Work continued this past week on the Easter Island music school. Tires were pounded for a fourth vault and the vault was installed and plastered. One room is completely finished and the rest are on their way. The Earthship Academy students and local volunteers made it possible to do almost twice as much work on the building as originally planned.
Students took their final exam in the classroom which they aced! Earlier in the week students and crew were treated to a concert by the young music school students from the island. The concert was wonderful and reminded us all why we chose to be a part of this amazing project!
Michael Reynolds and six Earthship instructors will stay on the island for another 5 work days with some of the remaining Academy students and continue work on the building. There will be a special inauguration ceremony on December 17th.
We send out thanks for the TOKI staff, Enrique and Mahani, all of our Academy students, the student musicians, the local volunteers and all the people of the island who made us feel so welcome!
The Earthship Academy Global Session on Easter Island is in its second to last week. Our students are from 15 different countries and also include local residents and Rapa Nui people who are going to continue the construction after the Academy leaves. We have already accomplished more that planned in terms of structure. Four of the eight vaults of the Earthship Flower are up on the tire work and the classrooms are in different stages of completion. One classroom is nearly done and another is close to done. Cisterns are installed and gray water planters are dug and awaiting plumbing.
Students alternate between spending a full day in class learning Earthship design, systems and theory and a full day on the work site learning hands-on construction methods. Students have just completed their homework assignments of making a materials list for an Earthship from reading a set of plans. The final exam will be this coming Thursday.
When complete, the Earthship will be home to a free music school for local children.
Sprits are high and the weather is perfect!
All photos below courtesy Willow Noavi Photography.
Earthship workshops – January 2015 in South Australia
workshops Monday 5 January – Saturday 24 January 2015
This may be the final Earthship Ironbank Workshop! The focus will be; rendering with lime and earth plasters, floor construction (earth and polished concrete), and there are a few more tyres to pound on the tyre tank.
There will be three workshops starting on Mondays and finishing on Saturdays (no work on Sundays). You can come for as many as you like.
It’s been 3 weeks now. The progress has been slower than anticipated, as we’re still working on the tire wall, but we’ve had great work parties and made new friends. We have also been sourcing other materials as we’ve used more than we anticipated and needed to adapt as the project progressed.
We’re still focusing heavily on building with recycled & natural materials, finding creative ways to use garbage, and relying on the community to make the whole thing happen.
September 12th-14th, 2014. Regenerative Lifestyles in collaboration with Earthship Biotecture will be having a weekend retreat and tour at the Greater World Community. Regenerative Lifestyles is a company co-founded by Mike Wird one of Earthship Biotecture’s first academy graduates. Along with the retreat and tour there will also be a night of music at Taos Mesa Brewing with Denver Hiphop group The Soul Pros and special guests. This is the crossroads where biotecture, urban music, art and culture meet. A rare opportunity. See flyer for more info, to register visit. http://denverearthship.com/product-category/tours/
This is Florian from Earthship Seattle. I’m very excited to announce the first actual build to happen in Seattle!
We are inviting the community for a series of workshops where you will get to practice Earthship construction, led by a group of Earthship Academy students.
The land owner, Roxanne, is very much aligned with Earthship Seattle’s vision of raising awareness about Earthships and tackling the obstacles that stand between people in Washington state and their Earthship dream. She also intends to use it as a teaching tool for local students, so they can explore innovative ways to think about recycling and housing.
This project has just emerged on the horizon and it is really exciting to see all the interest, questions and comments that we have received on Facebook during the first 24 hours.
Now’s the time to answer all your questions around this exciting project.
Recap video of the Windship construction in the Philippines to function as a typhoon resistant structure as well as a school building for the local community. Includes interviews with the Earthship crew, volunteers, locals and partnering organizations, Earth Village Project and One Block for Batug.
Since this build last February, there has been much interest from government officials and the Department of Education to replicate the Windship design throughout the region. Read More
Earthship Australia invites you to a hands-on and informative weekend of workshops and seminars on sustainable design principles.
By the end of the weekend you will be equipped with practical experience, and a broad understanding of the challenges and processes for building and renovating alternative natural building designs in South-East Australia.
Hear from natural building experts, architects, planners, engineers, building designers and tradespeople. Then learn how to build a reciprocal roof and tyre retaining wall sculpture. By the end of the weekend, you’ll be moving bush and going off grid! Maybe not quite – but almost. Read More
Last weekend, on the very last day of the weekend long Belize Chocolate Festival, we took a shuttle bus down the mile long path to the Lubaantun Maya Site in the Toledo District of Belize. Huge trees and greenery was pretty much all we were seeing until just before the ruins – this sign.
Ummm. Earthship Belize. And the view of an odd adobe-like structure behind some brush. What the heck is that? There is a sign…it must be open to the public. Maybe. Surely there could not be attack dogs. There is a sign!
We kept going (we were on a shuttle bus) but I made note to check this out on our exit… Read More