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February 2019

A Cob Refuge in the Mountains of Chile

February 10 - March 24
La Jungla,
Chillán, Chillán Chile

PROJECT & HOST We will build a 15m2 refuge on this beautiful expanse of wilderness for shelter, comfort and solitude away from the cities and people and close to Nature and Wildlife.  The land called “La Jungla”  is in the hands of our host brothers Nicolas (24), Lucas (26) and Matias (31) Pimentel and their father, Mario. The refuge will be the only structure in this area.  The only other next small building is located a 30-minute walk westwards.  The…

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An Introduction to Ecological and Natural Building Techniques

February 24 @ 4:00 pm - March 3 @ 8:00 am
Bahia de Santiago, Santiago Atitlan,
Bahia de Santiago, Aldea Tzanchaj, Santiago Atitlan, Solola 503 Guatemala

Intro to Ecological Construction This six day workshop will cover considerations on picking a house site including passive solar design, building a rubble trench and natural rock and lime mortar foundation, wattle and daub wall construction, earth bag construction, cob construction, natural, earthen plasters, and rocket mass heaters. 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…

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April 2019

Intro to Cob + Strawbale

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Earliest Bird (register before January 28th): $70 Early Bird (register before March 28th): $85 Regular Fee: $100 In this one-day introduction, we will be mixing and building with cob, as well as discussing straw-based building techniques. Look forward to morning and afternoon hands-on work, with a discussion/presentation after lunch. The day will conclude with a pizza dinner, using our cob oven! We will cover the basics: mixing and applying cob mixing and applying natural clay-based plasters strawbale vs. cob concepts…

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May 2019

Natural Building Essentials Workshop 2019

May 25 @ 9:00 pm - May 28 @ 9:00 pm
The Year of Mud,
2777 Hammonds Fork Road, Mount Vernon, KY 40456 United States

Want to take your natural building curiosity to the next level? If so, join The Year of Mud for our 4 day introductory Natural Building Essentials Workshop. In this course, you’ll get hands-on experience building light clay straw walls, mixing and applying various natural plasters, and stomping and sculpting cob. In addition, we’ll tour several beautiful natural homes in the local community. If you’ve been inspired by natural building and need a jump start, this is the course for you. Here is some…

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June 2019

Timber Frame Workshop 2019

June 29 @ 8:20 am - July 5 @ 8:20 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 from the ground up? Join The Year of Mud this June for a 7 day Timber Frame Workshop near Berea, Kentucky. In this totally hands-on introductory workshop, students will use timeless techniques and traditional hand tools to lay out and join a beautiful timber frame pavilion. Learn valuable new carpentry skills in a gorgeous mountain homestead setting, and discover what it takes to build a long-lived timber structure using mortise…

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Cob Tiny House/Sauna & Bread Oven with Benches at Quinta Boa Vida in Alentejo (Portugal)

June 30 @ 4:00 pm - July 28 @ 2:00 pm
Quinta Boa Vida,
Camachinhos, Camachos, Beja 7630-572 Portugal

PROJECT This will be the very first workshop hosted on this beautiful new sacred land purchased in January 2019.  The only existing building on the land is a 30m2 agricultural support structure made of clay bricks/blocks.  While the plan is to develop a small Ecovillage community, the first officially habitable building will not be built until November/December as there is a permit process that I am choosing to adhere to.  Thus the first structures we will build in this 4-week…

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July 2019

Complete cob and natural building intensive (includes building an earthen oven and a wood-fired hot tub)

July 3 @ 3:00 pm - July 13 @ 2:00 pm
House Alive,
7540 Griffin Lane, Jacksonville, OR 97530 United States

(The workshop start with dinner on the first day and end with lunch on the last day) ​Fee: $1275 Maximum class size: 16 students ​     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. Instructor Conrad Rogue and Kyle Chandler-Isacksen ​Overview This is the most comprehensive workshop you can find. Decades of teaching on four different continents has helped us design this rich learning experience,  giving students the tools…

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August 2019

An Herbal Medicine Healer’s Cob Cottage near the Yuba River (Nevada City, California)

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - September 22 @ 2:00 pm
Farm of Science,
Cooper Road, Nevada City, CA 95959 United States

OUR HOSTS, LOCATION & PROJECT Our California 5-week (35 days) Intermediate Cobber Certification training plus Masonry Heater/Stove workshop will be held 5 miles from the town of Nevada City on the Farm of Science, as our happy Hosts Nicole & Jared  like to call their new home, where they conduct experiments in optimal living. They bought this 10-acre piece of land in Sept 2017 and are learning how best to tend it. Being urban transplants, sometimes the learning is slow.…

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