Green Building Workshop at New Vrindaban’s “Garden of 7 Gates”

May 13th-17th 2013

The EcoV Green Building Project:

During this five-day workshop, we will build the foundation, walls and roof of a 200 square foot cottage. The skills you’ll learn will include how to prepare the site, rammed-earth tire wall construction, bottle wall construction and basic framing for window, door and roof construction.

As part of this workshop, you will receive detailed construction drawings for the cottage – a sleeping cottage design that’s easy to build and everyone will love.

The Workshop Agenda includes:

Sunday (May 12th):

Travel day/late afternoon orientation. Arrive at New Vrindaban (or your hotel or other sleeping arrangement) at some point during the day. Get accommodations set up by 4 PM, and then join Jay and the BRS crew at New Vrindaban to share in an orientation and conversation about the next five days. The discussion topics will include:

Site selection and preparation

Tire selection

Basic Earthship construction concepts

You will be sent confirmation of the evening’s activities early in May.

Monday (May 13th):

The Art and Science of pounding tires – all day

Concrete “half-tires”

Basic mixing of cobb for tire walls (Learning to mixing cobb by hand or foot)

Tuesday, (May 14th):

More tire pounding – we have to get to the top of the wall

Installing the sill plates and locking it all together

Basics integrating of windows and doors into the structure

Window and door framing/installation

Water issues (keeping everything dry)

Wednesday (May 15th):

More tire pounding

Framing the roof

Decking the roof

Covering the roof

Thursday (May 16th):

The theory and practical uses of can/bottle walls – capping the top of the wall

Cobb integration into rammed-earth tire walls

EVENING: Celebration vegetarian potluck. Please feel free to bring any preparation that has no meat, fish, chicken or egg products.  Please also note:no cigarettes or intoxication of any kind allowed on the property.

Friday (May 17th):*

Finish up tire pounding and bottle wall construction

Finish up tire wall cobbing

Moundsville Sleeping Cabin - back framing

Moundsville Sleeping Cabin – back framing

Workshop location in rolling hills of WV

Workshop location in rolling hills of WV



MEALS: Meals may be the real treat of the workshop and worth the price alone (you may be tempted to just come to dine – skipping the workshops all together). Breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of the workshop. We will dine on lovingly prepared vegetarian food prepared by members of the New Vrindaban community. Evening meals can be purchased at the restaurant on site or in Moundsville (about a 25 minute drive).

On Thursday evening, after the workshop day there will be a potluck. Bring some local food or product from your region to share on this fun night, and prepare to celebrate all of your contributions during the week.


Options include:

Shared room with an adjoining bath at New Vrindaban (total cost for workshop, breakfast/lunch, and shared accommodations $600). Bring your own tent and camp on site ($500 includes workshop and breakfast/lunch). Regular accommodations available through lodge at 30% discount.

304-843-1600 ext 111

Workshop logistics:

Once you register you’ll receive an update on what to bring, directions, etc.

Class size is limited (lots of individual attention), so please reserve your spot early.

Visit either – Or Moundsville WV’s site to check out local bed & breakfasts, and hotels online (workshop fee is $500 whether you stay on the property or not).

Contact New Vrindaban to arrange accommodations and pay for the workshop at (304)-843-1600  ext 111.

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