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Help Build an Earthdome with the Tiyospaye Winyan Maka Wicosani Project



Three weeks of hands-on learning in earth-bag building techniques. This workshop covers how to test your soil, prepare, dig, and build foundations; plumbing, electrical wiring, forming window and door openings, natural plastering, and options for adapting domes to dry or wet climates. You will leave the workshop all set to apply your knowledge elsewhere and build your very own earth-bag dome. This workshop is suitable for anyone looking to expand their skills in creating safe and comfortable habitats for the next seven generations. The cost of the workshop is $2,850.00. (price includes all workshop materials; three meals per day: rough camping on-site; and transportation.) To secure your spot in the Wicosani Community Project earth-bag course, pay the full course fee of $2,850. We will have three build sites this summer and will limit each site to six…each workshop site. Families are welcome. Non-workshop attending guardians can come along for the cost of food and camping ($500). Please note that you are completely responsible for your childs safety while at the Wicosani Community Project sites. For more information regarding this project, contact Christinia Eala at: Home – (970) 494-0700 Cell – (970) 232-8265 Email: [email protected]

About the Wicosani Community Project:

Our mission here is guided by three principles: (1) shelter is a basic human right, (2) every human being should be able to build a house for him or herself, and (3) the best way to provide shelter for the exponentially increasing human population is by building with earth. Its philosophy is based on the equilibrium of the natural elements of earth, water, air, fire, and their Unity at the service of the arts and humanity. The “Wicosani Community Project” creates environmentally sustainable and accessible housing on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation; building resilience to climate change while improving the general standard of living in the community.

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Winter II Session

GSLL 1501 – Approaches to Community Development

This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
Design a development project based on the Village Earth model
Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

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