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May 2017

Earth and Sun Sustainable Builders An Earth Bag Building Workshop

May 30 - September 29
Taos NM United States

Earth and Sun Sustainable Builders An Earth Bag Building Workshop Taos, New Mexico May 30 – September 29, 2017 earthandsunsustainablebuilders.com Learn sustainable building practices while participating in a hands-on earth bag building project. Co-create with a conscious community. We’ll build an affordable, off-grid home within the local building codes. Be guided from thought form through finished building — literally from the ground up with earth bag walls, conventional metal roof, solar electric, and passive solar. Women and men with varied…

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June 2017

Intro To Natural Building Summer Series

June 16 @ 9:00 am - August 28 @ 3:00 pm
Ashe Street Community Garden & Education Center,
1300 Ashe St, Greensboro, NC 27406 United States

Join Earth Feathur and the Collective for a day off grid in nature. Learn the basics of beginning a natural building project with clay straw sand and water. Mix natural indgredients with hands and feet. Play in the mud. Make a small pot or cob ball to take home. A Plant Based Lunch is included. All participants are expected to get messy. So wear something you don’t mind getting messy. Bring a water bottle. All ages are welcome. Youth admission $10…

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Earthbag Building Workshop in Taos New Mexico by Earth and Sun Sustainable Builders

June 26 - October 27
PO Box 153, Taos County, NM 87513 United States

CO-CREATE A SUSTAINABLE EARTHBAG HOME JUNE 26 – OCT. 27, 2017 TAOS, NEW MEXICO Join for a week to four months. Earthbag building is an environmentally friendly and affordable building method suitable to most climates and geographies. Building blocks are made with soil collected on the building site and contained in polypropylene woven bags. In certain circumstances the bags are filled with other materials such as gravel, pumice, or sand. The bags can also be made of natural fibers such…

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July 2017

Kids Cob Camp and Building with COB 101

July 1 - July 5
Disputanta Cob,
Central KY, Berea, KY United States

~ Soil Tests & Cob Brick Tests ~ Mixing and Building with Cob ~ Earthen and Lime Plasters ~ Waterproof, Tadelakt Plaster ~ Earthen (Adobe) Floor ~ Kids Cob Camp Soil Tests While there are volumes written about soil tests, nothing beats getting your hands in the mud to get the feel of it.  To check quality and quantity of clay, we will conduct the snake test, a cut test, and a shake test.  You will ‘Learn by Doing,’ and go home with…

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Cobworks Saltspring Island July workshop

July 3 - July 13

Cobworks is heading back to the Gulf Islands this summer! Patrick Hennebery will lead a 10 day cob workshop on Salt Spring Island from July 3rd to 14th. The course will take place at The Paradise Within, a sustainably-minded farm near Fulford Harbour. Please join us for some fun in the mud as we learn the skills and cover theory topics to answer all of your questions about earthen building. Our project this year will be the construction of a…

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COB, BaleCob, Light Straw Clay Extravaganza!

July 7 @ 6:00 pm - July 16 @ 1:00 pm
Cob Cottage Company and SustainableU,
89001 Hwy 42S, Bandon, OR 97411 United States

(Save 15% by booking in May $748, normal price $880 includes all meals and camping.) Join us at our neighborhood location in beautiful Bandon by the Sea for the most comprehensive cob course available in North America where we will teach a 9 day intensive.  We will also including an extensive tour at our Cob Cottage complex in Coquille.This course will not only cover Cob and balecob, but we will also experience an array of various natural building wall systems including light…

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Building a Cob Oven

July 8 - July 9
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Earliest Bird: $150 (90 days advance payment) Early Bird: $175 (30 days advance payment) Regular Rate: $200 Additional 10% discount for family or friends participating together!   Over the weekend, join us to build a completed cob oven. Earthen ovens are used to cook pizza, bread, meat, cookies, granola, roasted veggies, baked beans etc… anything that you could put in a conventional oven. And the flavor from the wood heat is incredible!   On Saturday, we will begin by finishing…

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Introduction to Cob Workshop

July 10 - July 14
Unnamed Venue,
Keystone Heights, FL United States

Dates: July 10 – July 14, 2017 Location: Keystone Heights, Florida   Come and join us down in sunny Florida this summer for our Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a small cob cottage. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! This workshop is a great experience to learn how to build with cob and to get a broad learning overview of natural building techniques. You will get a solid foundation in cob building fundamentals. We will…

