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April 2018
$400

Hands-On Foundations

April 5 - June 8
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Cost: $400 Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together The foundation is arguably the most important part of a structure, as it determines how that structure interfaces with the earth (it’s also very difficult to change a foundation later, after a building sits on top of it!). There are many different types of foundations, and we want to focus on some systems that are simple, time-tested, and effective. We will be constructing a foundation for the building that the…

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$950

7-Day Cob + Straw Immersion

April 22 - April 28
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Cost: $950 Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together You will leave this course ready to take on your own project. We will cover all of the aspects of natural construction with both hands-on learning and discussion, from foundation through roof. Our two spring 2018 immersion classes will focus on creating a kitchen building for our campus, so that it’s ready for our apprentice group to use in May. Our two fall 2018 immersion classes will construct a…

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$599

Introduction to Cob Workshop

April 23 - April 27
Unnamed Venue,
Keystone Heights, FL United States

Dates: April 23 – April 27, 2018 Location: Keystone Heights, Florida   Come and join us in Florida 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 be constructing cob walls…

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Natural Building Workshop part 2: Natural Plasters with Michael G. Smith

April 27 - April 29
Ridgewood Ranch,
16200 N Highway 101, Willits, CA 95490 United States

Now that the straw bales are up, you need to know how to protect them from weather, fire, and animals. Clay plasters are usually the best option for base coat plasters, and often for finishes as well. Learn to assess the suitability of a clay soil and develop the best plaster recipe. We will prepare the bale walls for plaster and mix and apply plasters in different ways, with and without mechanical assistance. We will also learn about lime-based plasters…

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May 2018
$1029

An Art Cob Wall Enclosure for a Yoga, Acroyoga & Dance Space in Guatapé (Colombia)

May 20 @ 9:00 am - June 10 @ 5:00 pm
Casa El Encuentro,
Guatapé, Colombia

LOCATION Guatapé, Colombia is one of the most beautiful, serene, appreciated and well-known areas of central Colombia. Only one hour from the well-known and vibrant cultural center of Medellín, it has an altitude of 2000m and a year-round consistent climate ranging from 60F to 75F. This area of Colombia is very rich in fruits and vegetables and characterized by a lush, green vegetation cover, with giant bamboo (guadua) and ever-present ochre, sienna and multi-colored clays used in the traditional construction…

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$550

Natural Building Essentials with The Year of Mud

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - May 24 @ 7:00 pm
The Year of Mud,
2777 Hammonds Fork Road, Mount Vernon, KY 40456 United States

Have you been wanting to get your hands in the mud for some much needed natural building experience? Are you ready to take the leap into the world of clay and straw? Do you have burning questions that you would love to have answered? In this course, you’ll get hands-on experience stomping and sculpting cob, building light clay straw walls, and mixing and applying various natural plasters. In addition, we’ll tour several unique natural homes in the local community. If you’ve…

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$599

Introduction to Cob Workshop

May 28 - June 1
Unnamed Venue,
Keystone Heights, FL United States

Dates: May 28 – June 1, 2018 Location: Keystone Heights, Florida   Come and join us in Florida 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 be constructing cob walls…

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$350

Natural Plasters + Paints

May 31 - June 3
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Earliest Bird: $350 (90 days advance payment) Early Bird: $400 (30 days advance payment) Regular Rate: $450 Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together Plastering + painting is often the final touch of any natural building project, and it’s like putting the icing on the cake. It’s one of the greatest transformations, seeing a space go from looking like a work site to looking finished and beautiful. We aim to provide a solid understanding of the basics of…

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June 2018
$700

Natural Building Workshop

June 2 @ 8:00 am - June 8 @ 5:00 pm
Heart Song Sanctuary,
658 Co. Rt. 6, High Falls, NY 12440 United States

This workshop is focused on hands-on building and learning with natural materials. Our project is the construction of a timber framed outdoor kitchen, with a cob wall supporting the counter-top. We will spend our mornings learning carpentry and building the roof structure with wood. Our afternoons will focus on cob building and finishing cob with earth and lime plasters. There will also be opportunities to explore straw bale building and earth floors. As well as explore the existing natural buildings…

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$170

2-Day Cob + Straw Intro

June 9 - June 10
Mud Dauber School of Natural Building,
8813 Lindley Mill Road, Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States

Earliest Bird: $170 (90 days advance payment) Early Bird: $210 (30 days advance payment) Regular Rate: $250 Additional Discount: 10% for family and friends participating together This will be a full weekend of natural building: mostly hands-on work, coupled with a photo presentation and discussion. We are beginning a very ambitious garden wall project at our campus, and each weekend workshop group will complete another section of wall! You will learn about: mixing and applying cob trimming and shaping cob…

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$399

Introduction to Cob Workshop

June 11 - June 14
Unnamed Venue,
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Dates: June 11th – June 14th, 2018 Location: Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica   Come and join us in beautiful Costa Rica for our Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a small cob cottage. This is a perfect class for both 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.…

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$379

Kids Cob Camp

June 11 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Disputanta Cob,
Central KY, Berea, KY United States

Kids Cob Camp at Disputanta Cob General Kid’s Cob Camp at Disputanta Cob is an opportunity for younger children to have hands on experience with cob building that is tailored to your child’s individual needs along with other creative activities and play that honors the natural world. Flow of the Day Each day will start with breakfast with, “Kids Cob Camp,” participants (the kids) and, “From the Ground Up with Cob,” participants (the parents) eating together. Kids Cob Camp will…

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$499

From the Ground Up with COB

June 11 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Disputanta Cob,
Central KY, Berea, KY United States

~ Natural Stone Foundation, Building Cob Walls, Sculptural ~ Artistic Cob, Natural & Lime Plasters, Tadelakt Plaster (Waterproof), Earthen (Adobe) Floor, Roofing a Cob Building. As much as is reasonably possible.. We  try to prepare you to go home and be able to build your own home out of cob after attending a six day workshop with us. Natural Stone Foundation – Site Selection, Site Prep, & Establish Drainage – Choose Materials & Build a Rubble Trench – Prep Stones, Slake Lime, & Make Lime Mortar – Build…

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$199

INTRODUCTION TO COB & NATURAL PLASTERS

June 15 @ 8:00 am - June 16 @ 5:00 pm
Disputanta Cob,
Central KY, Berea, KY United States

Building Cob Walls Earthen Plaster Lime Plaster Tadelakt Plaster Building waterproof ​ tubs, sinks and showers! Building Cob Walls During this part of the workshop we will learn how to build cob walls, and ‘learn by doing’ as we: – Choose materials and mix cob – Build cob with forms and free form – Trim & shape walls using a cob saw Based on our soil tests, we will choose materials, clay soil, sand and straw, and mix cob using the tarp mixing…

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750-850

Complete Cob and Straw Bale Workshop – 9 Days

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - June 24 @ 2:00 pm
Blue Mountain Sanctuary,
Cottage Grove, OR 97424 United States

We will be building together a 200 sq feet structure with cob and straw bale. In this workshop, you will learn how to build with your own hands and feet, as well as the fundamentals of natural building. This will include foundation, raising the walls, windows, sculpting, and roof. The workshop will be held in an intentional community outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon, and it includes camping, and 3 organic meals a day. We are located on a 40-acre parcel…

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