• Natural Building Summer Camp (ages 11-14)July 6 - 10, 2015
• Cob Oven / Horno en BarroSeptember 12 - 13, 2015
• Sculpture in Unfired EarthOctober 3 - 4, 2015
• 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.
Take a look at the Earthen Hand You Tube Channel and our Facebookpage
Below is our most up to date workshop schedule. Also, please join our mailing list via the home page.
$700 before May 15, $850 after
Class size limited to 10 people. Bring a lunch each day. Inquire about camping.
Ages 10-14. This will be an adventure in designing and creating earthen art and architecture. We had a blast last year and are excited to offer this again. Study design principles for ecological structures. Learn a variety of natural building techniques. Come play with earthen building materials, make models of your own designs and build a full size Cob Bench with the group. Plus, we play other games like soccer, basketball, and riddles. Learning is 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.
There's a lot to building even a simple working oven, and many designs are possible. In this class we will discuss the various designs used masonry oven construction. We will build a standard cob oven with a chimney and two different doors. Learn how to mix cob / adobe materials and apply them in an arrangement for an effective and affordable wood fired oven. This class taught in English and Spanish. Este curso se ensena en Ingles y Espanol.
$200 before August 5, $250 after
Class size limited to 10 people.
This class explores the infinite artistic possibilities of unfired clay/sand/fiber mixtures. Experience a wide variety of sculpting techniques, textures, and pigments. 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.
Class size is limited to 6 people. Bring a lunch, snacks provided.
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."