What is the Natural Living School

The Natural Living School is an institute for individuals looking to make Natural Building, Permaculture, or Natural Building Education into a career. Graduates can move on to a profession as a general contractor in natural building, a teacher, or a consultant. The experiences gained at the school will set the students apart from any other program out there. Each student will receive hands on experience building a natural home to code, creating a self sustainable homestead which includes grey water systems, solar power, and a natural garden around the home for self sustainability.

Living with spirit camp 2011 working on Balecob class room

The graduates that complete the 4 year program will leave the school with the skills needed to design natural structures, draw homes and garden plans, and build these structures to code. The program includes five different certifications in Natural Building, a Permaculture Design Certification, and a Natural Building Design Certification. All students are encouraged to join the yoga and meditation classes offered daily. 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 meditation and yoga.

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. Only in the last 200 years has natural building taken a back seat to what we now know as conventional building. Since the standardization of building materials in the early nineteenth century, natural building has often been viewed as substandard.  


Adams picture of the laughing house kitchen

Conventional building and natural building are fundamentally different. Conventional construction primarily uses manufactured building materials. Conversely, in natural building the majority of building materials are found on the land or nearby. Natural building materials include stone, earth, clay, sand, straw, wood, and water. The purchasing of manufactured products is limited. Windows, doors, and fixtures are mostly salvaged. Structural materials and hardware, such as nails, screws, bolts, straps, and concrete are purchased new and of the highest quality.

What is Natural Living?

To us 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. Our lives feel healthier and happier using our bodies for actively building, growing, and co-creating. Natural living does not mean that you have to give up all your possessions and move to the country, it simply means to evaluate your time and expenses so that you are enjoying what you do, living closer to nature, and fulfilling your soul’s potential.

Water Level Round wood timber framing

Ananda Permaculture as seen in Ananda Movie,


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


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

Natural Living School Inc.

14618 Tyler Foote Rd. #211

Nevada City CA 95959





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7 thoughts on “Home

  1. hi interested in taking active part in apprenticeship. kindly inbox me on how i can apply. I could also host a group in Kenya for such experience.

  2. Hi guys. I’m excited about finding this place! I’d love to take part in the program. Let me know all the details please! Thanks a bunch!

  3. Hello. I would like to apply for the last apprenticeship position if it’s still open. I spoke with the director a few days ago, and he wanted me to fill out a questionnaire or application or the like. i know the new program starts real soon.
    THANKS AGAIN! John Brawn 623-210-1504

  4. Hi my name is Zach, I am very interested in natural building and cob building. I have an acre of land in riverside county California that I am looking to build a little live in cob shed house. Was wondering if you had a workshop that could teach me or if also maybe be interested in having a team use my property for a workshop and learning experience.
    Thank you

    • Hi Zach,

      Thank you for your comment. We have several ongoing workshops, but not one that is a complete cob. Our workshops are broken down into building phases, which I believe is more realistic in term of complete comprehension. There are other schools that you may want to check out that have a complete cob workshop, like cob cottage, sun dog, and many others. Right now we have more projects then we can handle, so traveling to build is a little overwhelming. Maybe next summer. If you need design work, drawing for permits, and someone to consult with please email me directly at info@naturallivingschool.com.

      Have a blessed Day,

      Pablo Loayza
      Director of the NLS

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