Michael G. Smithhttp://strawclaywood.com
Michael G. Smith has been teaching, writing and consulting on natural building for 25 years. In 1993 he co-founded the Cob Cottage Company in Oregon. He co-authored the best-selling cob building guide "The Hand-Sculpted House" (Chelsea Green, 2002) with Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley. In the late 1990's he moved to California and expanded his range of expertise to include straw bale, straw-clay, wattle-and-daub, earth bag, adobe, earthen ovens, timber framing, earthen floors, natural plasters and finishes, and energy-efficient, low impact passive solar design. He co-edited "The Art of Natural Building" (2nd edition, New Society 2015) and has contributed to several other books and many periodicals. Services include building siting and design consulting, workshop instruction, and some professional construction services.
School of Integrated Living (SOIL)http://www.schoolofintegratedliving.org/
School of Integrated Living (SOIL) aims to inspire and empower students to live responsible and creative lives by providing experiential education in sustainability, integrated living and regenerative systems. SOIL is headquartered out of Earthaven Ecovillage, a 23-year old intentional community, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.
Casa de Tierra is an ecologically and ethically minded endeavor that practices structurally-effective, economically-efficient, and environmentally-sustainable building methods to create homes, schools and community projects in Nicaragua. We advocate the preservation of natural resources; encourage the use of materials that are renewable, local and low in embodied energy; promote healthier in-door air quality and working environments; foster energy efficient design strategies; and, reduce waste and pollution to create a positive impact on the local community and larger environment. From concept to creation, Casa de Tierra strives to reduce the impact of the built environment on our natural one.
We are in our fifties wanting to build a cob home. We now live in Az. At this point we are just reading everything about cob building and other buildings. I am a retired nurse and have my own business Jay is a retired engineer. Anyone from Arizona that can give us input? We would love to hear from you.
A Missouri native. Raising pack llamas. Doing a lot of things the old way.
A man with dreams of building his own home, very handy with tools, been in the service industry for a very long time, come from a farming background have been working with tile and stucco past couple of years just feel that this next step in my creative process. Was married for 28 years now its my time to create.
It's a transitional time for me - my career, my relationships, my living space and especially my Spriitual Journey are all being considered anew. Currently a CPA by occupation, a mother of one wonderful adult daughter and a vegan leaning vegetarian with Unitarian Universalist as my faith tradition. Seeking my path and my connections to life, the human experience, our animal companions and learning to live more gently and respectfully with Mother Earth.
Just getting started with learning about cob
ELIZABETH (”LISA”) DIANE Has 20 years design experience in the fields of green residential design, site planning + development, civil engineering + land surveying, with a passion for the Earth and the “Architecture of the Cosmos”. She is also a professional sand sculptor. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis on Ecological / Green Building Design + Furniture Design from The Evergreen State College. Lisa has built her own earthbag dome and has assisted in other natural building systems, such as cob and slip straw (light straw clay). She has also acted as general contractor for a permitted home and supervised design and construction of others. Lisa loves to inspire others to co-create new ways of helping each other build in harmony with the earth and each other with an attitude of abundance. She is also interested in low-cost ways of building structures to provide warm, safe beautiful homes for homeless, low income and disadvantaged people. VISIT: Lucid9Design.com
Mission: To promote the use of environmentally conscious building materials and techniques through education, personal involvement and environmental stewardship. Description: Shelter is one of the basic needs to sustaining life. In a society where we have become so detached from our own living spaces and what goes into their construction, we seek to help reconnect people with a quality of life that focuses on where we spend the majority of it; the home. General Information: We offer private consultation and lead workshops focusing on hands-on, skill-based learning and education of design with natural elements. Contrary to popular belief, Natural Building can be a very expensive undertaking and is extremely labor intensive. We offer a unique service where we seek to partner with owner-builders interested in appropriate natural building techniques, and are willing to provide a safe and healthy environment to conduct workshops and seminars. The goal being, to provide students with the skills necessary to design and create a their own space and to alleviate some of the labor costs associated with Natural Building.
