5 Day Aircrete
April 12-21, 2024
Workshop Learning Objectives
Learn our methods of building a dome home that is fire and rot resistant, insulative, sustainable, strong and durable against the forces of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.
Work in a friendly and respectful team setting to co-create under the guidance of our instructors
Build archway form and window frame
Mix Aircrete with Domegaia's unique tools - Aircrete is an amazing, material that you can make yourself at home - almost as easily as making pancake batter!
Stack bricks with our mortar recipe to construct a dome using a compass arm
Apply reinforcement fabric-mesh with stucco
"Classroom" exercises and discussions
Topics: Foundation pouring, compass arm assembly, window installation, door and door jam construction & installation
We will offer an inspirational and informative slideshow presentation and dedicated Q&A time!
*Please Note: During this 10-day (hands-on) workshop, we will build a basic dome structure. Instruction includes the fundamentals of pouring, stacking and structural reinforcement of the dome but does not include plumbing, electrical or finishing installations.
Architectural Drawings of Steve Areen's Thailand Dome Home (a 16-page digital download) as well as additional pdf resources and material.
A 20% discount on Tools and Equipment valid for 3 months after the conclusion of the workshop.
DOME BUILDING SCHEDULE:
April 11th: Check-in (for those staying on-site)
April 12th - 21st: Workshop Instruction
9am: Opening Circle
9am - 1pm: Workshop
1pm - 2pm: Lunch break
2pm - 6pm*: Workshop
April 22nd: Departure
*Some days may run later than 6pm depending on work flow
Tent camping (Bring your own gear) - Free
Car camping - 4x4 or all-wheel w/clearance required - $5/day
- Glamping - $45/day
All on-site accommodations will include access to toilets, showers, a covered outdoor kitchen, and washer and dryer.
No pet policy
Meal Plan Options
Grant will be offering an affordable meal plan for those who would like to participate.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner - $45/day
Lunch only - $10/day
Because the location is remote we encourage students to opt-in for at least the lunch plan or bring daily lunch to the site to save workshop time and navigation of the 4-wheel drive only 1 mile drive. If you have 4 wheel drive it’s about 15 minutes to the store, remember the food trucks and restaurants take their time here. Shuttles won’t be available down the drive during lunch
Shuttle to or from SLC Airport
Bedrock Private Shuttle - $200 / private car / one way
Bedrock Ride share - $50 / per person / one way
(ride share reservations will be matched for flight times and will require waiting some at the airport or downtown SLC, first-come-first serve)
Public Shuttle from Las Vega Intl. Airport
Public Las Vegas Airport shuttle to a private rental car company in St. George, UT - $41 / round trip
About our Host: Grant Johnson
Grant Johnson works as an environmental activist and has stewarded his land for the last 45 years wild tending and growing soil for farming. His idea for a blasted-out stand alone rock house, which will serve as our workshop headquarters, occurred to him as an alternative way to build for both the aesthetics and to maintain a constant temperature inside the cave. The rock house is fully off-grid and powered by hydro-electricity, completed in 2012 after 9 winters of blasting.
Our team of builders will include friends and family who want to help actualize an Ayurvedic healing space t0 benefit the community.
Location Details: boulder, Utah
Boulder is a small outpost community of about 250 people who favor farming and ranching to large-scale housing development, who promote quiet-use recreation and dark skies.
You’ll need 4 wheel drive or all-wheel drive with some clearance to navigate the one mile private driveway to workshop headquarters. There’s a free parking area for those who’d like to walk-in 1 mile. A shuttle will be provided each morning for those staying off-site. From the parking area, the town of Boulder is a 15 minute drive where you’ll find a couple of good restaurants, a couple of food trucks, a coffee shop, and Hal’s Store gas station.
What you can expect, hear from past students:
- Those cancelling more than 4 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a full tuition refund, minus a 7% processing and administration fee.
- Those cancelling 2 - 4 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop will receive a half tuition refund, minus a 7% processing and administration fee.
- No refunds for cancellation requests made less than 2 weeks prior to the first day of the workshop
- If the workshop has to be cancelled for any reason, you will receive an immediate full refund.
If you have questions about the workshop, please contact us!
We look forward to building with you!