Earthbag Tiny House and Hogan Workshop

On sale for $450 ($550 off) until the end of November!

It’s no secret that the tiny house craze is sweeping the nation. People, sick of bloated McMansion living, are rebelling and purposefully living small. Conventional stick-built tiny homes can get quite costly but, using earthbags, we can build stronger and at a fraction of the cost (the tiny house we built at our 2019 workshop cost less than $1800!).

We are pleased to be offering this natural building workshop on April 4th-10th 2022 on the Navajo Reservation, 30 minutes away from Gallup, NM. With a large enough group, we should get the tiny house built, foundation to roof, and at least begin work on a ceremonial earthbag hogan. Signing up for this workshop entitles the participant to spend as much time as they would like on the project but no refunds will be given for those who leave early.

Primitive camping is available for free on site. Morning coffee and lunch will be served daily. The hours of the workshop will be from 10am to 5pm on each day, with an hour-long break for lunch. Click the button below to sign up or use the contact page to ask any questions you might have. Within 24 hours after you pay, the address and other details will be sent to you. Participation is limited to 24 folks. We look forward to seeing you there!

Cancellation policy: If a participant cancels six weeks or more before the scheduled beginning date, a full refund minus paypal fees and $50 will be given. Between six weeks and one month, half of the money, minus paypal fees, will be refunded. Less than one month before the begin date, no refund will be given. In any cases of cancellation, one can also use their credit towards a later workshop or towards consultation (availability permitting). (Updated 4-19-21)

Creativity and Sustainability Retreat

Until the end of November, this workshop is on sale for 50% off! 

It’s no secret that humanity is in trouble. When outdated, static ways of thinking meet an ever-evolving world, there is bound to be dysfunction and destruction. It will take great creativity for us to find solutions to the many challenges that we face. How do we cultivate such creativity? How do we sustain it and not lose it to the pressures of commerce and conformity? During this two-day, two-night workshop, we will discuss these questions and more. We will also have access to a private, mineral water hot tub (these tubs cost $50 – $80 per hour to use in the resort!) to relax deeply and forget all about our collective problems. Recreation (re-creation) and relaxation are, after all, essential parts of creativity!

Morgan will be sharing his personal secrets for staying endlessly creative. He will also draw on his years of experience as an intentional community builder, natural building instructor, and sustainability expert to take a multifaceted look at some of the issues that confront us, as well as possible solutions. One of the most important functions of these gatherings is to bring intelligent, diverse folks together and to let them ferment, network, and create new connections. The more we can recognize our common humanity, the less we will fight over superficial differences and instead we can put that energy towards something constructive. 

Are you experiencing writer’s block or do you feel creatively stuck on a project? Feel free to bring what you’re working on and Morgan will share his effortless process.  Do you have questions about sustainable building design or how to make a structure effortlessly comfortable without grid power? Are you planning on starting an intentional community and would you like advice on some of the potential challenges and rewards? These and many other particular subjects can be topics of discussion.

As another central feature of this retreat, Mary Jane will be crafting a home-cooked meal every night that will be served with wine and other beverages to lighten the spirit and enliven discussion. We will also provide morning coffee but participants will be responsible for their other daily meals. 

The event will mostly be held at the beautiful Sandbar House at Hot Springs Resort in Hot Springs, NC. There are two rooms with queen beds available in the house but more lodging options are available on the premises and in the town including camping, cabins, and inns. Some of these options will be listed in the orientation email that is sent after booking a spot and options directly in the Hot Springs Resort and Spa can be found by clicking here. Note that a room in the Sandbar House and a space in the retreat are listed separately below. 

Morgan’s first book, Blessed Disillusionment, was published in 2011 by Non-Duality Press. He has since written seven books (Ecological Awakening and The Book of Leaves are two of the more recent ones). He has been building alternative and natural structures since 2008, when he built his first yurt. In 2012 he co-founded Bottom Leaf Intentional Community. And in 2016, he and his wife formally established Sustainable Life School to empower folks with what they had been learning. He is a musician, often playing at venues around Madison County, NC. He released his space-rock album, Celestial Travelers, in 2020, his punk/metal concept album, Escape from Subterranus, in 2021, and is currently working on an outsider country album, Dilford’s Deck.  He is also developing a tabletop role-playing game, Multidimensional Dungeons, and is doing the entire project himself. 

Cancellation policy: If a participant cancels six weeks or more before the scheduled beginning date, a full refund minus paypal fees and $50 will be given. Between six weeks and one month, half of the money, minus paypal fees, will be refunded. Less than one month before the begin date, no refund will be given. In any cases of cancellation, one can also use their credit towards a later workshop or towards consultation (availability permitting). (Updated 4-19-21)