Please read all information carefully before applying.
The Earthship Biotecture Academy offers an extensive training in Earthship design principles and philosophy. We are looking for people who are excited about learning and living the Earthship philosophy, as well as helping to expand it globally. Students of the Academy need to be self-reliant, and prepared to take care of themselves physically, financially and emotionally.
The program consists of sixty two hours of classroom study, two months of field work and an independent study. The classroom studies and one month of field work can be completed during the two month session in Taos, New Mexico.
Tuition - $2,000
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE APPLYING
We are located 1.5 miles past the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on Highway 64 West. The closest large airport is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is 3 hours away from Taos. The Santa Fe Airport, which is 1 1/2 hours away, has just started allowing a limited number of flights, as well. There is only one shuttle service you can contact for transportation from the airport, Twin Hearts Shuttle - 575-751-1201. We recommend contacting them well in advance for reservations. There is no publictransportation in Taos.
Please note that we cannot receive students prior to the session start date. If you are looking for someplace inexpensive to stay in Taos, we recommend the Snow Mansion Hostel in Arroyo Seco. www.snowmansion.com.
ABOUT THE AREA
Taos is seated at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is known for its history, fine art, great food and vast array of outdoor activities. It is home to the historic Taos Pueblo, the Rio Grande Gorge and Taos Ski Valley. It is a beautiful and majestic place that encourages people to reconnect with what is authentic.
The weather in Taos can reach over 100 degrees in the summer and 30
Please be sure to bring a good sun hat and LOTS of sunscreen! At this high altitude, the sun is unforgiving. Please also bring rain gear you can work in and be prepared for snow during sessions 1 and 4. Between the extreme weather conditions and the high altitude, it is vital that you drink a lot of water. You will need to bring your own water to the job site everyday and we recommend a 1 gallon bottle. If you are staying in Academy housing, you will be able to refill your bottles there.
2013 Academy Curriculum
Session 1: March 4 - April 12 FULL
Session 2: April 29 - June 7
Session 3: June 24 - August 2 FULL
Session 4: September 16 - October 25
A degree in Biotecture is earned upon the completion of:
BIOTECTURE INTRODUCTORY STUDIES
CLASSROOM: PRAGMATIC STUDIES
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WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING
clothes and shoes that you don’t mind ruining
1 gallon water jug for taking to the job site
RECOMMENDED READING (not required)
The Earthship Library Package
Academy students get 50% off all store items. This package is excellent preparation for what you will be learning here, but again, not required. The package includes Earthship Volumes 1, 2 & 3, Comfort in Any Climate, Water from the Sky and your choice of the 'Hut' or 'From the Ground Up' videos. You can call our Visitor’s Center to purchase - 800-841-9249. (please do not try to order online because your discount will not go through)
EARTHSHIP ACADEMY STUDENT TOOLS
Below is a list of suggested tools to bring. For those of you traveling from outside the United States, do not try to bring them on a plane or across any borders. You will be able to purchase a few inexpensive tools in Taos if you find you need them. Please be sure to label each with your name. For those of you who are experienced builders and are bringing your own transportation, feel free to bring more tools than are on the suggested on the list. (If you already own a cordless drill, circular saw, plastering tools, etc...you are welcome to bring them. If you have questions about whether or not to
bring a certain tool, please email firstname.lastname@example.org) Please do not over pack, Academy accommodations do not have extra storage space and you won't want to lug your tools everywhere you go.
HEAVY DUTY RUBBER GLOVES
We offer very simplistic, dormitory style housing to Academy students for an additional $450. The accommodations are in four different locations and may require a 4 wheel drive vehicle to access. These spaces are rustic, and if you chose to rent one, you must be prepared for camping like conditions. This means you will need to bring some sort of pad or blow up mattress to sleep on, as well as bedding and pillow. You will need to be prepared for keeping your food in coolers. There is free wifi available in all but one of the locations. There is free wifi in the Academy classroom. These spaces are limited and will be assigned on a first come first serve basis. Once accepted, housing details will be forwarded to you.
If you chose to live in Academy accommodations, you will be asked to sign the below document before being checked in.
No switching houses without approval from Academy staff
No non 4 wheel drive vehicles at REACH for any reason
Quiet hours in the house are 9pm to 8am on weekdays, 12 midnight to 9am on weekends
Noise outside must be kept to a minimum after dark.
No music can be played outside after dark.
No overnight guests allowed.
