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Building a Life Off-Grid with Fast Cob!


September 15 @ 3:30 pm - September 22 @ 11:00 pm Contact

Fast Cob! will give you the tools to create shelter, but we’ll also look at many ways to collect rainwater, use greywater, create a garden site and forage wild foods.  All systems we will look at are created and maintained without fossil fuels, using only human, solar, and micro-hydro power.  And every day we’ll create our own off-the-grid dinner using fresh, local ingredients cooked in a solar or cob or wood cookstove oven…yum!

Fast Cob! is a technique that we developed over the past 12 years that has all the benefits of traditional West Coast Cob but is 10x faster to mix and up to 30x faster to build with…all without machines!

Your instructor built a 900 sq.ft. split level home to lock-up in 5 months: 80% of it by himself!

During this workshop, at a relaxed pace, we’ll learn and practice mixing and building with Fast Cob!  As the week progresses, you’ll gain the skills and inspiration to build your own structures.  In between hands-on Fast Cob! sessions, we’ll look at foundations, electrical, plumbing, upper floors, roofs, and general design.  Everything you need to go off and start building on your own!

Travel days to get to and from our workshops are Saturdays: we’ll begin with a welcoming, wholesome dinner the first evening and end with a farewell breakfast will fuel your return to the ferry dock the following Saturday morning.

Every workshop day, we start with a  meditative building session, followed by a hot, hearty breakfast.  Two longer hands-on learning sessions sandwich a hot vegetarian lunch.  Two snack breaks make sure we have the strength and stamina to absorb all the learning we can.

Most evenings, after a delicious dinner, we’ll have a discussion or mini-workshop on related activities, from ecologically-sensitive transportation to building a roof with cedar shakes.

Remember, human-powered building is hard work. But since there are no machines or motors on site, it is a safe and quiet place for anyone, younger or older, and interesting conversation and laughter is common. This building site, and the materials for this building, were selected to make it as easy as possible to build an earthen structure.

The pace is casual and you set your own; the more effort you give, the more learning you will take away. Natural Building is at least 95% experiential learning and you will be expected to self-motivate throughout the 5 daily scheduled sessions.

The cost of the 8 day workshops is $997 and covers all meals (3 hot vegan/vegetarian meals prepared for you for each of the 6 full workshop days, plus a welcoming dinner and a good-bye breakfast), on-site camping, hot showers, and hands-on instruction.  We use locally-grown, organic ingredients wherever possible.

Please visit our website for more detailed information, testimonials, and to apply online for this or any of our other workshops…all of which were sold-out in 2017!


September 15 @ 3:30 pm
September 22 @ 11:00 pm
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Lasqueti Island
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada


Dave Olsen