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Building with Earth

March 16 - 17, 2024
an into to natural Building

Building with Earth

The goal of this workshop is to teach a few of the natural building methods we use here at the Mojave Center. We will experiment with the a few of the following building styles to complete a project over our 2 day workshop period;  super adobe, adobe brick, rammed earth, straw bale, cob, clay plastering, lime plastering, clay sculpting & finish details!


Saturday March 16th

Layout & Site Systems

Hands on with earth building:

(superadobe, straw bale, rammed earth)

Work with Center Compass

Types of Plasters Lecture

Make & Apply Clay Base Coat

Sunday March 17th

Adobe Bricks 

Exterior Plasters Lecture

Detail Work & Sculpting

Lime & Finish work





We have 5 domes available for rent. Each dome can sleep 1 - 2 people (if you like to cuddle) Please book domes on the sign up page.

BYO Lodging 

Please bring your own tent/van/rv for lodging. We can see extreme winds out in the desert, please make sure your tent is wind resistant. No large "family style tents", these will not hold. Ex. no coleman tents. If you need to rent a tent, please let us know in you sign up form.


Space Pod for rent


Off- site Lodging

Neighbors Air BNB's:

Tecopa 25 Miles away:




Our Mojave Center!

Charleston View, CA

1 Hour West of Las Vegas

Exact Address will be send upon Sign up!

What to Bring!

-Food! Our communal kitchen is open to you! 

-Work gloves, boots & attire!

-Swim suit for hot springs!

Current Infrastructure

Communal Kitchen Space

Indoor Classroom Space

Shower Dome

Composting Toilets

Solar Electricity

Cell Service at Property (no wifi)

Potable Water

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Nearby Sites

There's much to explore in our neighborhood. Be sure to plan plenty of time to experience the Mojave Desert.

Just to name a few...

x Tecopa Hot Springs

x China Ranch Date Farm

x BLM behind China Ranch

x Death Valley

x Ash Meadows Nature Preserve

x Red Rocks Conservation Area

x Dumont Dunes

x Mojave Preserve

x Valley of Fire

x Lower Colorado

x Lake Mead

x Arizona Hot Springs

x Gold Strike Hot Springs


Building with Earth


  • Full payment required upon arrival

  • Alumni enjoy 25% off 

  • Bring a friend & enjoy 15% off - (one friend only, discount goes to you!)

  • Discounts for returning students & bring a friend discounts are by cash payments only

  • Cancellation policy: if you need to cancel last minute we will refund 50% of the deposit made

Kid friendly!

-Free for 12 & Under

-$150 for 12+

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