Workshops and Events

Listed Chronologically

Spring and Summer Workshare Program

May 29 - June 23
Moab, Utah

Join us to learn about energy efficient, sustainable building and affordable housing in Moab, UT! This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while serving the Moab community. Term 1 will feature notable author in natural building, Dan Chiras, in a hands-on workshop learning about earthen lime plaster.

Free communal housing, monthly food stipends, access to bulk foods, and valuable building experience! No experience necessary.

Visit us at http://www.communityrebuilds.org/builderbees to learn more and apply!


Women's Carpentry
June 2 - 4
Willits, CA

This course is designed for both carpentry novices who want to break the ice using power tools, as well as women who have some carpentry experience but want to increase their confidence and knowledge base. The skills we will be learning will leave you with a feeling of empowerment to approach and build the projects that have inspired you to learn this craft. Over the span of three days we will cover the basics of tool safety and operation, how to read and create carpentry plans, hands-on building, learn creative problem solving, talk about workspace setup and essential tools for your home shop, and more. 

See wanosh.org for more information

Round Pole Timber Frame Workshop
June 5 -16
Willits, CA

In this two-week round pole timber frame workshop we will build the frame for a 10x12 building. Round Poles have been harvested during forest health and fire remediation work onsite. The workshop will briefly cover pole selection and pole peeling, with the primary focus on framing and chiseling.

See wanosh.org for more information.

Work Exchange and Internship Opportunities at Dancing Rabbit

April 28 - June 2
June 16 - July 21
Aug 11 - Sept 15
Oct 6 - November 3
Rutledge, Missouri

If you’d like to see what life is like at Dancing Rabbit and build your skills in sustainable living at the same time, a work exchange or internship position could be just the thing for you! In exchange for your help on various projects, your project host typically provides for your food and other living expenses while at Dancing Rabbit.

Opportunities to gain hands-on experience is, of course, also part of the exchange. Projects often include natural building, green building, building design, organic gardening and food preservation, small agricultural endeavors, small business projects, childcare, and sustainable technology.

See www.dancingrabbit.org for more information.


Rammed Earth Wall Building Workshop
June 5 -10
June 12 - 17
June 19 - 24
June 26 - 30
July 3 - 8
July 10 - 15
July 17 - 22
July 24 - 29
Maxville, Ontario, Canada

Learn to build high quality insulated rammed earth walls like a pro. You will learn:

  • Foundation construction
  • Material Selection
  • Mix quality control
  • Forming
  • Installation of electrical boxes and conduits
  • Wall and sample testing
  • Curing & sealing walls
Taught by Max Stadyk, an experienced RE builder with online support from Clifton Schooley, another experienced rammed earth builder and designer.

For more info: www.rammedearth.info


Hemp Building Conference
June 7 - 9

The annual conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association is regarded as the main event in the Industrial Hemp calendar. With a selection of the important players from around the world discussing the developments in all sectors of the industry this is an event not to miss.
Both in person and online attendance is offered and the sessions held through the three days include ;
EIHA Annual General Meeting.
Establishing Hemp Ecosystems in Europe.
Investing in the Hemp Sector.
Stalk Processing Technologies.
Hemp in Construction Products Sector.
Cannabinoids Markets
Hemp Food Markets.
Impacts of Legalisation of Recreational Cannabis on Hemp Sector.
Emerging Hemp Markets at the Global Level.

See eiha-conference.org for more information

Online Natural Building Course
June 15 - December 15

This Online Natural Building course will cover the basics of natural building, while also sharing the larger issues we face with our built environment, the changes that need to happen, and how to make those changes. Through a combination of pre-recorded lectures that you can watch at your own pace, as well as live sessions, you will be guided through the basics of analyzing site soil, mixing and building with cob, and building a small project. Our lead instructor, Sasha Rabin, has over 20 years of experience teaching hands-on natural building courses.  Although Natural Building is a very hands-on, tactile experience, we have created a curriculum that will allow you to be guided through the process of learning these techniques at your own pace, on your own site.  

See www.quailsprings.org for more information.

