Work Exchange & Work Parties

Work Exchange: Offer labor for education and experience.
Work Party: Ask for help on your building project in exchange for sharing your knowledge.
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  • Valerie says:

    Southern Utah or nearby
    ISO cob or other earthen building project, as well as natural finishes (especially Tadelakt!)

    Hey there! My name is Valerie and I am seeking more cob building experience. I have completed Alex Sumerall’s online cob course and would love to get some time hands on. I’m a hard worker and have spent time employed on multiple farms and in other manual labor positions. I have a positive attitude and enthusiasm for natural building and I would be thrilled to help you build your home.

    Please reach out to Valeriekeller.o@gmail.com

    Thank you!

  • JOIN PERMACULTURE BOOTCAMP!

    This Program is For:
    *folks that wish to build hands-on knowledge and experience
    *folks that have experience with other rural programs and like this style better
    *folks that long for community living
    *folks that are done with the rat race and wish to live here for awhile, or maybe forever
    *folks that have a dream of homesteading someday, but they would like to get a feel of whether it is really for them
    *folks that have a powerful need to hang out and do permaculture/homesteading stuff with like-minded folks for awhile
    *folks that are bonkers about permaculture and want to build good things rather than be angry at bad guys
    *folks that know about what all we are trying to do here, and wish to throw their shoulder in to see it happen
    *people learning permaculture skills, carpentry, roundwood, natural building

    Why Permaculture Bootcamp:
    You will be guided to grow gardens, food forests and a rich array of food systems all to feed the bootcamp. And you will learn natural building techniques that will house the bootcamp. A collection of permaculture and homesteading experiences that will build a community of industrious, self-sufficient permies!!

    Experiences include:
    *Growing food, organic and better.
    *Using techniques that replace irrigation with permaculture.
    *hugelkultur
    *mulching
    *polyculture
    *lots of taprooted species started from seed (instead of transplanting)
    *building rich soil
    *raising humidity for more morning dew
    *terraces, berms, TEFA
    *paddock shift systems
    *diversity and edge
    *strategic shade
    *food forests and perennial systems

    Natural building
    *roundwood timber framing
    *wofati
    *cob, straw bale, slip straw
    *junkpole fence
    *willow feeder
    *natural plasters
    *earthen floors
    *green woodworking
    *conventional carpentry

    Alternative energy
    *rocket mass heaters (we currently have 12 operating rocket mass heaters)
    *solar: PV, experience using 12v vs. inverter systems
    *solar: food dehydrator, cookers
    *haybox cooker
    *rocket stoves, rocket cooktops, rocket griddles, rocket ovens, rocket kiln and slow cooker

    Food preservation
    *solar dehydrating
    *fermenting
    *canning
    *Earthworks, ponds, water management
    *more. much, much more.

    Come for a week
    This is just for dipping your toes in and getting a feel for it. You might love it, or you might hate it. If you’re not sure whether a longer commitment is for you, this is the best place to start. Experience natural building, gardening, wildcrafting, green woodworking, rocket mass heaters, hugelkultur, earthworks and more.

    Come for weeks, months or years
    Build your skills to the point that you can build your own shelter and create your own permaculture paradise. For people joining the bootcamp now, we are offering some additional incentives!

    *seven weeks in the bootcamp to get a ticket to our PDC or some of our other events
    *four months in the bootcamp to get more than a year of rent in Ant Village
    *two years in the bootcamp to get “deep roots” – a lifetime of rent on an acre.
    *natural building, wofati, hugelkultur harvesting, rocket mass heater Tipi, organic food potluck

    Bootcamp Schedule:
    Five Days a Week:
    7:00am – Everybody starts making breakfast.
    7:50am – Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
    8:00am – On the job.
    Noon – Everybody makes lunch.
    12:50pm – Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
    1:00pm – On the job.
    5:00pm – Everybody starts making dinner.
    7:00pm – Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
    9:30pm – 6am: Quiet Time

    That’s 40 hours per week working on projects. Most of this work is something interesting to people interested in Permaculture. Some of this work is simply chores that need to be done.

    Fiddly Details:
    Food staples will be provided, although it is hoped that boots will eventually provide food for themselves and future boots by setting up garden systems.

