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The Diamond Mountain Blog

This is an unofficial blog of news and info from Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center which was founded by Geshe Michael Roach and Lama Christie McNally in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of the Dalai Lamas.

Monday, July 12, 2004

Bagged Earth House

This is the first of hopefully many bagged earth houses to get started. This layout is a single room intended for retreat purposes. The idea is to build around 30 of these cottages over the next couple years scattered around DM's 1000 acres for people to do their retreats. For more info on the technology check out Cal-Earth.

Filing bag at the first bagged earth cottage
David trying out the newly installed window
Me checking the view
The bagged earth crew... on this day
The house
Jamie working while I inspect Kat's jewelry
Jamie and Kat hard at work
Tamping, one level at a time
A row of windows


Blogger lux said...

wow! Your endeaver is impressive. They look really great from the outside and very cozy when all set up inside, though a bit drab when empty. How are they kept warm? They have a rather teepee feel.
Where is DM (I'm thinking DesMoines but can that be right?) Anyway, thanks for posting such a cool thing.

November 10, 2004 8:01 PM  
Blogger Evan Osherow said...

DM is in the high desert of southeast Arizona, near Bowie. A great location. The bagged-earth house have yet to be used in the winter so heating has not been an issue. However somebody will be doing a retreat in it very soon and she plans to take a propane heater with her.

November 18, 2004 10:38 AM  

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