Earthship Education

The rock climber knows the top of the cliff exists.
She has to learn the abilities necessary to get there ... and the dangers.
Then the choice has to be made to attempt the climb... for whatever reason...
adventure? challenge? practice?...
or in some cases, there is a need to get to the top...
to get out of the pit or gorge you are in.


Once the choice is made to attempt the climb,
the top is remembered as the direction and inspiration,
but not the focus.
The focus is the climb...
guided and inspired by the direction.
Life becomes all about the next handhold or foothold...
until your hand reaches up over the edge and...
you are there!

We are like rock climbers on this earth.
We know that a better way of living on this planet exists
but there is much vertical wall between us and that "better way".
We have to learn the abilities necessary to get to this "better way"...
and the dangers.
Then the choice has to be made to attempt to get there.
We have a good reason.
The place we are - the way we are living on this planet - has an end in sight.
In our case it is not a matter of us making the choice, it has been made for us.
We can ignore it, be depressed and overwhelmed by it or...
we can climb.

We can climb out of the pit of faulty existence we are in
and find the "better way".

The "better way" becomes the direction to guide our climb...
but not the focus.
The focus is the climb...
guided and inspired by the direction; the "better way".

Life becomes all about the next handhold or foothold.
It is these handholds and footholds we must focus on.
The next month ... how do we live?
The next week ... how do we live?
The next day... how do we live?
The next hour... how do we live?

The lofty thoughts of how to change the world; or save the world; or make the world a better place, are simply rhetoric unless we actually place the stepping stones on how to get there.
These are the handholds and footholds of the climb.
It is these one-at-a-time handholds and footholds that get us to the top.
It sometimes takes every bit of strength, courage and concentration we can muster
to use them but there is no other way.
We cannot just leap to the top with rhetoric.
We cannot just dream to the top with philosophy.
We cannot just buy our way to the top with money.

We have to climb.

The Earthship Biotecture education... is about this climb.


Education Opportunities with Earthship Biotecture

Visitor’s Center (Taos, New Mexico)

Take a self-guided tour through a Global Model Earthship at our Visitor’s Center located at our headquarters outside of Taos, New Mexico. In this facility, funded by Governor Bill Richardson and Representative Bobby Gonzales of New Mexico, learn about the six points of Biotecture, check out pictures of past builds, explore the building, watch a video and slide show, and examine our library of books available for sale.  Open seven days a week.  

For current hours of operation and directions go to:

Earthship Visitor Center
The Earthship Headquarters outside of Taos, New Mexico


Phoenix EarthshipsNightly Rentals (Taos, New Mexico)

Spend the night in one of our Earthships on the Greater World Community outside of Taos, New Mexico. We have several homes available for nightly rental and you get the opportunity to experience how comfortable off-the-grid living can be

For more information and how to make a reservation visit:


Seminars (Taos, New Mexico)

We currently offer three weekend seminars each year at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico.  The seminar includes a slideshow presentation, a lecture series, Q & A discussion,  hands-on work including tire pounding, mudding and building a can wall and a tour of several completed Earthships within The Greater World Community.  

For more information and to make your reservation visit us at:


Internship (Taos, New Mexico)

The Earthship Internship is a month long live/work/learn opportunity available at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico. Here you work along side our knowledgeable crew gaining practical hands-on experience as you help to further the vision of Earthship Biotecture in the Greater World Community. At the end of your internship you will receive a certificate to attend one of our Earthship Seminars for free. (Interns are responsible to pay a housing fee and provide their own food).  Apply early, as spots fill up quickly.  

For more information and to apply visit us at:

Earthship Intern Program


Earthship Academy (Taos, New Mexico)

Currently the Earthship Academy being offered at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico combines two months of field study, classroom lectures and on-site living. This in-depth study in Earthship Biotecture offers students the tools they need to spread the principles and practical aspects of sustainable living around the world all while collaborating with like minded people from all over the world.  Upon completion of the two months in Taos, New Mexico one must complete a one month start-to-finish build plus an independent study in order to graduate from Earthship Academy.  

