Earthbag Building Workshop
Create you own Earthbag dOMe hOMe!
March 24th to April 2nd, 2017
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Hello my name is Rysheak Lightwon and I invite you to our next earthbag dome workshop. Come explore and learn with us as we teach you the skills necessary to build your own super natural home.
I have worked in the field of eco construction for over 25 years and feel confident in saying that this technology is, in my opinion, one of the most advanced eco friendly green building methods available today.
Here’s why. At our site 90+ % of the materials to build are derived from the land or from the immediate area. This is vastly different from traditional construction where close to 100% is imported and transported to the building site from long distances. Most building methods leave a huge negative environmental footprint
What will our workshops look like?
Participants will be able to come for a very full eight day experience. So that people will receive a complete learning experience from start to finish; we will have several structures in various stages of the building process.
Participants will have the opportunity to jump in at any stage that they choose. Of course in week one, we will cover each step moving systematically from preparing the site, the mixing of materials for the bags, filling, placing and compacting and “hanging” of the earth bags. Earthen plasters from rough first coat to a polished and highly detailed finished coat.
This will be an intimate and highly focused workshop where structural integrity and strength will be stressed. We will also focus on completion details and aesthetic elements. This workshop is geared towards the more advanced builder. However we will accommodate those who have less experience.
For those of you who are seriously considering the EB technique to build your own structure this workshop is a must.
I whole heartedly invite and welcome you to come to our beautiful fully off grid organic farm in the courageous desert of Baja Sur, Mexico and experience an unforgettable event.
Our workshop includes Airport pick up, camping space, two gourmet organic vegan meals per day, fruit bowls, Kangen water, ocean and canyon adventures and fun!
You will need to bring your own tent. We have a few tents on site including one large tent with an air mattress that can sleep two comfortably. Tent rental for single tent $5 /day, $15/day for large tent for two.
Baja BioSana is located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula.
We are about 50 minutes from the International Airport in San Jose, airport code (SJD), and our land is nestled into the foothills of the LaLaguna Mountains. The 11,600 Ha (28,664 Acre) LaLaguna Biosphere Reserve is practically our backyard, and we’re located in between the small villages of Agua Caliente and El Chorro – about 9 Km above the town of Santiago.
For more information: bajabiosana.org
The workshop cost is:
$1100 – $1400 Sliding Scale
We have created a sliding scale for the workshop. Please pay what you are guided to pay within the suggested range. The full cost of the workshop is valued at $1400. If you can pay the full amount we welcome that as it enables us to offer this workshop so that it can be made available to a wider range of people with varying financial resources. We have found this to be a successful way to offer these workshops and make them accessible to more people.
Our method of construction:
Over the past 3 years, working with my Mexican crew, we have co- developed a new version of the earth bag construction method. During this process we have learn to create true domes or cupolas. Very different than the cone shaped buildings the super adobe technique creates.
We have patented a method of hanging the earth bags using bamboo so we can build these aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound domes. Please bare in mind that any shape of structure can be built. For example, straight vertical walls with a roof can be built using earth-bag technology.
I am building domes because I love the shape and aesthetic.
In recent years super adobe has gained interest and notoriety in the field of green buildings. Our technique is considerably different and “greener” and the reason why I can say this with confidence is that we use no cement, steel or barbed wire reinforcement. That is significant because in the manufacturing of steel and cement the negative environmental foot print is huge. Even though we have been able to eliminate cement, rebar and barbed wire from our structures we still have managed to maintain massive structural integrity. This is critical and has been consistently proven to be true as our domes have successfully weathered two hurricanes, massive tropical rains, blazing hot and dry day temperatures in desert as well as very cold and wet evening temperatures and to top it off a recent point 5 earthquake.
Pretty impressive and quite simply revolutionary. In addition to this, because of the amount, we are able to hang our bags using our patented bamboo technique, and to create beautiful and elegant forms. It is a wonderful living example of ancient tribal building meeting space age super modern. I love to call it “off planet feng shui “