Internships

Earthship Biotecture Sanctioned Events

Steps/requirements for becoming an Earthship Agent and/or hosting an Earthship sanctioned event or build.

1. Graduate from the Earthship Academy.
graduation requirements and info may be found here: http://earthship.com/school

2.  Propose your event or build to Earthship Biotecture.

3.  Negotiate a percentage of revenue to be shared with Earthship Biotecture.
(this is largely to compensate EB for time spent to digest information on the event and post on the EB website as we are getting a large number of these requests)

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An Earthship building experience

…in Taos, New Mexico

by James Galletly from theownerbuilder.com.au

‘These are the most sustainable houses I have ever seen, and if these are the most sustainable houses, then this is how I should build.’ That was my first response to seeing Garbage Warrior, a documentary about renegade architect Michael Reynolds and his quest to build truly sustainable homes.

The Earthship is Michael’s answer to the challenge of sustainable housing. Put simply, Earthships are radically sustainable buildings, constructed with recycled materials. They are far from conventional, but they work, extremely well, and that is why Michael has been building them for over 40 years.

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My Trip to Earthships: The Earthship Internship Program

by Nara Williams – info@narawilliams.com

So imagine my amazement when, after driving through miles and miles of good old, sturdy Kansas, gazing forlornly at dilapidated farmhouses along the highway, I made it to Taos and found myself waving at the mountains from a glass pyramid on top of a three-story Earthship.
 
Though the name “Earthship” may relate more to the fact that the buildings are almost entirely self-sustaining, it really does feel like a ship, of some sort. Though perhaps more of a space ship than anything- I can see the southern edge of the Rockies.
 
I’m currently staying in a building called the “Hive,” a massive structure that contains about 10 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, and of course, the pyramid. It overlooks the mesa, seas of scrubby sage bush, and a part of the arroyo hondo. You can also glimpse the “Greater World Community,” where there are about 70 private Earthship homes.

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The concept for the HIVE is as follows…

It is after the developed world living systems – centralized utilities, economy, transportation, food production and government itself – have all gradually crumbled to the point of critical mass and fully collapsed. People are on their own. A small group of about a dozen people have stumbled on to a large building in the desert of New Mexico that has been abandoned. It was clearly an attempt at a sustainable building that failed. The basic structure was was quite beautiful with inspiring spaces built very well, but it ends there. There was a mis-guided attempt to provide luxurious, even decadent, systems in a sustainable way which in itself is a contradiction. In fact, this building is a testament to the inappropriateness that prevailed just before the fall.

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More on the Earthship Biotecture Intern Program

by Michael Reynolds…

The EB intern program is aimed at both sharing what we have learned in forty years in the trenches of the green movement and looking for possible recruits to help us. We are in effect building an earth army. It is working. No revolution has ever been beautifully organized. They are all “down and dirty”, “shoot from the hip” kind of operations. In fact no government has ever been beautifully organized even though they try to provide the image that they are. Well, we at EB are not even trying to provide the image of immaculate organization or management. We are and have been a “down and dirty”, “shoot from the hip” movement. Given this true confession…

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Earthship Programs

GLOBAL EARTHSHIP BUILD LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
• These occur around the USA and around the world with our build teams in conjunction with scheduled client, demonstration or relief projects.
• There is a $100 flat scheduling fee per person.
These are strictly hands-on learning opportunities. No formal classes offered during these builds.
These are non-certificate opportunities.
• On specified Earthship Build Learning Opportunities, Field Study credit for the Earthship Academy will be offered.

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Earthship Biotecture, Taos, NM Internships

by Michael Reynolds, Earthship Creator.

Well kids here’s how it is… We have a 650 acre sustainable community that we fought hard for ten years to establish. The reason we had to fight was that we wanted no infrastructure or conventional utilities to be in this community. We wanted it green, sustainable, autonomous, and free. That upset everyone in authority so we were in for it. We kept fighting and finally got it.

We have maybe the only 650 acre development on the planet that is allowed to have no infrastructure or utilities. We sold this idea because the Earthship building does everything for itself.

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An artist who does one of a kind photographs on tin

By Jess Gaddis, Earthship Visitor Center, HIVE resident and former Earthship Intern

Robyn is an artist documenting the collapse of America’s economy with a focus on those who are rebuilding life within it. I had only been in contact with Robyn through email when she pulled in to the driveway. She arrived in her pseudo housing/diesel jetta in which she has been not only traveling through the country in, but also using as her developing studio. She showed me a box full of portraits of people who have managed to surpass the decaying infrastructure with a grassroots spirit.

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HIVE LOG – August 5 2011

The concept for the HIVE is as follows…

It is after the developed world living systems – centralized utilities, economy, transportation, food production and government itself – have all gradually crumbled to the point of critical mass and fully collapsed. People are on their own. A small group of about a dozen people have stumbled on to a large building in the desert of New Mexico that has been abandoned. It was clearly an attempt at a sustainable building that failed. The basic structure was was quite beautiful with inspiring spaces built very well, but it ends there. There was a mis-guided attempt to provide luxurious, even decadent, systems in a sustainable way which in itself is a contradiction. In fact, this building is a testament to the inappropriateness that prevailed just before the fall.

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