plasters and renders

The Art of Natural Building


This action-packed, hands-on/feet-on workshop is for adults or youth ages 12 and up accompanied by parents. This week long courses touches on many aspects and styles of natural building, allowing […]

Arts of Plaster with Athena Steen, Michael G Smith, Viva Hansen, Blair Phillips


In this two-week course, you will learn from facilatators with over 70 years of combined experience. The workshop is appropriate both for beginners and for experienced builders who are ready […]

The Arts of Natural Plasters


Instructors: Athena Steen, Michael G. Smith, Viva Hansen and Blair Phillips Want a deep immersion into the Natural Plaster rabbit hole? In this two-week course, you will learn from facilatators […]

35-Day MASTER Natural Building Workshop – Strawbale, PermaHome, Off-Grid


From July 31st to September 3rd we will start another 35-Day Natural Building MASTER Certificate Workshop in Powell River, Canada. This workshop will provide you an opportunity to get hands-on […]

Natural Plasters and Earthen Floors


Sought-after natural builder and artist Athena Steen will show you how to beautifully plaster your walls and floors with natural clays. Educator, designer, builder for over 28 years of strawbale, […]

The Art of Natural Plasters: Clay & Lime Finishes


Instructors: Michael G. Smith, Athena Steen, Robert Kolden and Avani Leitz   The Art of Natural Plasters workshop is an immersive learning experience that focuses on the use of traditional […]

Earth Based Plasters


In this one day workshop you will learn how to mix and apply earth based plasters. This hands on class is located at Spiritwood Natural Building, in Victor Montana. Attendees […]

Artistry with Clay and Lime


The Project During this six day workshop we will cover the essentials of natural and earthen plasters and dive deeper into the more specific finishes for your home. Each participant […]

Earthen Plasters and Floors


A great opportunity to develop your skills and understanding of earthen finishes, including: straw-clay base coat plasters for sculpting and protection, endless variations of clay finish plasters for durability and […]

Rocket Mass Heaters and Natural Building


Like two jam-packed workshops in one! Come build a rocket mass heater, a super-efficient wood-burning stove that stores heat in the thermal mass of an earthen bench. Learn about the […]

35-Day MASTER Natural Building Workshop – Ruin Recycling & Restoration, Off-Grid


From April 17th to May 22nd we will start another 35-Day Natural Building MASTER Certificate Workshop in a community near Benfeita in central Portugal. This workshop will provide you an […]