Natural Building Wall and Floor System I:
Straw Bales, Cob, and Earthen Floors
Each workshop is organized into two parts, the weekend Intensive (Friday through Sunday) will include the bulk of theoretical and practical training, followed by a 4-day Practicum (Monday through Thursday) focused on hands-on building experience. Participants are encouraged to attend both the workshop and practicum for the full experience which is incentivized by a reduced workshop tuition.
Workshops fees include an all organic, local as possible lunch and dinner as well as camping/housing options. As harvest time progresses we'll be eating more & more from the garden on site. Fee also includes optional guided early morning yoga class.
For friends interested in going deep we are inviting 6 people to do an immersion through the Natural building series. This immersion allows participants to attend workshops for free and have all meals provided in exchange for weekly work hours, primarily toward building, but also other supportive tasks for workshop prep and facility maintenance.
Description: This workshop will focus on clay and straw, two of the most versatile natural building materials.
In the first part of the workshop, you will learn to:
• Build a highly insulating and fire-resistant straw bale wall
• Mix clay soil, sand and straw into cob
• Sculpt cob into beautiful, durable walls
• Sustainably harvest and test clay soils
• Determine the best cob mix for your soil
• Understand the difference between insulation and thermal mass and how to use them together to make an efficient passive solar home
The extended practicum will focus on faster ways to mix and build with cob using machines, sculpting cob details, and how to install an earthen floor.
Three-day Intensive Fee: 400$-800$ sliding scale
Weekday Practicum Fee: 250$-500$ sliding scale
Interested in doing our immersion for a discount?
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