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.

September 19 – October 17.

This is a four week workshop comprised of two separate projects.  One in Ambler, PA and one in Tamaqua, PA. Daily, Weekly and Full Session attendance available.

The Ambler project is a ‘Tiny Earthship’ greenhouse which will be the first Earthship project within a major city in the U.S. to receive a building permit.

The Tamaqua project will be the construction of a grey water and black water system to help a visitor center deal with sewage issues and lack of toilet facilities for the faculty.

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.

The grey water and black water project will be mostly hands on.  Most of the water classes will be taught prior to arriving at the site.

The Earthship School Curriculum includes the following classes.

Catchwater & Water Heating 6 sections (44 lessons)

Liquid Waste Water & Solar Toilet 6 sections (38 lessons)

Passive Solar/Thermal Dynamics Heating & Cooling 10 sections (86 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

Earthship School Instructors

ron sciarrillo earthship school instructor
ron sciarrillo earthship school instructor

Ron Sciarrillo

Sustainable construction specialist for over 12 years

Amzi Smith earthship school instructor
Amzi Smith earthship school instructor

Amzi Smith

Sustainable systems specialist for 14 years

[Special Guest speaker TBA]


All 4 weeks: $1,200. Non-refundable deposit of $250.

Weekly: $300. Non-refundable deposit of $150.

Daily: $50. Pay in advance.

9am - 5pm / M - F
10am - 4pm on Saturdays

Balance is collected prior to arrival.  If there should be a reason for leaving the program early, a credit will be applied to a future project.

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 20 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.

Four week session $1,200: $250 deposit.
One week $300: $150 deposit.
Daily: $50


Housing can be booked directly in Tamaqua via Stonehedge Gardens. Stonehedge Gardens is a center to educate holistic concepts of health, healing, spirituality, environment, awareness of our oneness, respect of our differences, and the joy these differences bring to our lives — a place for peace, quietude, escapes, meditation and communion with nature.

Please book your accommodations direct:
* tell them you are with the Pangea Builders Pennsylvania Earthship Building School.
www.StoneHedge.us212-928-8180 | tjmoroz@gmail.com

What You Need to Bring

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Ambler floorplan tiny earthship

Rammed Earth in Tires to form structural walls is a permitted wall system in the state of Pennsylvania. This is a big deal as it help all future Earthship projects in Pennsylvania 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. Pennsylvania Earthship Builders School will take 10 students for this two week build. Students will learn all about building an earthship, catching water and solar/thermal dynamics to keep buildings comfortable.


Ambler section tiny earthship