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Workshops and Events

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Volunteer Opportunity to Complete Huge Barn Project
May and June
Alaska

Ionia is seeking volunteers to work on our epic barn project in the early Summer of 2018. Currently, we need volunteers eager to be a part of this effort in May and June. The barn has been slowly building for 8 years, and we are hopefully in the last year of construction. It is 12,000 square foot three story building with a steel foundation, post and beam frame and straw clay insulated walls. This year we’ll doing lots of finish woodwork, building big barn doors, and applying finish plasters. The builders work hard for 5 or 6 hours a day but at the same time are very flexible about everyone’s needs and desires and we have lots of fun every day. In exchange for tickets, we expect you to make a significant contribution to the barn but once we pick our team, we will trust them to figure out their own pace and find their own niche in the project. The barn, when finished, will hold carpentry shop, mechanics shop, bicycle shop, pottery shop, metal working shop and space to store farm equipment and vehicles. It will be a Folk Center for Village Crafts, including a step-by-step natural home building shop.  Our macrobiotic peer support community is thirty years old and has lots going on all the time: gardens, babies, hiking, fermenting, firewood, teenagers, dancing, yoga, etc. Volunteers will most likely be staying in a shared cabin near our big Longhouse Community Center, which has phones and internet, movie theater, library, music corner, 3 meals a day and all the comforts of home. If you need more privacy, a tent can be pitched. Bathing and outhouses are outdoors. Town and grocery stores are a 30 minutes drive which happens almost every day. We ask that the property stay sugar, weed and animal-food free.  If you are available and interested in this opportunity to join us in Alaska, please email to gregellerATgmail.com or call (907) 252-2314.

Sustainiable Renovations Course
May 7 - September 28
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Endeavour’s Sustainable Renovations course is a unique, full time, hands-on sustainable building program that will put you at the forefront of the green renovations field. You will find yourself at the centre of a renovation project that achieves the highest goals of green building: Zero net energy use
– Zero embodied carbon
– Zero toxins
– Zero construction waste You will work with teachers and practitioners who are leaders in the field and work with fellow participants who are motivated and enthusiastic. It is a unique experience unlike any other construction program in the world!

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Cob Wall Building
& Rubble Trench Workshop
May 25-28
Fawn Grove, PA

If you want to learn to build a cob wall, start to finish...here's your chance. We'll start with a rubble trench footer, build up a stone wall base (with cob mortar), and sculpt cob walls using local clay soil. You'll learn how to insert bottles, attach to framing, sculpt niches, and more!

See facebook.comfor more information.

Essential Hempcrete Workshop
May 26
Peterborough, ON, Canada

At our Essential Hempcrete workshop you will learn how you can create a remarkable home insulation material from the hemp plant! This workshop is based on the new book, Essential Hempcrete Construction, written by course instructor Chris Magwood. Hempcrete (or hemp-lime) construction uses chopped hemp hurd (the woody core of the hemp plant) mixed with hydraulic lime to create an insulation material with excellent thermal, moisture-handling, fire-resistance, non-toxic and structural properties. Hempcrete is also a carbon sequestering material. In the Essential Hempcrete workshop, you will find out how hempcrete is made, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international hempcrete building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where hempcrete is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, material sourcing and building science of using hempcrete on new building projects and renovations.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Design Your Own Sustainable Home
June 2 - 3
Peterborough, ON, Canada

The workshop is designed to be an un-biased look at all the options available to the prospective owner-builder, and to assist you with tools to help you assess and choose your way to the house of your dreams. You will leave this workshop ready to handle all the competing claims and information you will face by focusing on your personal goals and aspirations and creating a road map for how best to meet them. At the heart of the workshop is a Criteria Matrix that has been crafted to help you organize your priorities and to set goals for the project that ensure the outcomes you are after. Instructor Chris Magwood is an expert guide for this journey, having helped hundreds of owner-builders through the process of designing and building their dream green home.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.