Round Pole Timber-Framing
June 18 - 28
Willits, CA

In this two-week hands-on round pole timber frame workshop we will show you how to set concrete piers according to plan and build the frame for a 10x12 gable roofed building. Round Poles have been previously harvested during forest health and fire remediation work onsite. The workshop will briefly cover pole selection and pole peeling, with the primary focus being framing and chiseling of mortise and tenon joinery. We will share with you how to read simple building plans and will also have slide show nights giving overview of other projects and earthen infill options to inspire your creativity. On the final day of the workshop we will assemble the frame in its forever home.

See wanosh.org for more information

Permaculture Technology Jamboree
July 3-13
Missoula, Montana

Attendees can wander among all FIFTEEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help. The tracks are:

  • Rocket Heater Technology
  • Natural Building
  • Food Prep, Preservation & Propagation
  • Apothecary
  • Building with Logs
  • Textiles
  • Solar Technology
  • Earthworks
  • Skills to Inherit Property
  • Homesteading
  • Drystack
  • Bee Track

See wheaton-labs.com for more information.

Natural Building Intensive
July 17 - 29
Willits, CA

n this two-week course, get your hands muddy and leave with the skills to build a small structure from the ground up. We will be building the foundation for a  sauna, then adding earthen walls and a round-pole roof structure for a living roof.

Daily hands-on building sessions will be supplemented with lectures on the theoretical background you need to design and build effective natural structures, including a thorough grounding in both the structural and thermal properties of different natural materials and the fundamentals of passive solar design.

See wanosh.org for more information

The Bioarchitecture Primer Wrkshop
Online: August 26 - 27, Sept 9 - 10
Hands-on: Oct 7 - 9
Portland, OR

Learn practical nature-based solutions to create autonomous homes, and a regenerative lifestyle in harmony with the Earth. With over 20 years' experience, I'll guide you step by step in design and construction. Plus we'll hear from seasoned guest speakers on related topics like permaculture design, engineering, sacred geometry, and specialized building techniques. With 6 days of online life classes and 3 days of hands-on instruction, this class is full of design gems and technical information applicable to designing innovative dwellings. Conceptualize, sketch, model, and draw your designs.  Work with a wide variety of materials such as adobe, earthbag, straw clay, stone, tile, timber, bamboo... Gain invaluable experience to develop your autonomous home.

See earthenhand.com for more information.

Green Build 2023
Sept 26-29
Washington, DC

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.

See informaconnect.com for more information.

Rocket Stove Series: 3 Stoves
August 7 - 11
August 14 - 18
August 21 - 25
Willits, CA

Attended as a series, this course includes the construction of three rocket stoves over three weeks, a new stove each week, with weekends off. This is an advanced Rocket Mass Heater course designed to explore clean combustion; from principles to building and arranging advanced Rocket Stoves and Rocket Mass Heater systems.

This is a hands-on class in which students will experience several Rocket Stove types, change their configurations and experience the differences, similarities, advantages and disadvantages of system types firsthand. Covering Dakota Fire Pits, L-Tube and J-Tube design, and Batch Box Rocket Stoves, this course integrates hands-on construction of stoves with lectures, demonstrations, and AMAs.

See wanosh.org for more information.

Arts of Mosaic and Stone
September 1 - 8
Willits, CA

n this week long course, learn from Teo Briseno, landscape choreographer of 30 years professional experience. Get your hands and body weight into this playful conversation with age old materials and leave with the skills to start applying what you have learned at your home or in your professional journey. We will start with the basics of materials selection, and design conception and cover all the ways they can be mosaicked for the magic of transforming a space for both energy function and beauty. During the workshop we will be focusing on the theme of water within the Wanosh commons area. This will lead to weaving colored tile and different types of stone into the flagstone floors and both standard as well as curved steps .

See wanosh.org for more information.

Arts of Earthen Plaster
September 18 - 29
Willits, CA

In this two-week course, you will learn from facilatators with over 70 years of combined experience. The workshop is appropriate both for beginners and for experienced builders who are ready to take their plastering skills to the next level. We will start with the basics of how to source and identify appropriate materials and understand how they work together in a sucessful plaster mix. Learn to mix plasters by hand and using machines including hand-held and rotary mortar mixers. You will get hands-on experience with applying every layer of plaster from base to finish plasters and natural paints. This workshop will have a special emphasis on proper tool selection, care and usage.

See wanosh.org for more information.


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