We are thrilled to have partnered with Taos locals, Kenny Quinn (Founder of "Earth & Sun Builders") and Chandra Helton to explore the fundamentals of natural building using "Earth Bags".
When? Friday-Saturday-Sunday in the main amphitheater from 9am to 3pm.
Chandra Helton is a Midwest girl who traded in suburbia for travel, mud and off-grid living. With an educational background in Emergency Management, she was blessed to be able to travel to different parts of the world and see first-hand the need for not only housing but self-reliance. She felt that we have become too far removed from our indigenous ways and our abilities to provide for ourselves. The very idea of building one’s own home seems to be a daunting and impossible task for most.
Earthbag has become one of her favorite building modalities. No power tools or loud roaring generators, just you and the elements, one bucket at a time. One of the more gratifying feelings is completing a project and taking a moment to step back and see the fruits of your labor, your energy, feeling empowered and knowing what your capable of.
Kenny quinn, founder of earth and sun sustainable builders, is a highly skilled builder. From concept to beautifully finished carpentry, he has the talent and skill to do the job. Caring for the environment is one of the values he holds with the highest of integrity. Helping others to be more self-sustaining in the way they live on this planet is one of the things he does best — sustainable building being key.
He has been building sustainably for about 20 years. After a five year career in forestry, his interest in sustainable building brought him to Taos to learn about earthships in the late 90s. After that, he got into earthbags; building his first in 2008 with his uncle in Utah. Since then he’s been building throughout the western states. In 2015 he went to Nepal, where he led a group of westerners and local nepal people to build a school after the earthquakes.