Fedor Pavlovskiy is a Monolithic Dome Builders Workshop graduate of April 2014. He recently sent us pictures of a shotcrete pump and 20-foot Ecoshell he built in Russia.
I just wanted to write you a note of thanks for the Dome Builder Institute Workshop that I attended April 9-13, 2113. What a great week! You and your delightful staff really made us feel welcome and a part of the Monolithic family.
Dear Mr. South,
One of our recent workshop attendees submitted a slide show that shows the construction of a Monolithic Gazebo. Monolithic Gazebos are constructed using the Ecoshell I construction method. This Monolithic structure as well as a Monolithic Grow Dome were constructed by the workshop attendees during the September 2011 Workshop.
Jay Williams said, “I thought about building a Monolithic Dome for some months. Then I decided I had some questions and the best way to answer them was through a Workshop. It can’t hurt a thing to take the training.” He enrolled in the October 2003 Workshop. About it, he said, “The Workshop was a real eye-opener. It gave me a clear understanding. I learned a lot and I enjoyed it – both the classroom time and working at the job site. I sprayed foam, I sprayed concrete, I tied steel – I did all that stuff.”
While attending the April Workshop by day, I had the fortune of dreaming by night within the comfort of a Monolithic Dome. Such immersion brought to life the ability of Monolithic Domes to fill the vast structural needs of humanity. The integration of the most advanced building materials with nature’s perfect shape excited me about the capability domes have to shelter our lives.
“After the course was finished, you asked us to send you our thoughts about the course. Here’s my two cents…
Thank you again for another great class, I learned so much more the second time around. Gary, Javier, Frank and the rest of the crew are always very hospitable and go the extra mile to help students learn! — Kirk Long, Fredricksburg, Virgina
I really learned a lot last week. Actually building the cabin answered a lot of questions for me. Some of the pitfalls to watch out for and how having real professionals would make things run a lot smoother. I also see that I may need to focus on my strengths which is healing and health counseling. My vision is to have a cabin as an office at first, then build my home then a small community a healing village where people come to get well and learn about themselves. Well I really enjoyed the class and thank you for your time. — Ronald Baxter, Tulsa, Oklahoma
“I want to express my thanks and appreciation for the terrific workshop. I found it intensive and quite thorough, sometimes to the extent of information overload, but no complaints on that from me. The atmosphere was warm and friendly thanks to you and your staff. Again, my sincere thanks to you”—John Graham, Littleton, CO
I’m back from the Monolithic Dome Dome Builders Workshop, and I learned a lot. While part of what I learned was how much I already knew, the seemingly inconsequential little bits were what made the workshop so valuable to me.
“I thought I had patience and teaching talents until I sat in on the Monolithic Dome classes. Now I feel I have experienced people with REAL patience and teaching talents. Our heads are still spinning – even after a week – with all the knowledge and wisdom given to us. The classes were far more valuable to us than the mere $750.00 you charge. We look forward to and anticipate an on going relationship with Monolithic. We can’t even begin to convey the true gratitude we feel after having attended the workshop. We thank all of those on the Team at Monolithic.”—Tom and Linda Summer, Conway, AR
Just wanted to take a minute to reaffirm what a personally rewarding experience your workshop was to me. I thought you might appreciate some feedback and to know that everyone I had any contact with (other workshop attendees) and many others too, thought the training was invaluable. I can tell you that in my line of business I attend way too many seminars…most of which are a complete waste of time, but…I can’t remember EVER attending anything more satisfying than yours. You are to be complimented on the work you do and for the great people you obviously have working with/for you…both family members and others too. It is blindingly apparent that whatever you are doing…WORKS! Thanks again and regards to all. — Russ Augsburger, San Antonio, Texas
“This is one of the best formatted and functional training courses I’ve attended. The classroom and workshop mix works tremendously well.” — James Alvord, Locke, New York
“The class met my needs for hands-on entry into the dome construction process. I felt my personal questions were answered with clarity.” — John Marshall, Scottville, Michigan
“As recent workshop participants, we would like to thank you for an enjoyable and informative workshop. Everyone at Monolithic was extra friendly and helpful. The format of the workshop worked out very well. The class-time provided an opportunity for discussion and questions, and the hands-on part of the workshop provided the opportunity to become familiar with the equipment and to get a good feel for the actual construction process. We had viewed the training tapes prior to the workshop, but only through the workshop did we develop a solid confidence in our ability to build domes. The notebooks you provided are very helpful and the certification certificates are lasting, positive reminders of the knowledge we gained in your workshop. Certainly the construction of Monolithic Domes will be a continuing learning process, but your workshop provides a solid foundation and the necessary knowledge with which to begin.” — Scott McAnulty & David Ratchford.
“First, let me thank you for a super course. I certainly learned a lot and was very impressed by you and your entire staff. I look forward to working with them all in the very near future… God Bless this venture.”—Wallace B. Moore, President, On-Site Diagnostics
Howdy from Kentucky…. thanks for the great workshop, the well organized and prepared food and especially the warm southern hospitality. Keep up the good work. “A mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” — Tommy Rector
Thank you for the many practical tips during the course as well as your hospitality and that of your staff….I also appreciated the photos and illustrations of your large dome success. However, your willingness to share the stories about your trials and tribulations may have an even more lasting effect and help me to focus and face anticipated ‘Murphy gremlins’ large and small. — Roland Paegle
“You know, I had such a wonderful feeling when the Airform was inflated, it is like give birth to a baby. I know that today was open a new page of my life and lives of my friends. The couple we are making this building for said that there are a whole bunch of their friends who are excited to have domes constructed, so we are now like the concert performers playing in front of the big audience.” – Sviet Raikov, Moscow, Russia"
Someone once said, “You are part of all you meet.” With that thought in mind, it makes me feel proud inside to be part of a dream shared with us by Mr. South. The operation, the food, the politeness, the smiling faces made me feel like enrolling in the course every year – just for the refreshing “shot in the arm” I got from the Monolithic staff.