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April 2020
$499

Introduction to Cob Workshop

April 13 - April 17
Unnamed Venue,
Keystone Heights, FL United States

Introduction to Cob Workshop – Keystone Heights, Florida   Dates: April 13 – April 17, 2020 Location: Keystone Heights, Florida Come and join us in Florida for our next Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a cob bench and applying earth plaster to the cob cottage. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! You will get the knowledge to build cob projects scaling from smaller things, such as cob ovens and benches, up to large projects like…

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$500

A Complete Introduction to Earthen Building Techniques (Cob, Earthbag, Wattle and Daub)

April 15 @ 4:00 pm - April 22 @ 8:00 am
Clouds of El Pital Eco-Tourism Cooperative,
El Pital Mountain, San Ignacio, Chalatenango 503 El Salvador

Come and experience a “cob community” in the cloud forests of El Salvador´s highest mountain. This workshop is being hosted by the Clouds of El Pital Eco-Tourism Cooperative. Our cooperative of five rural families from El Salvador has collectively built eight separate cob houses and cabins to host tourists in the beautiful El Trifinio Biosphere on the slopes of El Salvador´s highest mountain. The nearby cloud forest offers a beautiful site to learn about natural building techniques and sustainable living.…

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from 600€

Natural Building Workshop Apr 26 – May 30: We are building an earthship inspired classroom for Christoph & Mario’s permaculture project in southern Italy

April 26 - May 30
Christoph & Mario’s permaculture project,
Strada Provinciale 136, Badolato, Catanzaro 88060 Italy

Natural Building Workshop : Apr 26 – May 30 In this Natural Building Workshop we are building an earthship inspired classroom for Christoph & Mario’s permaculture project in southern Italy. See this link for a full and up to date description. From April 26th to May 30th we will start another Natural Building Workshop near Badolato in southern Italy. This workshop will provide you an opportunity to get hands-on experience in Natural Building, all the skills and especially the confidence you need to build a…

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May 2020

Natural Building Four-Part Series

May 1 - May 31
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

This is a 4-part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). Each intensive lasts 3 days (Friday-Sunday) in May. For maximum learning, you can stay on site for the entire month and get more practice in between workshops. This is an unusual opportunity to learn nearly all aspects of building a hybrid natural home from experienced instructors in a hands-on setting. Fee includes…

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Natural Builidng Part 1: Introduction to Round Pole Framing and Ecological Forest Management

May 1 @ 7:00 pm - May 3 @ 7:00 pm
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

Part one in a 4-part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). This workshop covers ecological forest management and timber selection, pole harvesting and peeling, timber framing fundamentals and design, selecting and caring for tools, timber framing fundamentals including layout, mortise-and-tenon joinery, bent assembly and frame raising. Fee includes all organic meals and on-site camping. For maximum learning, you can stay on site for the…

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$825

Advanced Rocket Mass Heater Workshop with Kirk Mobert

May 10 @ 9:00 am - May 17 @ 2:00 pm
Kita’s Place,
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States

HOST & LOCATION We will be warmly received by Yosi, Ayelet, Yahara, Kita and Hayden on land in the redwood-forested edge of Santa Cruz, California.  Students can camp on the land or in the Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park a 10-minute drive away.  There is one 3-person tent available and 6-7 more sites.  People will need to be prepared for poison oak/ticks typical in California forests.  Santa Cruz is one of the most beautiful towns in California, centered on the…

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$499

Introduction to Cob Workshop

May 11 - May 15
Unnamed Venue,
Jonesborough, TN United States

Dates: May 11 – May 15, 2020 Location: Jonesborough, Tennessee Sign up here: https://www.thiscobhouse.com/introduction-to-cob-workshop-jonesborough-tennessee/ Come and join us in beautiful eastern Tennessee for our next Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a cob house. A perfect project for beginners and experts alike! You will get the knowledge to build cob projects scaling from smaller things, such as cob ovens and benches, up to large projects like homes and buildings. This workshop is a great experience to learn how…

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CDN$697

Intro to Fast Cob & Natural Finishing

May 14 @ 3:30 pm - May 18 @ 11:00 am
Lasqueti Island,
1 Beautiful Bicycle Lane, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 Canada

