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Dec 7 - 14, 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. By building with the Earth in a SuperAdobe format, your energy will directly impact how we demonstrate sustainable living in a desert environment for many years to come. 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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montague, Northern Cali



participation options

Dome Build Workshop Only

Aug 7 - 14th, 2024

15 spots

-Experience the dome build portion from start to finish

-This will be bag work and construction only

Dome Apprentice

Aug 7 - 28th, 2024

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


Plasters &

finishwork Only

Aug 15 - 28th, 2024

8 spots

-Interior Plasters

-Exterior Plasters

-Basic Electrical

-Doors and Windows

Dome Curriculum

Tuesday Aug 6th

Arrival & Travel Day!

Wednesday Aug 7th

Introductions to Design

Center Compass


 Superadobe basics

Superadobe Design & Rules Lecture

Hands on Superadobe Building

Aug 8 - 13th

Hands on Superadobe Building

Laying technique

Height compass navigation

Door & Window Forms

Material mixing


Material sourcing


Drafting & Design

Wednesday Aug 14th

Capping of Dome

Workshop Closure 

Thursday Aug 15th

Departure Day


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


Finishing Curriculum

Aug 15 - 16th

Break and Rest

Basic Electrical install

Saturday Aug 17th

Window Install

Mix all the clay plaster for the week with mortar mixer

Interior Clay Base 1st Coat Plaster

Aug 18 - 20th

Door Jam Install

Exterior Base Lime/Cement Plaster

1st & 2nd Coat

Wednesday Aug 21st

Interior Clay Base 2nd Coat 

Light Fixture install

Aug 22 - 23rd

Paint & Prime Exterior

Saturday Aug 24th

Break Day to allow interior dry time


Sunday Aug 25th

1st coat fine plaster

Monday Aug 26th

Gravel & Earth Floor Prep

Interior plaster dry time

Build Door

Tuesday Aug 27th

2nd coat fine plaster

Wednesday Aug 28th

Departure Day




Montague, Northern California!

Fly into Rogue Valley International Medford Airport (MFR), Medford Oregon

1 hour from Montague



Medford, Oregon: 

Flights must land before 4pm on Aug 6th in Medford if you'd like to be picked up from the airport by a staff member. 

Private Transport from airport to Montague property is $50 round trip  

Flight Departure Aug 15th after 11am or Aug 28th after 11pm


Lunch and Dinner is included for the dome workshop portion only. 

This will be group meals provided by our chef.

Breakfast is a personal meal and provided by you!

Most meals will include meat with a veggie 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 or plasters portion , food will be on your own from Aug 17 - 28th. You will have access to the camp kitchen.

Build Site


Join us for a workshop nestled near the picturesque town of Montague, CA, where nature's tranquility meets endless opportunities for learning and exploration. 


During your stay, take advantage of the serene wonders surrounding Montague. Embark on invigorating hikes through the breathtaking Siskiyou Mountains, immersing yourself in the beauty of Castle Crags State Park. For those seeking a cultural experience, wander through the quaint streets of Yreka, exploring its historical landmarks and charming boutiques. Additionally, unwind with a leisurely stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Siskiyou, offering unparalleled views of Mount Shasta's majestic peak.


Exact building location will be sent after rsvp



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Air Bnb

Check Montague for nearby Air - Bnbs 

Camping at Build Site 

Use the land as base camp. Plenty of land for camping. Will have access to port - o- potty toilets, camp shower and camp kitchen. 

Tent Camping, RV & Vans Ok!




Dome Build Only

Aug 7-14, 2024


Plasters & Finishwork

Aug 15-28th, 2024


  • 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

Apprentice Program

Aug 7-28, 2024


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