Help build SuperAdobe (Earthbag) Domes in the Mojave Desert, USA

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  • Description

    Description

    We are an under-construction artistic playground in the Mojave desert. The mission is to build & maintain a sustainable, affordable, and nurturing environment for people to retreat, develop, and present their art with total creative freedom.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers will learn the principles of earthbag construction, and gain special insight just from spending time in the inspiring landscape of the Mojave desert. Volunteers are encouraged to bring or develop an art project while visiting. The local dive bar (the only business in town) is an enchantingly weird place where neighbors and artists commune, carouse, and share their work at the Friday open-mic.

  • Help

    Help

    We've built one earthbag (SuperAdobe) dome and have begun construction on a second. Earthbag building is easy to learn and can be done by anyone who can comfortably lift 20lbs. Help is also a small off-grid cabin in need of a few final touches. We generally do ~3hrs of work a day, so there's plenty of time to make art and explore the wonderful sights of Joshua Tree National Park the Mojave desert wilderness.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    This is a remote location with some constraints (hauling water from town, 5-volt solar electricity for phone charging, no wifi). Visitors should limit their stay to 1-3 nights and be prepared to work ~2-3 hours a day either in the early morning or evening. I provide some food and lunch/ingredients (but not 3 meals) and plenty of recommendations on cool places to explore. If you are an experienced outdoors adventurer / hiker / vanlifer/ leave-no-trace camper, and have your own vehicle, pay me a visit! Driving out for 1-3 days to help work on the earthbag dome is a worthwhile experience. The work can be as simple as digging sand and filling sandbags, or as complex as designing and building water catchment and solar power systems- depending on your skillset. You can camp in a well-staked tent (3 available on site) or in your vehicle. You must have a vehicle to visit- no exceptions.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    It can get very hot here in the summer and there are sometimes strong winds, but there are no biting insects, and the low humidity means that it's usually cool in the shade even when it's hot in the sun, and cool at night. Winter nights are usually in the 40s. The land is surrounded by beautiful mountains and the special light conditions of the Mojave desert, make it a stunning place to be at sunrise and sunset and in moonlight. And when there's no moon you can see all the stars- all of them! There are radical high and low desert attractions within a 1-2 hour drive in all directions -- mountain hikes, oases, abandoned mines, geological curiosities, sculpture gardens, far-out artists. (A national parks pass is helpful for getting into Joshua Tree.) Twentynine Palms and Yucca Valley are full-service towns. Stater Bros in 29 Palms is the nearest grocery store, but if you're driving here from LA, San Diego, or Palm Springs, stock up at a Winco near LA or in Indio. Bring two 5-gallon jugs in your car -- fill them up for free at the Oasis of Mara visitor center on Utah Trail in 29 Palms (water fountain with jug spigot works 24/7).

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 3-4 hours a day, 3-4 days a week- 15 hours/week- only lunch and ingredients










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