Frequently Asked Questions for the Academy and Internship Programs

Before Acceptance to Program

  • What is the difference between the Academy and the Internship?

      • The Academy is a 4-week long program that includes time spent both in the classroom and on the job site.  The Academy is $2,500, plus the cost of accommodations.

      • The Internship is a 3-week long program that is solely spent on the job site.  The cost is $500 which includes accommodations.

      • Our original education program was the internship, but many of the interns thought it would be extremely beneficial to have some days spent in the classroom learning the theory and methodology behind the Earthship concept.  Therefore, the Academy is a much more in depth educational experience.

  • What do I get when I complete my Earthship Biotecture Certification?

      • You will receive your certificate in Biotecture from Earthship Biotecture.  

      • You are able to to apply this credit toward graduate school.  We have a partnership with Western States Colorado University, specifically with their Masters in Environmental Management Program.  Even if you are not enrolled at WSCU, you may be able to apply the credit to your program.

      • You will also be able to give public talks about Earthships.  We have had many of our graduates share their knowledge of Earthships with others.

  • Is there an application deadline?

      • Your application needs to be submitted by the 1st of the month prior to the Academy session you wish to attend.  If you are submitting your application via mail you need to ensure that we will receive it by the 1st. If you are submitting your application via e-mail, you can send it on the 1st.  (I.e.  You want to attend the April Academy session, we need to receive it by the 1st of March).

  • For my recommendation letters what do I need?

      • These recommendation letters are more of a character reference than professional references and are more for us to start to get to know who you are.


After Acceptance to Program

  • Can I camp?

      • Camping is not allowed on our property.  This includes campers, RV’s, buses, tents, etc.

      • You can contact Carson National Forest:  575-758-6200; ask for a spot closest to the Gorge Bridge.

      • If you decide to camp, you will need to have your own vehicle to get to and from our property.

  • Do I get to choose my own housing?

      • No.  Once you choose whether you want to live in a shared or private room, we will set up where you will stay.  We have to make arrangements for housing based on the number of cars in each group.

  • Why can’t I bring my rice cooker (blender, hair dryer, etc.)?

      • Our power system is not made to handle these high wattage appliances.  When you build your own Earthship, you’ll be able to put more batteries and solar panels in them in order to power your needs.  You’ll learn more about this in your Electrical courses.

  • Do I need to bring biodegradable soaps if I’m living in the housing?

      • The plants are watered from the bathroom sink and shower (and occasionally the kitchen sink).  You do not have to buy specific soap simply to come here.  Be contentious of how much soap you are using and putting down the drain, large amounts can be harmful to the plants.  Do not pour bleach or photography chemicals down these drains.  

  • How far will we be from Taos?

      • The Greater World Community (Academy Campus) is about 20 minutes North of Taos.  Taos is the nearest town where you will be able to buy groceries & do your laundry.

  • Does the Academy have laundry facilities?

      • No.  There are two laundry mats in Taos.  Spin & Sparkle and The Pinch Penny.

  • Will I have have WiFi while at the Academy?

      • We have WiFi in the majority of our buildings.  Our classroom and most of our student housing units has WiFi.  If you end up staying in a unit where there is no WiFi, you will still have access via communal areas in your housing compound.

  • Does Earthship Biotecture have housing for families?

      • Each situation is different; however, we are willing to make reasonable accommodations for families.  Please contact us to discuss your circumstances.

  • What size bedding do I need to bring?

      • The majority of our beds are twin sized.  

  • When can I do a field study?

      • We offer field study opportunities 2-3 times a year.  Keep an eye out in your e-mail or on our website for the most up to date information.

  • When do I need to pay my tuition balance?

      • Tuition is expected to be paid in full before the first day of your Academy session.

  • Can I arrive few days before?

      • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate you before 10:00a.m. on the first day of your session.  We recommend you contact the Abominable Snow Mansion at (575)776-8298. 

  • Can I stay longer?

      • We are unable to allow students to stay after their session in our student housing.  We have a new group Academy students or Interns coming each month.

  • Will Michael Reynolds be there?

      • Michael Reynolds does teach classes for many of our Academy sessions; however, we have clients all over the world and Michael may be traveling during your specific session.  There are many other very skilled instructors that have been a part of the Earthship movement for numerous years.  If you wish to have a special consultation with Michael please contact our receptionist at (575)751-0462.  

  • What time do we start in the morning?

      • You are expected to be in the classroom or on the job site before 9:00a.m.  Classes and work start at 9:00.

  • Can I record the classes?

      • We do allow voice recordings of the classes, video recording is prohibited.

  • Will I be able to build my own Earthship once I finish the Academy?

      • The short answer is no you will not be able to build your own Earthship once you finish the Academy.  However, this really depends on your skill level going into the Academy.  There are many components that go into the construction of an Earthship including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, masonry, etc.  You will learn the basics of all of these, but you will likely want to hire a professional for many aspects of the construction of your own Earthship.



Still have some questions?

Please email us at: academy@earthship.com