Mike Oehler, January 2, 1938 - Feb. 2, 2016


Photos of Mike's Underground houses and greenhouses
Countryside Magazines' article on Mike's building methods
The combined underground house workshop and survival seminar 3 DVD set
$50 and Up Underground House Book
The Earth-Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book

Other works by Mike Oehler

Hippy Survival Guide
One Mexican Sunday
WTO Protest Video
Online order form
Mail order form
Media Press Page
Links to other earth-integrated housing pages
World Domination Gardening DVD
Woodburning Stoves DVD

Mike Oehler -- our founder, an innovator in self-sufficient living and the man who literally wrote the book on earth-sheltered housing for two generations of underground builders -- has passed away. 

His family will continue this website and sales of his popular books and training materials, and a memoir just completed by Mike of his days in the vanguard of the hippy movement of the 1960s and '70s will be released soon as well.

Mole Publishing founder and writer Mike Oehler, a proud back-to-the-land hippy and pioneer of underground housing and earth-sheltered greenhouses, died Feb. 2, 2016, at age 78, of natural causes at his home in northern Idaho.

Mike was born in Chicago and grew up nearby. After graduating from high school, he dropped out of college to pursue his writing career. He served in the U.S. Army before making his way to the West Coast where he worked as a crew member on fishing boats, worked in the Alaska goldmines, hired on with the U.S. Forest Service, cruised Mexico, and finally ended up in San Francisco where he embraced the hippy movement and lifestyle.

From there, he bought 46 acres in northern Idaho, around 1970, where he started experimenting with underground and earth-sheltered housing plus learned organic gardening, permaculture and off-the-grid living.

At the same time, he continued with his writings, earning international attention with his books, “The $50 & Up Underground House Book” and “The Earth-Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book.” He lectured or conducted workshops in Canada, England, Scotland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and 26 American states, frequently under the sponsorship of university architecture departments. He was the veteran of more than 100 radio and television interviews, including HGTV and the BBC. 

Mike had just finished his latest book “How to Make a Hippy,” due for release later this year. He was also the author of “The Hippy Survival Guide to Y2K” and “One Mexican Sunday” and creator of the videos “The Low-Cost Underground House Workshop and Survival Shelter Seminar Video Set” and “The Battle of Seattle.” 

His family continues to operate Mole Publishing to make Mike's knowledge, writings and videos available to his many followers and fans.

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