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Building a Cob Outdoor Kitchen & Oven in southern Portugal

July 23 @ 10:00 am - August 6 @ 10:00 am
Quinta do Rabo de Palha,
Castro Verde, Portugal

Location & Project Quinta do Rabo de Palha is a 7-hectare parcel just outside of the city of Castro Verde, in the Lower Alentejo region of southern Portugal. This region is traditionally known for raising free-ranging cattle, sheep and goats and growing grain for feed. The plains in this part of the Alentejo are extensive and far-ranging. Several protected bird species like the buzzard (otis tarda) and the “peneireiro das torres” live here. Birdwatchers love to frequent this area. Susana…

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9-Day Complete Cob Workshop

July 28 @ 4:00 pm - August 6 @ 4:00 pm
Sundog School of Natural Building,
36206 Old Stage Rd., Anchor Bay, CA 95445 United States
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The Sundog 9-day workshop is designed to teach ordinary people the skills to build their own cob cottages, from the foundation to the roof. Our projects are small, mostly under 200 square feet, geared towards attaining a high level of completion in a short amount of time. We’ll take you through an intensive, step by step, instructional course on how to: site/design, excavate, build a foundation, build the walls, AND get the roof assembled on a small cob cottage.

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August 2017

Complete cob and natural building intensive

August 9 @ 5:00 pm - August 19 @ 2:00 pm
House Alive,
7540 Griffin Lane, Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States

Jacksonville, Oregon Fee: $1200. Early bird registration (before 2/1/2017): $1100. Bring a friend: Each get 10% off the workshop fee. Included in the fee: Instructions camping spot 3 vegetarian meals, Coffee, tea, water Our book “House of Earth” Versaterra Certificate Transportation from Medford airport or bus station. Ukulele lessons (optional) Instructor: Conrad Rogue. Overview This is the most comprehensive workshop you can find. Decades of teaching on 4 different continents has helped us design this rich learning experience,  giving students…

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Timber Frame Workshops 2017

August 12 @ 7:00 am - August 19 @ 7:00 am
The Year of Mud,
2777 Hammonds Fork Road, Mount Vernon, KY 40456 United States

Ever wonder what it’s like to build a timber frame structure from the ground up? Join The Year of Mud this summer for a 7 day Timber Frame Workshop at South Slope Farm, our homestead in the beautiful Appalachian foothills outside Berea, Kentucky. Using timeless techniques and traditional hand tools, students will learn how to lay out, join, and raise a beautiful timber frame structure. Learn valuable new carpentry skills working as a team in a gorgeous mountain setting, and discover what…

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Ecological and Natural Building

August 16 - August 20
Earthaven Ecovillage,
7 Consensus Cir., Black Mountain , NC 28711 United States

Learn about the most common natural materials and techniques for designing an ecologically sound building. Experience natural building techniques such as cob, earthen plasters and paints with your own hands. Tour natural buildings that were built using a variety of techniques to get first hand experience of what is possible from foundations, roofs and wall systems to site selection and passive solar design. This introductory course to natural building will provide you with a foundation to build upon, empowering you…

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Natural Building, Ecological Design, and Mayan Tz´utujil Culture

August 19 @ 11:00 am - August 26 @ 7:00 am
Bahia de Santiago, Santiago Atitlan,
Bahia de Santiago, Aldea Tzanchaj, Santiago Atitlan, Solola 503 Guatemala

An Introduction to Ecological Building Techniques With focus on wattle and daub, earth bags, cob, and natural plasters August 19-26, 2017 Intro to Ecological Construction For thousands of years, people have been building their homes out of the dirt beneath their feet. Natural and vernacular building techniques have roots in every culture around the world, but share the distinction of using local materials, being energy efficient, and having a low ecological footprint. Only during the past century have natural building…

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All the Basics: Fast Cob! from the Ground Up

August 19 @ 3:30 pm - August 26 @ 11:00 am
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada

At a relaxed pace, we’ll learn and practice mixing and building with Fast Cob!  As the week progresses, you’ll gain the skills and inspiration to build your own structures.  In between hands-on Fast Cob! sessions, we’ll look at foundations, electrical, plumbing, upper floors, roofs, and general design.  Everything you need to go off and start building on your own! Every workshop day, we start with a  meditative building session, followed by a hot, hearty breakfast.  Two longer hands-on learning sessions…

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