For more information, dates and how to apply please visit:

Earthship Academy


Volunteer Builds (All over the USA and World)

On site apprentice builds provide people with the opportunity to participate in a month-long on-site start-to-finish build somewhere in the world under the direction of our experienced foremen.  In the last year amazing groups of people have come together all over the continental USA from the East Coast to the West Coast and all over the world from Sierra Leone to China to Guatemala to Europe and British Columbia.  These events come up on a sporadic basis so the recommendation is to frequently check the website for upcoming on-location builds if you are interested in this opportunity.  

Keep checking for updated information:

Earthship Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Earthship HQ
Date: 12 December 2017

Concept Behind E.V.E.

Concept Behind E.V.E. RATIONALE: Throughout the last fifty years, Earthship Biotecture has been working toward developing a fully sustainable prototype home that has a zero carbon footprint on the planet. We arrived at this in the early 2000’s and are still perfecting and refining it. We have a building prototype that harvests its own electricity and water; contains and treats its own sewage; heats and cools itself without fuel and...Read More

Earthship Academy 2016

Earthship Academy 2016 In 2016, the Earthship Academy enters it’s fifth full year of existence. To date over 600 students from all over the world have attended the program here in Taos, New Mexico and our Global Sessions. During the 2015 sessions Academy students completed a Global Model Earthship (the latest Earthship design) at the Greater World Earthship Community, started 3 new Earthship buildings, worked on the...Read More

JANUARY page of a new Earthship calendar

JANUARY page of a new Earthship calendar It is a protoype for a whole calendar for 2016 please contact for a free printable 11x17 file of this month we suggest you print on photo paper glossy at 11x17

“Live Simple Survival so that others may simply live.”

“Live Simple Survival so that others may simply live.” The Simple Survival Earthship design evolved from years of research and development both at the Greater World Community and on projects around the world. Based on the classic “U” Earthship module, the Simple Survival features a vaulted roof similar to the Hut Earthship design and a double greenhouse and cooling tubes like the Global Model.  The Simple Survival is designed to provide comfortable temperatures in...Read More

Gingerbread Earthship By Eric Ficinus

Gingerbread Earthship By Eric Ficinus Wondering what type of Gingerbread to make this Christmas? Check out Eric's Earthship he built as part of his Independent study on the road to graduation from the Earthship Academy: For more infos please email Eric at or view his progress on Facebook:

Sunset at the Earthship Biotecture HQ in Taos, NM

Sunset at the Earthship Biotecture HQ in Taos, NM   Just another day at the office!

A call to arms for the Global Earthship Army

A call to arms for the Global Earthship Army We recognize the current and pressing nature of the Syrian refugee crisis. The German Prime Minister has stated, “If Germany can’t show a friendly face in an emergency situation, then this is not my country.” We are proposing/planning a small city prototype that is the campus of an International Earthship Academy that teaches Syrians (alongside Europeans) how to build a city for themselves while at the same...Read More

Guided Earthship Tours

Guided Earthship Tours In addition to the self guided tour that goes through our Earthship Visitor Center daily, we also have  2 kinds of guided tours. Guided tours are generally reserved for groups of 10 or more, however, we can accommodate a smaller group for a minimum of $100. 1) The Guided tour through our Earthship Visitor Center includes: Admittance to the building which is very similar to a 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, packaged...Read More

Earthship Biotecture and the University of New Mexico

Earthship Biotecture and the University of New Mexico Earthship Biotecture has partnered with the University of New Mexico to offer an accredited college class in the Construction Technologies department.  “Introduction to Earthship Biotecture” covers the basics of Earthshjp’s integrated design process and construction methods. This fall we will be offering our third semester of this course.  We hope to develop this partnership into full accreditation for...Read More

About Earthship Biotecture

Earthship construction drawings are designed to meet standard building code requirements so you can get a permit no matter where you are. Earthship Biotecture is beyond LEED Architecture. Earthships are green buildings that meet standard building codes. EarthshipBiotecture is based on the work of principal architect, Michael Reynolds. (see: media resume)

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Contact Us

Main Office and Nightly Rentals
+1 (575) 751-0462
Visitor Center +1 (575) 613-4409

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1041
Taos, NM  87571