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May 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.  





Dome Curriculum


Monday May 6th

Arrival & Travel Day!

Tuesday May 7th

Introductions to Design

Center Compass


 Superadobe basics

Superadobe Design & Rules Lecture

Hands on Superadobe Building

May 8 - 11th

Hands on Superadobe Building

Laying technique

Height compass navigation

Door & Window Forms

Material mixing


Material sourcing


Drafting & Design

Sunday May 12th

Building End 

Monday May 13th

Clay Plaster Interior

Tuesday May 14th

Lime Plasters Exterior 

Workshop closure & Departure

Wednesday May 15th

Can camp overnight and depart in morning

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





Pioneertown, California!

The property is about a 20 minute drive on a dirt road from the main paved road "Old Woman Springs road". 2wd vehicles can make it to the property on the dirt roads. Higher clearance recommended.


A vehicle is necessary for this workshop.

We will not be providing airport pick up for this workshop.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is included for the dome workshop.  

This will be group meals provided by our chef.

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. 

Build Site



Experience the captivating embrace of Joshua Tree's rugged desert landscape and unlock the creative depths of your soul at our upcoming workshop. Nestled amongst ancient boulders and iconic Joshua trees, this immersive experience promises an unparalleled journey of exploration and self-discovery.

From the moment you arrive,  you will be enveloped by the vast expanse of the desert starry sky and the tranquil beauty, igniting a sense of wonder and possibility.  Our workshop takes place amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Renesam, a newly envisioned space that seamlessly merges with the natural environment.


Here, amidst the serene beauty of the desert, you will not only learn but thrive, as you immerse yourself in hands-on activities, guided sessions, and a collaborative building project.

The experience doesn't end with the workshop. The build site itself will transform into a vibrant gathering space, where celebrations, music events, and transformative medicine ceremonies come to life. Renesam isn't just a space; it's a sanctuary—a place where individuals come together to connect, create, and celebrate the boundless beauty of the desert landscape.

Join us in Joshua Tree and embark on a journey of transformation, where creativity knows no bounds, and the desert whispers secrets of inspiration.


Exact building location will be sent after rsvp

Closest public location on Google Maps is Whisper Rock Ranch



Air Bnb

Check Pioneertown for near by rentals

The property is about a 20 minute drive on a dirt road from the main paved road "Old woman Springs 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!




Dome Build Only

May 7-14, 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

Breakfast Volunteer

2 discounted spots

Alternate days with other volunteer to get breakfast ready in the morning. Consists of heating water for oatmeal, chopping fruit, etc.


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