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Natural Building Intensive


August 8, 2015 - August 16, 2015 Contact

Ready to get your hands dirty?  Join us for 9 days of theory & design, hands-on natural building and exploratory tours of local structures and homes that were built using different techniques.  This course is designed to immerse you in the methods used to create sustainable, healthy, made-from-local materials, energy efficient, aesthetic, functional and owner-build structures to add beauty and form to your landscape.  This course includes  our 4 day cob workshop and our one day wood fired earthen oven workshop.

You will benefit from this course by learning:

Proper design for energy efficiency (passive solar, air circulation, etc).

Methods that work best in different climates.

How to source and test locally available materials.

Pre-construction design – How to choose a building site.

Foundations, floor and wall systems, types of roofs

How to mix and apply plasters and earthen paints

The basics of construction, framing, timber harvesting

How to work with stone

How and when to build with: Cob, straw/clay or straw/wood chip slip, strawbale, earthbag, wattle & daub, adobe, bamboo, cordwood and more.

Andy Sahn – has devoted his life to the field of sustainable development in construction, agriculture, and ecological design. Beginning in Israel at Ecovillage Kibbutz Lotan, Andy received a premier education in sustainable agriculture, natural building, ecological design & social justice, and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate.
Inspired and reborn with a new sense of awareness, he continued on traveling across the U.S. learning & developing his skills. In 2011, Andy apprenticed at the North American School of Natural Building, in Coquille, OR,  where he studied with builder, philosopher, inventor, Ianto Evans. He then went on to work with many other natural builders and has taught workshops in Austin, Tx, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and Mexico. Andy’s passion to educate people about the ease of building with earth and the wealth of other local, minimally processed materials, has helped empower many others interested starting in their own projects.  He is the owner/creator of Earthen Home Designs in Nashville.



Cliff Davis  has vast experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, deep nature connection and regenerative agriculture, that allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair. Cliff first became involved in natural building in 2004 when he helped build a cob shed with Christina Ott of Barefoot Builder.  He went on to study other forms of natural building, eventually teaching courses and working as a freelance natural builder.  He has 11 years of direct experience with a variety of methods, including, timber framing, earthen ovens, cob, strawbale, thatch, cordwood, straw/clay slip, earthbag, natural plasters, living roofs, organic round pole framing and more.  He is co-owner of Spiral Ridge Permaculture and Edible Habitats Design Studio.

This course is a great deal!  Many more expensive and shorter courses do not provide the amount of instruction this 9 day course can provide.  Three meals a day and free camping sweeten the deal even more. Go for a dip in the nearby swimming hole after a day of muddy fun.

9 full days with camping and three meals/day.  Register today


August 8, 2015
August 16, 2015
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Spiral Ridge Permaculture
444 Walker Rd, USA, TN 38483 United States


Spiral Ridge Permaculture – Cliff Davis