The Ecovillage Training Center is a living laboratory with a mandate to contribute to a more sustainable planet. We offer a unique environment for folks who are just beginning to learn and think about implementing more sustainable practices and others who have dedicated their lives to topics around permaculture.
Living in the Lammas Ecovillage of Tir-y-Gafel with my husband Nigel & our 3 children, we sculpt gardens, houses, willow creatures & baskets, and importantly cob greenhouses & walls!
I have been practicing natural building since 2012 when I took a 4 month all woman natural building apprenticeship. Since then I have been exploring many aspects of working with natural materials including art installations, natural paints and plasters, workshops on cob related topics, and bottle window art. Currently I live in Asheville NC and I will travel for natural building projects!
Since its inception in 2005, a beautiful and resilient community has formed around the Eco-Institute. Members of this community include parents, teachers, entrepreneurs, students, artists, professionals, activists and children of all ages. Each year, we host workshops in practical sustainability skills, field trips for school groups, summer camps for kids, seasonal celebrations, community gatherings, and three seasonal sessions of the residential Odyssey Fellowship Program for young adults. We are one strong local center among many who are part of a global awakening to the detrimental effects of the Industrial Growth Economy, working for a shift towards a Life Sustaining Society. In the words of our friend and teacher Thomas Berry, we dream of a mutually enhancing Human-Earth Relationship.
WALL to WALL is a natural building workshop series happening this spring in the Willits, CA area. Renowned natural builder and author Michael G. Smith will lead each of the 5 workshops, which will occur between May 20 and June 28, 2016 at Ridgewood Ranch. WALLTOWALLWORKSHOP.COM Each day will include about 3 hours of lectures and slide presentations covering building science, design methodology and 6 hours of hands-on building. The techniques taught include cob, strawbale, light straw/clay, earthen floors, cordwood masonry, earthbag foundation, clay plasters, natural paints and more! The curriculum will build upon itself throughout the series, resulting in an advanced training appropriate for professionals as well as first time owner-builders. WALL to WALL is also designed so that you may attend any number of individual workshops if you’re interested primarily in a specific technique. We will be constructing a multi-purpose pole-barn studio, seamlessly blending all of these techniques into a single structure. Delicious organic meals will be prepared 3 times daily, and workshop participants are encouraged to camp on-site at the beautiful 5,000 acre Ridgewood Ranch, located in the heart of Mendocino County, California. The schedule is as follows: May 21-24: Earthbag Foundation & Cob June 4-7: Light Straw/Clay & Cob June 11-14: Cordwood, Cob and Earthen Floors June 18-21: Straw Bale & Plasters June 25-28: Natural Floors, Plasters, Paints & Finishes There is early bird pricing for those who register before April 20, and additional discounts for couples, families and friends attending together. Kids 13 and under are welcome for a minimal fee. Come prepared to work hard, make new friends, learn many skills, and open new doors into a sustainable future! You can learn more and register on our website at: WALLTOWALLWORKSHOP.COM
After 15+ years in the community development field, including Peace Corps, a Master's in Intercultural Leadership, D.C./big-city madness, and all the mainstream jazz, I fell out of romance with my computer and began to explore cob amidst seasonal work, adventure, and internal metamorphosis. What started as a short term mud fling has become a healthy, long-term, inspired passion for building! In the past three years, I have studied, worked and played under Ianto Evans, Linda Smiley, Betty Seaman, Allie Maggio, Rebekah Lesher Hacker, Pedro Pizarro Villalobos, Bernhard Masterson, David Gonxales, and Tammy and Bob Van on projects in Mexico, Arizona, California, and Oregon. I enjoy building from the ground up (including lugging large stem wall boulders across ravines, which, yes, I consider “meditative” :) ), renovating existing structures, slathering on uber-creamy finish plasters, inspiring others (especially women!) to build their own homes, and collaborating on projects with crews from around the world. I am giddily anxious to further explore and perfect earthen renovation of trailers and other low-energy-efficiency dwellings into sustainable, efficient, cozy homes with Betty Seaman in Los Olivos this coming year. My always-more-muddy-than-necessary bag of tricks includes light straw clay, cob, bale cob, strawbale, earthen plasters, lime plasters, lime fresco, lots of laughter, chocolate, and directions to the nearest hotsprings.
