How-to Videos

How to Build an Earthbag Dome
Fundamentals of constructing a false/corbelled dome in earthbags.

Filling and laying Earthbags according to Kaki and Doni

Laura Bartels of Greenweaver shows students how to use earth bags in construction. Filmed on location at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Earthbag Dome Workshop in Tepoztlan, Mexico

The focus of this workshop was building in a way that connected the structure and the people to the energy flows of the universe. Stella reminded participants to use all of their six senses to touch, listen, taste, smell, see, and intuit their surroundings.

Extra care was taken to build this dome as a living structure with breathable walls and natural waterproofing and plasters. The building will serve as a meditation dome and was built with a mix of raw earth and scoria rock. Lime was used as a stabilizer in the foundation and stem walls. The exterior plaster is cob made from a mixture of horse manure, clay, and sand which will be finished with a thin lime plaster for water proofing.

18 participants built the 2.5 meter (8ft) dome during the 5 day course. Participants ranged from 21-60+ years young and covered multiple states in Mexico. Participant's backgrounds were architecture students, engineers, artists, permaculture educators, indigenous organizers, teachers, construction workers, a Haiti relief organizer, and people interested in esoterics and sacred geometry.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop or participating as a student please contact us at:
guidingstarcreationsATgmail.com and check out our blog at http://guidingstarcreations.blogspot....

Adine (Stella) Michaels
Neil Decker

Build Green with Recycled Rice

Rice hulls are mostly treated as an agricultural waste, but have wonderful properties that make them a Class 1 building insulation material. Build Green with Recycled Rice. RecycledRice.org

Evaluating Fill Material for Earthbag Building

We are building an Earth Bag Home made of poly bags, old tires, bottles, and adobe in Garfield, Arkansas. This video shows the importance of soil testing for filling the bags. Paul made the choice to not use the soil from the home site but instead chooses to fill the bags with crushed limestone. He feels it will be faster and more efficient because the limestone packs like concrete and is inexpensive. We paid less than $7 for one ton. Evan (Lisa's son) & Sarah, Scott & Tanya Smith of Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (good friends), and Wanda (Paul's mother) all share their thoughts on the Earth bag structure and how that affects the environment, financial considerations, and recycling aspects of building this type of home.

Filling bags, installing electrical boxes, etc. in an earthbag dome

Paul and Lisa Majors are building an "Earthbag Home" in Garfiled, Arkansas made of crushed limestone gravel, poly bags, old tires and other recycled materials. So far they are up to the 4th row of filling the bags and getting closer to their dreams of having a house paid for before it is finished. The main dome is 25' while the new addition of another dome is 18' in diameter. A connecting hallway will join the two domes and allow for a small garden area.

Tamping bags

We live in Argentina, this is the first step in superadobe construction, and you can see more at www.superadobemax.blogspot.com

Konbit Shelter: Super Adobe Dome Construction in Braddock PA from Sucka Pants

This is a 15 minute film on earthbag construction at ‘Green Resource Center’ in Karamoja, Northern Uganda, as a part of IOM’s Karamoja Food Security and Community Stabilization Programme.

Watch us build an Earthbag House in Fairbanks, AK in time lapse. 

This 9-day dome workshop in New Zealand shows the entire process from start to finish. 


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