient water conservationists and they are skilled at repurposing “trash” items and discovering ways to survive “without.” Come hear their story and be prepared to ask questions!