"Attending the Cal-Earth Apprenticeship program was one of the best decisions I've ever made in life. Not only did it provide me with the opportunity to learn, but I was able to connect with other like minded individuals wanting to make a difference. I am so grateful for this new skill set and how this experience has encouraged me make steps towards the life I really want to be living!"
- CAITLIN DEANE, APPRENTICE
EXTENDED PROGRAM- 4 OR 6 WEEKS
Intermediate | February & September 2017 | Hesperia, CA | $2700/$3200
If you are interested in gaining a more in-depth understanding of SuperAdobe building techniques but are unable to stay for a full length apprenticeship, the extended program is the perfect opportunity. You will complete a Core Curriculum workshop at the beginning of the program and spend the remaining 3 weeks building, plastering, designing, researching, and working full-time with our long-term apprentices and instructors. The Fall program includes an optional 2 week extension to attend the Permaculture Combined Certification Course for an additional $500.
LONG TERM APPRENTICESHIP - 10 OR 12 WEEKS
Intermediate | February & September 2017 | Hesperia, CA | $4000/$4500
Cal-Earth also offers the possibility of a 10 week long-term apprenticeship course (12 weeks in the fall to include the Permaculture Certification). The long-term apprenticeship program at Cal-Earth is an immersion opportunity and includes in-depth building experience as well as teaching and research experience. This program is ideal for students who are able to put in the time and effort to fully immerse themselves in SuperAdobe building. Many long term apprentices go on to teach sustainable/green building or lead private projects worldwide.
SUMMER RESEARCH INTERNSHIP - 4 WEEKS
Beginner/Intermediate | July 5-31, 2017 | Hesperia, CA
Every summer during our workshop off-season, we spend time on research and development projects throughout the site. These projects range from waterproofing experiments to new roofing systems, lime plasters to earthen countertops and everything in between. Anyone who has completed the Core Curriculum workshops is eligible to apply for the research internship program--there is no cost for participation but space is limited.
ADVANCED VAULT APPRENTICESHIP - 6 WEEKS
Advanced | May 8-June 16, 2017 | Hesperia, CA | $1000
Following the successful completion of the long term program, the advanced program focuses on Superadobe vault construction. Once a student completes the long term program, they have a solid foundation in dome Superadobe construction. Vault construction is the next step in the mastery of this technology. This program offers the opportunity to design and build a full vault through completion.