Workshops and Events

Listed Chronologically

Adobe, Cob, Wattle and Daub, Arches, & Clay Plasters
Sept. 6 - 12
Mendocino, CA

More fun with clay, straw, and sticks! Building on what we learned in the previous workshop, we will branch out into other earthen wall systems and begin the finishing process.

• Make adobe blocks from clay soil mixed with straw or other fibers

• Build different styles of earthen arches, with and without forms

• Make several types of wattle and daub, a sculptural, thin earthen wall made of sticks, clay and straw

• Learn the steps to turn a raw earthen or straw bale wall into a finished, durable wall by applying plasters made of clay and lime.

• Understand how to connect multiple natural wall systems together in a strong, efficient hybrid home

The extended practicum will include more wall building and much more experience with earthen plasters.

See www.abuelagardens.com for more information.

Complete Earthbag Tiny House Build
Sept. 7 - 14
Bottom Leaf Intentional Community
near Asheville, NC

During this workshop, we will build an entire house from the ground up. The build will last from five to eight days, depending on how fast it goes. Participants should leave with all of the skills needed to build their own home. Participants will get hands-on experience with earthbag, cob, bottlewall, earthplaster, and more. We will also discuss house design, site selection, roof and foundation types and much, much more!  

See morgancaraway.com to sign up.

Earthbag Dome Building
Sept 12 - 15
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.

Complete Cob Building Course
Sept. 16 - 19
Dorset, UK

Everything you need to know to build your own cob house of cob garden studio or home office.

See www.cobcourses.com for more information.

Paw Paw Fest
Sept. 21
Frederick, MD

4th Annual PawPaw Fest to be held on September 21st at Long Creek Homestead, Frederick, Maryland. Come join our celebration of all things pawpaw while exploring food forests, fruitful gardens, mushroom growing, our circular strawbale home, and much more.

Get your tickets while they last.. PawPaw Fest Tickets

or via our Festival Post Page: PawPaw Fest Post

or.. on Facebook For the Love of PawPaws Facebook Page

Essential Hempcrete Construction
Sept. 21, 2019
Peterborough, ON, Canada

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.

Complete Cob Building Course
Sept. 27 - 30
Dorset, UK

Everything you need to know to build your own cob house of cob garden studio or home office.

See www.cobcourses.com for more information.

Natural Building East
Climate Action Collaborations

Sept. 28 - 29
Lower Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia

Natural Building EAST is a gathering to explore natural building and permaculture approaches for climate resilience and how we can collectively reduce our carbon footprint.

The event offers skill and knowledge-sharing opportunities for:

  • Builders, designers and developers
  • Materials suppliers and systems installers
  • Researchers, students and home owners
  • Anyone interested in learning  about natural building techniques, practices and materials

Workshops and presentations will address pressing issues like designing for climate change mitigation, sea level rise, species diversity and loss, access and affordability, with a focus on relevance of natural building through this time of flux in our natural environment.

See thedeaneryproject.com

Clay Plaster Workshop
Sept. 28 - 29
El Sobrante, California

Come learn about Clay Plaster at this 2 day workshop where we will apply clay plasters on a straw bale wrap home renovation under construction at Wild and Radish Farm. Wild and Radish LLC is a sustainable, urban farm and Eco Village working on building diverse and multigenerational affordable housing on 13 acres in El Sobrante.

In this workshop, we will be using the native clay soil as a base material for the plaster. Participants will get hands on experience applying the scratch and brown coat of the plaster on a building that has been renovated and wrapped in straw bales for insulation and beauty. We will mix the plaster on site and apply it to the straw bale walls. 

The goal of the workshop is to  provide a broad experience to beginning plasterers. A mix of instruction time and hands on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building and plasters. Lunch time will allow for presentations and additional question/answer time.

See www.strawbuilding.org for more information.

Introduction To Renewable Energy Workshop
October 5, 2019
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.

  • Off grid and grid tied systems – Which is right for you?
  • Photovoltaics (PV, or “solar electricity”) – How it works and what components go into a system?
  • Wind energy – How it works and what components go into a system?
  • Micro hydro – How it works and what components go into s system?
  • Micro-FIT and Net Metering – How do utility companies deal with renewable systems?
  • Doing an energy audit – How much power do you need and what size system is required?
  • Living with renewable energy – Lifestyle, maintenance and monitoring

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Building with Straw Bales
October 5-6
Tracy, California

Learn how to build with straw bales at the Seeds of Life Chapel in Tracy, California. This is a two day workshop which will focus on how to use bales as insulation in a rounded, stick frame construction which will eventually serve as a community chapel. Learn how straw bales increase the insulation value and beauty of the building. Participants will participate in bale stacking, notching, bale resizing, and applying clay slip. A mix of instruction time and hands-on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building to start your own project. Evenings and meal times will allow for additional question/answer time and presentations.

See www.strawbuilding.org for more information,

Batch Rocket Thermal Mass Heaters
October 11 - 17, 2019
Mendocino, CA

  • Learn the important points to clean combustion

  • Why Batch Heaters? Differences and similarities between Batch Rocket 

Mass Heaters and classic, J-tube RMH

  • Learn how thermal mass improves heating and how, with the bell system, 

thermal mass can be utilized flexibly and easily

  • Build a Batch Box RMH and fire it!

For more information see www.abuelagardens.com

Natural Building Course
October 14 - 27, 2019
Hamburg, Germany

We are trying to create an example of environmental and social utopia to show the world another way of living. Take the earth under your feet and turn it into the most stunning structures! Natural building is a creative, completely organic and long lasting form of building. It takes us back to the roots of connecting with our Earth, our community and other natural materials that we find in our local surroundings. With this technique we can create structures that are unlike anything you can find in modern architecture. We can build completely unique art forms that are functional and in harmony with ourselves and our environment, using curves, arches, domes and much more.

See www.mindfulness-project.org for more information.

Timber Framing Workshop
October 18 - 20
Warner, New Hampshire

This 2 part workshop will give an overview of the theories and techniques necessary for heavy timber construction using hand-cut mortise and tenon joinery.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice skills ranging from the layout of all joinery, to cutting, peg making, tool maintenance, sharpening, assembly and raising. The frame that will serve as our learning opportunity is from a variety of species of locally harvested and milled timber.  The structure planned is a net zero, straw bale infill home on the site and more learning opportunities will follow this workshop.

See ww.rise-now.org for more information.

Carpentry For Women Workshop
October 19 - 20, 2019
Peterborough, ON, Canada

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. Over two days, you will gain confidence in basic carpentry as you work on a take-home project. There will be plenty of time to practice with tools and to become familiar with terminology. You’ll learn about tool safety, how to choose and buy tools, selecting and purchasing materials for projects, making sketches for projects and choosing non-toxic, healthy finishes.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Permaculture Design Course
November 3 - 17
Maricopa, CA

Immerse yourself in permaculture in action with this 14-day learning journey! Share in the joy of community learning together and changing the world. Take home the ability to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems that provide food, water, shelter and energy needs while regenerating ecology, community and economy. The Quail Springs Permaculture Design Course (PDC) includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification through Permaculture Research Institute.

Permaculture is a conscious integrated design system based on ecology and sustainability principles to create resource efficient and productive human environments and reduce our footprint on the earth. Permaculture provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature that provide diversity, stability, and resilience. These systems yield an abundance of shelter, water, energy, and food for the provision of local needs.

See www.quailsprings.org for more information.

Design Your Own Sustainable Home Workshop
November 16 - 17, 2019
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.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.


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