The EcoKef (Eco Fun) is the Center for Creative Ecology’s hands-on classroom. Built by past program participants, children and adults of the Lotan community and volunteers from around the world, the EcoKef is a living laboratory for sustainable development and innovation.
Solar Tea House
The Solar Tea House offers visitors and guests a delightful menu designed from produce of our organic gardens. Serving local and fresh produce daily, the Solar Tea House is a unique desert farm-to-table café and restaurant that serves visiting guests, students and the Lotan community. The Solar Tea House also includes a gift shop that sells artwork from local artists and memorabilia of Kibbutz Lotan.
Ecological Playground In Kibbutz Lotan
Built on top of barren desert landscape, the organic gardens have become a sanctuary for healthy and resilient soil. Starting off as sheet-mulched garden beds 20 years ago, the CfCE staff and students over the years have built the soil to be full of life and nutrient rich. Throughout the year, our students grow annual and perennial produce.
One of the largest natural buildings in Israel, the CfCE visitor center is designed for energy efficiency. Throughout the year, the visitor center serves as a classroom, banquet hall, workshop and much more!
The water used from the Solar Tea House and the Composting Toilets (from the sinks to wash your hands of course!) is sent through a biological constructed wetland. This water, once having traveled through the wetlands, is used to supply olive and fig trees with clean water.
The lavatories located in the Ecokef are composting toilets. The humanure created from these toilets is used as fertilizer for the trees throughout the EcoKef.
Natural Building Workshop
The Natural Building workshop provides opportunities to learn everything one would need to know to build with mud! Students and guests learn how to test soil for construction purposes, make mud bricks and plasters, and how to put it all together to make beautiful and natural structures.