Campus MaNa is a professional training center for creators,
in Burgundy on 40 hectares of nature

with Commune Nature
June 24 > 28, 2024

The Program

Learning objectives

Designed for professionals aiming to move towards a more sustainable production, this training is led by the collective «Commune Nature». This team provides education on sustainable project management and biomimicry, taking into account the planet’s limits.

At the end of the training, the participant will have assimilated:

  • Introduction to bio-inspiration
  • Learning foresight to prepare for the world of tomorrow
  • Acquisition of design tools from an ecological perspective
  • Introduction to design fiction to reinvent possible futures
  • Learning economic, social, and environmental transitions

Content of the program

The « Design and Bio-inspiration » training is designed for craftsmen and designers seeking to reinvent their creative process in an ecological and social manner.

The mission of this training is to propel participants into the future by familiarizing them with emerging constraints such as evolving tools, materials, and processes, encouraging them to conceive innovative solutions.

The training introduces the concept of «design fiction», stimulating creative thinking by envisioning possible futures, thus providing new perspectives and imaginative solutions.

This approach provides a dynamic framework for imagining and prototyping innovative objects, transcending the limits of the present.

Inspired by nature, learners discover innovative solutions to current and future problems, delving into ecosystems to understand harmonious relationships, resource optimization, and resilient systems.

Participants gain an understanding of nature’s remarkable efficiency in terms of form and process, serving as a source of inspiration for their creations.


with Commune Nature

The Commune Nature collective, founded in 2022 by alumni of the Nature Inspired Design master's degree at Ensci les Ateliers, trained in biomimicry and the management of sustainable projects.

The vocation of our collective is to use design tools and a detailed knowledge of social and environmental issues, to transform our ways of producing and creating society, taking into account planetary limits and human needs.

Violaine Baccialone:
After initially studying textile design, I pursued further education with a second Master's degree titled "Nature inspired design" at ENSCI Paris. Following this Master of Science through continuing education, I co-founded - along with other members of the cohort - the collective Commune Nature. Within this collective, I am dedicated to experimenting with new design tools and processes to raise awareness about ecological issues, particularly through a systemic approach. Designed as a "multidisciplinary laboratory," we have already conducted numerous design fiction workshops focused on living organisms.

Simultaneously, I am also part of the Zoepolis collective, a design laboratory for non-humans, and I work at the study firm and design studio sinonvirgule. My work revolves around ecological redirection and living organisms in general. Additionally, I have a keen interest in sports, both in practice and in the various issues it raises in the context of current ecological challenges.

Paul Vachon:
As a chemist specialized in materials, I furthered my studies in Industrial Design at ECAL. As a lecturer in "Materials and Volume" in Paris, I combine scientific principles with artistic creativity. My journey includes contributions to technological development at Louis Vuitton, while a master's degree in biomimicry at ENSCI enriched my understanding of biological processes. I am a co-founder of the collective Commune Nature, focused on sustainable design.

Today, as a researcher at the Atelier LUMA in Arles, an innovative laboratory merging art, design, and ecology, I lead innovative projects. My exploration of algae-based alternatives to plastic and the extraction of pigments from biological sources reflects a synergy between scientific research and design thinking, contributing to shaping the future through a multidisciplinary approach at the forefront of sustainable design.


  • Theoretical contribution: ademe, research in life sciences
  • Design fiction and collective intelligence
  • Design tools linked to frugal innovation
  • Research notebook / documentation
  • Raising awareness of the living world: nature walking, bio-inspiration
  • Video projector with speaker, paper board, 1 notebook per learner, paper pencil to write fiction
  • Paper/cardboard, video, scenography… each participant will choose their medium and their skills to prototype their vision

Evaluation follow-up and modalities

  • Questionnaire on state of mind and knowledge at the start and at the end What state of mind are the humans participating in the training in, at the start and at the end of the training?
  • Evaluation of the research notebook of the week
  • Restitution on Friday afternoon of the different projects: relevance with regard to planetary limits and social issues, creativity of the rendering of the artifact, integration of the tools learned during the week

Duration and method of organization:

Target audience:
Creative professional
June 24 > 28, 2024
5 days
9h-13h / 14h-18h
at Campus MaNa
Group size:
Language(s) :

Professional price: 1580 euros excluding tax
Prerequisites cover letter

Price: student: 750 euros excluding tax
Prerequisite: cover letter

Price: DAE alumni and MANA campus alumni 1000 euros excluding tax
Prerequisite: cover letter

Price(s) including the cost of training, accommodation and full board, materials and personal protective equipment.

Planning :

Location :

Campus MaNa Domaine du Croisil 89350 Champignelles France

Accessibility :

For any disability situation, please contact us to consider the feasibility

Access period :

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