    Either party can end this relationship at any time.

    The 40 hours per week is called “project labor”. All boots are expected to chip in to the cooking for the boots and cleaning up after the boots. Plus four to eight hours per week of “nest labor” that would include shoveling snow, deep cleaning, maintenance, garden harvesting … things of short term benefit to the boots. (planting a garden to feed people months into the future falls into “project labor”, harvesting from a garden to feed yourself and other boots in the next few days falls into “nest labor”).

    Join Bootcamp!
    To get on the waiting list, you must pay the non-refundable fee of $100 per person. (reminder, this is a drug and tobacco free campus)

    One person to join Bootcamp’s waiting list!
    $100.00
    Two people joining Bootcamp’s waiting list!
    $200.00
    Whenever there is an opening in our Permaculture Bootcamp, we will send an email to all the people on the waiting list. Of the people that reply to the email within 24 hours, the person that has been on the waiting list the longest will be selected.

    If you have an inkling of coming any time in the next year, join our waiting list now! Once you are are at the top of the list, you get first choice for all new openings in the Bootcamp. You can stay on the waiting list as long as you like, biding your time until the right opening, and snag it when it’s available. Your name never leaves the waiting list unless you want it to, and you get an email about all future openings.

  • Reina says:

    Interested in any opportunities to learn how to build in exchange for labor and/or other services (background in entrepreneurship and project management of real estate assets). Please let me know what you have available. Located in WNC. The closer, the better, but I am open.

  • Kallie Hyer says:

    Hi!
    I am really interested in learning and practicing natural building techniques. I am specifically interested in cob and strawbale construction as well as hybrid structures, and structures including attached greenhouses. I am currently located in Carbondale, Colorado where I teach at I school garden. I am interested in moving to somewhere with a milder climate and eventually building a small place of my own. I am a hard worker and passionate about living close to nature. If you have a project that sounds like a good fit, please reach out!
    Best,
    Kallie

  • The Permaculture Boot Camp is an experiential learning environment in which you develop permaculture skills through a little hard work.

    You’ll grow gardens and food forests to feed yourself and fellow Boots; you’ll learn natural building skills that will house your bootcamp community for years to come.

    come try it out with no long-term commitment! earn tickets to our pdc, ptj, and skip events! if you love it, stay for a while and earn lifetime rent for an acre of your own!

    This Program is For:
    *folks that wish to build hands-on knowledge and experience
    *folks that have experience with other rural programs and like this style better
    *folks that long for community living
    *folks that are done with the rat race and wish to live here for awhile, or maybe forever
    *folks that have a dream of homesteading someday, but they would like to get a feel of whether it is really for them
    *folks that have a powerful need to hang out and do permaculture/homesteading stuff with like-minded folks for awhile
    *folks that are bonkers about permaculture and want to build good things rather than be angry at bad guys
    *folks that know about what all we are trying to do here, and wish to throw their shoulder in to see it happen
    *people learning permaculture skills, carpentry, roundwood, natural building

    Why Permaculture Bootcamp:
    You will be guided to grow gardens, food forests and a rich array of food systems all to feed the bootcamp. And you will learn natural building techniques that will house the bootcamp. A collection of permaculture and homesteading experiences that will build a community of industrious, self-sufficient permies!!

    Experiences include:
    *Growing food, organic and better.
    *Using techniques that replace irrigation with permaculture.
    *hugelkultur
    *mulching
    *polyculture
    *lots of taprooted species started from seed (instead of transplanting)
    *building rich soil
    *raising humidity for more morning dew
    *terraces, berms, TEFA
    *paddock shift systems
    *diversity and edge
    *strategic shade
    *food forests and perennial systems

    Natural building
    *roundwood timber framing
    *wofati
    *cob, straw bale, slip straw
    *junkpole fence
    *willow feeder
    *natural plasters
    *earthen floors
    *green woodworking
    *conventional carpentry

    Alternative energy
    *rocket mass heaters (we currently have 12 operating rocket mass heaters)
    *solar: PV, experience using 12v vs. inverter systems
    *solar: food dehydrator, cookers
    *haybox cooker
    *rocket stoves, rocket cooktops, rocket griddles, rocket ovens, rocket kiln and slow cooker

    Food preservation
    *solar dehydrating
    *fermenting
    *canning

    Earthworks, ponds, water management

    more. much, much more.

