Massey Burke

Massey Burke’s career in natural building began with the Ecoshanty, a humble but well-loved earthen getaway on the Solar Living Institute site. While the Shanty did not survive the great flood of 2004, Massey’s interest in natural building did, and she went on to study integrated natural building with Darryl Berlin and Michael Smith. She is currently an independent designer and teacher, and collaborates with various organizations including Kleiwerks International, Builders Without Borders, and, of course, the Solar Living Institute.


The Solar Living Institute is a 501 (c)(3) educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices.  Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for 20 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.

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