I offer workshops and sustainable living apprenticeships in the Sacred Valley of Peru. My interest in natural building began during my years as an artist whose work was inspired by environmental issues. In sharing what I have learned and bringing awareness to the global community, I hope to empower others to be self-sufficient and to live a more eco-conscious and healthy life. I continue to search for new, sometimes ancient methods of creating a world in which we can live in harmony with Pachamama and each other. I have learned from and worked with many talented people and organizations such as Gernot Minke, Cal-Earth (The California Institute for Earth Art and Architecture), Solar Living Institute, Midwest Permaculture, Cob Cottage Company, Ka’Way Monti School for Sustainability (Peru), and the Masonry Heater Association of North America. Clients have included The AVANI Organization (India), Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, and Adventist Health International (Africa).
J. “Cappie” Capp Bio: I own Pangea Design, a natural building company in Spearfish, South Dakota, USA. I lived in my first off-grid home in 2004 - it was a 1993 International school bus that I modified with PV solar and a composting toilet. Last year, I completed my code-approved off-grid, straw bale home. I also work as a ‘conventional’ builder that focuses on reused, natural, and locally-sourced materials. In 2016, I have contracts to build residential and commercial straw bale structures, and I will continue to offer instruction in natural building with workshops during our summer season. http://www.pangeadesigngroup.com.
The best place to learn natural construction (with an emphasis on cob) in the cloud forest of El Salvador´s El Trifinio Biosphere.
Homeowner, Yorkshire terrier owner/breeder, working on first novel, stay with Mother most of the time to take care of her as she is almost 71 years old, and we have 30 acres of land..I would love to start a survivalist community on my property! I have the blueprints for free energy...no fuel required, and invented by Tesla! Finding the people to trust to live here for free is the biggest problem I think I would ever encounter! Would love to have a community garden and around 5-8 homes on property w/free energy! I believe in trust and loyalty, and honesty! If you don't have that, basically you have nothing, no matter what the relationship! Right now I am not as educated as I would like to be on building cobb homes! I hope to host an event in the future! I am located in N.E. Ms. If anyone would like to contact me and discuss cobb/survivalists my email is bsreedy69@gmail, or I frequently check email@example.com more often as I.V. van der grayson is the alias I plan to publish my novel under!
CultureSeed is a WA state Non-Profit dedicated to inspiring and supporting Thriving Global Communities~! We host experiential programs and transformational events at our home base, Atlan Center as well as elsewhere in the world. our offerings include: Permaculture, Natural Building, Healing, Visual Arts and Culture-crafting.
Hello all! I am single mother who is pursing her lifelong dream of living in the country. Living in South America and growing up on a farm had a huge influence on me and therefore I am pursuing this "risky" endeavor as my family and friends would say. I have never been more content and full of joy living this type of lifestyle. I am starting my own unique business and am still learning all there is to know about sustainability. I hope to quit my day job one day and fully depend on the land and myself. I did a year and half cob building apprenticeship and now am ready to host my own workshops and teach about this type of lifestyle while learning as I go. I live on 20 acres and am eager to teach and learn.
Cob Designs is a Bellingham, Washington based business focusing on natural materials in place of conventional products used in construction. Cob Designs strives to empower people and lessen our impact on the world. We support a strong, aware community thru natural building workshops for cob and bale/cob structures, garden walls, earthen ovens, and floors. Through hands on practice we aim to connect with our surroundings, gain skills that lead to self sufficiency, and to create community with our neighbors. Natural building creates healthy spaces for everyone to live and work in. This includes being conscious of the resources we are collecting, and aware of the footprint we are making.
I have gardened for many years. I have also designed spaces, remodeled a number of homes and managed construction of several homes. I am interested in transitioning from traditional methods to more ecologically sustainable approaches to building and living.