No firearms allowed on any Earthship properties.
No smoking inside the house. No smoking outside at REACH
No sexual harassment.
The house must be left tidy each morning.
The common areas, especially the kitchen and bathrooms, must be kept clean AT ALL TIMES.
No dirty dishes are to be left in the sink, please tidy up kitchen after every meal.
If the house is found dirty, you will be given a specific chore that you will have to do throughout the remainder of your stay.
No food or trash to be left outside.
No electric blowdryers, blenders, coffee makers, rice cookers, etc.
No Driving on Earthship Way without an employee or community member with you.
At REACH, no parking at bottom of road or parking lot.
At REACH, no 2 wheel vehicles.
Do not bring non-Earthship affiliated guests to the community.
Respect your fellow housemates.
Before checking out, please make sure that your room is clean and that you take everything (including food in fridge) with you.
Breaking of any rules or behavior deemed inappropriate by Earthship Biotecture will result in immediate eviction from the house.
For charging laptops, cell phones, cameras, please be advised that some of our houses have modified sine wave inverters. Charge at your own risk.
By submitting an Earthship Biotecture Academy application,
you understand that you have read and agreed to the above rules and agreement.
FALL 2012 ACADEMY CREDITS
During your time at the Academy this Fall, you will complete one unit of Field Studies, Biotecture Introductory Studies and all of the Classroom: Pragmatic and Classroom: Philosophy Studies. To graduate from the Earthship Academy you will need to complete one more unit of Field Studies (one month on a start-to-finish Earthship build) and your Independent Study. Academy students will receive first notice of start-to-finish Earthship build opportunities to fulfill their second unit of Field Studies. We will provide guidance for proposing your Independent Study. Please note you must obtain written approval of your proposal from Academy Staff to receive credit for your Independent Study. Definitions of Field Studies and Independent Study are below.
You will each have the opportunity to work on at least three different hands-on projects during your session:
*A new Earthship located directly behind our Earthship Visitor Center.
*Experimental pre-Earthship “pods” with Simple Survival systems,
*The world’s first Sustainable Development Testing Site (EVE).
We are tracking your credits and will provide you with a transcript at the end of the session.
Field 1, Field 2
Field studies involve hands-on participation in an Earthship build and are offered in conjunction with Earthship builds in Taos, New Mexico and around the world. Two one-month long field studies must be completed to satisfy this requirement.
The purpose of these studies is to give hands-on building experience with Biotecture techniques and to expose students to the mental and physical environment of a Biotecture construction site and a Biotecture life.
Students will learn how to build a sustainable, independent Earthship from the ground up.
FIELD 1: One month
At least one month of field study must take place on a start-to-finish Earthship Biotecture build.
FIELD 2: One month
To be completed during your 2 month session in Taos this Fall.
The Independent Study may take place anywhere in the world. Examples of Independent Studies include: launching a demonstration project, staging and facilitating a relief project, designing a CAD model of an Earthship development, mapping Pockets of Freedom, facilitating legal breakthroughs in permitting and more. Students may propose their Independent Study after they complete all other courses. Independent Studies are the students choice but must receive written approval from Academy Staff and are subject to review to qualify for credit.
Q & A: Michael Reynolds Earthship Architect
What are your hopes for the future of Earthships?
It started off as individual homes, now we have two or three communities going. I hope to see in my lifetime to see towns and cities built this way. If you're a huge developer and you want to build a small town you have to put in millions of dollars of infrastructure before you begin.
One Man’s Trash. . .
Soon after Mike Reynolds graduated from architecture school in 1969, he disregarded much of what he had been taught and began a 30-year practice of building “earthships”—off-the-grid dwellings built from what the rest of society deems garbage (discarded cans, bottles, and tires, among other items). His radical and unusual structures have received resistance from zoning and code legislations, spurring a continuing struggle to change the building permit process.
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)
* All events and builds will be under guidelines of EB
* All promotion/marketing materials will be under guidelines of EB
To spread/share the Earthship concept around the world and to preserve the integrity and safety of Earthships that are built while supporting the mother company, Earthship Biotecture.
Sanctioned events will be promoted and supported by EB and the EB website.
If someone encounters an event or "workshop" that doesn't appear on the EB website they are strongly encouraged to call EB for info.
Non sanctioned events will not be supported in any way and in some cases will
be announced as “non sanctioned” for the protection of the integrity of the Earthship
concept and mother company.