The Cal-Earth Institute (California Institute of Earth Architecture) in collaboration with Vide Terra organizes a SuperAdobe workshop in Italy. This 8 days intensive course teaches how to apply the SuperAdobe/earthbag technique for a dome construction. The participants will receive an official certificate of completion from the Cal-Earth Institute. During the workshop we will build an earth dome with a door opening and a window. The purpose of the course is to give the theoretical and practical tools useful to design and build a small earth structure or living space.

The workshop will be divided into a theoretical and a practical part.

- Earth architecture and the importance of building with earth
- The SuperAdobe technique
- The principles of the arch and of the dome
- SuperAdobe dome designing principles
- Practical techniques to analyse earth composition
- Soil improvement and stabilization
- Water management
- Introduction to waterproofing
- Designing more complex structures and living spaces based on the Eco-Dome concept.

- Hands on construction of a complete 1,8-2m earth dome (foundation and structure)
- Creation of openings for doors, windows and ventilation
- Introduction to plastering

Tuition Costs:
580€ - if you book your place before 10 August 2021
640€ - if you book your place after 10 August 2021
The places are limited. The deadline for the registration is 10 September 2021. We may anticipate the closing of the registration if we reach the maximum number of participants. The course will be held in English and Italian.

A 150 euros deposit will be requested to book. The deposit will be fully returned in case of workshop cancellation. The deposit cannot be returned in case the attendee will not attend the course. Please write to for booking your place.

PROMOTION: Discounts available for groups of 2 or more people.

Food and Accomodation:
We can offer shared rooms for 15 euros per night (breakfast included, towels and bedsheets included). Each room will have a private bathroom. We have available rooms with 2-3-4 and 5 beds. The rooms will be divided per gender or, only upon availability, it is possible to request a room for a group or a couple. We can provide lunch and dinner, the cost of it is 10 euros per meal. The workshop attendees can access a shared fully equipped kitchen so they are also free to prepare and cook their meals if they wish.each the workshop site in autonomy.

The trainers:
​ ​The workshop will be held by Davide Frasca (founder of Vide Terra, representative and trainer of the Cal-Earth Institute in Italy, designer and builder of superadobe​ domes, specialized in earth architecture), helped by Iwo Soczewka (visual artist, superadobe practitioner and earth material explorer). More info in About us

​ For further info and to register:
Tel. 0039 3394178848