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:

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.


  1. Hello,

    I was reading up on Earth Bag homes and was also reading about the Pine Ridge Reservation and their housing crisis. Why is it that you are charging $2000 for classes on how to build a home when your mission statement says that shelter is a basic human right and every human should be able to build a house for him or her self. I know you are aware of the poverty that is on the reservation. Most people on the reservation can not afford to take your class that you offer. Your cost for classes cost more than what the materials cost to build an earth bag home would be. It would be beautiful if your mission statement said that everyone on the Pine Ridge Reservation deserved a place and its a human right for indigenous natives to have affordable green self sustaining houses with out having to be a slave to the government or to big companies.

    • Hi Lois,

      The Earth Bag workshop was run by the Tiyospaye Winyan Maka organization. It was free for Tribal members. The charge was only for non-tribal members. Sorry about the confusion.


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