The theme of the podcast was Earthship houses, but the guest was NOT the fairly world-famous architect and inventor of the Earthship building, Michael Reynolds. This podcast was an interview with Biotechture CEO Mark Kirkwood. Originally from Oregon, Mark lives somewhere in Texas now, heading up Biotechture Training, a cooperative non-profit organization. Biotechture Training is dedicated to building community, as opposed to secluding oneself from society as a whole. Additionally, Biotechture Training is focused on providing training for a means of enabling normal people to be free of the grid, free of dependence upon the "System", and to live decent lives in a happy way. Ah, happiness! That's a good thing, indeed!
Here's a link to their website - Biotechture Training.
Having perused their website, I found that the prices for their upcoming training sessions are VERY reasonable. For instance, the upcoming Sustainability training course, a two-day event, costs just $100, a very reasonable amount. That class will occur on February 23 & 24, 2013, near Austin, Texas.
Another upcoming class, a two-week aquaponics course, to be held outside of Dallas, Texas, costs just $350, or $250 for one week. Good deals, I'd say.
A third course that will be happening from September 16 through October 25, 2013, an Earthship build course, involving the actual construction of a complete house, will set you back just $1200.
All these classes require you to camp out, whereby you provide yourself a tent, sleeping gear, cooking implements, etc. You are REQUIRED to rough it, which adds to the experience for sure. In the end, that newly created house will look like the Garden of Eden to your weary body! Ha, ha!
The point is, you don't have to live in houses that are made of inferior, potentially hazardous materials, that cost you more than most of us earn in three to six years. $20,000 - 30,000 will get you an excellent house using this newer method of Earthship construction. That, my friends, is a deal worth looking into.