Tadelakt Workshop
8-10 June
Fawn Grove, PA

Don't miss this rare opportunity to spend 3 days learning the ancient art of Moroccan Tadelakt! What is Tadelakt? It is a traditional Moroccan finishing technique that involves hand-polishing lime plaster with smooth stones. The resulting surface is smooth, luscious, and often colorful. The polished plaster is sealed with black olive soap for added waterproofing.

You will leave the workshop with a full understanding of the materials (including where to source them locally), the chemistry, and most importantly...the process. Plus you will gain plenty of hands-on experience, learning the application and finishing techniques with one-on-one guidance from Sigi Koko.

See www.facebook.com for more information.

Natural Plaster Workshop:
Base Coat to Finish
June 16 - 17
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Our Natural Plaster Workshop takes you from base coat to fine finishes. Clay and lime plasters are beautiful, non-toxic, good for the planet and lots of fun to mix and apply! Learn to work with natural clay and lime binders using recipes and techniques that will work on any natural wall material as well as conventional wall types. You will discover how to prepare wall surfaces and set up a plastering job to look great. In the Natural Plaster Workshop you will experience plasters made from natural earth, processed clay, hydrated and hydraulic lime and clay-lime blends. Discover how to source ingredients, make test samples and choose the right type of plaster for every need. Instructors Jen Feigin and Chris Magwood have decades of experience with natural plasters and teaching people how to use them.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Clay Wall Building Boot Camp
27 June - 2 July
Fawn Grove, PA

There are several techniques for building walls with clay soil... and this workshop lets you get hands-on with 3 of them. You'll get experience building with cob, adobe, and rammed earth. You'll also learn where best to use clay mass walls to ensure energy efficiency & durability. This 6-day workshop lets you explore the materials in more depth!

See facebook.com for more information.

Bamboo Architecture and Environmental Design
July 5 - July 15
Bahia Beach, Ecuador

Join a group of passionate individuals in exploring the practical applications of bamboo as a building material in coastal Ecuador, a region rebuilding after 7.8 magnitude earthquakes in 2016. No previous experience is necessary! Workshops led by local architects, engineers, carpenters, professors and community members in the coastal city of Bahía de Caráquez and on Los Arboleros agroforestry farm in rural Chone will explore history of bamboo architecture and concepts of green infrastructure while actively building bamboo structures

See www.bahiabeachconstruction.com for more information.

Earthen Floor Workshop
July 7
Peterborough, ON, Canada

An earthen floor can be beautiful, durable and a joy to walk on! It is also the most sustainable flooring option available. During the workshop, participants will learn how to create an earthen floor mix from site soils and natural ingredients. We’ll look at how to test soils for suitability in floors, and how to amend soils to make a good mix for floors. We’ll lay and trowel out floor samples, and learn techniques for getting the desired surface characteristics. Find out about how to prepare a variety of floor substrates for an earthen floor and natural finishing options for earthen floors. Maintenance and repair issues will also be addressed.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Insulating Natural Walls BootCamp
18-23 July
Fawn Grove, PA

If you live anywhere that requires heat in winter, then understanding insulating natural walls becomes essential. You'll get hands-on experience building strawbale walls, plus infilling with light-clay and even a bit of hempcrete. We'll also discuss passive solar design, detailing for wet climates, and building codes.

See www.facebook.com for more iinformation.

Cob Building
21 - 22 July
Machynlleth, Powys, Wales

Your experienced teacher Ken Neal will take you through a hands-on practical course where you will discover:

1. How to decide if cob is right for your project
2. How to choose the right soil and carry out simple soil testing
3. The different types of foundation used
4. Mixing methods; for large and small scale building; and hand/foot versus machine.
5. Get down and dirty laying and compacting the cob.
6. How to treat openings
7. and finally how to finish it off; the top, sides of walls and openings

See courses.cat.org.uk for more iinformation.

Everything Earthen
August 1 - 5
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

5th Annual! 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.

