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Focussing on Finishing


May 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - May 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm Contact

This year, we’ll start with levelling a sub-floor and then pour a complete durable cob floor.  While it dries, we’ll trim and fill cob walls, then make our own mixes of cob plaster and a finish plaster using clay and cow manure.  We’ll have fun experimenting with texture and see the difference between a base layer and a finish layer of plaster.  A natural paint will top it all off.  Then we’ll get at least one layer of floor hardener/sealant on.  Come and let your creative side have fun!

It all begins on Thursday evening (May 17) with a welcoming wholesome dinner and ends with lunch on Monday before you depart on the 4pm ferry.

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 before we break to clean up and enjoy a delicious dinner.

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 5 day workshop over the May Long Weekend  is reduced to $497 (a $200 savings!) which covers all meals (3 hot vegan/vegetarian meals prepared for you for each of the 3 full workshop days, plus a welcoming dinner and breakfast and a good-bye lunch on the final day), on-site camping, hot showers, and hands-on instruction.

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!


May 17, 2018 @ 3:30 pm
May 21, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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Lasqueti Island
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada


Dave Olsen