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Dome BUILD

Cochise County

Oct 22 -31, 2024

Earthen Dome Workshop

The goal of this workshop is to complete a dome in the SuperAdobe construction style. 

This type of building is one example of natural building we teach from the Mojave Center and is utilized in various parts of the world because of the affordability, easy construction technique, and overall strength of the structure. This is a great opportunity if you are interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of SuperAdobe building techniques to create earthen homes.  

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Southern Arizona

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Project

14' Dome labeled Bedroom 1 in images

This dome will be another link in the large Casa Zata Dome complex.

A bathroom and shower dome will already be built,

we will be continuing to add on this dome connecting it via a hallway connection.

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DOME CAMP

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participation options

Dome Build Workshop Only

Oct 22 - 31st, 2024

15 spots

-Experience the dome build portion from start to finish

-This will be bag work and construction only

Dome Apprentice

Oct 22nd - Nov 16th, 2024

Full Build

8 Spots available

-Experience the dome build portion from start to finish

-Stay past the building to learn all the finishing work

-Interior & Exterior Plasters

-Basic Electrical

-Doors & Windows install

-Complete a dome from Start to Finish

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Plasters &

Finishwork Only

Nov 3 - 16, 2024

8 spots

-Interior Plasters

-Exterior Plasters

-Basic Electrical

-Doors and Windows

Dome Curriculum

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Monday Oct 21st

Arrival & Travel Day!

Tuesday Oct 22nd

Introductions to Design

Center Compass

Foundations

 Superadobe basics

Superadobe Design & Rules Lecture

Hands on Superadobe Building

Oct 23-30th

Hands on Superadobe Building

Laying technique

Height compass navigation

Door & Window Forms

Material mixing

Soil-testing

Material sourcing

Arches

Drafting & Design

Thursday Oct 31st

Dome Cap!

Workshop End

Halloween Dance Party!!

Work Day Schedule 

7:30 -  Breakfast

8:30  - Game / Morning Stretch

9:00 - Morning On Site Build Session

12:00  - Lunch

1:00 - Afternoon On Site Build Session  

5:00 - Work Day End

6:00 - Evening Lecture

7:00 - Dinner

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Finishing Curriculum

Thursday Oct 31st 

Dome Cap

Halloween Dance Party!

Friday Nov 1-2

Break and Rest

Electrical

 

Sunday Nov 3rd

Interior Base Clay Plaster

 Nov 4 - 6th

Window Install

Door Jam Install

Exterior Base Lime/Cement Plaster

1st & 2nd Coat

Thursday  Nov 7

Interior Clay Base 2nd Coat 

Light Fixture install

 

Friday Nov 8th

Rest Day

Saturday Nov 9th

Interior Clay Base 2nd Coat Continuation 

 

Nov 10th - 11th

Paint & Prime Exterior

Tuesday Nov 12th

1st coat fine plaster

 

Wednesday Nov 13th

Break Day to allow interior dry time

Thursday Nov 14th

2nd coat fine plaster

Friday Nov 15th

2nd coat fine plaster touch ups!

Saturday Nov 16th

Gravel and Earthen Floor

 

Sunday Nov 17th

Workshop End
Departure Day

Logistics

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Location:

Southern Arizona  -1 hour southeast of Tucson, AZ

The property is about a 10 minute drive on a dirt road from the main paved road.

 2wd vehicles can make it to the property on the dirt roads.

Higher clearance recommended.

Exact location sent after sign up!

Transportation:

Tucson, Arizona: 

Flights must land before 4pm on Oct 21st in Tucson if you'd like to be picked up from the airport by a staff member. 

Private Transport from airport to the property is $80 round trip

You can also get to Tucson with the Groome shuttle from the Phoenix Airport. Please get dropped off before 4pm on Oct 21st.

Get dropped off at the university location Here

Flight Departure Nov 1st after 11am or Nov 17th after 11pm

Food:

Lunch and Dinner is included for the dome workshop only.  

This will be group meals provided by our chef.

Breakfast is a personal meal

Most meals will include meat with a veggie/vegan option. We will do our best to accommodate for all dietary needs, but it always good to plan ahead & bring additional protein supplements & vitamins as we will be working physically. 

If you are staying for the apprentice program or plaster portion, food will be on your own from Nov 3 - Nov 17. You will have access to the camp kitchen.

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Build Site

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Join us for an immersive workshop nestled in the serene landscapes of Southern Arizona. 1 hour southeast of Tucson, Arizona. Surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Sky Islands section of the Sonoran Desert, participants can expect to embark on a journey of discovery and inspiration.

The workshop site is a raw piece of land. The land will be the first expansion of the Mojave Center's second campus! This campus gets twice as much rain as our Mojave Campus as it will be another example of natural buildings in a different ecosystems. 

Our workshop offers the unique opportunity to engage with nature firsthand, as we explore the rugged terrain, lush canyons, and vibrant flora and fauna that define this enchanting region. 

Temps: The land sits right under 5000ft of elevation. Temps in Oct be perfect!

Exact building location will be sent after rsvp

 

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Air Bnb

Check Sierra Vista for near by rentals

The property is about a 10 minute drive on a dirt road from the main paved road. A 2wd vehicle can make it to the property on the dirt roads.

Camping at Build Site 

Use the land as base camp. Plenty of land for camping. Will have access to composting toilet, camp shower and camp kitchen. 

Tent Camping, RV & Vans Ok!

Lodging

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Pricing

Dome Build Only

Oct 22 - 31st, 2024

$900

Plasters & Finishwork

Nov 3 - Nov 17, 2024

$900

  • 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 payment made

Dome Apprentice

Oct 22 - Nov 17, 2024

$1800

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