    Come for a week
    This is just for dipping your toes in and getting a feel for it. You might love it, or you might hate it. If you’re not sure whether a longer commitment is for you, this is the best place to start. Experience natural building, gardening, wildcrafting, green woodworking, rocket mass heaters, hugelkultur, earthworks and more.

    Come for weeks, months or years
    Build your skills to the point that you can build your own shelter and create your own permaculture paradise. For people joining the bootcamp now, we are offering some additional incentives!

    seven weeks in the bootcamp to get a ticket to our PDC or some of
    our other events
    four months in the bootcamp to get more than a year of rent in Ant Village
    two years in the bootcamp to get “deep roots” – a lifetime of rent on an acre.
    natural building, wofati, hugelkultur harvesting, rocket mass heater Tipi, organic food potluck

    Bootcamp Schedule:

    Five Days a Week:
    7:00am – Everybody starts making breakfast.
    7:50am – Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
    8:00am – On the job.
    Noon – Everybody makes lunch.
    12:50pm – Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.
    1:00pm – On the job.
    5:00pm – Everybody starts making dinner.
    7:00pm – Everybody has eaten and cleaned up.

    9:30pm – 6am: Quiet Time

    That’s 40 hours per week working on projects. Most of this work is something interesting to people interested in Permaculture. Some of this work is simply chores that need to be done.

    Fiddly Details:
    Food staples will be provided, although it is hoped that boots will eventually provide food for themselves and future boots by setting up garden systems.

    Either party can end this relationship at any time.

    The 40 hours per week is called “project labor”. All boots are expected to chip in to the cooking for the boots and cleaning up after the boots. Plus four to eight hours per week of “nest labor” that would include shoveling snow, deep cleaning, maintenance, garden harvesting … things of short term benefit to the boots. (planting a garden to feed people months into the future falls into “project labor”, harvesting from a garden to feed yourself and other boots in the next few days falls into “nest labor”)

    Check out all the details at https://wheaton-labs.com/bootcamp/!

  • Javon Macon says:

    Hello there! I am looking to learn more about Cobb Building , especially with the wood fired ovens. Are there any opportunities for a work exchange?

  • Jake Hart says:

    Hi guys! I am looking to learn cob house building somewhere in California, preferably Southern California. Please let me know if there are any upcoming workshops, thank you!

  • Yascha says:

    Hi all!

    I am a big cob and natural building enthusiast and I am looking for ways to learn by contributing to an exciting project! I live in Vancouver, BC, but I am willing to travel (West Coast of the US) for the right project.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    Yascha

  • Valerie says:

    Hey there!

    I’m seeking cob building volunteer opportunities near Kanab Utah. I’m willing to travel–a few hours isn’t a big deal, and I’ll go farther depending on accommodation opportunities. I’m also interested in earthbag, straw bale, and others. My primary goal is to get my hands in some cob!

    I’m currently studying cob building via an online course and other resources. I have a lot of enthusiasm about natural building and am eager to learn and get my hands and feet in the mud.

    As a farm hand I am used to manual labor–you can count on me to put in my all on your project. Let’s build something!

  • Jess says:

    Hello!

    I have lived and worked on multiple farms and eco communities. I have experience with different types of earthen building and permaculture practices. I would like to continue learning more while working alongside awesome people with similar visions of a more sustainable and beautiful future! I have a great work ethic and a kind heart. Let’s collaborate 🙂

  • Mindy Fife says:

    Hello
    I am in the process of planning my cobb house build in Hoquiam Washington near the coast. Before I guild mine I would like to join a work party to gain the experience.

    Thank you,
    Mindy Fife

  • Maya Maree says:

    Hi, hi!
    I am traveling through New Mexico for the next few weeks via my little ol’ trooper of a Rav 4. Just a whippersnapper of a 25 year old looking to gain some skill and get my hands dirty! I’ve only appreciated the craft through books and YT videos, would be grateful for a hands-on experience. If you have a project and need an extra hand give me a ring!