Natural Building Intensive
August 9 - 31
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Endeavour’s one-month Natural Building Intensive puts you at the heart of a natural building project, from foundations to finishes. You will learn about the design and construction of modern natural buildings, using materials sourced from the local environment to create healthy, affordable and energy efficient shelter. You will work with teachers and practitioners who are leaders in the field and work with fellow participants who are motivated and enthusiastic. Join us for an experience that will give you the skills to tackle your own natural building projects!

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Sculpting Plaster Workshop
9-12 August
Fawn Grove, PA

Once you build a wall, you'll likely want to finesse the shape...or add whimsical features. Which means you'll need to know how to sculpt with plaster, inside and out. We'll use clay and straw to make a thick plaster for interior wall shaping/sculpting. And we'll use hempcrete to do
the same for exterior walls.

This workshop is for you if you want to learn clay and lime plaster in a single workshop!

See www.facebook.com for more information.

Earthbag Dome Building
August 23 - 26
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

In just four days learn the basics of dome building with flexible form rammed earth. We will complete a small building together, and share the technical details of how to set one up yourself. Hands-on instruction, slides, and guided design work.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Master Plaster BootCamp
31 August - 3 September
Fawn Grove, PA

If you've been dying to learn a variety of clay plasters and finishing techniques all in a single workshop...this is the one for you! We'll make 1 to 2 different plasters EACH DAY and use a variety of finishing techniques to create different textures. You'll also learn how to apply plaster over various wall surfaces...including drywall.

See www.facebook.com for more information.

Living Roof Workshop
15 September
Fawn Grove, PA

This one-day workshop is for the hands-on learner that wants experience installing a low-cost, high performing living roof system. This is the system I use on all of my projects It's simple, beautiful, and requires almost no maintenance. WORKSHOP COVERS:
* Overview of living roof systems, including installation details for small projects
* How to select appropriate plants and keep them healthy until they are established on the roof ecosystem
* Guided hands-on experience installing drainage layer, soil medium, and plants

See facebook.com for more iinformation.

Tadelakt Lime Plalster
Sept. 15 - 16
Roackaway Beach, Oregon

This age-old technique is such a joy to learn. It's one of the most water resistant natural techniques in the world. This course is recommended for those who have at least some experience in plastering. Hands on instruction, and you get to take home a finished piece of your work!

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Cob Workshop
Sept. 21 - 23
Quail Springs, California

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.

Natural Building Workshop
24th - 30th September
Lameiros Portugal

This workshop will teach you the delights and wonder of building with earth; you’ll learn ancient and modern techniques and methods, theory and design. You will get your hands in the earth from day one and will leave feeling inspired, energized and ready to go out and build the revolution with mud!

See www.facebook.com for more information.

 

8th International Hemp Building Symposium
October 16 - 17
Brussels, Belgium

The 8th International Hemp Building Symposium will be held in an ancient castle Hof Ter Loonst, Kampenhout, Brussels, Belgium and is organised by the International Hemp Building Association and hosted by Jordan & Co. and Steve Allin of Hempbuilding.com. The IHBA symposiums are well known for the ground-breaking technological innovations presented from around the world while at the same time providing an ideal opportunity for networking in this growing sector. This is the largest global gathering of hemp building experts.

See internationalhempbuilding.org for more information.


Design Your Own Sustainable Home
November 17 - 18
Peterborough, ON, Canada

The workshop is designed to be an un-biased look at all the options available to the prospective owner-builder, and to assist you with tools to help you assess and choose your way to the house of your dreams. You will leave this workshop ready to handle all the competing claims and information you will face by focusing on your personal goals and aspirations and creating a road map for how best to meet them. At the heart of the workshop is a Criteria Matrix that has been crafted to help you organize your priorities and to set goals for the project that ensure the outcomes you are after. Instructor Chris Magwood is an expert guide for this journey, having helped hundreds of owner-builders through the process of designing and building their dream green home.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

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