Natural Building Workshops

4 Day Natural Building Workshops

$250 per workshop, or $1,250 for all 6 workshops if paid up front. Includes food and camping

 

Join The Natural Living School in 2017 for any or all of our uniquely focused workshops and classes.  The emphases of our workshops  this year will be around a tiny natural cottage.   This 216 sq. ft. natural cottage will be built in 3 months and we are offering 6 workshops to cover every critical phase of the construction, from foundation to finishes.  

All of your workshop hours will go towards the completion of our natural building certification.  To learn more about the certification process please visit our certification tab. 

 

 Natural Building Classes

Natural Building Basics; are classes that can be taken all in a row, or individually depending on the participants time frame.  These classes are not hands on building workshops, but rather courses in a classroom setting, involving more research, hands on drawing & design, and sharing of ideas.  Participants will have to research, develop, design, and present their ideas and concepts to our staff and their peers.  Click here for more details.

2017 Natural Building Workshops 

Contact us for details:  info@naturallivingschool.com 

FIRST TERM WORKSHOPS, $250 per workshop or $1,250 for all 6 if paid upfront 

Foundations May 8th-11th, 2017. 

Join us and learn the fundamentals of natural foundations. Learn about the rubble trench                                                                                         foundation, earth bag foundation, stone foundations, and proper drainage. Hands on experience is the best way to learn.

Timber harvesting May 22nd-25th, 2017

Learn how to choose and sustainably harvest trees for natural building. Learn how to use a chain saw, fell, debark, and clean a tree so it cures properly. Learn how to identify trees that are best for building and use an Alaskan Mill to harvest your own dimensional lumber.

Round Wood Timber framing Workshop June 5th-8th, 2017

Learn our unique way to timber frame with round wood. We created a simple system that makes your joinery look clean and beautiful, without 5 to 10 years of training. Our system is for the DIY builder that doesn’t mind using hidden Timber Loks to secure their joinery. Our system has been approved by engineers and the building department.

 Bale Cob wall systems June 19th-June 22nd, 2017

Join us and learn how to build with cob and straw bales. This natural wall system combines the best of straw bale building and cob walls. This wall system is easy and fast, and fun for people of all ages.

Cob leveling coat July 3rd-6th, 2017

Come and learn how to use cob as a leveling coat over straw bales. In this workshop, you will learn how to make our special cob mix for leveling coats, and apply it using hand tossing, slapping, and finishing with a trowel. Its fast, accurate, and very strong. Learn the fundamentals of trowel use and get the feel for plastering.

Natural Plastering July 10th-13th, 2017

Learn the basics of natural plastering including recipes and specifications. Get hands on experience applying plaster and plenty of practice developing muscle memory.

SECOND TERM WORKSHOPS $250 per workshop or $1,250 for all 6 if paid upfront

Foundations . Aug. 7th-10th

Join us and learn the fundamentals of natural foundations. Learn about the rubble trench                                                                                         foundation, earth bag foundation, stone foundations, and proper drainage. Hands on experience is the best way to learn.

Timber harvesting Aug. 21st-24th, 2017

Learn how to choose and sustainably harvest trees for natural building. Learn how to use a chain saw, fell, debark, and clean a tree so it cures properly. Learn how to identify trees that are best for building and use an Alaskan Mill to harvest your own dimensional lumber.

Round Wood Timber Framing Workshop Sep. 4th-7th, 2017

Learn our unique way to timber frame with round wood. We created a simple system that makes your joinery look clean and beautiful, without 5 to 10 years of training. Our system is for the DIY builder that doesn’t mind using hidden Timber Loks to secure their joinery. Our system has been approved by engineers and the building department.

 Bale Cob wall systems Sep. 18th-21st, 2017

Join us and learn how to build with cob and straw bales. This natural wall system combines the best of straw bale building and cob walls. This wall system is easy and fast, and fun for people of all ages.

Cob leveling coat Oct. 2nd-5th, 2017

Come and learn how to use cob as a leveling coat over straw bales. In this workshop, you will learn how to make our special cob mix for leveling coats, and apply it using hand tossing, slapping, and finishing with a trowel. Its fast, accurate, and very strong. Learn the fundamentals of trowel use and get the feel for plastering.

Natural Plastering Oct. 9th-12th, 2017

Learn the basics of natural plastering including recipes and specifications. Get hands on experience applying plaster and plenty of practice developing muscle memory.

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If you have any questions email us at info@naturallivingschool.com

 

Building the Cob bond beam for the Bale-Cob Greenhouse

Building the Cob bond beam for the Bale-Cob Greenhouse

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SIGNING UP FOR A WORKSHOP, THE APPRENTICE PROGRAM, THE  INTERN PROGRAM OR WOULD LIKE INFO ON UPCOMING WORK PARTIES CONTACT US AT:

info@naturallivingschool.com 

or call

            530-277-8127 RAM

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2 thoughts on “Natural Building Workshops

  1. This is very cool stuff! I want to build a cob house in the near future and would love to get my feet wet by attending a workshop. Cant wait!

    • DJ, this is great and we fully support you in that dream! We’d love to have you join us for one of our workshops. Let’s connect soon, feel free to contact with any questions. Thanks for your input.

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