  • Sarah Rajnus says:

    I have limited experience with cob building and have recently started to work with clay plasters. I would like to gain experience with clay and lime.

    Sarah Rajnus

  • Jennifer says:

    Hi! We are in Fayetteville, AR and would like to use cobb to convert a beautiful 1920s barn into a liveable space. We can provide food and accommodation. Located on a 6 acre farm complete with spring fed creek, orchard, farm animals, and lots of vision!

    If interested, reach out and I can send more info, photos, etc. Would love to gather a work party for October/November 2021.

  • HJEngland says:

    Hello all! I’m an artist in the Northeast, and I have a lovely 5 acre piece of property in Pine Hill New Mexico, and I will start building a small cob house and separate/adjacent art studio there in the spring of 2022 to relocate to permanently. Free camping and food provided — plus a wash area — there is no electric or utilities on the property. We will be living in our camper too while we are building, so it will be a community campsite while the project goes on. I have taken some courses in cob building, but I would love and welcome others who would like to come and start putting their skills into practice! If you will be in the area of northwestern New Mexico from April 2022 onward, we would love to work with you! You can contact me at hjeartist@gmail.com for more information, etc.

  • C says:

    I am interested in work exchange – located in PA and willing to travel for an extended stay.

    Have some knowledge of cob building and looking for hands on experience.
    2021camper2021@protonmail.com

  • Hi there! My husband and I are looking to learn homesteading and natural building skills. Specifically, cob . We are open to doing work exchange in order to learn those skills for 1-3 months. We have a host of skills we would love to share in exchange. My husband is a sculptor, builder, metal worker, and visual artist. I am an herbalist, writer/performer, veteran event coordinator/producer, and caterer. Shorter intervals in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut/Pennsylvania area are also an potentiality as that is close to where we are based.

  • Ellie says:

    Hi!
    I am looking to volunteer to learn about cob building. I am an architectural designer by trade, but truly have a love for how the spaces we create can support us spiritually. I would love to be apart of this collaborative opportunity. I am willing to travel from Austin, TX. I can offer a week of time, as this will be a first cob building experience for me

    • Jennifer says:

      Hi! We are in Fayetteville, AR and would like to use cobb to convert a beautiful 1920s barn into a liveable space. We can provide food and accommodation. If interested, reach out and I can send more info, photos, etc.

  • Bethany A Hays says:

    I would like to volunteer on natural building projects in order to learn more about different techniques. I have basic building skills (I’ve built a shed, use power tools, and do basic home repair), and I would like to expand upon them as I look forward to starting a community project on land in the future. I currently live in Portland, OR and could travel in Washington or Oregon for opportunities. My time available will be limited to long weekends (Fri-Sun) as I am a teacher.

    I appreciate any opportunities!

  • Hello! I just got back from Portugal where I got an advanced certificate in cob building after building a cob sauna with reciprocal roof. My partner and I just bought a piece of near cooperstown new york and we will be experimenting with some small scale (oven, studio) cob building there. May host a workshop. I am also looking to connect and learn more. If there are people in the NY, ME or CT area as well as DC and Maryland we have land work in each of those areas and so can connect with others in those areas easily.

    • hannah says:

      hey melissa. i am currently in virginia, but from NJ. I am interested in learning about cob building and helping out on a project. i think my friend might have been in the same program in portugal as you. lauren? anyway, hope to hear back from you!

    • Anya Balan says:

      Hey Melissa! It’s Anya and Cameron, from the sauna build! Haha 😆 We are looking for land rn to purchase with Cameron’s parents and build a cob house and food forest! Hope you are doing well 🥰🥰🥰

  • Tessa Goble says:

    Hello,
    I would love to offer my time and labor for education and experience! I’m an interior designer jaded with current construction methods, and I would love to be a part of cobbing the way to new building and design practices.
    I live in San Diego but am willing to travel.

  • Jacob Hurst says:

    Hello,

    I am looking for more information how a cob building apprenticeship

  • Carissa Galgano says:

    I would love to learn more About how to do this. I am in New Haven County. Are there any workshops or one on one hands on opportunities?

