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in Northern Arizona

May 7 - 18, 2023

1 day or Full Course

Earthen Dome Workshop

The goal of this workshop is to complete a 12ft diameter dome in a SuperAdobe construction style. 

This type of building is one example of natural building we teach at 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.  


1 Day - Join Day by Day - hands on learning

12 Day Course - Full Course with lectures, curriculum, design & building instruction


12 Day Course Schedule

Full Course with complete experience and practice. Food Included. This curriculum can slightly change due to weather and energy of group



Day 0 (May 7th):

Arrival at 6pm

Day 1 (May 8th):

Introductions to Design, Center Compass and Foundations: site overview, community ethics, Site safety/setup, laying foundations,

Day 2 (May 9th):

Foundations & arches, superadobe basics

Day 3-5 (May 10th - 12th):

Technique of Build: Laying technique, height compass navigation, forms, material mixing, soil-testing, material sourcing, design & drafting lesson

Day 6-9 (May 13th - 16th): 

Continuation of Build: Windows, Design Details,

Day 10 (May 17th):  

Plaster + Base Coat: Learning & applying mix using clay, sand & straw

Day 11 (May 18th

Capping of Dome, Recap + Basic Design, Completion of Build

Day 12 (May 19th) Morning :

Course Closure and Departure



What to expect, what to bring and where to go, listed in the packet below! :)


  • Principles of an Arch

  • Superadobe Basics

  • Superadobe Rules

  • Design & Drafting

  • Foundations & Drains

  • Center Compass & Height Compass

  • Setting a Form

  • Hands on Superadobe Building Experience

  • Pillow Bags & Door Openings

  • Plaster Finishes: Base & Final

  • Capping a Dome


  • Near Kingman, Arizona

  • Exact location will be sent after successful registration

Logistics for workshop:

  • Water & power is available

  • Please bring your own camper/shelter - wind resistant tents only*

  • Service is LTE and widely available

  • Bring plenty of work clothes/closed-toed shoes/2x leather gardening gloves/1x working gloves

Current Structures on site:

  • Land for camping

  • Composting Toilet

  • Outdoor Shower

  • Outdoor Kitchen


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.

Tent Rentals Available:

Shift Pod - Available (qty 1)

2 Person Tent- Available (qty 3)


Shift Pod for rent



12 day Full Course

5/7/23 - 5/18/23


Includes food, lectures, curriculum, design & hands on building experience.

Day by Day

$125 per day

Hands on building experience

  • $500 deposit to acquire full course spot

  • Full payment required upon arrival

  • Deposit made via website, remainder can be paid via ; Venmo (mojavecenter), Paypal ( or CASH PREFERRED! :) 

  • 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 will be taken off the remainder payments due

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

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