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March 2017
$500

Complete Cob Workshop in the Cloud Forests of El Salvador

March 7 @ 10:00 pm - March 14 @ 10:00 pm
Experimental Permaculture Farm of El Salvador,
Cantón Río Chiquito, El Pital, San Ignacio, Chalatenango, Chalatenango El Salvador

Complete Cob Workshop in the Cloud Forests of El Salvador March 7th—March 14th, 2017 and April 18th–April 25th, 2017 Río Chiquito, San Ignacio, El Salvador On El Salvador´s Highest Mountain “El Pital” WHAT IS COB? “Earth is probably still the world’s most common building material. The word cob comes from an old English root meaning a lump or rounded mass. Cob building uses hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw, a sensory and aesthetic…

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April 2017
$700

INTRODUCTION TO COB & NATURAL BUILDING

April 10 @ 9:00 am - April 15 @ 5:00 pm

Cob building combines clay sediment, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, and fireplaces. Cob building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures. The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and for professionals in the building trade who are interested in natural materials. In this cob workshop, we focus on the characteristics of the natural materials most commonly used in construction: clay soil, sand, and fibers. Our…

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$500

Complete Cob Workshop #2 in the Cloud Forests of El Salvador

April 18 @ 10:20 pm - April 25 @ 10:20 pm
Experimental Permaculture Farm of El Salvador,
Cantón Río Chiquito, El Pital, San Ignacio, Chalatenango, Chalatenango El Salvador

Complete Cob Workshop in the Cloud Forests of El Salvador April 18th—April 25th, 2017 Río Chiquito, San Ignacio, El Salvador On El Salvador´s Highest Mountain “El Pital” WHAT IS COB? “Earth is probably still the world’s most common building material. The word cob comes from an old English root meaning a lump or rounded mass. Cob building uses hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw, a sensory and aesthetic experience similar to sculpting with…

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Building with Earth & Straw Part 1: Insulating Straw Walls

April 21 - April 23
Spreadwing Farm,
2563 Rumsey Canyon Rd.R, Rumsey, CA 95679 United States

Part one in a 3-part series of hands-on workshops designed to introduce many of the skills, techniques and concepts necessary to build your beautiful, energy-efficient natural home. In this workshop we will construct straw bale and straw-clay walls in an actual building in progress. Both of these techniques are highly insulating, easy to learn, and appropriate in almost any climate. Lectures and slide presentations cover finding and testing clay soils, thermal properties of natural building materials, and passive solar home design.…

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Building with Earth & Straw Part 2: Earth Floors & Plasters

April 28 @ 10:15 pm - April 30 @ 10:15 pm
Spreadwing Farm,
2563 Rumsey Canyon Rd., Rumsey, CA 95679 United States

Part two in a 3-part series of hands-on workshops designed to introduce many of the skills, techniques and concepts necessary to build your beautiful, energy-efficient natural home. In this workshop we will learn how to correctly install a beautiful, durable poured adobe floor, as well as how to prepare different wall types for natural plasters and mix and apply earthen plasters. Earthen floors and plasters are a great way to add temperature-stabilizing thermal mass to make any home more efficient to…

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May 2017

Building with Earth & Straw Part 3: Natural Finishes

May 5 - May 7
Spreadwing Farm,
2563 Rumsey Canyon Rd., Rumsey, CA 95679 United States

Part three in a 3-part series of hands-on workshops designed to introduce many of the skills, techniques and concepts necessary to build your beautiful, energy-efficient natural home. This workshop will focus on the final steps in the construction of a natural home: finish plasters and paints. Learn to mix your own from natural materials such as clay, sand, straw, mica and lime. We will also learn about the finishing stages of a poured adobe floor. All of these techniques can be…

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150-200

Intro to Natural Building Weekend

May 6 - May 7
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$150 (90 days advance payment) $175 (30 days advance payment) $200 (regular rate) Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together This workshop is a good way to introduce yourself to the concepts and feel of natural materials. Weekend workshops will overlap with our 8-day immersion courses. You will join the immersion students for the opening weekend, in which we will focus on one day of cob, and one of strawbale. Just like our intensives, this workshop will be…

