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Natural Building Workshop Sep 6th – Oct 17th, 2021: We are building a PermaHome Guesthouse for Kim, Lucas & Robert’s new community in southern Italy

September 6, 2021 ∞ 4:00 pm - October 17, 2021 ∞ 4:00 pm

In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop we are building a PermaHome guesthouse for Kim, Lucas and Robert’s new tribe of free learning families in southern Italy. There are no skill requirements. You will learn everything you need to build an outdoor kitchen from foundation to roof. From Sep 6th – Oct 17th, 2021 we will start another round of permaskills Natural Building Workshops near Badolato in Calabria, southern Italy. These workshops will provide you plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience in Natural Building, all the skills and especially the confidence you need to build a cosy and natural house for yourself. The highlights of these workshops are an artistic granite stemwall and foundation, a natural round wood timber frame and reciprocal green roof, we will incorporate cob as well as strawbale and light-straw-clay walls, earthen floors, earthen plasters and even cob sculpting, a greenhouse and solar passive heat management.
Certification permaskills Natural Building Certificate
Instruction language English / English & German
Certification Levels 3 weeks: Intermediate 6 weeks: Master
Date Sep 6th – Oct 17th, 2021
Location Badolato, CZ, Italy
Building Style PermaHome
Instructor Robert Brendler
Hosts Kim, Lucas & Robert (patiki.org)

Project: a PermaHome guesthouse

In this year’s permaskills Natural Building Workshops we will build Kim, Lucas & Robert a PermaHome guesthouse for their newly founded tribe of free learning families. They would like a room that can house 4-5 guests, maybe a little kitchen area to prepare snacks. Showers and Toilet will be created in a communal bathhouse next door.

Workshop: Natural Building – PermaHome

These permaskills Natural Building Workshops consists of theoretical instruction (in English or English & German) with lectures & graphics as well as hands-on construction for 7 – 8 hours a day. The successful completion of these Workshops gives you a Natural Building Certificate. In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop you can build a complete building from foundation through floors and walls to the roof with your own hands. We are trying to use only natural materials, so you know exactly what you are working and surround yourself with.


This PermaHome will get a reciprocal green roof, that we will build from locally available wood, and cover with the soil we find on the land. Because this is an area with possibility of light earthquakes, we will talk about earthquake protection and apply what we learned on the building. We will build a green house extension to plant some snacks and have a thermal buffer zone and passive heat in winter. The green house will include grey-water planters that can be fed from sink and showers.

Natural Builder Certification

You will receive a permaskills Natural Builder Certificate, all the teaching materials by email and the permaskills – Natural Builder’s Handbook, which is a summary of the workshop building steps, upon graduation.

Workshop Requirements

There are no skill requirements for these permaskills Natural Building Workshops! That said, it certainly won’t hurt if you know some things and put it to good use or share it with others. Nobody is perfect and we are always curious to learn other ways of doing things.

Workshop schedule

  • Arrival Sunday, 4 pm: Opening Circle / Welcome Dinner / Introduction
  • 1st week: Foundation / Plumbing / 1st Floor
  • 2nd week: Round pole timber Frame / Door and Window Frames
  • 3rd week: Walls / Electrical / Windows
  • 4th week: Walls / 1st Plaster / 2nd Plaster
  • 5th week: Roof
  • 6th week: Green house / 2nd Floor
  • Last Saturday, 10 am: Closing Circle
There is often someone who leads yoga or some other movement practice in the morning and/or the afternoon. We like to have one evening a week to show slides, videos or have workshop related debates. The rest of the time you can spend on your own, join a jam session or contribute something to share with the group.

Workshop Hosts: Kim, Lucas & Robert

Kim, Lucas and Robert would like us to come up with a smart design. The primary purpose of the project will be to serve as a guesthouse to accommodate workshop students, families of 4-5 or later permanent residents of the tribe. Read more about the workshop location: Badolato.

Workshop Instructor

Robert ‘Cob-Rob’ Brendler has been doing construction work since the age of 12 when he accompanied his grandpa on construction sites during his summer vacation. He’s a Jack of all trades, experienced in Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical Wiring, Home Automation, Cob Building & Sculpting, Green-Roofs, Non Violent Communication, Teaching and Team-Building and is bringing it all together to give you a complete experience from foundation to roof. Robert loves the Natural Building Community and bringing together the kind of people that are interested in it. He loves teaching and the look on faces when people succeed in doing things they never imagined they could do.

Registration & Payment


We always offer 4 work trade discounts, 2 in the kitchen making breakfast in the morning and 2 onsite in the morning before breakfast or in the afternoon between class and dinner. An ideal learning opportunity to get a glimpse on every detail of the build. Each work trade is 50€ off the tuition fees per week for one hour of help a day. To apply for these work trade positions please contact robert.brendler@permaskills.org. MUDDY BUDDY DEAL: Register friends later, get the same discount. When the discount offer is ending soon, but your best friend isn’t sure yet. No problem, register now and secure the discount for the both of you. Also please contact robert.brendler@permaskills.org for more information. Optional via Whatsapp +4915158593588.



September 6, 2021 ∞ 4:00 pm
October 17, 2021 ∞ 4:00 pm
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patiki.org – Villa Villecolla
Badolato, CZ 88060 Italy


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