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The Earthbag Dome Training Course

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The Earthbag Dome Training Course

Have you ever wanted to learn to build your own home? Now you can in just ten days in Nepal with Conscious Impact

Learning to fill earthbags on site at a 2017 home construction with Conscious Impact. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Learning to fill earthbags on site at a 2017 home construction with Conscious Impact. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our Background

Since the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Conscious Impact has supported dozens of families to rebuild their homes with natural materials. Using Compressed Stabilized Earth Blocks (CSEBs), bamboo, rammed earth, cob, wattle and daub, and earthbag construction techniques, we have built a primary school, community center, women’s cooperative, coffee processing facility and homes for families in need. Throughout this process, we have specialized in earthbag construction, finding that this technique is the most efficient, affordable and earthquake-resistant solution for our area. In the last 3+ years, we have trained more than 200 international volunteers and local Nepalis with earthbags on site at our projects. Now, we are SO excited to offer our first ever official training course and certification!

Earthbag Dome Construction, also known as “Superadobe,” is a simple, beautiful, affordable and extremely strong construction technique. We want to teach as many people as possible this technique.

The Conscious Impact construction team, alongside local community members, build a home for a family in need in rural Nepal. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

The Conscious Impact construction team, alongside local community members, build a home for a family in need in rural Nepal. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

This November 4th-13th, we invite anyone passionate about natural building to join us in Nepal for a 10-day immersion course in earthbag dome construction. You will learn everything you need to know to build your own dome.

We will offer both Nepalis and international participants hands-on experience with building the foundation, laying earth bags, understanding soil qualities and plastering. By the end of the 10 days, the dome walls will be completed!

Earthbag dome construction training at Rancho Uha in Guanajato, Mexico where our Lead Engineer Mariana Jimenez studied and volunteered.

Earthbag dome construction training at Rancho Uha in Guanajato, Mexico where our Lead Engineer Mariana Jimenez studied and volunteered.

We invite you and anyone you think would be interested to come to Nepal.

Learn more and sign up today at www.consciousimpact.org/earthbag-dome-training.

Hope to see you in Nepal in November!

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Season 4 Comes to an End!

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Season 4 Comes to an End!

We did it! Season 4 is complete. But what did we accomplish?

We started Conscious Impact in 2015, and now, more than 4 years later, we are as passionate, committed and united as ever before. With time also comes experience, and our work in Season 4 was more balanced, effective and sustainable than ever.

The Dahal Family in Bimire stands in front of their nearly completed 4-bedroom home. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

The Dahal Family in Bimire stands in front of their nearly completed 4-bedroom home. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Families moved into their new CSEB Homes in Season 4 after three years without permanent shelter. Conscious Impact was there to support.

Nepali families continue to build and our team provided more than 50,000 environmentally sustainable and locally produced CSEBs!

Our Nepali team has now produced more than 200,000 CSEBs in 4 years! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our Nepali team has now produced more than 200,000 CSEBs in 4 years! Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our Youth Empowerment Program is stronger than ever. We reach more than 30 young women every week to discuss sexual health, body awareness, self confidence and visions of the future. Plus, we include the boys on occasional days for valuable (and fun!) open discussions.

Additionally, we have begun After School Homework sessions at our camp, led by Conscious Impact volunteers. We practice English, other academic subjects, and mostly offer a free play space with
dozens of young Nepali students.

Girls Empowerment class in Nawlpur, Nepal. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Girls Empowerment class in Nawlpur, Nepal. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our Agriculture and Reforestation Program has now planted more than 20,000 trees in collaboration with local farmers, and this year these trees will produce their first fruits!

Amar and Sanu Kanchi Ranamagar stand proudly with one of their many coffee trees. Amar serves on the Takure Basic Organic Coffee Cooperative board and enthusiastically supports all of our agriculture initiatives in the area.  Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Amar and Sanu Kanchi Ranamagar stand proudly with one of their many coffee trees. Amar serves on the Takure Basic Organic Coffee Cooperative board and enthusiastically supports all of our agriculture initiatives in the area.
Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

The new water tank is complete, providing more than 40,000 liters of water per day to more than 80 families in the community of Takure. Read more here.

Community members and volunteers stand proudly on the new 40,000 liter water tank. Photo by Ankit Tanu

Community members and volunteers stand proudly on the new 40,000 liter water tank. Photo by Ankit Tanu

The Orphanage Project, completed with our bricks in 2017, now houses more than 25 young children, and we visit each week with volunteers.

Spending time at the Mother Sister Nepal orphanage. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Spending time at the Mother Sister Nepal orphanage. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

And last, but not least, the new Takure Coffee Cooperative Center!

Built with earthbags, this office and storage facility will support local farmers to process their first coffee harvests in December 2019. We look forward to finally getting some of the fruits of these labors :)

Plastering the Coffee Cooperative’s outside walls in February. The project is now complete!

Plastering the Coffee Cooperative’s outside walls in February. The project is now complete!

But the work is not done…

Our support of local youth, especially young women, is just beginning. We have planted over 20,000 trees, but we plan to plant more than 100,000 more in the next 10 years. We completed the new water tank and will continue to support communities with access to water management. And of course, families will continue to build around the region, and we want to be there with environmentally sustainable and locally produced building materials. Read more here to see what Season 5 has to bring.

We need volunteers now more than ever to sustain our support of the families in Takure…

Sign up now to volunteer for Season 5, starting October 1st 2019.

See you in Nepal!

Our home in the Himalayas. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

Our home in the Himalayas. Photo by Jonathan H. Lee

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