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720-850

8-Day Cob and Straw Immersion

May 6 - May 13
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$720 (90 days advance payment) $785 (30 days advance payment) $850 (regular rate) Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together This workshop is intended for those who want to build something substantial, even a home! We will be covering all aspects of natural building, from foundation to roof. Our workshops emphasize hands-on learning. Most of our day is spent on site (typically 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, with a leisurely lunch break), working with our bodies. This is…

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$379

From the Ground Up with Cob

May 15 - May 19
Disputanta Cob,
Central KY, Berea, KY United States

~ Natural Stone Foundation ~ Building Cob Walls ~ Sculptural ~ Artistic Cob ~ Natural & Lime Plasters ~ Earthen (Adobe) Floor Natural Stone Foundation – Site Selection, Site Prep, & Establish Drainage – Choose Materials & Build a Rubble Trench – Prep Stones, Slake Lime, & Make Lime Mortar – Build a Foundation using Basic Masonry Techniques We will build a lime mortared foundation suitable for a cob structure.  We encourage participants to work at a pace comfortable for…

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150-200

Intro to Natural Building Weekend

May 20 - May 21
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$150 (90 days advance payment) $175 (30 days advance payment) $200 (regular rate) Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together This workshop is a good way to introduce yourself to the concepts and feel of natural materials. Weekend workshops will overlap with our 8-day immersion courses. You will join the immersion students for the opening weekend, in which we will focus on one day of cob, and one of strawbale. Just like our intensives, this workshop will be…

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720-850

8-Day Cob and Straw Immersion

May 20 - May 27
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Earliest Bird: $720 (90 days advance payment) Early Bird: $785 (30 days advance payment) Regular Rate: $850 Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together This workshop is intended for those who want to build something substantial, even a home! We will be covering all aspects of natural building, from foundation to roof. Our workshops emphasize hands-on learning. Most of our day is spent on site (typically 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, with a leisurely lunch break), working with…

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$525

Cob Oven and Bench Long Weekend Workshop

May 20 - May 22
Annie’s Acre,
Nanoose Bay, BC Canada
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Have you always wanted to learn how to build with COB? Well this is your chance! Come and learn how to build a cob oven and bench in this weekend workshop with Master Cob Builder, Dave Olsen. http://cob.lasqueti.ca Food and instruction included in price. Camping also available (or local B&B list provided). May 20, 21, 22, 2017 (Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Victoria Day Long Weekend) Please contact Tina at tbiello@shaw.ca for registration and details. $525 CDN All Inclusive. Max: 10 participants

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June 2017
150-200

Intro to Natural Building Weekend

June 3 - June 4
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

$150 (90 days advance payment) $175 (30 days advance payment) $200 (regular rate) Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together This workshop is a good way to introduce yourself to the concepts and feel of natural materials. Weekend workshops will overlap with our 8-day immersion courses. You will join the immersion students for the opening weekend, in which we will focus on one day of cob, and one of strawbale. Just like our intensives, this workshop will be…

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720-850

8-Day Cob and Straw Immersion

June 3 - June 10
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Earliest Bird: $720 (90 days advance payment) Early Bird: $785 (30 days advance payment) Regular Rate: $850 Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together This workshop is intended for those who want to build something substantial, even a home! We will be covering all aspects of natural building, from foundation to roof. Our workshops emphasize hands-on learning. Most of our day is spent on site (typically 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM, with a leisurely lunch break), working with…

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$725

Natural Building Apprentice Series

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - June 17 @ 5:00 pm
Ashe Street Community Garden & Education Center,
1300 Ashe St, Greensboro, NC 27406 United States
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Learn How To Build A Small Structure From Natural Materials Our Education Center is commited to providing real life and hands on experience. Your journey during this course will give you experience with working with clay, straw, sand, and water to make structures. We dive into the components of the materials and how to mold and shape them. Our class will visit a number of sites where natural homes are completed and functioning. Book Work and Presentation will take place…

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