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Oregon Academy of Natural Building


April 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am - June 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm Contact

April, May, June, 2016. First and third Saturday of the month
Jacksonville, Oregon
Class size: 10 students
$325 includes instructions and a dinner/campfire. Bring a sack lunch.
Instructor: Conrad Rogue

What will you learn?
Over the course of 6 Saturdays your learning will have 3 different focus areas:

  • cob building: Finding the right materials, mixing and building, earthen plasters and floors, art, niches and arches. This will be all hands-on training and building! It will include building an earthen oven.
  • Simple appropriate technologies: Composting toilets, rain water harvesting, solar electricity and solar hot water, solar cooking, olive oil lamps, simple woodfired heaters. This will be taught in the form of demonstrations, lectures and tours.
  • Design: How can we design our spaces so they give us a strong sense of belonging? What materials should we use? How do we start with a floor plan? How do we create outdoor spaces? How does passive solar work? Students will be able to make their own cob model with natural design strategies in mind.

Each Saturday we will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Students need to bring their own sack lunch. In the evening their is an optional dinner provided, as well as a campfire with music! We also have 2 cob cabins avalable for those who would want to spend the night on Friday or Saturday ($25 per night).

Our book “House of earth” will be used as a textbook for the workshop. To find more about the book, click here

The workshop site!
The workshop takes place at the House Alive homestead. It is known for its code approved straw bale/cob/conventional hybrid, as well as the many beautiful finished little cottages. It is completely off the electricity grid and has many forms of appropriate technologies that makes life inexpensive, ecological and connected! It is surrounded by forest lands.


April 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am
June 11, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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House Alive
7540 Griffin Lane, Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States


House Alive!
(541) 899-3751