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May 22-24, 2020

Building with Earth: Cob, Clay Plasters & Adobe Blocks; Construction Details

Instructors: Colin Gillespie and Blair Phillips

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This is part three in a four part series that covers practice and theory of structural systems (timber framing), insulation (straw bales) and thermal mass wall systems (cob, adobe, wattle and daub). The weekend Intensive (Friday through Sunday) will include the bulk of theoretical and practical training, followed by a 4-day Practicum (Monday May 25- Thursday May 28) focused on hands-on building experience. Participants are encouraged to attend both the intensive and practicum for the full learning experience. 

Workshops fees include an all organic, local as possible lunch and dinner as well as camping/housing options. Breakfast of oats, peanut butter and bannanas will also be offered, participants are invited to bring snacks to supplement additional food needs. Fee also includes optional guided early morning yoga class.

For friends interested in going deep we are inviting a small number of spots to do an 8 week immersion through the Natural building series. Starting April 20 and concluding June 12, this immersion allows participants to attend workshops for a discounted rate and have all meals provided in exchange for joining our workshop support team in which most of your hours will be spent on the building project, but also on other supportive tasks for workshop prep and facility maintenance. ​

Description: Building on the introduction in the previous workshop, this workshop deepens our knowledge of cob and introduces other earthen building techniques. Specifics include:

• Using machines including a tractors and a mortar mixer to mix cob faster

• Trimming cob walls and sculpting details

• Applying an earthen base coat plaster on a straw bale wall for protection, durability and beauty

• Making adobe blocks from clay soil mixed with straw or other fibers

• Installing doors and windows, plumbing and wiring in natural wall systems

• A tour of nearby natural buildings

Three-day Intensive Fee:  $400 before April 15th  $500 thereafter (discounts if you apply for multiple workshops)
Weekday Practicum Fee: $120-160 to cover food, cook, and other costs of hosting

Interested in doing our 8 day immersion for a discount?

                   Click HERE to contact us!

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