Natural Building Workshops

-Hosted by Travel to Learn and Life Energy Awakenings

Come learn through hands-on workshops how to build a cob structure from foundation to living roof. Cob is a combination of clay soil, sand, straw, and water. It’s basically adobe, but applied right after mixing, so it has a lot of moisture and is very pliable. Cob can bear the load of walls in homes, can be used to build beautiful courtyard walls and benches, as well as ovens. Cob has thermal mass properties which allows a building’s inside temperature to stay cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Using the earth to build is not new at all; it has been used for tens of thousands of years and something anyone can do with a little guidance. Natural building is typically less expensive than traditional building. Many people build homes without ever having to take out a mortgage. It will save you money through lower utilities and most importantly, earthen buildings are less toxic for you and for the environment.
All workshops will be hands-on and will include lunch. The workshops are at a lovely desert property where Leanne runsLife Energy Awakenings.

Sign up for a workshop here
Follow as we build the cob cottage here

Hands-on Group or Private Workshops Date/Lunch Included
Price
FOUNDATION: Site selection/solar passive design/rubble trench/stem wall
Learn about site selection and passive solar design as well as the features of a rubble trench foundation and why it is used. We will be building a rubble trench and installing a french drain so there will be physical labor. In our second workshop, we will build a stem wall that will hold our cob walls. This is also a lot of physical work and for those who have a lot of patience as we will be building a wall by stacking rocks.
recommended: work gloves, boots, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Completed
$45/day
Building cob walls/benches
*To get familiar with cob we recommend working with it for at least two days. We will have options for those who want extended experience working with cob during the weekday.
You will learn how to mix and apply cob as you build a wall structure for the building. This hands on workshop will not only be fun but informative as you’ll learn about soil testing, which materials to use for cob, various techniques for mixing and applying and ideas for cob projects you can do on your property.
recommended: boots and clothes that can get muddy and stained, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen 
March 10, 11
March 24,25
March 29
April 7, 8
April 14, 15
10am – 4:30pm
$75/day
Earthen plasters (rough coat)
In this workshop you will learn how to mix ingredients to make a rough plaster finish. We will be applying a rough coat to the entire building.
recommended: clothes that can get muddy, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
TBD (2 days)
$75/day
Earthen plasters (final coat)
In this workshop you will learn how to mix ingredients to make a final plaster finish. We will be applying a final coat to the entire building.
recommended: clothes that can get muddy, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen 
TBD (2 days)
$75/day
Living Roof
In this workshop you will learn how a living roof functions. We will be actually working on the ‘living’ portion of the roof installing the liner, soil, plants, and irrigation.
recommended: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
TBD
(1-2 days)
$45
Earthen floor 
You will learn how to mix all the ingredients and actually pour an adobe floor.
recommended: clothes that can get muddy, knee pads, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen 
TBD (1 day)
$45
Natural Paints
In this workshop we will teach you how to mix materials and how to apply clay-based paints. We will be painting the inside of our structure.
recommended: clothes that can get dirty although clay-based paints wash right out, they might leave light stains.
TBD (1 day)
$55


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About Carlos Bill

Carlos is a dynamic public school teacher and Principal with professional development experience in 2nd language acquisition, educational technology, and classroom management. He also is Co-Founder of Travel to Learn, an organization dedicated to teaching people how to live a truly regenerative lifestyle with respect to health, relationships, and the natural environment. TTL does this through public speaking engagements, workshops, and travel programs.
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