Natural Living School

Empowering people through sharing the art of natural building we aim to create a more environmentally and socially just world! Offering 3 month internship programs, workshops and community events.


The Natural Living School, is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, it is a place where people can come and gain the experience and confidence they need to simplify their lives, learn to live in balance with nature, and to feed their spirits.  Our participants learn how to legally construct an affordable, naturally built cottage, create a home garden with the potential for self sufficiency, and experience the art of natural living.  The school is a drug and substance free atmosphere. 

Living With Spirit Group Working on Bale-Cob Shop
Living With Spirit Group Working on Bale-Cob Shop

One of the school’s main supporters is the Natural Living Design & Build a full service natural build and design company.  We help homeowners manifest their dream of building and living in a natural home constructed to code.  If you are interested in our services or to apply for a position on their team please visit  

Inside one of our natural structures


Pablo Loayza 

Pablo Loayza is a designer, builder, developer of the “Natural Building to Code,”  head of the Natural Living Design & Build team, and Founder of the “Natural Living School.”


He was introduced to Natural building in 2010, when he studied at the Cob Cottage Company (CCC) with Ianto Evens, and Linda Smily, as well as with several other amazing Natural builders that teach at CCC.  Coming from a background in construction and finance, he was motivated to find a way to bring natural building into the main stream.  He felt that if people knew how unhealthy their building are, and realized that natural building to code is a possibility, that people would choose Natural building over conventional construction.  So he dove deep into researching all the possible ways to use the current building codes with natural materials.  What came from his research and development, is now changing the way buildings are constructed.  The simplest explanation is that, his building systems, are based on two main principles.  One, use whats available in the area where the building is constructed.  Two, build it in the way that uses the least amount of resources and produces the least amount of waste.  Working with the county, and engineers, his building systems are easy to construct, and use a lot of the same building techniques as conventional building, to help lower cost and speed up the building process.


10 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Pablo,
    What a beautiful website! The photos are all very inspiring and it’s clear that you’re doing a wonderful work.
    Many blessings,

    1. Thank you Bhagavati. That means a lot to me.

  2. Lovely website! Did you finish your Balecob classroom and do you have any photos?

    1. Natural Living School October 13, 2012 — 9:40 pm

      Yes, and no, we still need to finish the floor. Thank you for your comment.

  3. You are pretty amazing. I lvoe the website. Can I link this to the living wisdom facebook?

    1. Yes, I would love to have the living wisdom school be a participant in our programs. We could offer discounts to graduates, and scholarships to present students.

  4. Hello Pablo, Lauren and Family!
    Congratulations! We at Cob Cottage Company are so very happy to see you doing such great works. What beautiful buildings and a beautiful life you are living. Miss you. Do stay in touch and keep up the great work!
    Ianto, Linda and Tammy at CCC

    1. Hi Tammy,

      Great to here from you. I’m sorry we haven’t been keeping in touch. It’s been a crazy few years since we left. But as you can see, CCC has been life changing. Please Tell Ianto and Linda that thanks to them we are on our way to change the world one Cober at a time. We miss you too, and we will keep in touch. Let us know if you need anything form us. Blessings and much Love. From Pablo, Lauren, and Family.

  5. Amazing would love to fly out to see everything you have created from cob

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