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July 2021
$1750 includes camping and meals. $100 discount for full payment by June 1 and for families and friends registering together ($200 maximum discount per person). Half price for children aged 5-15. Some scholarships and work exchange opportunities for those in need.

Natural Building Intensive

July 10 @ 9:00 am - July 24 @ 5:00 pm
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

– Cob – Straw Bale – Light Straw Clay – Slip and Chip – Ricecrete – Mushroom blocks – and more! … Instructors: Michael G. Smith, Colin Gillespie, Blair Phillips … Learn skills, techniques, and design theory to create your own beautiful, durable, energy-efficient home from local and site-harvested materials. Most of each day will be spent practicing a wide range of hands-on natural building systems, some ancient and time-tested, others experimental. This workshop teaches a wide variety of techniques…

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September 2021
$750 includes camping and meals. $75 discount for full payment by August 1 and for families and friends registering together ($150 maximum discount per person). Half price for children aged 5-15. Some scholarships and work exchange opportunities for those in need.

The Art of Natural Plasters

September 14 - September 19
Abuela Gardens,
4649 Bear Canyon Rd., Willits, CA 95490 United States

Delve into the world of natural plasters with two master craftspeople and teachers, Athena Steen of the Canelo Project and Michael G. Smith of strawclaywood.com. Learn to beautify and protect natural wall systems such as straw bale or cob and also to “naturalize” your conventional home with a fireproof and health-enhancing earthen finish. Clay plasters can be surprisingly durable, beautiful, economical, ecological, and are the easiest material for novice plasterers to develop their application skills. Some of the things you…

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