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    Comfort in Any Climate

Philippines Windship Finishing Hit February, 2015.

Philippines Windship Finishing Hit February, 2015.

Help the Earthship team bring it home.
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Nightly Rentals

Nightly Rentals

Unique, fully furnished homes to experience completely sustainable, off-grid living.
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Easter Island Earthship Music School

Easter Island Earthship Music School

Build a flower design Earthship to be used as a music school with free classes for local children on Easter Island.
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Earthship Academy

Earthship Academy

Extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods and philosophy
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Earthship workshops in Seattle

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.



This project will be a small tool shed built with some of the Earthship principles. For this first build, we are going to focus extensively on: building with recycled & natural materials; DIY; sourcing free, local materials, in the purest Earthship philosophy.

The thermal mass aspect as well as water collection will be partially implemented. Energy production, food production and sewage treatment will not be implemented.

But we hope that this project will inspire others to champion future projects where all of the 6 Earthship principles will be implemented. Earthships are coming to Seattle, one step at a time!

We are very happy to be working with Roxanne, as her project will be a great help to all Washington residents who hope to someday have their own Earthship.

With this project, we will:

  • grow the expertise of our community in Earthship building techniques;
  • have a structure that people can see and learn from;
  • test some of the Earthship aspects in our climate;
  • have a precedent that permit officers could see and experience, encouraging them to grant permits for bigger projects;
  • grow our community of friendly Earthship enthusiasts in the Seattle area.



This build will be a small U-shaped room. The main wall will be made of tires. There will be a backfill of dirt, which will be insulated with phone books wrapped in plastic. The floor will also be insulated in the same way. The roof will use some beams for the structure, with a wood decking on top, then a plastic vapor barrier and insulation, and then a metal roof, with metal salvaged from old appliances. The front face will use cob, reclaimed glass for windows, plastic bottles filled with trash inside the cob wall, and glass bottles for aesthetics.

Click here to see the construction drawings.



Construction will mostly happen over 3 consecutive weekends. The workshops will start at 9 am. They will end after 4 pm (we might keep going until 7 or 8 pm with whoever can stay longer, if it makes sense). Lunch will be provided during the main events.


Phase 1 will consist in building the main tire wall as well as the thermal wrap behind it, and will take place over the weekend of September 6th and 7th.

Phase 2 will consist in building the entire roof and will take place over the weekend of September 13th and 14th.

Phase 3 will consist in building the front wall, door and windows, and will take place over the weekend of September 20th and 21st.

Even though the main events will happen over weekends, we will need volunteers on most other days, either to complete what we started during the weekend, or to prepare for the following weekend.


We hope to end with a big party for Earthship Seattle’s 2-year anniversary!


Tentative schedule:


Planning phase: 8/26 -> 9/5


Phase 1:

preparation: 9/2 -> 9/5

main event: 9/6 -> 9/7

completion: 9/8 -> 9/12


Phase 2:

preparation: 9/8 -> 9/12

main event: 9/13 -> 9/14

completion: 9/15 -> 9/19


Phase 3:

preparation: 9/15 -> 9/19

main event: 9/20 -> 9/21

completion: 9/22 -> 9/26



The workshops will be led by Earthship Academy students and/or experienced volunteers: Florian Becquereau, Rachel Payne, Heather Kline, Jon Gosch, and others. <list to be expanded>

There will always be at least one of them available to answer questions and teach Earthship building techniques.



Space is limited to about 20 volunteers per Phase. Due to the small size of the build site, only up to 10 people might be working at any given time. That’s more time to relax, socialize and ask questions. Yay!

To sign up, send an email to contact@earthshipseattle.org with “trash studio” in the subject line.


Provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • City of residence
  • Which Phase you are signing up for (you can sign up for more than one Phase if you wish).
  • Your availability for said Phase: whether you are available to help for the preparation of the Phase, whether you can attend both days of the main event or just one day, whether you are available to help with the completion of the Phase (see Timeline for details).
  • What you can contribute from our wishlist for tools and materials (click here). Please contribute with tools or materials for each Phase that you want to participate in. If you can’t contribute tools or materials, a monetary donation would be welcome (suggestion of $20-50 on a sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds).
  • What team you’d like to be in: building (that’s what most people will be doing), documenting (photos, videos, blog articles, short documentaries….), cooking (Roxanne might welcome some help; you can either contribute food or help cooking). Even if you can’t attend the events, helping us with tools or materials is a great way to be part of this project.
  • Some more info about you, including a few words about your past experiences with building/volunteering/sustainability, etc. (no experience necessary).