Living in Haines Alaska and looking for sustainable and low cost building techniques and builders! Recycle and upcycle...envisioning a self sufficient lifestyle with animals as a my primary focus, and growing in the Alaskan climate... I am a Help Exchange host and this has been the best experience of my life...community thrives when there is exchange. I hope to own acreage to produce fiber, dairy, eggs and also to host yak tours...
Rocket Mass Heater Class May 15 - 17, 2015 Double build class In W. WA near Chehalis Come to Triple C Permaculture Farms for a weekend workshop with Ernie and Erica Wisner and just added Matt Remine who all competed at Wheaton Labs in the Rocket Mass Heater Collaberation. We will be building a RMH Bench and Permaculture Kitchen RMH Stove at this event. There's only room for 30 people and spots are going fast, so register ASAP! For more information, visit Triple C Permaculture Farms on Facebook! $500 couple - $300 person/May Special $ 450/250 person Send money and reserve your spot to Debbi Cornell 425 Hart Rd, Winlock, WA 98589 360-631-1100/TripleCPermaFarm@outlook.com Camping friendly, food provided, plenty of parking
Cliff Davis has vast experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, deep nature connection and regenerative agriculture, that allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair. Cliff first became involved in natural building in 2004 when he helped build a cob shed with Christina Ott of Barefoot Builder. He went on to study other forms of natural building, eventually teaching courses and working as a freelance natural builder. He has 11 years of direct experience with a variety of methods, including, timber framing, earthen ovens, cob, strawbale, thatch, cordwood, straw/clay slip, earthbag, natural plasters, living roofs, organic round pole framing and more. He is co-owner of Spiral Ridge Permaculture and Edible Habitats Design Studio.
After twenty years of fine woodworking, he moved to Los Angeles to work as an industrial designer and artist, opening a new world of discovery as an artist inventor. From 1998 to 2010 articles on his creative abilities were published in seventy-five magazines, twenty websites, ten books and eight newspapers. He was interviewed on seven radio shows and seen twice on TV. In 1998 a full page photo of his Water Woman sculpture was featured in the Smithsonian Magazine in an article about the Burning Man festival. Subsequently, Ray founded two Water Woman festivals based on permaculture techniques and sustainable art. In 2002, he began studies in permaculture,cob building, and continues as a top innovator in this movement focused on sustainable energy, agriculture, water, and shelter systems. After adding permaculture to his skill set, he now has the ability to turn a problem into the solution. Today Ray teaches young people proven sustainable skills and methods. A prime mover and shaker in a world that has become less sustainable, he promotes the abundances nature offers. Ray Cirino celebrates and teaches the opportunities that give birth to Ecological, Psychological, and Spiritual Sustainability at a time when we face great challenges as a species.
The Natural Living School is a place where people can come and gain the experience and confidence they need to simplify their lives, learn to live in balance with nature, and to feed their spirits. Our participants learn how to legally construct an affordable, naturally built cottage, create a home garden with the potential for self sufficiency, and experience the art of natural living. The school is a drug and substance free atmosphere.
Co-conspirator at Dirt Craft Natural Building, specializing in straw bale building, natural plasters, earthen floors, cob ovens & rocket mass heaters. We offer natural building workshops, consulting to support owner builders, and facilitated building to train crews, and assist in the construction of individual projects.
House Alive has been teaching workshops in natural building since 2001. we have taught well over 1000 students and built more than 50 structures all over the world.
You are likely to find Andrea, her daughter and friends giggling at a local cafe, chatting about the ordinary events of our lives and community. Professionally, Andrea focuses on customer service work primarily for non-profit clients. Andrea teaches Aqua fitness at the YMCA and volunteers her fundraising skills for a variety of projects.
Permaculture School: Design Ecology & Living Skills is a year-long ecological learning journey that begins with a 12-week residency in Asheville, NC; May 23 - August 14. The program is designed for those who want to build their Permaculture projects, pathways, and careers. You are especially encouraged to apply if you are on a path toward being a permaculture leader, professional, practitioner, educator, activist, or advocate. Seats are limited. College credit is available. For more info >> www.ThePermacultureSchool.org/PS.
