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Building the New World: A Comprehensive Guide to Earthbag Construction

In this 9-day workshop series, participants will learn hands-on how to construct earthbag structures, including: a circular stem wall, a 10-foot archway, and a serpentine wall with integrated LED glass bottle lights. In this process, we will also learn structural principles, soil testing, tools and material basics, adobe mixing techniques, filling and laying earthbag, applying barbed wire, delineating a circle, using arch forms, and plastering & finishing.

Lead instructor, Biko Casini, will be traveling from across the country just for this workshop. Biko is an alumnus of the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. He is a second generation stone mason with 19 years of experience in natural building in the United States, South Africa, Italy, India, Ghana, and Australia. In addition to stone and earthbag, he has built with cob, straw-bale, adobe, straw clay slip, & cordwood. Besides building and teaching, Biko is also a professional musician and has toured nationally and internationally with his band Rising Appalachia. You can contact him at

The workshops will take place at The Hive (2105 St Cyr Ave,, a new and developing intentional community in the University Area. Here, we are experimenting with cohousing, permaculture, solar panels, solar ovens, beekeeping, bio-fuels, LED light design, and alternative building methods. Organizers at The Hive are teaching on-going skills classes with our partners the ABQ Old School and the UNM Sustainability program. You can contact us at 505-440-8845 or

April 3, 7pm:
Free earthbag video screening at Tortuga Gallery (901 Edith Blvd SE)

April 4, 5pm-7pm:
Free Lecture on Earthbag construction by Biko Casini at UNM, in Anthropology building, Room 163

April 5-6, 8am-6pm:
Beginner/intermediate Earthbag/Superadobe training at The Hive

April 7-11, 8am-8pm:
Intermediate Earthbag/Superadobe training at The Hive

April 12-13, 8am-6pm:
Advanced Earthbag/Superadobe training at The Hive

April 14th, 7pm:
Celebration of completed earthbag projects and farewell to Biko

$300 course fee

$175 course fee for one weekend

$75 course fee for all weekdays (if already paid for one weekend workshop)

$50 course for one weekday

$200 course fee for all weekdays only

$50 discount for UNM students

Limited scholarships available for serious participants unable to pay course fees (contact us for details)

Register at

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Metempsychosis: A Pop-up Art Show at The Hive

After the workshop on Saturday, March 8th, The Hive is hosting this awesome pop-up art show in Studio C from 7-11pm. Come by and check out all the wonderful art and music!

Featuring new works by:

Henry Hutchinson
Joel Davis
Jodie Herrera
Marcus O’Connell
Beth Hansen
Cameron Crow
Lance McGoldrick
Chelsea Wrightson

With performances by:

The Klondykes
Post War Germany
D. Brigman
Mitchell Olson

To RSVP to the event, click this link:

Greywater Recapture workshop

Have you ever thought it seemed crazy to let all of that perfectly good water escape down the drain when you could have reused it to water your garden or landscaping? Then this is for you!

On Saturday we’re facilitating a workshop on how to recapture greywater in your own home.

“Put your used household water to use a SECOND time without jeopardizing your family’s safety or hygiene.
Join us for an overview of greywater harvesting options and simple steps for the easiest method – laundry-to-landscape – as well as a tour and demonstration of a working home greywater system. We will discuss the principles, plumbing, plant irrigation, and soaps & products.

Taught by Abq Old School’s LEED-Accredited green builder, Leila Salim, this course is co-sponsored by the UNM Sustainability Studies program as part of a Skills Practicum course.

Wear sunscreen and a hat as we’ll be outside!”

The Hive at 2105 St. Cry Ave SE 87106

March 8, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm