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Intro to Natural Building Weekend

May 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am - May 15, 2016 @ 4:00 pm Contact

$200 full tuition

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


This workshop is a good way to introduce yourself to the concepts and feel of natural materials. We will learn about cob and straw-bale building techniques through constructing a section of garden wall. You should leave with the confidence to build your own small-scale project, like a bench, garden wall, or pizza oven.


Just like our intensives, this workshop will be very hands-on. On Saturday, we will begin by mixing cob and applying it on top of a stone foundation. By the end of the day, we will have installed more layers of cob, and straw-bales, too. We will end our first day with an “introduction to natural building” slideshow presentation, shortly after dinner.


On day two, the focus will be finishing the cob on top of the wall, integrating some roof framing, and plastering over the straw-bales with natural clay plasters. If time allows, we will enjoy the experience of learning to stack stone for foundations.


Topics to cover:

  • cob mixing and applying
  • strawbale installation and concepts
  • natural clay plasters (mixing and applying)
  • garden wall roof systems
  • the concepts of a good foundation


We will also tour the buildings at our school (including our permitted strawbale home), sometime on Saturday, and discuss each in detail.


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!


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 ($10/night).


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


May 14, 2016 @ 9:00 am
May 15, 2016 @ 4:00 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