  • James says:

    Cordwood sleeper cabin build in planning for early July, Asheville, NC message me if interested in participating in a work party.

    Villagebuilder001@gmail.com

  • James Toye says:

    #startoothfarm near Salem, SC We are harvesting building materials from our wood lot and planning out different building projects for the 2021 season June – November.
    Currently we are processing pine timbers for roundwood construction and cordwood. We’ll be build a small cob oven in May with other outdoor cook stoves to follow. There is a log cabin and a barn on the farm, we plan to start making repairs and improvements to these structures in June. Several small bottle art projects will happen over the summer. As we get closer to fall we’ll be building a rocket mass heater, outdoor hot tubs, and a well house using the slip clay straw method. We will also be engaging in some hemp-lime research this year to help prepare us for some natural remolding projects that will happen in 2022. If you’re in the area and would like to get some hands on experience or if you would like to come visit the farm send me and email, I can give you more details on current projects and the farm.

  • Spencer Maroukis says:

    Hello, I’m looking for cob workshops or work exchange on the west Coast between Aug-Nov 2021 or on the east coast afterwards (Nov +). Any help is appreciated!

  • Debbie Esser-Swanson says:

    Do you have dates in mind? I have helped with cob in the past and would love to again. I would camp probably if there is space for that.

    Deb

  • MaddieandWednesday says:

    Hi! My wife and I are trying to start up a homestead and we want to build our home out of cob! We are in the desert area by belen, New Mexico! Its beautiful here and if we can get some volunteers to come and learn cob with us! Close enough to Los Lunas if you don’t want to camp and good and water will be provided! Animal lovers will love it!

    • MaddieandWednesday says:

      Sorry! Food will be provided.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Maddie and Wednesday,
      I have been wanting to learn Cob for a while. Im in Phoenix and just did a motorcycle trip through Taos, Sante Fe. Do you have any building/learning opportunities in the coming months…July, August, September?

      I would love the opportunity.

    • SophiaDY says:

      Hi yall! My boyfriend and I would love to help with a build. It would be our first but excited to lend a hand and learn! We’re driving through from Fort Worth. We are available early July and late Aug/Sept.

    • rebecca antsis says:

      Greetings Maddie!

      I would be interested to learn more. My husband and I will be doing an art residency in New Mexico in mid to late September. Are you still needing assistance?

      All the best,
      Rebecca

  • Beck says:

    Hi all- an update from my last post. I just participated in the CruzinCobGlobal workshop where we built a cob oven and benches in Soquel with Claudine Desiree, it was an awesome experience- life altering. I absolutely loved it. While Im going to do more of her workshops in the future, I want to get cob certified with her foundation to roof build, but in the mean time, Im looking for a local community in Los Angeles or SoCal. Any natural build workshops here? Thank you!

  • Heatherx5 says:

    Hello, looking to see if there is any courses near New Hampshire for cobb house building. Very interested in cobb and learning more about it. Thanks Heather

  • Kerri McBride says:

    I’m interested in learning how to build cobb structures. Family of five looking to buy land and begin building with COB in the next year or two. please email kerri2686@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • Sarah Zinn says:

    I’m interested in learning how to build cobb structures from someone with experience, and will offer my labor in exchange for some instruction while building

  • Leslie Tetrault says:

    Hello, I am planning to build a Cobb house this spring as soon as I can get started. I am interested in work exchange and work party. I have a spot to build but I do not have a car. I am getting help from a couple of friends also.

    I live in Warren, New Hampshire

    • Robyn Cornwell says:

      Hi Leslie,
      I have some experience with cob building from taking a class in Tennessee a few years ago. It is not clear what you envision regarding the help that you want. For example, where would one stay while helping you? I live in Vermont about an hour north of you so it would be an easy commute.

