Summer 2021 offerings:

Open House
Our 3rd annual open house is Saturday, August 28th with guided tours at 10:30am, and 2:00pm.  This is our opportunity to share what we’re doing with our community. The Salvation Army Food Bank has a vital role to play in our community. All open house proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank.  Tours last between 1.5 to 2 hours with plenty of time for questions and answers. Susan and Tony are passionate about theDoighouse project and love to share. Bring your curiosity and your questions and see for yourself what’s happening at the ship.  Tour guests must be registered in advance.

Cost: by donation – either cash, or non-perishable food item(s).
25 spaces available at 10:30am and at 2:00pm

Registration: email to reserve your space.

Private tours
If you’re not into crowds you can arrange for a private guided tour.  To arrange for your private tour of the earthship, learning centre and permaculture food forest email:

Monthly Fireside Chats
Come satisfy your curiosity – ask questions, get answers.  A monthly update on the progress of the project, the people and the activities are shared with others.  Are you a natural building practitioner or someone interested in connecting with others and cultivating a life in harmony with people and planet? You’ll find friends, new and old, ready to listen to your thoughts and to share their knowledge and experience with you! We look forward to seeing you there.  Facilitated by Cecilia Jaques. 

Cost: by donation
When: 7:30pm via zoom the second Wednesday of each month.

Gardens on the Go’ Workshop Series with Connie Kuramoto, master gardener
The 2021 season program runs from February to October. 
Our instructor: Connie Kuramoto has been teaching Horticulture for over 30 years, and gardening for even longer. She was a technician and instructor for Vancouver Island University for 20 years, and currently teaches on contract for North Island College and Gaia College, as well as numerous workshops and talks throughout Vancouver Island and beyond.

Cost: $20 per session
When: course schedule and details

With Covid-19 restrictions being gradually lifted our July 24th “Composting methods including worm bins” class will be in person in the gardens at theDoighouse.

Riding into Summer: Biking & Sustainability Camp
Here comes summer! Let’s get outside and build our biking confidence! This week long camp will keep kids active and having a blast in the great outdoors. Campers will have the chance to learn and refresh bike skills, play bike games, learn basic bike maintenance skills, and ride up and down the trails.

We will be introducing activities for the girls to learn about sustainability, gardening (with Connie Kuramoto, a local master gardener), growing local food, taking care of our environment, & more! This class is for girls ages 9-12. 
Cost: $200, 8 spots available.
When: July 12-15
Registration closed

“Tire Wall Packout” – working bees
TheDoighouse is built using recycled materials, included 1171 reclaimed car tires.  Come learn how to ‘pack out’ an earthship tire wall. You will learn how recycled tires; pop cans and cement are used to create a structurally sound wall.  This is a fun way to meet and get to know other people interested in earthships and building community.  Tony will provide an overview of earthship building principles and construction.  This is a unique experience and one of the most popular sessions we host. Come prepared for the weather with proper footwear for a construction site and your water bottle. 

Cost: FREE includes a ‘thank you’ vegetarian lunch (12:30-1:30).
Session 1: June 9th, 9:00-1:30
Session 2: July 21st, 9:00-1:30
Session 3: August 18, 2021, 9:00-1:30
Register: email

We’re finalizing details for Fall 2021 workshops. 
Workshop 1: Bottle wall building
Workshop 2: Green Roof construction

Email Susan at if you’d like to notified of these or other upcoming workshops. 

Have a safe and happy summer!
Tony and I look forward to welcoming you to theDoighouse. 


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