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Off-The-Grid Desert Living in a Tiny Earthen Home


There’s something magical about the desert. The harsh landscape can be a quick reminder of both the fragility and resilience of life and a stark reminder of our own connection with and reliance on nature and all that it provides for us.


This tiny earth house has been constructed around a geodesic structure, and overlaid with a variety of different earth building techniques, such as cob, wattle and daub and earth bag construction. As natural builders who often run workshops, this home was an opportunity to test out some experimental concepts and show off what was possible with earth building.

Sasha and John’s home is one of a variety of natural homes and small structures which have been constructed to form part of the Qauil Springs permaculture community. Situated on over 400 acres of land and surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest, the permaculture community is home to educators, farmers, natural builders and people who are dedicated to regenerative living.


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