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 construct naturally built projects that promote nature based designs, permaculture practices, self sufficiency, and experience the art of natural living. The school is a drug and substance free atmosphere.
The school provides hands on educational programs that work with clients to construct various projects. This educational structure provides clients with education programs on their land while building a structure of their dreams. It also gives participants the hands on learning necessary to retain the knowledge to support these empowering skills. This creates a community setting that is mutually benefit for clients and participants. Programs range between 3 month long internship programs, week long workshops, 3 day workshops to 1 day community offered classes.
If you are interested in supporting an educational program on your land, visit our support page for more information.
History of the Natural Living School
Pablo & Lauren Loayza – Designers, Builders and Founders of the Natural Living School
In the joys and challenges of raising a family, Pablo & Lauren were faced with the struggle of meeting their economic needs and still having a healthy life and healthy family. In order to ease the burden they chose to simplify their lives and wished to share their experiences and help others do the same. They wanted to create programs to educate on how to create affordable housing for communities of people striving to live simply, in balance with nature and spirit.
During the summer of 2010 they were blessed with the opportunity to study and apprentice with the Cob Cottage Company, one of the original natural building schools in the country. They were deeply touched from their first moments at the Cob Cottage Company when they encountered a sign in the path that read “There are two ways to get rich, you can make more money or you can require less.” Studying with Ianto and Linda and the many other talented natural builders that pass through CCC taught them invaluable lessons about natural building and simple living.
When they moved to Ananda Village they were able to put all of these practices together; yoga, meditation, natural building, permaculture and sustainable living. Pablo & Lauren started the school to help others enjoy the holistic benefits of combining these practices under one natural roof. The result has been 6 wonderful years of amazing experiences and many beautiful souls that have joined on this quest. They have also come to understand that natural building is not just a way of building, it is a way of life!
Amanda Fischer – Designer, Builder, Teacher and Director of the Natural Living School
Amanda grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduating from university, she inherited a house with a 30 year mortgage and 45+ years of life belongings stored inside of it. After 2 years spent reevaluating simplicity and questioning our housing industry and the capitalistic mortgage approach to shelter, she sold the house and journeyed to search for meaning behind our built environments.
She knew she wanted to promote a different approach to how we design and build structures and wanted to share this knowledge with others. Amanda completed sustainable building and natural building programs and volunteered her time gaining as much knowledge as she needed to then go on to teach.
In April 2018, Amanda joined the Natural Living School and Design & Build team. For the past 5 years she has taught various workshops and created intern programs in California and Thailand. Her current endeavor as Director of the school is to continue to offer educational programs on natural building and natural living. She plans to obtain non profit status to utilize funding and grants to support building structures for community and people in need through these educational programs. Eventually wanting to offer programs to promote housing for low income families & fire-victims through out Northern California. Her goal is to continue to empower people through these educational resources making these building modalities accessible to everyone.
One of the school’s main supporters is the Natural Living Design & Build a full service construction and consultation 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 www.naturalbuildingtocode.com