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August 2019
650-1300 sliding scale

Natural Building Part 1: Straw Bales, Cob and Earthen Floors

August 16 - October 22
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

This is one of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will be constructing a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. This workshop will focus on clay and straw, two of the most versatile natural building materials. In the first part of the workshop, you will learn to: • Build a highly insulating and fire-resistant straw bale wall • Mix clay soil, sand and straw into cob • Sculpt cob into beautiful, durable walls • Sustainably harvest…

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2500/2600

Build a Complete Cob Cottage near the Yuba River (Nevada City, California)

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - September 22 @ 2:00 pm
Yubarrio Village,
New Rome Road, Nevada City, CA 95959

OUR HOSTS, LOCATION & PROJECT  Yubarrio was formed by a group of friends in 2015 with the intention to create a diverse little village devoted to enjoying and caring for the land. With a motto of “slow and steady,” the folks on the land are carefully building bike trails to the Yuba River, reducing overcrowding and fuel loads in the far-ranging woods, milling bug-killed trees into timbers for carbon-negative buildings, growing a bounty of herbs for medicine and food for…

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September 2019
$350

Cob Oven Workshop

September 20 @ 8:00 am - September 22 @ 3:00 pm
Heart Song Sanctuary,
658 Co. Rt. 6, High Falls, NY 12440 United States

Join instructor Michael McDonough in the construction of a wood fired cob oven. We’ll also take time to explore clay and lime based plasters and floors. What to expect: Our days will be spent engaged in hands-on building and learning with natural materials. Expect a rich weekend of natural and community building with the group. We’ll work, learn, eat,and relax with each other in a positive, hard-working, fun atmosphere. Conversation on natural building will provide constant background chatter throughout the…

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$300

soil magic week~Sept. 23-27, 2019

September 23 @ 7:00 am - September 27 @ 1:00 pm
Wheaton Labs,
near missoula , missoula, MT 59806 United States

gardening, hugelkultur, earthworks, and natural building Activities could include (these are just the start of the ideas, see the gardening PEP badge thread, the natural building PEP badge thread, and the earthworks PEP badge thread for more ideas): build a hugelkultur experience chop and drop gardening try your hand at Ruth Stout style composting make cob to fill in between logs in a wofati create a small dry stack retaining wall take three scoops with an excavator 5 days $300 click here to return to the OP where there are links to…

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October 2019
$499

Introduction to Cob Workshop

October 7 - October 11
Unnamed Venue,
Keystone Heights, FL United States

Location: Keystone Heights, Florida Register here: https://www.thiscobhouse.com/introduction-cob-workshop-keystone-heights-florida/ Come and join us in Florida for our next Introduction to Cob Workshop! We will be constructing a cob bench and covered sitting area. 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. You will also get the opportunity to experience a completed cob building, which was…

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650-$1300 sliding scale

Batch Rocket Thermal Mass Heaters

October 11 - October 17
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

This is the last of a series of comprehensive workshops in which we will construct a hybrid natural building using many site-sourced materials and permaculture principles. This workshop will focus on inexpensive, efficient ways to heat space and water that you can construct yourself. Learn the essential points to clean combustion. Why Batch Heaters? Differences and similarities between Batch Rocket Mass Heaters and classic, J-tube Rocket Mass Heaters. Learn how thermal mass improves heating and how, with the bell system, thermal mass can be utilized flexibly…

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JPY90,000

Natural Building in Japan with Michael G. Smith

October 25 - October 30
Permaculture Center Kamimomi,
863 Kamimomi, Kumenan-cho, Kume-gun, Kume-gun, Okayama 709-3621 Japan

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn natural building from leading experts at one of Japan’s premier Permaculture education sites. In this course you will learn a wide range of natural wall building techniques including Cob, Straw Bale, Light Straw Clay, Light Rice Husk Lime, Wattle-and-Daub, Clay Wattle, and Earthbag foundations.  Daily hands-on building practice on actual buildings in progress. Lectures cover testing clay soils, wall system selection, materials testing, passive solar design, composting toilets, and more. Language:  English with Japanese…

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November 2019
JPY75,000

Natural Plastering with Earth and Lime

November 1, 2019 - January 6, 2020
Permaculture Center Kamimomi,
863 Kamimomi, Kumenan-cho, Kume-gun, Kume-gun, Okayama 709-3621 Japan

This is a unique opportunity to learn traditional Japanese plastering and contemporary earth and lime finishes at one of Japan’s premier Permaculture sites. An intensive training including history, plastering procedures, materials and tools, with an emphasis on plastering fundamentals. Techniques include: Shikkui (lime, hemp, seaweed glue) Nami-Otsu (colored clay, lime and hemp) Kirikaeshi (fine clay, sand and straw) Nakanuri (earthen brown coat) Arakabe (clay/chopped straw) Takekomai (traditional Japanese bamboo lattice) Language: English and Japanese Participation Fee: 75,000JPY (if paid by June 1 or…

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January 2020
$2200

VersaTerra Pro in Mexico

January 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Mambo-Jambo,
La Manzanilla, Mexico, Mexico

This VersaTerra workshop is being offered by the nonprofit “Be the Change Project.” it takes place on the west coast of Mexico. Learn how to build and camp on the beach! Included in the fee: Three vegetarian meals/day Monday-Friday prepared by a local chef as well as coffee, tea, and a snack (there will be optional meat on occasion). Campsite on the beach Our course book “House of Earth” (sent to you ahead of time) A VersaTerra certificate Instructors: Kyle Isacksen, Kathleen…

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May 2020
$1400

VersaTerra, a complete cob and natural building intensive

May 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - May 30, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
House Alive,
7540 GRIFFIN LANE, Address 2, 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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July 2020
$1400

VersaTerra, a complete cob and natural building intensive

July 1, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - July 11, 2020 @ 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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August 2020
$1400

VersaTerra, a complete cob and natural building intensive

August 5, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - August 15, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Maria and Tommy’s homestead,
9218 SE 55th Ave, Portland, OR 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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