This-Land’s First Natural Building Workshop with Ted Elsasser

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Ted Elsasser, former Earthship Builder, for a 10 day intensive starting May 4th through May 13th. Ted will be teaching how to build a small Passive Solar Earthbag & Rammed Earth Tire Greenhouse out of reused materials at OM Valley Permaculture’s site in Northside, Cincinnati Ohio. The reused building materials will be donated by Building Value. These are low-tech construction methods that accessible to most people. The workshop will consist of hands on training

One of Ted’s more recent off grid creations

complimented by evening lecture to understand this type of Construction. The evening lectures will be hosted on Friday and Saturday evenings. There are 2 attendance options: – 499$ The Full course will include hands on 10 day intensive plus evening lecture on Fri & Sat.

– 299$ The Weekend option will include 4 days of intensive hands (Sat & Sun) on complimented by 4 evening lectures (Fri & Sat).Financial assistance is available.

To Register please contact Wade at or by phone at 513-675-0468

“I had a dream… Then I took the sketch to Ted and…. We talked about how to do it and then Ted made it happen”                                                                                                      – Mike Reynolds: Earthship Creator, from the Documentary: Garbage Warrior

A quick thumbnail concept sketch of the building

Here’s a link to a bathroom and Bathtub that Ted built for the Earthships:

Ted Elsasser former Earthship expert, is a licensed residential and commercial contractor in New Mexico and an architectural intern focused on sustainable design and practices. He draws on 17 years of experience working in the planning, design and construction of off the grid buildings called Earthships in NM, across the USA and in multiple countries. Through the years he has been a construction supervisor managing a crew, interns and countless volunteers for Earthship Biotecture.  For the past several years he has owned and operated a small design/build company, Southwest Sustainable Builders that specializes in off grid technologies such as passive solar heating and cooling, water harvesting, photovoltaic and wind power systems and the utilization of natural and recycled materials. Recently Ted has completed a state funded Sustainable Educational Facility Visitor Center for Northern New Mexico as the qualifying contractor.

A 1994 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Ted has a Bachelor of Architecture professional degree. He is in the process of architectural registration in the state of NM and has been a licensed contractor in NM since 2002 operating a business named Taos Off Grid. Additionally, he serves on the board of directors for the Greater World Land Users Association where he lives off grid with his family.


2 responses to “This-Land’s First Natural Building Workshop with Ted Elsasser

  1. This sounds amazing, Braden. I cannot do these kinds of things yet because I have little children and live far enough that it’s not yet possible. But I hope you keep offering these courses and I am so looking forward to joining in the near future.

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