I am in Minnesota, and want to get strawbaling!
Born and raised in Upstate NY. Studied design in school, followed by Natural Building as part of the Cob Cottage Company's 2008 apprenticeship program. Now I live in a strawbale house in Snow Camp, NC with my partner and son. Our Mud Dauber School of Natural Building, founded in 2014, was the reason for buying land, and continues to be our passion.
I am an elementary school art teacher who teaches at one the first Green Schools in Northeast Florida. I just learned about Cob and I am anxious to learn more!
What is Raw Roots Farm? Raw Roots Farm is a small, 5 acre organic vegetable farm located in the Sierra Nevada foothill town of Catheys Valley. It is run by Andrew and Lauren Glikin who plan to sustainably manage a local, naturally-grown, community farm that will produce enough food to support at least 40 families in Mariposa and Merced counties. The farm runs year-round and produces a diverse quantity of crops that are compatible with the seasonal climate they are grown in. The food is sold at local farmer’s markets and on the farm directly through a community shared agriculture (CSA) program. Raw Roots Farm also serves as a space to share and teach sustainable living practices like natural building, solar technology, grey water systems, and many more. Our Mission Raw Roots is dedicated to providing local, natural, and sustainable grown produce for our Mariposa, El Portal, Catheys Valley and Merced community members. We promote a healthy and engaging community environment through the shared production of organic produce. Our practice of farming is done in accordance to and with the respect of the local environment and the balanced global system we live in. We will expand our program in the next year to educate the entire community on how sustainable living can easily become an integral and instinctual part of their lifestyle. Education will not only occur directly at Raw Roots but will also be taken into the surrounding community. We Believe * Every person deserves the right to know not only where their food comes from but that it is healthy and safe. * Every person deserves the right to be a part of their local community. * A truly sustained community is a community that supports one another. * Sustainable food comes from local businesses, not global or national ones. * Every person should be able to have a hand or a say in growing their own food if desired. * The practice of agriculture should be done in accordance to and with respect to the land around it, i.e. conservation and sustainable management. * Food should be grown without the addition of harmful pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, or any genetically modified seeds.
Caravan park and Eco building centre
Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm seeks to promote the concepts of Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share. We are passionate about the abundance of nature all around us, and look for ways to share teachings that afford all peoples an opportunity to live richly, working with the earth to manifest solutions for our basic needs. We are excited to offer Cob House workshops!! Specifically geared towards affordability, our workshops aim to provide students with the confidence, knowledge and community support needed to realize their own affordable passive-solar home. Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm offers a private room, a bunk room, and private and group camping spaces. Our workshops participants are nourished in first-class style, with fresh, local organic meals from the massive Golden Rocks market garden, here on the property.
Eva I Vanderbelt
Reno, Nevada 89502
Mission To promote the use of environmentally conscious building materials and techniques through education, personal involvement and environmental stewardship. Description Shelter is one of the basic needs to sustaining life. In a society where we have become so detached from our own living spaces and what goes into their construction we seek to bring people back in touch with their quality of life through focusing on where we spend most of it, the home. General Information We hold workshops, build, and educate on Earthen Building techniques. Currently our feet and hands are in the mudd building with COB.
living in Saudi Arabia , love nature & natural things
Start at the Source with Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley, co-authors of The Hand Sculpted House
I live in Montana and am looking for a way to not be in mortgage debt for the remainder of my life.
I'm a 51 year old woman whose dream is to acquire some land and build a cob home for my retirement. I currently live in Kingman, AZ. Don't know that I will necessarily settle here. Would probably love to eventually do this in Oregon, but we'll see. Right now I'm interested in helping with cob building as work exchange on my days off - I usually have a few days at a stretch but I do work most Saturdays. I'm willing to drive 4-5 hours away to help out, and would love to have a place to sleep in exchange for my labor.
