• Composting for Soil FertilityJuly 12, 2016
• Cob SculptureJuly 16 - 17, 2016
• Natural Pest ControlJuly 21, 2016
• Youth Cob BasicsTuesdays August 2 - 30, 2016
• Cob Dome ConstructionWeekends August 6 - 28, 2016
• Earthen Paints - distance learningNow
To Register, or get more information, Email us at: email@example.com
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.
Experience cob and so much more. This is an in-depth overview of how to source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into beautiful housing and art. Learn how to create walls from cob/adobe, wattle and daub, rammed earth, straw clay, wood chip clay, straw bales, and more. Learn to mix and apply plasters of cob (adobe), cement, and lime. Also discover mixing and application of earthen paints and lime paints. Hands-on instruction, lectures and slides.
$800 before June 1, $920 after. OR $140/day before June 1, $160/day after.
Class size limited to 12 people. Ages 16+.
Composting is way more than just throwing things in a pile to rot. Building a fast breakdown, good airflow, high temperature pile, made of the right balance of materials - this takes some experience. Never pay for expensive store bought soil again! It's easy and fun.
Class size limited to 15 people. Ages 14+.
This class explores the artistic possibilities of unfired clay/sand/fiber mixtures. We will try many different techniques which can be combined to create a fantastic variety of effects. Learn how to make earthen plasters, paints, mix pigments, and construct an armature to support the sculpture. Great fun for all skill levels.
$200 before June 1, $250 after.
Class size limited to 12 people. Bring meals, snacks provided. Ages 12+.
Learn about integrated pest management for your garden. Deter pests with organic recipes that you can make at home with very little equipment.
Class size limited to 15 people. Ages 14+.
For ages 10 - 17, and parents are welcome too. Attend any number of classes. Have fun playing with mud as a sculpture and building material. Learn something new this summer!Tuesday evenings, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
$20 / day
Class size limited to 15 people / day. Ages 10 - 17.
Math meets mud in this new course. Monolithic earthen domes have been a common form of shelter around the world for eons. They can make great root cellars or garden sheds, and can easily endure the elements with a roof. Learn to construct a small catenary dome over four weekend classes. Attend some or all weekends, but we recommend all. It's going to be technical and fun!
$800 before July 1, $920 after. Or $115/day before July 1, $135/day after.
Class size limited to 15 people / day. Bring a lunch, snacks provided. Ages 16+.
Includes email support. Registration is anytime and ongoing. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin.
Photos of a few workshops
A growing number of people are interested in natural building, earthen building, and permaculture. 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, appropriate technologies. Workshops focus on skills, information, and intuition that allow a builder to create within a natural harmony. Each day includes hands-on training, discussion, and lecture. We feel 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: email@example.com. 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
"The Everything Earthen class is a great hands-on overview of natural building technique and theory. It was well thought out and focused, with a good pace and balance. It never felt too rushed or too slow. Scott and Chrystalina are highly knowledgable and patient teachers who allow plenty of student input and questions. Highly recommended!"
"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."