The purpose of the Los Técnicos Chixot Education Center is to provide Comalapan youth with marketable skills that will enable them to be responsible citizens and entrepreneurs. Educational opportunities for teenagers and young adults in rural Guatemala are severely lacking, and this project will give them the tools they need to be competitive in the job market. The school will offer relevant educational...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. ...Read More
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...Read More
The Earthship crew has completed the 3-week build that donated a home to a family in Comalapa, Guatemala for the second time around. Working with Long Way Home, a non-profit organization in Comalapa working to build sustainable schools, we were able to raise the appropriate amount of money as well as gather volunteers and organize to allow this project to take place. We are thankful for all who...Read More
The house is on its way to full enclosure and completion as the Earthship crew will be leaving Guatemala early Saturday. With two workdays left, we are in a good place to leave Long Way Home foreman, Romeo Apen, to do the finishes to his liking on his new home.
Plastic in place of glass windows will work, as the climate here is tropical. 6-mil plastic has been added to the whole...Read More
It is the final week of construction in Comalapa and the building is moving toward finishes. Lou and his group are working on the black water cells. The front of the house is trenched appropriately and the septic has been piped into the botanical cells. Today, the trenches were lined with plastic and then filled with big rock, gravel – to be filled with...Read More
Over the course of 2 weeks, Earthship Biotecture and Long Way Home have been working on the 3-U Survival Pod Earthship for Long Way Home foreman, Romeo. The progress has been impressive with all of the volunteers working and the crew managing its team accordingly. Groups were broken up into ten in order to keep the process structured and efficient. Much to report from the last update earlier this...Read More
Building has been framed for the greenhouse and cement work is continuing. Third coat was done on the vaults and the trash bottle parapets are being raised. The planters were dug and septic lid has been put onto the flush toilet on the east side of the building. Plumbing for the shower and toilet and grey and black water cells were done by Lou and his team.
Continue with cementing the vault and creating the parapet behind the house. Can walls are going up and trash and glass bottle walls are being formed . The framing of the south facing windows is about half way completed. The structure is beginning to be enclosed and looking more and more like a home every day.
Early this morning, the children from Tecnico Maya, Long Way...Read More
Vaults/Assembly Lines/‘Outlaw’ Septic
Business as usual today for the Earthship/Long Way Home crew with 60+ volunteers. The third vault is on, bond beams are poured and cement is being hauled up the hill by an assembly line of people throughout the whole workday. Plaster work has begun on the east vault. The grey water planters have been dug out as well as the ‘outlaw’ septic. ...Read More
Today is the first day with all of our volunteers on the jobsite and with everyone’s combined help, the process moved along quite a bit. Already, the site is changing shape and beginning to look more structured. The groups were broken up and worked to pound tires, create the trench for the septic, bend and cut rebar for the vault, and even build an onsite outhouse. The day was a labor-intensive...Read More
The crew arrived just late yesterday to the site in Comalapa, Guatemala, where Long Way Home is stationed. Touring through the Technico Maya vocational school that has progressed in the past year since our last visit, we were all greatly impressed and humbled by the giant tire and trash bottle walls. “We need to be doing this in about 100 other places in the world, like, now,” stated Mike Reynolds...Read More
This post is about two projects in Belize we visited. Both are farms in the jungle, designed to be ecological, their systems can support the symbiosis of species, generate less and recycle more waste.
Both project are open to volunteers and students. Please check the bottom of the page for contact.
The glass-bottle wall. Photo credit: m.piem.org
Richard, Alisa, Maya, Alex, and Tati,...Read More
Hey all,(Pictures courtesy of Nick Corniea)
Here's the latest update from the Rumble in the Jungle. You'll see our workforce, 7 Mayan Machines 18-61 yo. (Raul, Dick, Sessario, Benito, Darius, Rudolfo, Barfilio), a earthship apprentice (Nick; MN), 2 WWOOFers (Kayla & Alex; NY www.wwoof.com) and the clients (Alisa & Richard). Working steady, and live for the 10:30 a.m. fresh coconut...Read More
Give back in Guatemala. Help support a Mayan mom and her five kids. earthship.com/guatemala
On April 3 the Earthship team, led by Phil Baseheart, will break ground on the Adbongo project in the Guatemala highlands. The team consists of expert builders from Taos, a Guatemalan builder and his workers, and Adbongo’s own group.
“I’m ecstatic to start this construction,” says Adbongo founder, John...Read More