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5-Day Cob + Straw Immersion

May 14, 2021 - May 18, 2021


$625 Early Bird Discount (register before April 15th, 2020)

$750 Regular Fee

10% discount for family + friends participating together!

Join us in constructing a meditation cottage with natural materials! We will build cob walls using an engineered forming system, as well as strawbale and slip-straw walls. Many of the materials we use will be harvested directly from the site, in combination with other locally-sourced products. This class is designed so that you leave with the knowledge to take on your own substantial project. Enjoy five days of meaningful hands-on work, as well as a sense of community with the group that you will be building, eating, and relaxing with!

Hands-on learning:

 –       How to mix cob by foot, and by machine

–       How to install cob, and sculpt with it

–       How to prepare for a strawbale wall system, and how to install the bales

–       Preparing strawbale walls for plaster

–       Installing slip-straw walls

–       Natural plastering on natural wall systems (clay plasters, and lime)

Discussion topics:

–       The thermal spectrum: “from cob to strawbale”

–       Siting/Design

–       How to build a good foundation and good roof

–       Building details with cob and strawbale

All meals are provided! The worksite is in beautiful Saxapahaw, NC, on a rural property. We hope you can join us!


May 14, 2021
May 18, 2021
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Mud Dauber School of Natural Building
8813 Lindley Mill Road
Snow Camp, NC, NC 27349 United States


Mud Dauber School of Natural Building