I am the Education Director for Earthship Biotecture and have worked directly under Michael Reynolds for 18 years. I managed the Earthship Visitor Center for several years; receiving guests, academics, students and media from around the world. I coordinated international Earthship education programs in conjunction with Earthship projects in England, Scotland, Spain, France, Jamaica, Hawaii, Mexico and Canada. Most recently, I helped launch the Earthship Biotecture Academy, an international school dedicated to teaching methods of sustainable living through hands-on, experiential learning, philosophy classes and independent study aimed at replicating Earthships around the world.
The full moon is rising over the mountains to the east, bright and fat and every pine tree along the ridge is silhouetted by the moon in sharp detail like black paper cutouts. I’m sitting out side under an archway made of empty aluminum cans and cement. The ends of the cans shine, silvery coins, with moonlight.
How do you explain to people what an alternative is when they do not understand the status quo? Stick-frame housing build with no consideration of the surrounding environment, relying on pumped in water, heat, air conditioning, electricity and pumping out its own waste at rate the municipal systems are not able to deal with. This model for housing is horribly outdated and can and will fail at any time from interruptions in the grid, shortages of fuel....
The New Earthship Education Facility funded with generous capital outlay from the State of New Mexico, with the help of Representative Bobby Gonazales and Governor Bill Richardson, is nearing completion. Doors are being hung on the bathrooms, the black water cell is being dug outside and shelving for merchandise is being installed.
Went to the Academy last night to pick up stuff for the seminar.
Ended up eating dinner with everyone. Took a couple pix but want to go back some evening with my bigger camera at sunset. The students are an amazing group of people. We ate a homemade vegetarian meal by candlelight. They have the big candelabra and candle chandelier going.
It was beautiful...we talked and laughed and I felt so lucky to be with them.
We got a chance to give the new Earthship Education Facility a little trial run this morning as part of a 3 hour scheduled tour for Vista Grande High School, a local Taos charter school.
I set up a temporary screen (read white sheet) in what will be the screening room of the new Earthship Education Facility and showed some slides. Sean and Hillary took the 60 kids through the vintange Visitor Center, around the EVE project, through the Studio rental, a one bedroom Global Earthship, the Corner Cottage Earthship, the Euro Earthship and the Phoenix.
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