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6-Day Natural Building Immersion

September 21, 2020 - November 26, 2020


$875 Early Bird Discount (register before August 15th, 2020)

$950 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 six 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


The worksite is in beautiful Saxapahaw, NC, on a rural property. Our home base for the workshop will be at our Mud Dauber School campus, where there are the following amenities available:

 –       free tent sites

–       several natural sleeping huts available for rent

–       hot showers

–       a swimming pond

–       electricity and drinking water

–       a fire pit for evening campfires

–       a cob oven for pizza night

–       a hot breakfast each morning before we leave for the worksite

We hope you can join us!


September 21, 2020
November 26, 2020
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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