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June 2021
$850

7-Day Cob Oven and Natural Building Overview

June 19 @ 9:00 am - June 25 @ 2:00 pm
Heart Song Sanctuary,
658 Co. Rt. 6, High Falls, NY 12440 United States

This class is designed to be a broad overview of natural building techniques. The class includes participating in the cob oven workshop, and continues with a more thorough immersion into natural building. In addition to the oven, we will build a cob bench, plaster an existing straw bale building, and complete the living roof of an adjacent structure. What to expect: Our days will be spent engaged in hands-on building and learning with natural materials. Expect a rich week (or…

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$499

Introduction to Cob Workshop

June 21 - June 25
Unnamed Venue,
Jonesborough, TN United States

Dates: June 21 – June 25, 2021 (YES. We are still having the workshop as scheduled.) Location: Jonesborough, Tennessee Come and join us in beautiful eastern Tennessee for our next Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a cob house. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! You will get the knowledge to build cob projects scaling from smaller things, such as cob ovens and benches, up to large projects like homes and buildings. This workshop is a…

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$375

3-Day Cob + Straw Immersion

June 25 - June 27
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$375 Early Bird Discount (register before May 5th, 2020) $450 Regular Fee 10% discount for family + friends participating together! We will cover a lot of material in 3 days! Our focus will be continuing work on a meditation hut and a natural garden wall, at a beautiful rural property near Saxapahaw, NC (about 20 minutes from the Mud Dauber Campus). This includes learning all of the basics of building with cob and straw wall systems, as well as mixing…

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$1400

VersaTerra Complete Cob & Natural Building Intensive

June 30 - July 10
House Alive,
7540 Griffin Lane, Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States

VersaTerra Workshop with Earthen Oven Go here for full workshop description including our Covid Policy Maximum Class Size: 16 students Instructors: Conrad Rogue & Kyle Isacksen Location: The House Alive homestead, Jacksonville, Oregon Cost: $1400 This includes all (vegetarian) meals, coffee & tea, a nice place to pitch your tent, our book “House of Earth” (we’ll send you a copy before the workshop in the Spring), transportation to & from Medford airport/bus terminal.  Overview This is the most comprehensive natural…

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July 2021
CDN$747

Introduction to Fast Cob and Natural Plaster and Paints

July 1 @ 3:30 pm - July 5 @ 11:00 am
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada

We introduced this Short Course in 2019 and it has been a great success since. You’ll get a full sense of our Fast Cob technique, and you’ll know how to finish buildings naturally, from base layer to finish layer and even whitewash. Everything we use is completely natural and everything you learn can be done anywhere on the planet. Just be warned, this short course is not enough to go off and start building a home on your own without…

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€1600

Complete Cob Sauna (Foundation to Roof) in the Azores Islands, Portugal (Advanced Cobber Certification)

July 4 - July 25
Quinta da Vida Beleza,
Lagoa, Azores 9560-418 Portugal
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PROJECT We will be building a complete 6m2 to 7m2 sauna (depending on number of students) from foundation to roof in 3 weeks with 15 days of workshop learning and weekends for relaxation and exploring. In this workshop, students will learn all the skills and knowledge offered in the longer Advanced Training on a smaller scale. It is a more affordable and less time-intensive opportunity to get a complete cob building experience, though clearly with much less practice time than…

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$375

Earth Plasters and Finishes

July 9 @ 10:00 am - July 11 @ 4:00 pm
Heart Song Sanctuary,
658 Co. Rt. 6, High Falls, NY 12440 United States

Learn to make and apply your own earth-based finish materials as we put the finishing touches on an earth and straw bale building! We will make earth plaster from site-harvested clay, as well as finish plaster from pottery clay, mix and apply lime plaster, and pigmented plasters and paints. We will also mix and install an earthen floor, giving students the opportunity to learn different ways to incorporate earth finishes into their more conventional home. What to expect: Our days…

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$1750 includes camping and meals. $100 discount for full payment by June 1 and for families and friends registering together ($200 maximum discount per person). Half price for children aged 5-15. Some scholarships and work exchange opportunities for those in need.

