Workshops and Events

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Natural Building Workshop
Sept. 7 - Oct. 11
Badolato, Italy

In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop we are building a PermaHome classroom for Christoph & Mario’s permaculture project in southern Italy. There are no skill requirements. You will learn everything you need to build a house from foundation to roof.

From April 27th to May 30th we will start another round of permaskills Natural Building Workshops near Badolato in southern Italy. These workshops will provide you plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience in Natural Building, all the skills and especially the confidence you need to build a little cabin for yourself. The highlights of these workshops are a natural rock stemwall & foundation, a natural round wood timber frame and roof, light-straw-clay, straw bale as well as cob walls, earthen floors, earthen plasters, a rainwater harvesting roof and even cob sculpting, Tadelakt and an integrated greenhouse.

See permaskills.org for more information.

Traditional Techniques and Experimental Earth Dome Thatching
September 30th - October 3rd
Paterno Calabro, Calabria (Italy)

This four days workshop will focus on thatching techniques that use straw, reed and broom. The workshop will be held by Alan Jones, Master Thatcher from Wales. (http://www.thatchingwales.co.uk/) Students will benefit from Alan’s forty years of experience in traditional and sustainable thatching which spans historic and experimental archeology as well as contemporary thatching and advice for self builds. The workshop will be held in English and Italian and it will be composed of two parts.

First part: The course will start with an introduction to the different thatching techniques supported by photographic materials. Then methods of fixing thatch in place will be discussed and demostrated. The workshop attendees will practice thatching with straw and reed over a small test roof placed on the ground.

Second part: The workshop attendees will actively take part in the construction of a thatch roof made of broom over a SuperAdobe earth dome. They will take part in the broom harvesting on the field, in the manipulation and in the fixing of the material over the dome. The whole process will have an experimental nature for both the material used and for the kind of structure which will be thatched. In addition to the expert lead of Alan Jones this part of the workshop will be held also by Davide Frasca, earthdome builder, trainer of the Superadobe technique and representative in Italy of the California Institute of Earth Architecture. The earth dome is built with a technique called SuperAdobe, the workshop attendees will be introduced to the construction principles of such a structure. The combination of a thatch roof with plants found on the land and a SuperAdobe earth dome structure aims to test a prototype of sustainable construction adaptable also to self-building, emergency shelter unit and application in contexts where lack of resources generate housing problems.

There is the possibility for the workshop attendees to partecipate also to the dome construction which will take place a week before this thatching course. 

See www.videterra.org for more information.

Essential Hempcrete Construction
October 3
Peterborough, ON Canada

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 for more onformation.

Intensive Building with Cob!
Oct. 3 - 11
Hughes Springs, Tx

Roll up your sleeves and prepare to get muddy for this intensive 9 day workshop. Learn how to build your own cob cottage from the foundation to the roof! Discover all the materials you can use, cob, straw bales, or light clay straw. Learn how to mix and apply natural plasters and leave with a feeling of empowerment and confidence to build your own cob cottage or other natural building project! Tour and explore Cat Taylor's massive bale/cob home build recently featured on the Discovery channel and DIY network!

For more information see www.facebook.com

Design Your Own Sustainable Renovation
October 17 - 18
Peterborough, ON Canada

The workshop is designed to be an un-biased look at all the options available to the prospective renovator, and to share tools to help you assess and choose your way to the renovated home you’ve been dreaming of. You will leave this workshop ready to handle all the competing claims and information you will face by focusing on your personalized goals and aspirations and creating a road map for how best to meet them.

See endeavourcentre for more onformation. 

Intro to Lime Plaster & Tadelakt
October 24
Peterborough, ON Canada

Lime has been used in plasters for thousands of years, and it is highly valued by modern plasterers for its balance of weather resistance, permeability, strength and flexibility. It is very versatile and can be used in thick base coats and fine polished finish plasters. It can also be perplexing, with a variety of types of lime available, and chemical reactions occurring between lime and clay or other mix materials. Black soap applied to the surface of a lime plaster can add shine and water resistance –  this is the key to tadelakt, a polished waterproof lime plaster originating in Morocco, but it can be used on other lime finishes. This workshop explores the types of lime and how they can be used in base coat, finish, and fine finish plasters. The morning will mostly be focused on theory and types of mixes; in the afternoon students will have an opportunity to apply some finish plasters on sample boards, and get a taste of tadelakt.

See endeavourcentre for more onformation.

Introduction to Renewable Energy Workshop
November 7
Peterborough, ON Canada

This workshop is the perfect introduction to the world of renewable energy, designed to help you figure out the best path to finding yourself living a renewable energy lifestyle. Instructor Sean Flanagan has been designing and installing renewable energy systems for over a decade, and unlike many renewable energy teachers he lives off-grid himself, giving him an intimate knowledge of what works and what doesn’t.

See endeavourcentre for more onformation.

Carpentry for Women
November 14 - 15
Peterborough, ON Canada

Have you ever wanted to tackle a carpentry project but don’t know quite where to start? Are you looking to gain more confidence with power tools and workshop techniques? The Carpentry for Women workshop creates a friendly, inviting space for women who would like to learn the basics of carpentry. In the comfort of a women-only space, experienced carpenters Jen Feigin and Deirdre McGahern will introduce you to the world of measuring, marking and layout, hand and power tools.

See endeavourcentre for more onformation.

Design Your Own Sustainable Home Workshop
November 21 - 22
Peterborough, ON Canada

You will be guided through the process of setting the goals that will shape your project and learn how to assess all the available material and system options to meet your goals. 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. 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.

See endeavourcentre for more onformation.

Natural and Non-Toxic Paints
December 5
Peterborough, ON Canada

Natural & non-toxic paints are the easiest, most-affordable and accessible way to make your home healthier and more beautiful. The Natural & Non-Toxic Paints workshop will introduce you to all of the different kinds of healthy paints available on the market, and give you a chance to try them out and learn application techniques for each. In the workshop, we will cover:

See endeavourcentre for more onformation.

Earth Workshop
April, 2021
Zirc, Hungary

Earthworkshop Zirc will focus on earth building techniques. Through this practise-based and theoretical-accomplished course you will be trained in rammed earth and clay plaster while building parts of an apartment house and have the chance to experiment in earth laboratory. What you will learn:

• you will learn the principals of the rammed earth construction technique and clay plastering
• you will learn how to create a rammed earth mixture ---> bring min. 5kg of your earth from home so you can learn to create a rammed earth mix and clay plaster with your own earth.
• you will learn how to set up a stable formwork and to use a pneumatic rammer.
• you will build an exterior rammed earth wall and a rammed earth floor.
• you will learn about the benefits of clay plaster and how to apply it!
• you will learn which tools you need to build a rammed earth wall and a rammed earth floor and how to use it.
• you will experiment with different material mixtures and try out different formworks. experienced rammed earth builders will support you along your discovery journey. 

for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2424536577852370 


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