Do you want to learn how to build an Earthship? Do you want to get inspired and motivated by some of Australia’s most experienced Earthship builders and designers? If so read on…
Earthship Ironbank is not just any Earthship… it is the first in Australia to be “sanctioned” by Earthship Biotecture (Taos, USA) and the first to be fully approved by local government! It will also be the first Bed and Breakfast Earthship in Australia, open to all who wish to experience the wonders of Earthship living.
However, it will not be the first Earthship workshop run by Martin (Marty) Freney. Since Earthship Ironbank started, way back in July 2009 when Michael Reynolds came to town, Marty has run about 20 short (half day) workshops to continue building the tyre wall, started by Mike and 25 locals – who pounded 60 tyres in a just a few hours! Since then the tyre wall has grown slowly but surely with many afternoons of tyre pounding here in the forested, semi-rural “suburb” of Ironbank, Adelaide Hills, 25km from the heart of Adelaide.
Hello everyone! We are very excited to announce another workshop
opportunity coming up in Victoria this summer.
This workshop will teach you practical skills and the earthship principles:
building with natural and recycled materials, thermal/solar heating and
cooling, water harvesting, sewage treatment, food production. Detailed talks
and hands on education for the start to finish process will be facilitated by
Earthship Biotecture graduates. Read More
I was asked nicely to stop building my earthship (on account of neglecting to follow the proper procedures) so I thought it best to do so… but now, lo and behold, the wheels of bureaucracy churned out a… building permit!
As far as I know this is the first time an earthship has been approved in Australia: I’ve heard of other tyre walled homes in Aus but I think this is the first time a tyre wall with NO footings, and an earthberm has been approved. One thing I’m not allowed to do is irrigate the planter with greywater, nor flush the loo with treated greywater, but I’ll be fighting that (very poor) decision. With waste conservation initiatives it’s one step at a time here in South Australia, the driest State in the driest continent.
Planning to run some workshops in January 2014 to land this one bedroom earthship – stay tuned!
Darn it all, I think my previous post (June) might have got lost in cyberspace! I was just about to write about an interview with Spence Denny today from ABC local radio about Earthship Ironbank. But seems like the news that Earthship Ironbank was approved – back in early July – has not made it to this blog. So just quickly, it has been fully approved with the exception that the indoor greywater garden will have to be irrigated with rainwater rather than greywater. I’m still hoping to use greywater however by declaring a scientific trial of the system, backed by research by a PhD student from UniSA… trying to gather evidence that these systems should be legal in SA (which has the most stringent – I was going to say draconian – laws in Australia). Read More
Hello there one and all! Terraeden Biotecture is putting on another start to finish build workshop down here in dusty Australia. This time we are doing a small scale, Earthship inspired studio build. Perfect for those of you who are new to biotecture and want to learn how to build something that is achievable on a small scale with a small budget. You will get practical experience in biotecture skills such as building with natural and recycled materials as well as thermal/solar heating and cooling. On top of that, there will be onsite lectures covering:
Coming up is our first AGM after completing our successful transition from community organisation to independent Incorporated Association.
Please come along if you would like to become a member and take part in the discussion surrounding the future of Earthship Australia as a community organisation driven to Read More
Greetings Earthship supporters,
Well we have just returned from a successful 2 week workshop to get more done on final finishing of the 2 U survival pod in on the discovery coast in Queensland, Australia.
The project was run as a volunteer participation workshop, similar to the projects run in many countries overseas by Earthship Biotecture, which involved a workshop program which provided aseries of talks, films and discussions surrounding living self-sufficiently and engaging with the broader themes of Earthship Biotecture including a smaller-scale living mindset, community development and inclusion and thinking smarter in terms of resource consumption and use of materials. Earthship living is not simply a dwelling but involves a series of processes which include shared learning experiences and spreading knowledge for others to learn and teach the methodology and the philosophy behind Biotecture to foster the establishment of more Earthships across the country. Bob and Shelley were clear that they desired to create a home and an experience based on a loving intention and opened their lives and property to all to share in their way of life. Read More
After a long wait, Earthships are coming to Darwin in the form of two evening presentations coming this week at CDU. Wednesday night will see a general presentation of Biotecture’s aims, principles and applications, looking at recent projects participated by Earthship Australia representative Rachel Goldlust. Thursday night will see the Darwin premier of ‘Australia’s First Earthship’ a documentary by Jennifer Brownson looking at the community surrounding the first Earthship project completed in Australia in 2013. Come along of you’ve been interested in Earthships and want to find ways of getting involved or justget inspired for a new way of living!
Greetings Tasmanian Earthship and sustainable building supporters!
After much waiting there’s finally an Earthship event coming up for Tassie
Come along if you’ve heard about Earthships and want to find out more or would like to sign up and join the movement starting across Australia to bring this radical sustainble architecture and living model to us here!
Academy graduate Duuvy Jester, with a crew of dedicated humans have successfully brought Australia’s first Earthship to waterproof and lock up stage! So now Duuvy is travelling down the east coast of Australia to share the experience through a bunch of engaging, entertaining and informative talks.
Learn all about Earthships and their application to the diverse Australian environment. Hear all about the journey of the first Earthship downunder. The workshop, the alterations in design, the usage of hempcrete, the cyclonic weather, the challenges, the realities involved in undertaking this kind of project are just some of the areas of discussion that will be covered.