Workshops and Events

Listed Chronologically


Sustainable New Construction
April 25 - October 14
The Endeavour Centre
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Endeavour’s 2016 Sustainable New Construction program is a full time immersion program, with participants taking part in the complete construction cycle of a high-performance building using natural and low-carbon building materials. Our 2016 project is an affordable elder-care home, featuring side-by-side units for a family and for aging parents/grandparents. This project will feature:

  • Passive House standards for energy efficiency * Jumbo straw bale wall construction * Compressed earth block foundation and walls * High performance HVAC systems * Grid-tied photovoltaic array * Earthen floors and plasters * Local wood products * All natural finishes… and much, much more!

If you would like to apply, please email an application to registration at endeavourcentre dot org, with a resume outlining your educational and work experience to date, and a cover letter explaining why you’d be an ideal candidate for this program by December 31, 2015.

See endeavourcentre.org/programs/new-construction for more information.

Earthbag, Straw Bale, Permaculture
Natural Building Ecovillage Cottage Workshop Build
Bag Blitz Intensives

July and August 2016
On the 'Ranch Crawkiss' Eco Village in Hotchkiss Colorado

See www.earthbaghouse.com for more information.

Cob Yoga/Dance/Meditation Studio
August 1 to Sept. 11
Cabo Verde, West Africa

Cruzin Cob Global is offering a 6 week program where participants will build a yoga/dance/meditation studio among the trees overlooking the Cachaça village. Students will learn all phases of construction beginning with the foundation trench, stone foundation, cob walls, windows, functional inserts, electrical and plumbing, sculpting, plastering, earthen floor and placing the roof.

See cruzincobglobal.org for more information.

Tiny House Jamboree
August 5 - 7
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Calling all tiny house and small living enthusiasts! You’re invited to the 2016 National Tiny House Jamboree™ at The Western Museum of Mining and Industry.

The Mission: To inspire the tiny house community to reach their dreams through education, inspiration, fun, and COMMUNITY building.

The Vision: A gathering of inspired people living their passions through simplifying their lives and getting back in touch with what REALLY matters in life.

MEET great people in the movement! Talk to LEADERS in the industry! Learn about the latest DEVELOPMENTS! KEYNOTE speakers and book signings! Awesome MODELS from pro builders!”

Tiny House Jamboree

Cob Dome Construction
weekends August 6 - 28
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Math meets mud in this new course. Monolithic earthen domes have been a common form of shelter around the world for eons. They can make great root cellars or garden sheds, and can easily endure the elements with a roof. Learn to construct a small catenary dome over four weekend classes. Attend some or all weekends, but we recommend all. It's going to be technical and fun!

see www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Cob Cottage Renovation Workshop
August 7 - 21
Sautillantes, France

Cruzin' Cob Global is offering a 2 week program where participants will renovate a 200 year old structure, giving it a "cobby"  makeover. Students will rebuild the roof frame, pour a new earthen floor, round corners, create niches and shelves, sculpt new windows and other creative shapes.

See cruzincobglobal.org for more information.


Renewable Energy & Appropriate Technology
August 15-18

Asheville, NC

You will learn how to help address local and global climate issues by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating necessary transition steps toward a healthier future for life on this planet. You will receive an introduction to solar, hydro, bio-gas, wind, and passive solar design, and discover how these systems fit into integrated infrastructure design. Other topics that you will learn about include energy evaluation & efficiency, retrofits, greenhouse gas emissions measurement and mitigation.

See thepermacultureschool.orgfor more information.

Ecological & Natural Building
August 22 - 25

Asheville, NC

You will gain insight in how to design efficient buildings using ecological materials, passive solar techniques, appropriate site selection, and basics of structural integrity. You will also engage in some hands-on natural building methodologies using clay, sand, straw, bamboo, and other affordable materials. Expect introductory-level instruction into natural wall systems and earthen finishes, which will leave you with the basic knowledge to continue learning how to create structures that are beautiful, functional, and place-based.

