|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.
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