Canadian Earth Institutehttp://CanadianEarthInstitute.org
Sasha Rabin has been practicing natural building as well as teaching it since 2002, when she began her building career with an apprenticeship at the Cob Cottage Company. Since then she has taught all over the US through the organizations that she co-founded, Seven Generations Natural Builders and Vertical Clay, as well as collaborated with other schools and organizations including The Yestermorrow Design Build School, The Canelo Project, The Solar Living Institute, Quail Springs Permaculture, as well as taught at the Permaculture Research Institute in Jordan. Although she enjoys building, her true passions lie in the teaching and sharing natural building with others. Visit Sasha’s website at EarthenShelter.com to learn more.
Natural Builders of the Upstatehttp://www.meetup.com/naturalbuilders/
Natural Builders of the Upstate is helping to promote natural building in the Upstate of South Carolina. This group is for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty and learn more about building with Natural Materials (cob, slip-clay, straw bale, earthship biotecture, earthbags, earthen plasters). Members will have many opportunities to learn and get hands on experience with natural building through workshops, guest speakers, community gatherings, green home tours, and helping build natural homes.
Middle aged female with an artist heart and deep desire to build a cob home in North Carolina in Greene County. I am interested in living free, gardening, rocket mass heaters, prepping, solar, and numerous topics related to this life style. Would enjoy meeting others with similar desires in the Kinston/Greenville area. Will be taking a workshop soon and will need helpers for my own home!
Enjoying living in a cobwood house with my family that we built together in '05, and working on new natural building projects around our farm every year.
Allie Maggio is an instructor with the Cob Cottage Company and teaches building cob, including walls, arches, windows, rubble foundations, siting, and roofs. He is a father of 3 home-schooled children, and is an accomplished carpenter and forester. There will be another instructor for this workshop (to be announced) and will also include staff with cob building experience.
Dave Olsen completed a cob workshop led by Ianto Evans in 1996 and has had mud (and sourdough) on his hands ever since. He began hosting Natural Building workshops in 2007, began instructing the revolutionary "Fast Cob" mixing and building methods in 2009, and turned 50 in 2013. Based on off-the-grid Lasqueti Island, he also hosts an apprenticeship that goes well beyond Natural Building, helping younger people develop responsible and environmentally sustainable lifestyles with enjoyment and ease. Dave has been very fortunate to have worked with many of the leading cob builders of our time and to have a dynamic, cob- and bicycle-loving daughter (and dog!).
Scott Howard is an ecological designer and artisan who has taught workshops, designed and built around the world for over ten years. His workshop offerings include a wide variety of skills and topics in natural building, permaculture, and eco-technology. Workshops are offered in many countries, where cross-cultural experiences enrich the learning process.
Ms. Mikel Carmon
I am the host for a cob cottage workshop. I attended a great workshop last year and was totally inspired and now am hosting a cob cottage intensive in the Juniper Mountains located near Seligman, AZ. We are off the grid. My background is in healing and counseling. I have just been certified in Eden Energy Medicine and I love this work. Also, being "grounded" for optimum health is salient. What better way to be grounded than living and enjoy your own cob guest house, office, home, etc. We invite you to come join us for great food, community and impeccable facillatators to learn about building your own cob project and putting your own creativity into it. For more information: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307.277.1235. My best and warmest regards, Mikel
Angie operates The Baleyree Shire, a 12 acre farm and natural building workshop site in Tennessee with her partner, Jamie Tyree. We encourage natural builders who are just starting out in their careers to contact us when they're ready to lead their own workshops.
Shawn and Melissa Rae King have been building with earth, demonstrating, and teaching others in earth building and earthen plasters for more than four years. Projects include multiple earthen ovens, earth benches, and tiny earthen houses. Shawn has trained both at Cob Cottage Company and at Cal Earth. Both Melissa and Shawn are instructors with Cob Cottage Company and have worked closely with Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley as well as other members of the Cob Cottage Company teaching community.
Meadow Creek Mountain Ranch is located at the foot of the Cherokee National Forest in the mountains of Eastern Tennessee. The Ranch is off the beaten path yet located within an easy drive of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and several other beautiful destinations in Tennessee, as well as Asheville and Hot Springs, North Carolina. We are new to this area and new to the Ranch life. We are very excited and ready to create a sustainable community here!