See thepermacultureschool.orgfor more information.

Tadelakt plastering workshop
August 27 - 28
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Tadelakt plastering is the only way to bring natural plasters into wet areas like shower stalls, bathtubs, kitchen backsplashes, and even to make sinks and tubs! This workshop will show you how to mix, apply and finish a tadelakt plaster in a real-world setting. You'll learn everything you need to know to do your own tadelakt work at home.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Cordwood Masonry
Sept. 2 - 4
West Chazy, NY

Morning sessions include cordwood theory, slide presentations, explanatory tours, and discussion of the three styles of cordwood construction: built-up corners (stackwall), round houses, and cordwood as infilling within a post-and-beam framework. The kinds of wood and how long to dry them is covered, as well as various alternative mortar mixes. Installing doors and windows is detailed, as is cordwood masonry “special effects.” At Earthwood, students examine several different kinds of cordwood masonry buildings. Afternoons are reserved for practical, hands-on work sessions. At Earthwood, the project is cordwood infilling within a timber frame building nearby.  The third afternoon affords an opportunity for students to consult with Rob about their plans, while Jaki maintains order on the worksite. This workshop gives the student a strong introduction to this ancient building technique. Textbook: Cordwood Building.  

See cordwoodmasonry.com for more information.

Earthwood Techniques
Sept. 5
West Chazy, NY

Low-cost foundations and earth-sheltering methods used at the Earthwood house are emphasized, accenting surface bonded wall construction and plank-and-beam roofing. The five elements that affect load calculations are discussed. Alternative foundations, drainage and waterproofing, insulation, structural considerations and the masonry stove are all covered. An explanatory tour of the Earthwood house is included, as well as a step-by-step slide presentation documenting the construction of Earthwood from floating slab foundation to earth roof. Textbook: Earth-Sheltered Houses. This is a very full day, consisting of mostly classroom instruction.

See cordwoodmasonry.com for more information.

Cordwood Workshop
Sept. 9 - 11
Eureka Springs, AR

We are very excited to announce that Richard Flatau has agreed to host a hands-on Cordwood Construction workshop at our place in Eureka Springs, AR. You can learn more about cordwood construction at www.CordWoodConstruction.org and facebook.com/cordwoodconstruction. We are on Hwy 187 and there is a KOA next to our property. There are also lots of cabins close by. You might like a cabin with a view of the White River or Beaver Lake.

See cordwoodconstruction.org for more ionformation.

Understanding and Using Healthy House Paint

Sept. 24
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Learn how to make and use a wide range of natural, non-toxic eco-paints that are beautiful, healthy, durable and affordable. Our homes contain hundreds of square feet of painted surfaces, and most of them are covered with petrochemical products. Even the latest “no-VOC” paints contain chemical compounds that are bad for the environment in their production, disposal and during their lifespan on our walls. Fortunately, there is an exciting array of paints that are made from all-natural materials, and that are completely non-toxic and biodegradable. In this workshop, you will learn about a wide range of commercially available paint options, including clay, lime, casein and natural oil paints, as well discover recipes for making your own versions of these paints.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Renewable Energy Workshop
October 8
Peterborough, Canada

It is a widely held dream of many people to live a life powered by renewable energy. But it can be difficult to know how best to proceed with making this dream a reality. 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. The workshop covers all aspects of renewable energy:

  • 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
  • and much mor

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

6th International Hemp Building Symposium

6th International Hemp Building Symposium
October 11 - 12
Verona, Italy

With all the latest presentations of academic thesis, case studies and new material development in the Hemp Building world, the 6th International Hemp Building Symposium, Italy will be two days of the largest gathering of Hemp Building experts from all over the globe. The Symposium outing will be a visit to the north of Verona to view a three story hemp building project and sprayed hempcrete demonstration hosted by Equilibrium. The Symposium language will be English.

For more information and to register view the IHBA EVENT Page.

