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Community Cob & Balecob Build

May 18, 2020 ∞ 7:00 pm - May 30, 2020 ∞ 7:00 pm


Community Cob & Balecob Build

Location: Near Lassen National Park, California

Date: Two weeks: May 18th-May 30th. Sunday, May 24th is a rest day.  Come for as many or as few days as you’d like.

Cost: $25/day includes instruction, space to camp, and vegetarian meals.

Instructor: Kyle Isacksen

Registration:  PayPal (registration button on web page) or checks accepted.

After you register we’ll send you a follow-up email with more details and get the dates of your arrival and departure.

Please email Kyle if you have any questions.

Checks to “Be the Change Project” 2055 McCloud Avenue, Reno, NV 89512

Limited to 10 participants/day.

Daily Schedule:

7:30 Breakfast

8:15 Morning building session

12:00 Lunch

1:30 Discussion and Q & A

2:00 Afternoon building session

3:30 Snack

5:00 End building session

7:00 Dinner

We’re building a small cob and balecob cabin with a mother-daughter duo on their rustic homestead in the Sierra Nevada Foothills outside of Lassen National Park.  As a Community Build, we’ll be focused on production with learning as opposed to a workshop where we focus primarily on teaching and skill development through building. This format keeps the cost low for participants while getting many helping hands on site for the build.

Interspersed in each building session instructors will teach techniques and guide participants as the structure is built.

If you’ve been interested in learning about natural building, have some experience and want to improve, or maybe don’t have the time and money to dedicate to a full workshop, this might be a good option for you.

Participants can register for as many of the 12 days as they’d like.

Construction Flow:

Earthbag Stemwall (the rubble trench will be done prior to the build)

Tamped earth floor (first parts of an earthen floor)



Straw-clay plaster

Basic electric & plumbing

Windows & Doors

“Deadmen” supports for shelves

Note: We will not be getting to the roof during this Community Build.

For more information about Balecob read Kyle and Conrad’s article in Mother Earth News magazine. For general natural building information, buy Conrad’s book, “House of Earth” in print or online.


May 18, 2020 ∞ 7:00 pm
May 30, 2020 ∞ 7:00 pm


Barb’s Homestead
Near Lassen National Park CA United States


Kyle Isacksen
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