Please make sure to communicate with us about which tools or materials you can contribute before bringing them to the site. There is very little space, so we can only store what we can use, and we might not be able to store items for Phase 2 until Phase 1 is completed. If you want to lend tools and get them back later, we’ll try our best to accommodate, but since there will be a lot of volunteers rotating on the build, we cannot promise that your tool won’t be broken or lost.


What to bring

Please look at our material and tool wishlist and let us know (ie. by email) if you can help with any of that. Otherwise, please consider making a donation (suggested amount is $20-50 on a sliding scale). We are trying to keep the costs down to a minimum. To this end, we are heavily focusing on using reclaimed materials, and on having the community actively participate in the build. We’d love to keep money out of the equation entirely. Please help us toward this goal!


If you’re going to volunteer in the construction:

Wear clothes and shoes that you don’t mind ruining.

Bring a water bottle.

Bring a pair of working gloves.


No drugs or alcohol on site!


Access to the site

The site is in walking distance from the Columbia City Light Rail station. There is no parking at the site. So, you’re on your own for parking. Please consider using public transportation. As this is a private residence, the address will be sent only to volunteers who are properly registered.


Contact us

The best way to reach us is to send an email to contact@earthshipseattle.org. Roxanne (Project Owner) or Florian (Project Manager) will get back to you. You can also contact us via Earthship Seattle’s Facebook page or Meetup group, or via this specific project’s Facebook page.


Earthship Philippines – Windship 1st Hit Recap

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

Australia Workshop

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

Not In Your Guidebook: Earthship Lands Besides Lubaantun Maya Site in Southern Belize

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

Building Belize’s First Earthship Alongside the Mayan Ruins

Earthship Belize
Phil Moore | Monday, 15th October 2012 | from permaculture.co.uk

Belize’s first Earthship lies within sight of the Maya ruins of Lubaantun in the south of the country, creating a wonderful juxtaposition between ruined civilization and new ecological design


Renegade architect Mike Reynolds and his crew began construction in March 2012. Commissioned by an ex-pat British family, the building is situated on a huge piece of land with a cacao farm, an important and popular crop in this part of the world.

Richard and Alisa arrived in Belize two years ago having lived in Scotland, Spain, and Mexico with their three children. Now settled with three dogs, three cats, and an army of chickens most of the building work is being done by locals employed from the nearby village of San Pedro Colombia. The Maya crew headed by Cessaerio were taught the ropes by Mike and his team and there are plans to use the tyres and bottle brick approach to create a rain water catchment system for the village school. Read More

Aquaponics Prototype

for Global Mobile Earthships


Earthship lands in southern Alberta

Herald photo by Ian Martens Workers and volunteers help with the construction of an 1,800-square-foot earthship home, designed to be an off-grid, self-sustaining dwelling, earlier this week at a site along the Little Bow River east of Carmangay. An open house is scheduled Sunday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

By Lethbridge Herald on July 23, 2014.

Nick Kuhl
Lethbridge Herald
It’s an 1,800-square-foot, three-bedroom home with an unusual floor plan and a sweeping south-facing view toward the Little Bow River out of large glass windows.
Its final cost, estimated at between $350,000 and $400,000, would be comparable to a similar-sized unit in an average Canadian urban community.
But when it’s completed in a few weeks, Glen and Dawn Kinney’s soon-to-be retirement house, located about 70 kilometres from Lethbridge and 30 kilometres east of Carmangay, will basically run itself.
The home, called an earthship for its design, will maintain a consistent temperature of between 19 C and 22 C year-round, with no added heating or cooling, and have a of cost of only about $150 per year for utilities.
The back wall was constructed with more than 800 tires encased in mortar to create thermal mass, while the side walls, with a similar concept, utilized more than 12,000 beer cans. Read More

Earthship Workshop in Portugal, Vale De Prazeres


From August 18th to September 12th (4 weeks)

Be part of a hands-on community workshop In Portugal where an old stone building (ruin) will be turned into a new, fully self-sustainable building.

This will be a great educational opportunity especially for those who seek to learn how to transform & re-design (Retrofit!) any existing building into a fully self-sustainable building.

By learning how to apply the six core principles of the Earthship concept, any existing structure can be retrofitted into a self-sustainable building.

“Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems.” – Wikipedia Read More

Earthships on “New Mexico True TV” this Sunday

Earthship Biotecture will be featured on the upcoming North Central New Mexico episode of “New Mexico True Television” this Sunday at 8:30am on KOB-TV Channel 4.

earthship still

Casas que le hacen bien al planeta

Great new article and interview with Michael Reynolds in the Argentina magazine Rumbos. En Español.