• Regenerative Home IntensiveMay 10 - 18
• Build with Earth: A Cob Oven IntensiveMay 31 - June 1
• Everything Earthen: Building Walls and PlasteringJune 14 - June 21
• Tadelakt the WorldJune 22
• Cob Oven Weekend in NYCJune 28 - 29
• Designing Regenerative Earthen BuildingsJuly 5 - 6
• Artistic Sculpture in Unfired EarthJuly 19 - 20
• Natural Building (ages 11-14)August 4 - 8
• Earthbag Dome BuildingOctober 1 - 9
• Earthen Paints - distance learningNow
To Register, or get more information, Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Get a 10% discount for each additional friend you bring, AND get 10% off on your second course.
Our courses are designed to be accessible to all skill levels. Students will learn cumulatively if they attend several workshops.
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Below is our most up to date workshop schedule. Also, please join our mailing list via the home page.
Learn various efficient methods of making a lot of hot water using fire technologies. Discuss many different set-ups, then assemble a simple hot tub unit and get in to soak.
$150 before March 31st, $190 after
Class size limited to 10 people. Bring a lunch.
Eight days of intensive learning at a
remote site in Southern Colorado. We will put the final touches on the
Regenerative Home. The home is self-sufficient, low-cost, using
appropriate technology for these times. We will touch on passive and
active solar arrays, passive solar design, rocket stoves, rammed earth
building, adobe brick vault building, grey and black water use, berming,
plasters and paints, permaculture site design, building codes, plumbing,
electrical, passive refrigeration, solar water distillation, and solar hot
water heating. Experience an amazing natural setting - A stream with
resident beavers runs by the site. Learn all the details of construction with lectures, slides, and hands on classes. You will come away from this experience fired up to build your own home with some further guidance.
$700 before April 15, $850 after
Class size limited to 10 people. Bring food and water.
Come learn how to design and construct a traditional earthen oven for baking. The skills covered in this class are an ideal introduction to working with Cob/Adobe/Sand-Clay mixtures. Civilizations have been building with earth for centuries, creating study homes, sheds and outbuildings, as well as ovens and cooking pits. Together, we will build an outdoor oven, that is both functional and sculptural. In the process students will learn aspects of earth-oven baking that make it a unique and special process.
As with all our WildCraft classes, students will be treated to a homemade, vegetarian lunch, snacks, coffee and tea throughout the day.
$220 Register for this one via Wildcraft Studios
$700 before May 15, $850 after
Class size limited to 10 people. Bring a lunch each day.
Learn the ancient art of burnishing lime plaster until it is waterproof! You'll learn about lime finish plasters in general, and the details of how to create the tadelakt finish. This finish is applicable to showers, tubs, sinks, bowls, and more.
$150 before May 15, $190 after
Class size limited to 10 people. Bring a lunch.
Learn to build a Cob Pizza Oven step by step using local materials. Simple to build, even kids can do it! Get your hands and feet muddy while learning old school techniques from renown instructors Mireille Lemaine of Earthworks and Scott Howard of Earthen Hand. 10am - 4pm.
$60 one day, $105 for both days
Delve deep into the design and technical aspects of creating holistic earthen buildings. Use permaculture principles, bio-mimicry, and traditional wisdom to envision buildings that truly take care of their occupants. Regenerative buildings and systems can make people and ecosystems around them healthier. Learn about the immense variety of natural building techniques to use whatever material is available. Understand domes, vaults, water catchment, passive solar, passive heating and cooling, vertical gardening, on site waste treatment, and passive refrigeration. Lectures, slides, drawing, models, estimating, and engineering basics.
$200 before June 10, $250 after
Class size is limited to 8 people. Bring lunch.
This class explores the infinite artistic possibilities of unfired clay/sand/fiber mixtures. We will use pigments, and a wide variety of techniques to create innumerable effects. Learn how to make earthen plasters, paints, pigments, constructing an armature to support the sculpture. Great fun for all skill levels, ages 12 and up.
$150 before June 10, $180 after
Class size is limited to 6 people. Bring a lunch.
AGES 11 - 14 ONLY. Natural Building Summer Camp is an adventure in learning about natural building techniques and permaculture. We will study how to design ecological structures and we will learn from various cultural natural building styles; we will play with earthen building materials, make models of our own designs and build elements of them; we will learn natural building techniques, like how to build domes and vaults and plaster walls. Accessible for all and fun!
Bring clothes that can get dirty, gloves, snacks and lunch, a towel that can get dirty, water, a notebook, and sun hat and sunscreen.
$900 by August 1st, $1500 after (Sept 1 deadline).
Vegetarian food provided. Camping on site. Kitchen and shower on site. Class size is limited to 15 people.
Includes email support. Registration is anytime and ongoing. Email us at email@example.com to begin.
Photos of a few workshops
A growing number of people are interested in natural building, earthen building, and permaculture techniques. Our workshops seek to empower people with information and hands-on instruction for a self-reliant, ecological lifestyle.
We are dedicated to educating people about ecological building, and simple alternative technologies. Workshops offered focus on skills and intuition that allow a builder to create within a natural harmony. Each day of a workshop includes hands-on training, discussion, and lecture. We hope that anyone who attends our workshops will continue to learn and teach technologies of global self-empowerment.
Potential workshop hosts can contact us by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our ideal workshop is cooperatively organized, delivering quality education while completing a useful structure at an affordable price for everyone.
Our local workshops provide:
- Hands-on learning in earthen building techniques
- Useful and beautiful structures that cooperate with their surrounding landscape
- Opportunities to learn skills for free—Public workshops offered annually through Portland's Village Building Convergence event
Our international workshops:
- Create a positive cross-cultural exchange
- Train participants in earthen building techniques
- Provide international communities with needed structures that cooperate with their surroundings
- Draw funds and human energy to places where the resources are more needed
"Your workshop was better than I could have hoped for. This introduction to natural building harmonized with me on every level: from the excellent and well-organized instruction, to the relaxed approach to teaching, to each facet of the hands-on learning. Hats off to your methods and approach. Thanks. I couldn't have asked for better!"
"The program more than exceeded my expectations! As a beginner to natural building, the workshop provided a helpful introduction to the different natural building materials and techniques which are available and how to determine which would be appropriate to any given environment or project.
Your real-world experience with natural building, combined with your
technical knowledge and friendly manner resulted in a workshop that was both highly informative, comprehensible and fun. I have often found that the ability to communicate complex ideas with numerous variables in a clear, concise and understandable way is the sign of true mastery of the material being taught. Your personalized attention to each workshop participant and their building designs is a reflection of your passion for the work, for the people involved and the creation of an environment which is inclusive, enriching and empowering.
The handout materials, books available for review, website links and
references provided at the workshop have formed the foundation of my natural building library and are invaluable. I highly recommend this workshop for those interested in the nuts and bolts of how to design, plan and actually create a natural building."
"Great class Scott. It was fantastic to get an idea on how to really get the ball rolling on natural building. I am looking forward to working with you again!"
"Scott was an excellent teacher, and super patient with all of us newbies. Totally worth the flight from Charlotte, and I recommend this style of learning very highly!"
"I loved creating a structure by hand with our class. It was fun to get dirty and work hard with our amazing crew and teachers.
We learned a specific method of natural building, but were also introduced to many ways of sculpting earthen materials and living in harmony with nature."
"Thanks for the great cob workshop! It was great to meet other people who are into cob and take the first step towards making my own cob house a reality."