A couple of months ago I first wrote about the ecovillage project that I am involved in, a new project that is based on the vision of radical simplicity expressed in Entropia. I am very excited to announce that our first build for the ecovillage is going to be an Earthship-inspired ‘mini-ship’, taking place this December in Victoria, Australia.

Applications have just opened, so if you want to be a part of this exciting adventure, inspired by Earthship Biotecture, here’s your chance! No experience necessary.

This workshop will teach you practical skills, such as building with natural and recycled materials, including bottle and can walls, and you’ll also learn about thermal/solar heating and cooling, and natural plastering. You will be learning from a team of facilitators who have built many Earthships between them. There’ll be some hard work involved, but it’ll be mighty good fun, and the end product promises to be something special.

This workshop will be based on the ‘mini-ship’ Earthship
model which is one of the smaller models, ideal for demonstration and teaching purposes.

When and Where

The build is going to take place over seven days from
December 7 – December 13. This should be enough time to complete the build, or get very close.

The build is going to take place on a property just outside
of Moe, Victoria, about 1hr 30mins from Melbourne by car. It is also along a regular train line. Participants are expected to arrange their own transport. The exact location of the build will be provided in due course.

Costs

The seven-day workshop will cost $300 per person (which
includes three meals per day). These fees go toward paying the facilitators, sourcing the building materials, and providing food. All food will be vegetarian, however
we will not have the resources to accommodate special dietary requirements. Limited concession positions available.

Accommodation and facilities

All participants will be camping for the duration of the
workshop. You’re expected to bring all your own camping materials. Basic facilities, including drinking water, solar showers, and composting toilets, will be available on the property.

Application

In other builds like this, there have been more applicants
than there have been spaces, so some selection process will probably be required. Everyone interested in being part of this build is asked to fill in the application form linked below. The applications will be assessed and
outcomes will be confirmed by 7 November.

If you are interested in applying for this workshop, please click below:
http://www.earthshipaustralia.org.au/december-workshop.html

Spaces are limited, so don’t hesitate.

Best wishes,

Samuel Alexander
Simplicity Institute

 

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