Core Curriculum Workshop "A" - Build A Dome

Special Early Bird Pricing if you sign up 2 weeks in advance!

Beginner   |   8:30am - 6:00pm Saturday & Sunday   |   Hesperia, California

This weekend workshop covers the building of a structure, giving you the opportunity to learn and practice Superadobe techniques as it applies to building a dome. Learn the history and science behind this simple and beautiful technology and acquire a comfort in building with the elements around you. During this workshop we will complete a small dome using long Superadobe bags.


  • Principles of the Arch
  • Superadobe Basics
  • Compass Theory and Applications
  • Dome Geometry
  • Foundations
  • Fenestrations (Door and Window Openings)

Remaining 2019 Dates
October 12-13, 2019
November 9-10, 2019

2020 Dates
March 14-15
April 11-12
May 9-10
July 18-19
October 17-18
November 14-15

Cal-Earth gave me everything I expected and more. It was an inspirational experience that challenged assumptions and pushes participants to be better builders and better people.
— Workshop Participant

450.00 550.00
Sign Up (Add to Cart)


  • Workshop check-in and orientation is at 8:30am, please arrive promptly.

  • Please plan to stay through Sunday evening at about 8pm. We recommend making travel plans to return home Monday, you are welcome to stay on-site Sunday night so you don't have to rush out. You may also arrive the afternoon/evening before the workshop (after 3pm) if needed for your travel plans. Please confirm this with us if you plan on extended stay.

  • Breakfast is provided both mornings of the workshop, you will be responsible for your own lunches/dinners. We have plenty of restaurants and grocery stores nearby and a kitchen on-site for storage and cooking.

  • We will provide each person a small folder with paper and a pen, but feel free to bring a notepad if you prefer.

  • Please wear work clothes including a hat and proper closed toed shoes (sandals not permitted). Please bring your own work gloves as well as a pair of plastic/rubber gloves for wet work.

  • The weather in the high desert can fluctuate significantly, so we recommend checking the weather online prior to your arrival, and bringing layers to ensure you are prepared. You'll receive an additional email after you apply with more information on what to bring, especially if you will be staying on-site.

  • Participants ages 15+ allowed to attend with a parent or guardian.

  • You are welcome to take photos but video and audio recording are not permitted.

  • There is limited wifi access on site


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.