The rock climber knows the top of the cliff exists.
She has to learn the abilities necessary to get there ... and the dangers.
Then the choice has to be made to attempt the climb... for whatever reason...
adventure? challenge? practice?...
or in some cases, there is a need to get to the top...
to get out of the pit or gorge you are in.
Once the choice is made to attempt the climb,
the top is remembered as the direction and inspiration,
but not the focus.
The focus is the climb...
guided and inspired by the direction.
Life becomes all about the next handhold or foothold...
until your hand reaches up over the edge and...
you are there!
We are like rock climbers on this earth.
We know that a better way of living on this planet exists
but there is much vertical wall between us and that "better way".
We have to learn the abilities necessary to get to this "better way"...
and the dangers.
Then the choice has to be made to attempt to get there.
We have a good reason.
The place we are - the way we are living on this planet - has an end in sight.
In our case it is not a matter of us making the choice, it has been made for us.
We can ignore it, be depressed and overwhelmed by it or...
we can climb.
We can climb out of the pit of faulty existence we are in
and find the "better way".
The "better way" becomes the direction to guide our climb...
but not the focus.
The focus is the climb...
guided and inspired by the direction; the "better way".
Life becomes all about the next handhold or foothold.
It is these handholds and footholds we must focus on.
The next month ... how do we live?
The next week ... how do we live?
The next day... how do we live?
The next hour... how do we live?
The lofty thoughts of how to change the world; or save the world; or make the world a better place, are simply rhetoric unless we actually place the stepping stones on how to get there.
These are the handholds and footholds of the climb.
It is these one-at-a-time handholds and footholds that get us to the top.
It sometimes takes every bit of strength, courage and concentration we can muster
to use them but there is no other way.
We cannot just leap to the top with rhetoric.
We cannot just dream to the top with philosophy.
We cannot just buy our way to the top with money.
We have to climb.
The Earthship Biotecture education... is about this climb.
Education Opportunities with Earthship Biotecture
Visitor’s Center (Taos, New Mexico)
Take a self-guided tour through a Global Model Earthship at our Visitor’s Center located at our headquarters outside of Taos, New Mexico. In this facility, funded by Governor Bill Richardson and Representative Bobby Gonzales of New Mexico, learn about the six points of Biotecture, check out pictures of past builds, explore the building, watch a video and slide show, and examine our library of books available for sale. Open seven days a week.
For current hours of operation and directions go to: http://earthship.com/learn-more/visit-us.html
The Earthship Headquarters outside of Taos, New Mexico
Nightly Rentals (Taos, New Mexico)
Spend the night in one of our Earthships on the Greater World Community outside of Taos, New Mexico. We have several homes available for nightly rental and you get the opportunity to experience how comfortable off-the-grid living can be
For more information and how to make a reservation visit: http://earthship.com/nightly-rentals
Seminars (Taos, New Mexico)
We currently offer three weekend seminars each year at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico. The seminar includes a slideshow presentation, a lecture series, Q & A discussion, hands-on work including tire pounding, mudding and building a can wall and a tour of several completed Earthships within The Greater World Community.
For more information and to make your reservation visit us at: http://earthship.com/seminars
Internship (Taos, New Mexico)
The Earthship Internship is a month long live/work/learn opportunity available at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico. Here you work along side our knowledgeable crew gaining practical hands-on experience as you help to further the vision of Earthship Biotecture in the Greater World Community. At the end of your internship you will receive a certificate to attend one of our Earthship Seminars for free. (Interns are responsible to pay a housing fee and provide their own food). Apply early, as spots fill up quickly.
For more information and to apply visit us at: http://earthship.com/internships
Earthship Academy (Taos, New Mexico)
Currently the Earthship Academy being offered at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico combines two months of field study, classroom lectures and on-site living. This in-depth study in Earthship Biotecture offers students the tools they need to spread the principles and practical aspects of sustainable living around the world all while collaborating with like minded people from all over the world. Upon completion of the two months in Taos, New Mexico one must complete a one month start-to-finish build plus an independent study in order to graduate from Earthship Academy.
For more information, dates and how to apply please visit: http://earthship.com/school
Volunteer Builds (All over the USA and World)
On site apprentice builds provide people with the opportunity to participate in a month-long on-site start-to-finish build somewhere in the world under the direction of our experienced foremen. In the last year amazing groups of people have come together all over the continental USA from the East Coast to the West Coast and all over the world from Sierra Leone to China to Guatemala to Europe and British Columbia. These events come up on a sporadic basis so the recommendation is to frequently check the website for upcoming on-location builds if you are interested in this opportunity.
Keep checking for updated information: http://earthship.com/Learn-More/current-projects-events.html