Last year, we introduced this Short Course and it was a great success. You’ll get a full sense of our Fast Cob technique (which allowed 1.5 people to build the 900 sq.ft. house in the photo in just 5 months!), and you’ll get to know how to finish buildings naturally, from base layer to finish layer and even whitewash. Everything we use is completely natural and everything you learn can be done anywhere on the planet. Of course, without prior…

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Natural Builidng Part 2: Building with Straw Bales and Cob; Materials Selection and Soil Analysis

May 15 - May 17
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

Part two in a 4-part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). This workshop covers manual cob mixing and building,  best practices for building with straw bales, clay soil analysis and harvesting, foundations, sitework and drainage. Fee includes all organic meals and on-site camping. For maximum learning, you can stay on site for the entire month and get more practice in between workshops. Instructors…

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Natural Building Part 3: Building with Earth: Cob, Clay Plasters & adobe Blocks; Construction Details

May 22 - May 24
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

Part three in a 4-part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). This workshop covers mechanized cob mixing and building, mixing and applying earthen base coat plasters, cob trimming, sculpting and detail work, preparing clay slip and chopped straw, making adobe blocks, installing doors and windows, plumbing and wiring in natural wall systems, and a tour of nearby natural buildings.  Fee includes all organic…

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$2500

Advanced Cobber Certification: DanTara’s Cob Retreat Studio near Mt. Lassen, California

May 24 @ 9:00 am - June 28 @ 5:30 pm
Barb and Tara’s Land,
Shingletown, CA 96088 United States

HOST & LOCATION Our California hosts are Barbara and Tara, mother and daughter, who live in Shingletown, where they recently bought a five-acre piece of raw land, completely off-grid, near Mt Lassen National Park. They have a wonderful view of the volcano, plus a year round creek and abundant wild life including deer, turkeys, cougars, bears, bobcats, foxes, etc.   The workshop site is located in Shingletown, a small town in Lassen County, half an hour east of Redding and…

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Natural Building Part 4: Building with Adobe, Cob, Wattle and Daub; Thermal Properties and passive Solar Design

May 29 - May 31
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

Part four in a 4-part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). This workshop covers cob mixing and building, cob trimming, sculpting and detail work, building an adobe arch, building wattle-and-daub and clay-wattle walls, thermal properties of natural materials, passive solar design, hybrid natural building design, planning and sequencing your natural building, plastering and finishing options. For maximum learning, you can stay on site…

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June 2020
$150

One Day Cob House

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - June 14 @ 7:00 pm
Rosewater Ranch,
30 minutes north of Reno, Nevada, Reno, CA United States

One-Day Cob House Build See video from 2014’s event here When: June 12-14, 2020 Where: Rosewater Ranch, Long Valley, 30 minutes northwest of Reno, Nevada. Cost: $150 includes meals, instruction, camping spot Instructors: Kyle Isacksen, Kathleen O’Brien and Katy Chandler Host: Nathan Rosenbloom, Loping Coyote Farms, Rosewater Ranch Registration:  PayPal (registration button on website) or checks accepted. After you register we’ll send you a follow-up email with more details. Please email Kyle if you have any questions. 40 participant limit. Checks to “Be the Change Project” 2055 McCloud Avenue,…

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$700

Three CruzinCobGlobal Cob Oven & Bench Workshops in 2020: California, Romania & Azores

June 28 - July 5
Nico and Amanda’s Homestead,
Sacramento, CA 95816 United States

Choose a continent or an island to learn how to build a Cob Oven and Benches for a week! Our three Oven workshops will take place in Sacramento, California (right in the city) from June 28-July 5th and Pietris, Romania, after the 6-week Cob Building workshop, from Sep 13-20, and at the end of the year on the Azores island of São Miguel (see description below) following the 5-week Cob Building workshop, from November 15-20, 2020. Visit cruzincobglobal.org to see…

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July 2020
$1400

VersaTerra, a complete cob and natural building intensive

July 1 @ 5:00 pm - July 11 @ 2:00 pm
House Alive,
7540 GRIFFIN LANE, Address 2, Address 3, JACKSONVILLE, OR 97530 United States

This is the most comprehensive workshop you can find. Decades of teaching on four different continents has helped us design this rich learning experience,  giving students the tools they need to become confident earthen builders. Earth is the mother of all building materials. For millennia, and all over the world, people have used earth to build beautiful, simple, efficient and inexpensive homes. It’s plentiful, ecological and non-toxic. Plus, it can’t burn, won’t rot and is much simpler to build with than conventional…

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