What is an Earthship?

An Earthship is a type of passive solar house that is made of both natural and upcycled materials (such as earth-packed tires).

Earthships can be built in any part of the world, in any climate (with a permit) and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production.

November 26 - December 14, 2018
Tire Pounding Workshop

This is a three week workshop to build a two bedroom Earthship.  Daily, Weekly and Full Session attendance available.

We will be pounding tires, installing cooling tubes, cisterns and the thermal wrap.

There will be both hands on training and classroom training.  The hands on will be at the site with an Instructor at all times focusing on the construction techniques as well as project management and safety. The classroom time will be a combination of slide presentations, hand outs and chalk board lessons.

All students will receive the following items included in there their tuition:

  • Full Earthship Curriculum pdf textbook
  • Grey water section drawing pdf
  • Black water section drawing pdf
  • Passive Solar/Thermal cooling dynamics poster pdf
  • Circle studio tiny home drawings. pdf


Under a grove of oak and pine in our own small valley with a stream, the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort offers a magical scene with cabins on stilts dotting the hillside.

This old camp dates from the 1930’s and we now offer private hotel style rooms, tent cabins, Hostelling International dormitories, along with group facilities, a health spa and a highly regarded restaurant.

You will encounter backpackers, young families, and outdoor adventurers from across the world in this fun and social place. All just 27 miles downstream from Yosemite Valley itself.

Please book your accommodations direct:
* tell them you are with the Pangea Builders California Earthship Building School.
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California Earthship Building School

We are dedicated to teaching sustainable systems, design and construction by demonstration, example and classroom experiences.

This is for people who are interested in having a hands-on, in-depth learning experience into the world of sustainable design, systems, construction and living.
We accommodate all levels of skills and abilities.


There are 30 spots for students
during the four week Pangea Builders School session.

Register via email at info@pangeabuilders.com or
click a link below to register immediately.

Immediate Download of the Catchwater curriculum ebook

What you need to bring.

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Rammed Earth in Tires to form structural walls is a permitted wall system in the state of California. This is a big deal as it help all future Earthship projects in California and across the country. Getting a permit for tire walls can be an issue depending what county you are in. This earthship permit sets a precedence for rammed earth tire walls as a structural wall system across the country.

We are inviting the public to participate and learn on this build. The California Earthship Builders School will take 30 students for this four week build. Students will learn all about building an earthship, catching water and solar/thermal dynamics to keep buildings comfortable.

California Packaged Earthship School