Celebrating Fall Earthbag Course Success and Announcing Upcoming Programs!

Welcome to the first Woven Earth newsletter!
As we approach the anniversary of the April 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal, we offer two opportunities to be a part of developing resilience in Nepal through Permaculture design and Earthbag building practices.

Nepal Permaculture Adventure
Permaculture Design Course April 8-28, 2016


Earn a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC)
on a 21-day service-learning adventure
into the heart of the Himalayas
to learn Permaculture design & traditional skills
while serving local communities.

  • Receive a PDC with 72 hours of formal instruction on topics including earthworks, soil building, cover cropping, bee keeping, food forestry, seed saving, bamboo weaving, natural building, Nepali cooking, space intensive farming, and more.
  • Experience simple village life and culture and experience native Nepalese methods of living harmoniously with the land
  • Trek through some of the most prized paths in the Himalayas while enjoying natural wonders such as hot-springs, caves, waterfalls, temples, and more…
  • Serve local communities, including a high school, children’s home, family farm, and Tibetan refugee settlement.
  • Be a part of a global-community which is BEING the change!For registration and more information visit:http://wovenearth.org/courses/nepalpermacultureadventure


Earthbag Building and
Himalayan Earth Skills Workshop
May 3-23, 2016

This is a hands-on service-learning experience.
Earthbag/Superadobe building system methods taught will include building design, earthquake resistance, floating foundations, buttressing, stem walls, windows, doors, earthen plaster, and roofs.The course will also include: Permaculture design lessons, Nepali folk music introduction, basic Nepali language lessons, and daily yoga class taught by a Nepali Certified Yoga Instructor.Himalayan earth skills lessons will be offered on plowing with animals, wood fired blacksmithing, bamboo basket and mat weaving, traditional door and window making, earthen plaster, and more.This service learning program will take place in the farming region of Gorkha District, Nepal.  Gorkha has well preserved rural Nepali lifestyle and village industries. Traditional building methods (stone and mud) do not provide seismic resilience, which is why many homes in this area were damaged in the April 25, 2015 earthquake.  Earthbag building technology uses soil to build homes which are shown to be earthquake resistant, and will outlast their inhabitants. Implementing Earthbag building in Gorkha reinforces resilience to climate change, natural disasters, and political instability.Some testimonials from our November course participants:“This experience has impacted me to the roots of my being. Nepal and her people have taught me so much about myself, the earth and how to treat them harmoniously. The people who I’ve met on this trip are some of the purest lights I’ve encountered. True Earth Warriors,” program participant Erin Watson.“The Earthbag training course was life-changing, essentially. I had so much fun not only getting dirty during the building process, but making friends with all kinds of folk. Yes, I left with knowledge of sustainable building, but I also left with a new faith in people; there ARE people out there who will give their money, time, and energy to sustainably bettering the lives of others, and have a darn good time doing it, too,” program participant Tessa Urbanovich.

“The resources and innovations of the West meet the traditional knowledge and resilience of the East all made manifest with the visionary crew of Woven Earth,” program participant Joseph Todd.

For registration and more information visit:

Update from our Fall 2015 Superadobe Earthbag Course

The team at Woven Earth is grateful
for all of you who donated to make this course possible,
and for our enthusiastic program participants.
We couldn’t have done it without you!

Ghyampesal, Gorkha District Nepal was one of the areas seriously impacted by the 2015 earthquake, with many homes destroyed.


  • Our service learning course in November resulted in two superadobe earthbag homes built for Gorkha residents.
  • Twenty-one international and nine Nepali participants took the course, with seventeen participants earning Woven Earth Certification in Earthbag Building.
  • At least three participants are now employed by other Earthbag projects
  • WE are devloping a registry of Earthbag projects in Nepal for collaboration.
  • We have developed project partnerships with two other nonprofits-Carismo and Loving Arms Mission-and communication with ten other Earthbag building projects in Nepal.
Woven Earth is a nonprofit organization.

Our mission is to foster community resilience and ecological balance through worldwide service-learning programs, which promote innovative regenerative design practices and integrate local wisdom.

WE focus on applying creative solutions to communities in need around the world in the format of permaculture design courses, natural building workshops, cross cultural service-learning tours, and community-based land-regeneration projects.

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