The earthship is partially built, your mission, should you choose, is to help complete it.

  • Classroom time and hands-on, in the field time with a team of more than 30 people from around the world with Earthship Builder/Teachers. Each Session will complete each half of the building with daily classes on-site.
  • 500+ page Curriculum TextBooks are available. How-To, step-by-step with concepts explained how everything works, and why.
  • This is a multi-week workshop near Sarasota, Florida. Experience the most advanced sustainable construction designs and systems in the world near stunning white sand beaches, highest rated in North America.
  • FREE Permit and Construction Drawings will be made available during this event as high-resolution PDF files. We believe in open-source sustainable design and construction.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are available. Yummy Food and water to support you for this green build are provided. You need to bring a water bottle and eating utensils.

  • Your sleeping arrangement options are presented upon registration. You have choices as to where you sleep, who you sleep near, private rooms, etc. Camping and rv/van connections are also available.
  • Travel in-country from the airport, to the accommodations and to the job-site are all taken care of. Arrangements to pick you up at the airport are made after registration. Upon registration we will coordinate air travel times as there are a limited amount of arrivals into the airport in one day.

Questions: or via email:
click to register: Sign up for Part 1 or Part 2, four weeks each… or sign up by the week.
Part 1: April 24 – May 20 
(Sessions 1-4: build 1st 1/2 of the earthship)
Part 2: June 5 – July 1 
(Sessions 5-8: build 2nd 1/2 of the earthship)

Four week price (part 1 or part 2) is $1,950 for tuition. Weekly signup is $500 per week for tuition.
Transportation, Accommodations and Food are separate. Details will be provided upon deposit registration.

“A great educational opportunity. Certainly a once in a lifetime chance
to come away with skills that can send you in a new direction for a career,
and ability to build an Earthship of your own going forward.”

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building the greywater planter




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Solarium Greywater Planter

Stuff to bring
A full list is provided after registration. You are in a warm tropical environment and on a job-site building an earthship and in a classroom setting. Climate appropriate clothing, tools, notebook, etc.

What are we doing?
We are working on an incomplete owner-built Earthship, finishing the structural shell and systems (not power, yet). Daily classroom time is on site using the Curriculum Text Book. This project may extend to become an Earthship School and Permaculture Institute. This depends upon how the project goes and levels of interest and involvement with the community.

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The overall goal is to serve the community with sustainable living systems: food production, solar and wind electricity, clean water, liquid waste treatment and self-empowerment to thrive independently.

We envision colleges and universities such as Eckerd College, USF St. Pete, SPC and New College can use the Earthship and this property as a living laboratory to experiment and innovate with sustainability technologies and methods. This demonstration and example serves to show how easy and simple sustainable living is, NOW.

We aim to help others become more consciously sustainable and work toward the long-term goal of creating self-sufficient communities throughout the United States.

  • Provide hands-on education for students of all ages focused on eco-conscious, sustainable practices and community building.
  • Dedicated to inter-generational knowledge and skill exchange and cultivating an atmosphere for experimentation and development of innovative, sustainable technologies.

The Florida Earthship is on its way to completion on 10 acres of extremely fertile land, located in Myakka, FL, (an hour south of Tampa).

Florida Earthship School Build Spring 2017
Concrete Slab with initial layout.
  • Catchwater cistern storage capacity: 4,400 gallons (building). Water well with additional 1,100 gallon cistern.
  • Comfort: Air cooling tubes. No air conditioner or heater will be needed for this home. Radiant Floors.
  • Solar & Wind Power. (phase III)
  • Food production.
  • Liquid Waste Treatment: Onsite botanical treatment greywater planters through an ‘Innovative Use’ permit.
  • Recycled and Re-Purposed construction materials and components where possible.

“People ask if the house is hurricane-resistant,
If a giant hurricane hits, this is where you would want to be.”

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hurricane resistant section1


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hurricane resistant floorpan
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hurricane resistant section2

Earthship Basics

Here are the basics on the recycled-material, super efficient, passive solar, ultimate sustainable home. An Earthship is a type of passive solar building that is made of both natural and recycled materials (such as earth-filled tires). Earthships are “off-the-grid ready” homes, with minimal reliance on both public utilities and fossil fuels. They are constructed to use available natural resources, especially energy from the sun. They are designed to use thermal mass construction and natural cross ventilation, to regulate indoor temperature.

  • Layout: The 3,000-square-foot house will consist primarily of four circular rooms and a solarium. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an innovative inside/outside solarium living/family room.
  • Foundation: The concrete includes recycled fly ash and other material.
  • Walls: The exterior walls will consist of stacks of 1,700 recycled tires packed with dirt. Each tire will essentially serve as a 325-pound brick. An earthen berm, covered with grasses and edible plants such as pineapples, surrounds the house.
    • Portions of some walls will consist of thousands of recycled bottles, which will let the sunlight through. Sawed-off bottlenecks are ground into glass particles that are used in cement mixtures.
    • Interior walls include a honeycomb of thousands of aluminum cans covered with concrete and plaster.
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The walls are going up.
  • Roof: Each of the main four rooms is covered with a skylighted dome made of partially recycled roofing materials and sealed with a soy-based foam. The indoor solarium containing a giant garden has a greenhouse-style roof made of insulated panels.
  • Heating and Cooling: The house does not need an air conditioner or heater. Through a screened vent, outdoor air will enter a network of underground pipes where the temperature, year-round, will be in the low 70s. That cool air is released into the home to keep its temperature constant and comfortable. Warm or cold (depending on time of year) water will circulate through pipes within the foundation to help control indoor temperatures.
  • Power: Solar panels keep batteries charged and power the home. The power system is grid-intertied (grid-backup and sell power back to the grid).
  • Water: Gutters made of aluminum cans empty rain water into cisterns. The water is then filtered and cleaned for drinking, cooking and bathing.
  • Waste Water: Bath and dish waste water is filtered through the indoor garden (in the solarium) and can be used for flushing toilets and other purposes.
  • Toilet Waste Water is treated by a septic tank and then filtered through outdoor, contained (rubber lined) wetlands, then into a conventional drain field.

What is an earthship:

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berm and steel for the domes.
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Slab with plumbing a radiant floor cooling and heating.