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February 20 - 24

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Solar Electricity for the Delveloping World

March 11-19, 2017
Villas Mastatal, Costa Rica

Learn about solar electricity for the developing world in the developing world! This workshop provides an introduction to stand-alone solar-electric (PV) system design and installation, with a focus on small, rural systems. The workshop combines classroom sessions with a strong emphasis on real-world projects in the community, along with hands-on labs. You will have the opportunity to understand, design, and install lighting and cell-phone-charging systems that can dramatically improve the living conditions of the local people. This is an experiential program, with a real-world focus. Come and learn the basics of simple, stand-alone solar-electic systems for rural people by doing, sharing, and experiencing on projects in the developing world.

Topics include:
o Basics of Electricity
o Meters
o PV System Terminology & Components
o Designing for System Efficiency
o Energy Efficient Appliances
o Safe Installation
o PV Cells, Modules, & Arrays
o Series/Parallel Principles
o Solar Site Analysis
o Orientation, Tilt Angles, & Shading
o Mounting Options and Hardware Selection
o Batteries
o Controllers
o Inverters
o Wiring, Overcurrent Protection, Disconnects, & Grounding
o Technology Transfer in the Developing World

See www.renewablereality.netfor more information.

Natural Building Internship
March 27 - May 12
Quail Springs, California

This 7-week program is a chance for up to 6 people to gain more in-depth experience with a variety of natural building techniques.  It is designed for people with some natural building experience who want to deepen their skills in a mentored environment.  We will be working on a variety of projects using different building styles and techniques, with the focus being a small cob structure. You will get to assist and partake in the one week natural building workshop. 
Focus of Internship: During these 7 weeks, the interns will be working with Sasha Rabin and John Orcutt on an almost start to finish project.  Interns will begin the program prepping the site for this build before the natural building workshop begins.  This will include design discussions, earthworks, drainage, building an earthbag foundation, making adobe blocks,  and some woodwork, etc. Following the workshop the interns will continue progress on this building and explore other projects and techniques the group is interested in learning.

See www.earthenshelter.coml for more information.

Introduction to Cob and Natural Building
April 10 - 15, 2017
Maricopa, California

Cob building combines clay sediment, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, and fireplaces. Cob building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures. 

The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and for professionals in the building trade who are interested in natural materials. In this cob workshop, we focus on the characteristics of the natural materials most commonly used in construction: clay soil, sand, and fibers. Our main focus will be cob, though we will touch on various other building techniques that utilize the same materials, including adobe block, light straw-clay, wattle and daub, and plasters. We will discuss how to find and choose appropriate soil for construction, how to create various mixes, how to attach wood to earthen walls, and how to use earthen materials to build walls, sculpt niches, shelves, and furniture.

See www.quailsprings.org for more information.

Insulating Straw Walls
April 21 - 23
Rumsey, California

Straw bale construction, light straw-clay walls, base coat straw/clay plasters, finding and testing clay soils, thermal properties of nantural materials, passive solar home design.

See strawclaywood.com for more information.

Earth Floors & Plaster
April 28 - 30
Rumsey, California

Earthen floors step-by-step, wall preperation for plasters, base coat earthen plasters, foundations and drainage, construction sequence & management, tour of local natural homes.

See strawclaywood.com for more information.

Natural Finishes
May 5 - 7
Rumsey, California

Clay base coat and finish plasters, lime plaster for wet conditions, earthen floor installation and finishing, mix testing for floors and plasters, make your own natural paints, protecting natural walls from moisture.

See strawclaywood.com for more information.

Superadobe Dome Workshop
May 22 - 29
Paterna Calabro, Italy

CalEarth Institute in collaboration with Vide Terra have organized this 8 day intensive course. During the workshop a 2 meter earth dome with a door and window will be built. The purpose of the course is to give the theoretical and practical tools useful to design and build a small earth structure or living space.

See www.videterra.org for more information.

Everything Earthen
July 8 - 14
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Experience cob and so much more. This is an in-depth overview of how to source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into beautiful housing and art. Learn how to create walls from cob/adobe, wattle and daub, rammed earth, straw clay, wood chip clay, straw bales, and more. Learn to mix and apply plasters of cob (adobe), cement, and lime. Also discover mixing and application of earthen paints and lime paints. Hands-on instruction, lectures and slides.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Youth Cob Basics
August 2 - 30
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Math meets mud in this new course. Monolithic earthen domes have been a common form of shelter around the world for eons. They can make great root cellars or garden sheds, and can easily endure the elements with a roof. Learn to construct a small catenary dome over four weekend classes. Attend some or all weekends, but we recommend all. It's going to be technical and fun!

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Decorative Clay Plasters
August 5 - 6
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Learn the ancient art of mixing and plastering with clay, sand, and natural fibers. We will try out several different methods of application, and focus on the artistic possibilities using adobe. Have fun and get creative!

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Cob Dome Construction
August 6 - 28
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

For ages 10 - 17, and parents are welcome too. Attend any number of classes. Have fun playing with mud as a sculpture and building material. Learn something new this summer!Tuesday evenings, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

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