Earthbag Workshop in Missouri

Earthbag workshop with instructor Dan Payne, June 6–9, 2013, Bourbon, MO
Earthbag workshop with instructor Dan Payne, June 6–9, 2013, Bourbon, MO

Earthbag Construction: One of the most practical structures is a multi-purpose structure that can serve as emergency shelters, temporary or permanent housing, root cellars or any conceivable structure.

Earthbag construction is an inexpensive method to create structures which are both strong and can be quickly built. It is a natural building technique that evolved from historic military bunker construction techniques and temporary flood control dike building methods. The technique requires very basic construction skills and materials: sturdy sacks, materials usually available on site (such as sand, gravel, clay or crushed volcanic rock). Walls are gradually built up by laying the bags in courses forming a staggered pattern similar to bricklaying. The walls are almost always curved to provide improved lateral stability, forming round rooms and domed ceilings like an igloo. Skills you learn will serve you well no matter the structure you plan to build

“Earthbag Building Guide” book and DVD by Dr. Owen Geiger included.

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9 thoughts on “Earthbag Workshop in Missouri”

  1. Hello,
    We are also lplanning an Earthbag cabin in Missouri next year. Curious if anyone has any advice on where to source bulk Scoria, pumice, perlite, vermiculite or rice hulls?? It gets cold here.
    We are in the upper half, very near Iowa. And not far from Illinois.
    Any ideas would be appreciated

    • Kyle, you might check with local landscape supply companies or Redi-mix concrete companies for these materials. Rice hulls can often be found in places where rice is harvested and processed, mostly in the south.

  2. I really want to host a workshop to build earthbags.. I live in missouri. Any info on how to do this would be appreciated

    • You can leave a comment on our free Bulletin Board:

      There are numerous websites that promote natural building workshops. Post your announcement on as many as possible. Plan 6-9 months in advance so people have time to prepare. Plan the workshop so it’s convenient for as many people as possible (summer and during student breaks). Keep the cost low so people can afford it! Study other groups who provide workshops to see what they do.

  3. Helloo there! This article could not be written any better!
    Looking through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this.

    I will forward this information to him. Fairly certain he’s going to
    have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Please post further information and details or contact information as we are in MO and certainly interested! Thank you.


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