Thursday, July 28, 2011

South Melbourne Commons Garden Wall

One of our workshops in Austraila was a two day FUN-damentals of earth bag workshop where over 20 participants built this garden retaining wall. Participants gained hands-on experience combined with lectures to explore adapting earthbag building to their climate and environment. Participants gained to knowledge to use locally available soils to create walls and domes.

The wall was built a part of a master plan for the South Melbourne Common's Cafe which included curved garden bed retaining walls. With the garden staff we explored ways of making this wall with the lowest impact and the least long-term maintenance. Most of the material and tools were made from the site. Soil was delivered from a near by construction project and screens were made found objects. The wall will be finished with an oxide added to match the historic blue stone.

 Here is a finished picture I just received from Melbourne Commons. Great job you guys! What a beautiful cafe space.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Earthbag Building In Brunei

Friends of ours in Australia, Harold Raps and Mathilde Menard are directors of the Sydney-based firm Green Earth Buildings. They have presented a sustainable design utilizing earthbag building to a group in Brunei. Read the the full article at The Brunei Times.

Drawing from The Brunei Times

Friday, February 4, 2011

What is Earthbag Building?

What is earthbag building and Guiding Star Creations? I find that earthbag building is best expressed through images. To help those who want to see some examples of our work, Guiding Star Creations has compiled over 100 photos. Please click on the pictures above to view this photo album and feel free to share them. If you are going to use the pictures for advertisement please credit the photos to

Shine your light,

Monday, January 3, 2011

February Earthbag Workshop in Australia

Guiding Star Creations is excited to announce a new 6 day workshop in Mudgee Australia hosted by Milkwood Permaculture starting February 27, 2011. Please check their site for details at We look forward to seeing you there!