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8 Day Cob and Straw Immersion

May 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am - May 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm Contact

$825 full tuition

15% discount for registration 90 days in advance, 10% for 30 days, and an additional 10% for family and friends attending together



This workshop is intended for those who want to build something substantial, even an entire house! We will be constructing a multi-use sink, shower, and bathtub building for our school, the ideas of which will translate to your own future project. Our focus will be cob, but we will work also with strawbales, and with compressed earth blocks (CEBs).


The building we work on will be like curving garden wall, that wraps around to create three covered spaces: one will be for showering with a solar shower system, one with a wood-fired bathtub, and one will be a sink area with sculpted storage cubbies for everyone’s toiletries. It will include a doorway, opportunities for windows, and maybe a build-in cob bench. There will be a roof system that we frame and integrate soundly into the cob.


Our workshops emphasize hands-on learning. Most of our day is spent on site (typically 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, with a leisurely lunch break), working with our bodies. This is complimented by sit-down discussion/presentation. Some of what you will learn:


  • planning for windows and doors (and installing some windows!)
  • mixing cob by foot vs. mixing cob by machine
  • building with cob
  • strawbale wall installation
  • compressed-earth block building (using a human-powered press)
  • planning for a roof, and installing the roof framing
  • mixing and applying clay plasters
  • earthen floor design considerations
  • general design discussion and model-making
  • discussion on passive solar and thermal properties of different natural materials
  • discussion on foundations, and opportunity to practice good stone-stacking principles
  • discussion on permitting, touring permitted strawbale homes


We always include a home tour mid-week, to see some local natural buildings. We will give a tour of our own home, and then take a field trip to see at least two others, with plenty of Q+A with the owner/builders.


Your hard work will be rewarded with three delicious, wholesome meals per day. We source local, organic produce when possible, and emphasize whole, real foods. Mostly our cook will make vegetarian meals, with an occasional meat option. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated. We will fire up our cob oven for a pizza dinner one night during the week!


There is a hot shower available, and compost toilet facilities. Tent sites are available at no extra cost, and there are several earthen, one-room sleeping cottages available for rent ($80/week).


Please feel welcome to contact Greg with any questions: 315-657-3980, or muddauberschool@gmail.com. Visit our website, muddauberschool.com, to register.


May 1, 2016 @ 9:00 am
May 8, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
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Mud Dauber School of Natural Building
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States


Mud Dauber School of Natural Building