Advanced |   8:30am - 6:00pm May 8-June 16 |   Hesperia, California

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.

Topics include but are not limited to: 

Vault Design Principles & Theory
Reading Vault Blueprints
Estimating Cost and Materials
Soil Testing and Mix Making for Vaults
Footprint Layout & Site Orientation
Foundation and Leveling Techniques
Drainage and Waterproofing Strategies
Planning for Services/Utilities
Buttress Construction
Vault Form Construction
Window/Door/Niche-Opening Construction
Superadobe Advanced Techniques
Vault Roof Slab Construction and Strategies
Removal of the Form 

Cost: $1000 ($400 deposit required to reserve space)


May 8-June 16, 2017

Space is limited to 6 students per program. All applicants required to have previously attended long term apprenticeship at CalEarth or received prior approval of site director before applying. On-site housing included for duration of program. 

The vault program at Cal-Earth was an intense and great learning experience. We started from the design of the vault and then as a team we worked our way through the actual realization of the vault. It was very rewarding to see what at the beginning we could just visualize in our mind to become bag after bag a solid vault, a room, a shelter. We learned very important aspects about the managing of such a project, worked out the materials needed and the costs, we put together our ideas, discussed operative strategies, took decisions and then monitor the outcomes of our work. I worked in a team that day after day became as strong as the vault we were building, this unity was on its own an important part of my experience. At the end of the program my body was tired but much more fit than the day I arrived, my soul empowered by the dense knowledge I received and my mind was already calculating, envisioning, pushing forward.
— Davide Frasca, Apprentice

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We have some partial work exchange scholarships available (typically up to 25%) based on financial need. If you are interested in attending but require some assistance please let us know about your situation and we will try to accommodate you.

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  • All applicants will be interviewed by site director prior to admission. Space limited to 6 people. 
  • On-site accommodations available during program


If for some reason you are unable to attend the workshop you registered for, your deposit may also be applied to another course that same year if you notify Cal-Earth at least two weeks before the start of a course.

If you wish to withdraw completely and cannot reschedule, a $50 registration fee will be deducted and your remaining balance refunded if you notify Cal-Earth two weeks prior to the start of the workshop. Any cancellations within two weeks of the workshop will not be refunded, only transfered.

If Cal-Earth cancels the workshop due to low enrollment your tuition will be fully refunded or transferred.