The Earthship Biotecture Academy
Extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods, and philosophy.
Academy classes, labs, tours, and hands-on construction techniques are led by top Earthship builders, electricians, plumbers, and plant specialists.
World class education for those who are excited to learn and live the Earthship philosophy and help expand it globally. The Earthship Academies happen several times a year in Taos, and in different countries (International Academies).
“Having completed an Academy session 2 years ago all I can say is, go do it…Incredible experience learning from Michael Reynolds and his team of Earthship experts (Warriors). You’ll meet like minded individuals and learn new skills which will give you the confidence and know how to build and promote these beautiful sustainable buildings.”
$2,500 USD (+ New Mexico Tax)
- $200 USD discount for Earthship interns.
- 10% discount for couples and friends coming together.
- $500 discount for Western State Colorado University students (only one discount can be applied).
- $1,000 USD discount for students registered with Western State Colorado University doing their Master in Environmental Management.
Please note we have a no refund policy but you will have a credit with us for up to two years.
The curriculum for each session is identical and consists of classes, labs, hands-on construction, and tours of many Earthship and pre-Earthship buildings. You only need to attend one of the sessions.
Sessions are intensive and are six days a week for four weeks. Half of the time is spent in the classroom and half on learning hands-on techniques on the construction sites.
We recommend purchasing Earthship Volume 1 (at a 50% discount) and the Simple Survival Earthship APP from the App store, prior to arrival at the Academy Session
The Academy has trained over 1400 students from around the world. Students come from diverse backgrounds, many are trained architects, municipal planners, artists, teachers, industrial designers, professional builders, community and environmental activists.
There are no prerequisites to attend, however applicants must be self-reliant and prepared to work in an intense group environment and take care of themselves physically, financially, and emotionally.
Hands-on in Taos
Students typically work on at least two different Earthship construction projects, usually a Global Model Earthship and a Simple Survival Earthship and/or an experimental project like E.V.E. (Earthship Village Ecologies). Instructors divide the class into smaller groups and work on a variety of aspects like such as pounding tires, can and bottle wall construction, adobe mud pack-out and plaster, carpentry, roofing, glazing and independent power and water systems.
Classes are typically an hour and a half long.
GRADUATION FROM THE ACADEMY
There is no time limit on completing the path to graduation. Some students pursue their degrees in Earthship Biotecture aggressively, others are content with the knowledge they gain during their Academy session and do not strive to graduate.
1- ACADEMY SESSIONS:
Complete an Academy session in Taos or a Global session (95% attendance in the classroom and participation in hands-on work as well as a passing grade on the Final Exam are required). This Step 1 session will soon also be available online.
2- FIELD STUDY:
Students receive credit towards this requirement by participating in an official Earthship Biotecture Field Studies project. Field Study opportunities are intended to help further student’s knowledge of hands-on building techniques by inviting them to work alongside the Earthship Biotecture crew on a ground up build. They are usually offered 2 to 3 times a year in the US and internationally. Projects range in duration from 2-8 weeks. There are two types of Field Studies offered: client builds, and humanitarian builds. For either type of Field Study, students are responsible for their own transportation, food and lodging.
3- INDEPENDENT STUDY:
The Independent Study may take place anywhere in the world and may be physical (launching a demonstration project in China, staging and facilitating a relief project in Haiti) or digital (designing a CAD model of an Earthship city in Turkey, mapping Pockets of Freedom in Australia). Students may propose their Independent Study after they complete the Academy Session and Field Studies requirements. Independent Studies must receive written approval from Academy Staff and are subject to review to qualify for credit.