Natural Building Intensive

July 10 @ 9:00 am - July 24 @ 5:00 pm
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

– Cob – Straw Bale – Light Straw Clay – Slip and Chip – Ricecrete – Mushroom blocks – and more! … Instructors: Michael G. Smith, Colin Gillespie, Blair Phillips … Learn skills, techniques, and design theory to create your own beautiful, durable, energy-efficient home from local and site-harvested materials. Most of each day will be spent practicing a wide range of hands-on natural building systems, some ancient and time-tested, others experimental. This workshop teaches a wide variety of techniques…

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$1800

Outdoor Cooking Complex with Cob Oven & Rocket-Fueled Lorena Stove Cooktop in New Mexico

July 11 - August 1
Florentia,
116 Paseo Encantado NE, Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States
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PROJECT This 3-week workshop offers students the opportunity to design and build a clay-based wood-fired cooking complex. Using locally sourced materials, students will collaborate to create a traditional ‘beehive’ oven adjacent to a rocket stove-fueled, Lorena-style multi surface cook top. A prep counter and earthen benches are included as well, time and energy permitting. This workshop is an opportunity to learn about the operational principles of wood-fired cooking, both through the traditional oven, and the rocket stove. Terribly practical and…

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from 699€

Natural Building Workshop Jul 26th – Aug 22nd, 2021: We are building an outdoor kitchen for Lotte and Floris in central Portugal

July 26 - August 22
Lotte & Floris in Elms Valley,
Benfeita, Coimbra Portugal

In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop we are building an outdoor kitchen, an earthen oven for Lotte and Floris’ in central Portugal. There are no skill requirements. You will learn everything you need to build an outdoor kitchen from foundation to roof. From Jul 26th – Aug 22nd, 2021 we will start another round of permaskills Natural Building Workshops near Benfeita in Coimbra district, central Portugal. These workshops will provide you plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience in Natural…

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August 2021
$600

A Complete Introduction to Earthen Building Techniques (Cob, Slip Straw, Wattle and Daub, Timber Framing)

August 14 @ 4:00 pm - August 21 @ 9:00 am
Clouds of El Pital Eco-Tourism Cooperative,
El Pital Mountain, San Ignacio, Chalatenango 503 El Salvador

Come and experience our small natural building community in the cloud forests of El Salvador´s highest mountain! This workshop is being hosted by the Clouds of El Pital Eco-Tourism Collective. Our collective of five rural families from El Salvador has collectively built eight separate cob houses and cabins to host tourists in the beautiful El Trifinio Biosphere on the slopes of El Salvador´s highest mountain. The nearby cloud forest offers a beautiful site to learn about natural building techniques, permaculture,…

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$499

Introduction to Cob Workshop

August 23 - August 27
Unnamed Venue,
Jonesborough, TN United States

Dates: August 23 – August 27, 2021 (YES. We are still having the workshop as scheduled.) Location: Jonesborough, Tennessee Come and join us in beautiful eastern Tennessee for our next Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a cob house. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! You will get the knowledge to build cob projects scaling from smaller things, such as cob ovens and benches, up to large projects like homes and buildings. This workshop is a…

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CDN$1497

The Fundamentals of Fast Cob…Everything you Need to get Building…Fast!

August 28 @ 3:30 pm - September 4 @ 11:00 am
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada

The Fundamentals of Fast Cob At a relaxed pace, we’ll learn and practice mixing and building with Fast Cob.  As the week progresses, you’ll gain the skills, confidence, and inspiration to build your own structures. In 2018, a workshop of 4 people built a 12′ high by 8′ wide wall…and that was only half of what we accomplished.  Last year, a workshop of 6 built a 16′ x 12′ wood shed (6′ tall) and got the rafters on! Every workshop…

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September 2021
€2800

A Permitted 2-Story Cob & Light Clay Straw House w/ Rocket Mass Heater on São Miguel, Azores Islands in Portugal

September 5 - October 31
Quinta da Vida Beleza,
Lagoa, Azores 9560-418 Portugal
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This workshop will be the longest, most diverse and most comprehensive one we have yet offered to our students. We will be completing a 2-story building with a criptomeria (local structural wood) post load-bearing structure, that will be permitted as a “warehouse/workspace” with cob (first floor) and light clay straw (2nd floor) walls with a covered (pocket) balcony, cob wall-embedded stairs, a tamped-cob floor, a rocket mass heater and a reciprocal green roof, our trademark workshop finishing touch. This is…

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from 899€

Natural Building Workshop Sep 6th – Oct 17th, 2021: We are building a PermaHome Guesthouse for Kim, Lucas & Robert’s new community in southern Italy

September 6 @ 4:00 pm - October 17 @ 4:00 pm
patiki.org – Villa Villecolla,
Badolato, CZ 88060 Italy

In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop we are building a PermaHome guesthouse for Kim, Lucas and Robert’s new tribe of free learning families in southern Italy. There are no skill requirements. You will learn everything you need to build an outdoor kitchen from foundation to roof. From Sep 6th – Oct 17th, 2021 we will start another round of permaskills Natural Building Workshops near Badolato in Calabria, southern Italy. These workshops will provide you plenty of opportunity to get hands-on…

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