Sleeping Pods on a Cliff Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

Sleeping Pods on a Cliff

The Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition is the third collaboration with the Vale de Moses Yoga retreat, located in the remote forests of central Portugal. Featured by the likes of NatGeo UK Traveller, Forbes Magazine and The Guardian as one of the best yoga retreats in the world, Vale de Moses regularly welcomes over 500 people from 60+ countries worldwide.

For the Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition, participants are tasked with creating designs for simple sleeping pods that could accommodate a couple of guests at a time. Each sleeping pod will need to include a basic sleeping zone as well as washing facilities. The location for the pods will be on the mountain rock slopes of the Vale de Moses property that cannot be used for food cultivation.

The jury will be looking for projects that have green, sustainable construction and operation at the core of their designs. They will need to provide a solution for naturally cleaning the grey water system of the pods so that they can be used to irrigate the forest slopes below. While it’s expected that designs for the sleeping pod be green and self-sustainable, the jury will favour those designs that actually have a positive impact on the environment.

The Sleeping Pods on a Cliff competition is a chance to conceive innovative solutions for turning the impact of a human dwelling from a negative to a positive one. The presence of human habitats could actually benefit the plant and animal life living on the forest slopes with the right sustainable development.

As the competition winners will be put forward for consideration for construction – and the sleeping pods are planned to be located throughout the property – winning designs need to utilise the very best eco-friendly practices for both construction and operation.


3 winning proposals, 3 special award recipients and 6 honourable mentions will be selected. Bee Breeders will award a total of 10,000 € in prize money to competition winners as follows:

1st Prize - 5,000 €
2nd Prize - 2,000 €
3rd Prize - 1,000 €

“Vale de Moses Favourite" Award - 1,000 €
ARCHHIVE Student Award - 500 € + 50 € gift card at
Bee Breeders Green Award - 500 €

+ 6 honourable mentions


Early Bird Registration: NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 18
Advance Registration: DECEMBER 19 – FEBRUARY 1, 2021
Last Minute Registration: FEBRUARY 2 – APRIL 27

Closing date for registration: APRIL 27, 2021
Closing date for submission: JUNE 1, 2021 (11:59 p.m. GMT)

Announcement of the winners: JULY 13, 2021



cash prize award: $ 11,964.00 USD

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