10 Day Aircrete
September 1-10, 2023
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:
August 31st: Check-in
September 1-10: Workshop Instruction
9am: Opening Circle
9am - 1pm: Workshop
1pm - 2pm: Lunch break
2pm - 6pm*: Workshop
September 11th: Departure
*Some days may run later than 6pm depending on work flow
***If you decide to stay off-site, it is important to take into consideration the daily transportation costs from your lodging to Mindful Earth Alliance.
Meal Plan Options
The meal plan will consist of hearty and nutritious whole foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner with omnivore and vegetarian/vegan options
*You do not have to stay on-site to take advantage of this meal plan, any and all are welcome!
Vegetarian - $35/day
Omnivore - $50/day
About our hosts: The Mindful Earth Alliance
The Mindful Earth Alliance is a multi-family intentional community located on a six acre biodynamic permaculture farm outside of Ashland Oregon. We currently have four families living on the farm as well as goats, chickens, ducks, bunnies, dogs and a few cats. Although the farm has worn many cash hats over the last ten years, from a market garden, to a hemp farm, a hemp seed breeding research facility, and most recently a heritage grain research farm, the more permanent aspects of the farm including the food forests and horticulture have continued to evolve despite historic droughts and high temperatures over the last couple of years. With the abundant rain we have received already this year, we are experiencing a bountiful harvest of fruits, berries and nuts in addition to plentiful veggies from our annual garden spaces.
As the focus from agricultural production has lifted, The Mindful Earth Alliance is now expanding towards using the existing farm as a teaching facility. We currently offer classes and workshops in biodynamic and “bio-resonant” farming and natural building as well as kirtan, song circles and African drumming.
Location Details: Ashland, Oregon
Ashland Oregon, nestled in the southernmost watershed of the Rogue River Valley is a tiny mountain town with a larger than life aura. As one of the New Age meccas of the United States, visitors often comment that the most special part about Ashland is the people that one meets when they are here. Be it the effect of the natural lithium springs that flow from the nearby hills or the prana-rich waters of Ashland creek that roar through the center of town during the Spring runoff, something has attracted a populace of healers, artists, musicians, outdoor enthusiasts, technologists and farmers with a mutual affinity towards self-realization - making Ashland an enriching and joyous place to live and raise a family.
Quite possibly it is Ashland’s proximity to spots of magical natural beauty that keep the locals beaming the way they do. From the heart of downtown Ashland a multitude of hiking and bike trails lead up into a vast network of trails that eventually connect with the Pacific Crest Trail on Mount Ashland. Within an hour in any direction there are world class rivers, epic rock climbing crags, and resort and back country skiing/snowboarding.
That said, there are many reasons to stay in Town as Ashland has thriving cultural offerings ranging from the world-renowned Shakespeare Theater to a plethora of ecstatic dance, kirtan, African drumming and contact improv jams throughout the week.
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!