Earthship Biotecture has put out a notice that they are looking for apprentices "to join the Earthship Crew to build a new Global Model Earthship in Big Sky, Montana this May." The weeks available are Week 1: May 6-10; Week 2: May 13-17; Week 3: May 20-24 and Week 4: May 27-31. These are voluntary jobs to gain hands-on experience in earthship building techniques. Apprentices must find their own transportation and pay for their lodging.
The project will teach you how to:
- lay out an Earthship
- pound tires
- install solar glazing
- pack out interior walls
- build interior can walls
- build all independent solar power and off-grid water systems.
Earthship Biotecture also offers a few weekend seminars every year at their Taos, New Mexico headquarters. The weekends for 2013 are April 5-7, May 17-19, July 26-28 and September 27-29. Attendees must find their own transportation and pay for their lodging and food, with dinner provided the first Friday evening.
These consist of a slideshow and discussion, lectures, touring several Earthships including the Phoenix, and some hands-on work in:
- tire pounding
- mudding and building a can wall.
Either call 575.751.0462 or email reception@earthship to reserve your place in a seminar.
A third opportunity to learn Earthship building techniques around the world are the weekend workshops with Earthship guru Michael Reynolds, the master and creator of the design. These will be offered by ticket only at:
Christchurch, New Zealand: March 15 - 17
Denver, Colorado: March 22 - 24
Hollywood, California: April 12 - 14
and Stockholm, Sweden: April 19 - 21.
The weekend workshops will cover:
- building with natural and recycled Materials
- solar/thermal heating and cooling
- solar and wind Electricity
- water harvesting
- contained sewage treatment
- interior food production.
Watch the attached video of the Phoenix Earthship, especially if you have no idea what an Earthship is. There seem to be no professional videos of the Phoenix, but this one does show the systems behind it. You can rent the Phoenix nightly to see how you like Earthship living. Here are some listings of Earthships for sale, including the Phoenix.
One reader who is an Earthship enthusiast with a desire to build Earthships in the Greenville County, South Carolina area has suggested holding a barbecue or some type of group meeting for an Earthship presentation for building enforcement, inspectors, builders, those who might like to build an Earthship, and anyone else who wants to know more about Earthships. If you would be interested in attending such a meeting or have a suggestion of someone who should be
included, please write firstname.lastname@example.org.