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A Cross-Cultural Earthen Building Workshop

Workshop HighlightsJanuary 9th - 25th, 2010Dogon Country, MaliWe will be surrounded by learning opportunities throughout our stay. The workshop will be a muti-lingual event with translation between French, English, and Dogon. Lectures and instruction will include:Dome construction Rubble trench foundations Earth Bag construction Cob construction Stone masonryDogon culture and societyDrylands permacultureDogon graineriesDogon Adobe brick constructionSign-up today atwww.earthenhand.com

Hello friends,  I am excited to tell you about my earthen dome workshop in Mali.  It happens next January, so plan ahead and come along!  Please help me promote this workshop by telling your people.  I can forward along my printable flyer at your request.  Please see: www.earthenhand.com. Please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested.     A 20 ft. tall dome, completed in a workshop lead by Scott. Thailand, 2004   Thanks and good health to you,   Scott Howard |  Earthen Hand Natural Building | +1 503.287.2442 A Cross-Cultural Earthen Building WorkshopJanuary 9th - 25th, 2010 - Dogon Country, Mali, West Africa Let's build a schoolhouse with the Dogon people of Tirelli. The Dogon will share their languages, music, cuisine, farming, and building techniques. We will build alongside the Dogon villagers to complete a one room schoolhouse. A 5 x 5 meter earthen dome, its construction will be our main activity. Students will learn dome design methods while gaining the skills to work with stone, rammed earth bags, and cob. We will also learn about traditional Dogon building techniqes by assisting several local builders with their work. Tour the area by foot and bus to see Dogon Permaculture in action.  Experience the daily life of the people of Tirelli, an off-grid traditional village. Visit ruins of old Dogon towns comparable to Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. Early registration (7/09) is 20% less tuition than later registration (11/09). See details and sign up today at: www.earthenhand.comScott Howard started Earthen Hand Natural Building in 2002, with the goal to buildand promote artistic earthen architecture. He offers workshops about earthen building techniques locally and abroad. Scott is currently promoting next year's workshop series including: Portland, Oregon (5/09), B.C., Canada (7/09), and the Dogon country, Mali (1/10). Scott is also available for hire as a builder, designer, or consultant on alternative building projects. Please see website for contact, and photos of past works. Atime Saye will be our head guide and contact in Dogon country.  Atime and Scott met in Tirelli, Mali two years ago, and have co-organized this event. He is a a doctoral student at the University of Bamako and tour leader in Dogon country with Ginna Do Tours. Atime also helps throw the annual Dogon Ultramarathon, which you are invited to as well. Please see: www.ginnadotours.org Participants will learn everything that they need to build structurally stable domes using little more than earth from the site. The design is a caternary dome with two windows and a door. Dome building by hand is an ancient art that is still used today in many parts ofthe world. It is one of the fastest and simplest ways to enclose a space, and isideal for environments such as the Dogon country. The design for the schoolhouse demonstrates wood-less construction in an area where wood is scarce.  Dogon villages lie at a unique place in the dessert where the cracks in the land create shelter from the sun's radiation. There are pathways navigating cliff cracks, and rivers running through the land to supply bountiful crops. In more recent times, the Dogon have use adobe brick and stone block to build larger buildings somewhat farther out onto the plain. The schoolhouse we plan to build is a newer style of architecture in the Dogon country.There are work trade opportunities available. If you have the desire to help make this event happen,contact me and we can discuss it. I will document the event with film and photos,and am asking for help with this. I would also like to see experienced permaculturalists attend this event and offer their perspective. Bilingual French/English speakers will be especially helpful.

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