    • Heatherx5 says:

      Hi Lesli, I am also interested. I am very close to you. I live in New Hampshire too. I would be willing to help out with a work/exchange party. I have no experience but have been looking into cobb building myself. If your able to set up a person with experience to build cobb I would be willing to come and help out. Message me and we can keep in touch. Heather

  • Beck Starr says:

    Hey there- Im interested in learning to build with cob, I’d like to exchange my time for education in the craft. I feel a calling to this work, a continual tugging on both my body and spirit. As a visual artist I’ve been detached from the physical side of expression for too long. Building has always been an interest since early childhood. I have some light construction experience. I’m a hard worker and unique thinker, I’m creative, honest and strong. Please contact me if there’s an opportunity in California. I’m in Los Angeles but I’m willing to travel a few hours to participate. Thank you. beck@beckstarr.com

  • Kelsey Sharp says:

    Hi, I am a woman interested in sustainable living and natural building. I will offer labor, a strong work ethic, and a positive attitude in exchange for hands-on experience and education. I live in Santa Cruz, CA and am willing to drive up to 6 hours, give or take, to participate in building parties. Please reach out anytime you need help.

    Sincerely,
    Kelsey

    • MaddieandWednesday says:

      Hi! My name is Maddie and my wife is wednesday. I saw that you were interested in helping with a cob project! My wife and I are trying to build a homestead in the desert of New Mexico. We have an acre of land and a basic design for our house but we need some help! Food and water will be provided and you would be free to camp on our land during your stay! We live 15 minutes ish outside a small town, 40 ish from a small city, and an hour from albuquerque.

      Please let me know if you are interested! My email is maddielyon@gmail.com

      Thank you!
      -Maddie and Wednesday

  • Sim says:

    I’m interested in working or volunteering on a natural building project. I have no natural building experience but i have a little bit of carpentry experience. I’m based in Miami but willing to travel (US or Canada).
    Also side note if anyone knows of any good college natural building programs lmk

    • Leslie Tetrault says:

      I am building as soon as I can start in Warren, New Hampshire. I have no experience either. carpentry would be helpful as I do not have much experience with that beyond whittling

    • MaddieandWednesday says:

      Hi! My name is Maddie and my wife is wednesday. I saw that you were interested in helping with a cob project! My wife and I are trying to build a homestead in the desert of New Mexico. We have an acre of land and a basic design for our house but we need some help! Food and water will be provided and you would be free to camp on our land during your stay! We live 15 minutes ish outside a small town, 40 ish from a small city, and an hour from albuquerque.

      Please let me know if you are interested! My email is maddielyon@gmail.com

      Thank you!
      -Maddie and Wednesday

  • Evan David Bohn says:

    I am going to be traveling around the western US this spring/summer (2021) and I am very interested in seeing how cob buildings are built. Please send me an email at evanbohn99@gmail.com if you have an opportunity for me. I am very hard working, I am a musician, I enjoy good food, movies and world travel.

  • Kat says:

    I’m looking at properties in Connecticut and am hoping to start building with COB in the next year or two. Full disclosure, I have no experience, this will be a learning project for everyone. If you would like to be notified when we have a start date, please email silverfaewellness@gmail.com. Thanks!

  • Tiffany says:

    I’m considering moving back to the west coast. Most likely Oregon or Washington. I’d love to build a cob house. But I’m wondering if that sort of thing can be facilitated from a distance? We are still on the east coast and would need to have the house built and ready by the time we arrive. Is that unusual? I realize most owners want to be involved in the building process. But for us, it’s more important to have a place to crash when we get there. Or should I just rent and RV or try camping? How are these types of things usually handled?
    Thanks!

    • Robyn Cornwell says:

      I would never hire someone from such a distance to build something that you cannot supervise! I have lived in Oregon though I am now in Vermont and if you don’t know the territory or have not been there for quite a while in that state you could be in for a big surprise.
      Robyn

  • Madeleine says:

    I am interested in helping to build a cod house, I am about to graduate college at HSU but classes are online now and I am seeking a more connected way of education and I would to apply it to my real life and I start to make a life for myself.

    • MaddieandWednesday says:

      Hi! My name is Maddie and my wife is wednesday. I saw that you were interested in helping with a cob project! My wife and I are trying to build a homestead in the desert of New Mexico. We have an acre of land and a basic design for our house but we need some help! Food and water will be provided and you would be free to camp on our land during your stay! We live 15 minutes ish outside a small town, 40 ish from a small city, and an hour from albuquerque.

      Please let me know if you are interested! My email is maddielyon@gmail.com

      Thank you!
      -Maddie and Wednesday