Making and Applying Your Own Natural Finish Plasters
October 22 - 23
Peterborough, Canada

You can make your own natural finish plasters to bring the beauty and benefits of natural building to any home, whether renovating a single room or building a new home. These homemade clay and lime plasters can be applied on any typical wall surface, including drywall (painted or new) and plasters or masonry of all kinds. The plasters are made from easily obtainable, affordable natural materials and can be mixed and applied at home in a vast range of colours and textures.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Hempcrete Workshop
October 29
Peterborough, Canada

Come and discover how a simple mix of natural materials can create a remarkable thermal insulation! 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 and structural properties. In this workshop, participants will learn about the components of hempcrete, 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, sourcing and building science of using hempcrete on new building projects and renovations.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Light Clay/Straw Workshop
October 30
Peterborough, Canada

Come and discover how a simple mix of low-cost natural materials can create a remarkable thermal insulation! Light clay/straw (or slip straw or straw/clay) construction uses straw mixed with clay slip to create an insulation material with good thermal, moisture-handling and structural properties. In this workshop, participants will learn about the components of straw/clay, see a slideshow of various Canadian and international straw/clay building projects, and gain an understanding of how, why and where straw/clay is an appropriate material choice. In the classroom, we will look at the costs, sourcing and building science of using straw/clay on new building projects and renovations.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Design Your Own Sustainable Home
November 5 - 6
Peterborough, Canada

The dream of designing and building one’s own home is one of the most deeply held desires in our culture. The dream of designing and building a sustainable home marries that desire with a wish to live lightly (and affordably!) on the planet. However, many questions face the prospective owner-builder setting out on this journey. To design yourself or hire a designer? To build yourself, or hire builders for different phases? How to choose from a myriad of competing natural building materials? How to choose heating options, water and waste options, electricity options? How to manage budgets and timelines? How to choose a piece of land? This workshop will explore all of these questions in an in-depth way.

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.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Straw Bale Building Workshop
November 18 - 20
Peterborough, Canada

Straw bale building continues to be one of the key sustainable building technologies, where high environmental performance meets code-ready and accessible technology. Straw bales can create beautiful, energy-efficient homes that are light on the environment. This two-day workshop (plus Friday evening slideshow) is taught by two leading practitioners of straw bale building in Ontario, and is aimed at giving participants a practical and up-to-date introduction to building with straw bales.

Over the three days, participants will learn about straw and how to find and select bales; different ways of using straw bales and incorporating them into different framing systems; how to properly detail a straw bale wall to be air tight and energy efficient; plaster preparation; plaster recipes for various types of plaster, and; hands-on plastering.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Rocket Mass Heater Workshop
December 3 - 4
Peterborough, Canada

Learn how to make your own high efficiency wood heating device for your own home! A Rocket Mass Heater (RMH) is a super-efficient wood-fired heating system composed of two parts: Part One is a rocket stove, consisting of a feed tube, burn tunnel and heat riser;Part Two is the mass chimney, through which hot exhaust gases from the rocket stove are ducted into a thermal heat storage made of masonry materials like cob, stone, urbanite or brick.  All of the heat that goes up the chimney with a conventional wood stove is saved and stored in a Rocket Mass Heater.  The heated up Mass can radiate heat for up to 48hrs or longer after the fire is out. A RMH can also incorporate a cooking surface and an oven, and can be finished to become a beautiful centrepiece in a home.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

Timber Frame Construction
January 18 - January 27, 2017
Mastatal, Costa Rica

Rancho Mastatal is offering a 10 day course where participants will gain skills to build a structure utilizing the square rule method of timber framing which results in mortise and tenon joinery secured by handmade wooden pegs instead of nails.

See ranchomastatal.com for more information.

Introduction to Cob and Natural Building
April 10 - 15, 2017
Maricopa, California

Cob building combines clay sediment, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, and fireplaces. Cob building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures. 

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.

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