Earthship 101: Learn to Build with Recycled Tires


Simple_survival_earthship Ever wonder how far a single idea can go? Here’s an idea. With just dirt, recycled tires, and a little know-how, you can build a structure that heats and cools itself.

This course teaches simple building methods that do not require prior construction experience. In the setting of rural Gallatin, TN, you will explore an off-grid construction site. A presentation will introduce a form of self-sustainable architecture called Earthship Biotecture, primarily focusing on passive solar design. Then, using your hands, feet, and sledge hammer to compact dirt into recycled tires, you will complete the main structure of a Simple Survival Model Earthship. How do dirt-filled tires maintain a building’s temperature? An instructor will be available for Q&A throughout the day… and for days, weeks, months, and years beyond that!

With the skills you will have gained, you can begin building your own off-grid, self-sustainable home and share what you've learned with others. With a Simple Survival Model Earthship, it is possible for even those earning minimum wage to own their own home without a mortgage or utility bills. While you get some healthy exercise outdoors, enjoy knowing that you are helping a neighbor and the planet live more sustainably. Tools and lunch provided.

By signing up for this class today, you can explore a simple idea and see how far it takes you, your community, and the planet!


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Saturday March 2, 2013
10:00AM - 3:00PM


Biotecture TN

210 Village Green Rd

Gallatin, TN 37066

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Meet your teacher


Marcus Sisk

Marcus Sisk has traveled the world interning on off-grid and self-sustainable construction sites since 2011. With hands-on experience building Global Model Earthships in Wyoming, Simple Survival Model charity builds in Guatemala, and attending seminars and the Earthship Academy in Taos, New Mexico, he is passionate about sharing his knowledge and skills with others. Marcus is currently constructing a Simple Survival Model Earthship in Gallatin, TN to complete an Independent Study Project towards earning his Earthship Academy Diploma.

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Non-Members $50

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Members Free

Non-Members $50

Become a member today!