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Natural Living Design & Build

“Natural Living Design & Build,” is the full service design, construction, and consultation company of the Natural Living School.   We not only help our clients conceptualize beautiful designs for their homes and structures, but we also guide them every step of the way.

The professional crew of builders on our Design & Build Team have an extensive amount of experience in natural building, conventional construction, and remodeling.    The Natural Living Design & Build team have developed a unique way to construct natural architecture, capable of passing county and state building codes.  Our many years of experience working with engineers and building officials have given us the assurance needed to help home owners realize their aspirations of living in a beautiful natural structure in main stream America.  


What is the Natural Living School

The Natural Living School is an institute empowering people to incorporate Natural Building, Permaculture, and Natural Living into their lives.  Participants can choose to move on to a profession as a contractor, a teacher, a consultant in natural building, or gain skills necessary for homesteading. The experiences gained at the school will set the students apart from any other program out there.  Programs offered range from receiving hands on experience building a natural home, learning about grey water systems, permaculture, and self sustainability. The Design & Build division of the school offers paid positions for varying levels of experience working with the construction team.  The foundation of the school’s philosophy revolves around introspection, self discipline, hard work, and creating a deep connection to nature and each other through Natural Building. .  The school is a drug and substance free atmosphere. 

Balecob classroom with reciprocal round wood cedar roof

What Is Natural Building?

Natural building is one of the oldest ways of building.  It was at one point the only way of building.  Derived from the observation of nature and wildlife, we learned how to shelter ourselves by using natural materials found on the land.  Some of the oldest buildings known to man are made from natural materials….. (read more here)


Adams picture of the laughing house kitchen

What is Natural Living?

To us natural living means reevaluating our fundamental needs, so that we can focus on the quality of our lives rather than on the quantity of our wants. Our aim is to be as self sufficient as possible, in order to have a more balanced life, doing the things we love, living in harmony with nature, and feeding our spirits…. (read more here)

Water Level Round wood timber framing

Certifications in Natural Building

The Natural Building Certifications are an in-depth study in the field of sustainable building and design. The participants in these certifications will learn how to construct dwellings that can be built to satisfy local and state building codes. 

Participants have five options to choose from depending on the level of experience they are interested in receiving, and what level of training they would like to leave with.  Starting with the most basic, up to the highest levels. Each participant is responsible for clocking their training hours and continued education hours.

The Natural Living Design & Build team will only be accepting participants who are interested in completing one or all the certification programs we have to offer.  The courses are extremely intensive and only prospective students that are truly interested in making a career in the field of natural building or permaculture should apply.  Students need to understand that the level of commitment to the school, classes, and full schedule are for those with a high level of discipline, commitment, and energy. With full commitment, participants should be willing to not only work full time on the job site but also be eager to independently learn outside of work with recommended reading and learning opportunities.  
Applicants have five options to choose from depending on the level of experience they are interested in receiving, and what level of training they would like to achieve, see below for the most basic training up to the highest levels.   Visit http://www.naturalbuildingtocode.com for more details about each certification and to apply for any positions. 

“Apprenticeship Certification in Natural Building” – 9 months certification, or 1,440 working hours. With 720 hours in natural building and 720 hours in conventional building.

“Journeyman Certification in Natural Building” – 12 months certification, or 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.

“Foreman Certification in Natural Building” – 12 month certification, or 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.

“General Natural Builder Certification” – 12 month certification, or 1,920 working hours. With 960 hours in natural building and 960 hours in conventional building.


“Master Natural Builder Certification”– 12 month certification, or 1920 working hours, all on the building trade the participants wishes to master.

To find out more about our Natural Building Certification please look under the “Programs Tab” on the main menu, or contact us at info@naturallivingschool.com or call 530-277-8127


Weekly Schedule: 

Monday – Friday 6:30am to 5:30pm.

Ananda Permaculture as seen in Ananda Movie,

Permaculture Workshops

 Permaculture workshops will focus on a variety of techniques that can be employed throughout our landscapes and within our households to manage our water supply. Prepare for some hands-on activities as we demonstrate many methods of efficient water management, so you never have to worry about water for your gardens. 

Living with spirit camp 2011 working on Balecob class room

 Internship Program

The internship program is an in-depth, intensive study of natural building and natural living.  Basics about the internship program:

  • It is for individuals who can’t attend for an extended time frame.
  • Interns sign up for a 3 month commitment
  • Interns join natural building projects, lectures, and permaculture skill building. 
  • Topics and lectures on natural building along with hands on experience
  • The intern participants can qualify to receive a certification in natural building which will enable them to apply for apprenticeship.
  • The intern director will serve as a teacher and facilitator and help guide interns through hands on building projects.  Lectures are offered each week by experienced natural builders and teachers.

Muddy Buddy playing and building, Yes it can be both!

Muddy Buddy Builders

The “Muddy Buddy Builders” is a program for children and families, that teaches natural building in a fun and accessible way.  Here, children can learn how to build small structures with local earthen material, play nature games, increase their relationship with the natural world, and form connections with each other.  Kids love playing in the dirt, creating mud pies, and building forts. Through direct participation kids will develop this natural inclination to build with mud. They will learn to create actual model homes and villages, as well as other small structures; play houses and whatever else the child can imagine. 

 If you would like more information about our programs or services please feel free to contact us any time. 

Natural Living School Inc.

Nevada City CA 95959




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