February 9th, 2013 11:30 am – 4:30 pm @ The Village of Arts and Humanties 2544 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19133


How would you like to live in a house with no electric bills, no air conditioning, no heating units and still be perfectly comfortable in the coldest winter or the hottest summer? If you answered yes then the house you want to live in is an Earthship (http://www.earthship.com/). Earthships are radically sustainable buildings made with recycled materials.

On February 9, 2013, Bonzai Homesteads in collaboration with Village of Arts & Humanities (http://www.villagearts.org/) and PhillyEarth (https://phillyearth.org/) will be presenting a workshop to teach you the very basics of building your own. What we’re going to show you is innovative, and certainly is different… It takes a problem and makes it an asset.

This workshop will focus on creating a 300 lb. Rammed Earth Tire Brick and building a structural wall from these bricks. We will show you how to properly pack dirt into a tire, how to stack the tire bricks and get them leveled. During the process we will also be cleaning up trash from empty lots in the area and packing it into the Rammed Earth Tire Bricks to get rid of the trash.

Music will be provided during the workshop by Brotha Onaci (Sonic Diaspora). Brotha Onaci is a turntable liberationist, educator, and amateur producer who uses music to bring progressive change to the world. A former Chicago resident, he helped co-found Sonic Diaspora and the People’s DJ’s Collective. Now in Philadelphia, Brotha Onaci spins at various venues and events in the area, as well as in DC and New York.

Please come prepared to get dirty but wear loose clothing as well… You never know what dance the Spirit may lead you to. If you have access to a shovel, sledgehammer, bucket or some sort of drum, bring it. A pair of gloves will also be useful to you.

General Itinerary:

11:30am – 12:00pm

– Find the place, mingle around

12:00pm – 12:30pm

– Meet the hosts
– History of Earthships in Philly
– History of Village of Arts & Humanities and PhillyEarth

12:30pm – 1:00pm

– Orientation of event
– Lay of the land
– Tire pounding 101
– Teamwork strategy

1:00pm – 3:30pm

– Build a Tire Wall
– Drum Circling
– Litter clean up
– Get warm and let loose with DJ Brotha Onaci

3:30pm – 4:00pm

– Clean up, wrap up

4:00pm – 4:30pm

– Closing, what’s next?
– Q&A w/ the hosts
– Info about workshops and how to stay involved
– Make sure you fill your phones with all the new people you just met

For more info contact us directly through this event listing.