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Workshops and Events

Listed Chronologically



Hemp Building Course
April 15 - 17
Kerry, Ireland

Teacher and writer Steve Allin has been developing and teaching Hemp Building Courses since 2004. This year he has taken it to another level of understanding to include more design details and finishes. Evaluation of each students comprehension is undertaken at the end of the 3 days. A certificate is presented to successful students. No better way to learn the knowledge of the technique and technology of utilising Hemp materials in Building.

See hempbuilding.us for more information.

Superadobe Seminar
April 15 - 19
Smartsville, CA

Learn SuperAdobe techniques with CalEarth alumni, Sonny Morrow! Build an 8' diameter dome and become comfortable building with the elements around you. Camp fire victims encouraged to attend and will receive a 50% reduced rate. More details here: https://www.calearth.org/blog/norcal 

Superadobe Earth Dome Workshop
April 21 - 28
Calabria, Italy

The Cal-Earth Institute in collaboration with Vide Terra offers this intensive course. During the workshop a 2.5m (internal diameter) earth dome with a door opening and a window will be built. The purpose of the course is to give the theoretical and practical tools useful to design and build a small earth structure or living space.

The workshop will be divided into a theoretical and a practical part.
Theory:
- Earth architecture and the importance of building with earth
- The SuperAdobe technique
- The principle of the arch and of the dome
- Designing a dome
- Practical techniques to analyse earth composition
- Introduction to waterproofing
- Designing more complex structures and living spaces based on the Eco-Dome concept.
Practice:
- Hands on construction of a complete 2,5m earth dome (foundation and structure)
- Creation of openings for doors, windows and ventilation
- Introduction to plastering

See www.videterra.org for more information.

Natural Building with Earth and Trees
April 25
Suffolk, UK

Find out about our restoration project using  traditional (natural) building materials from the local landscape Learn traditional methods of converting subsoil into walls Find out about using woodland materials in construction This Experience Day shows you how our ancestors built with their local landscape in low-tech and sustainable ways. Building is fun and easy. Think small and local. Involve your friends and family. Celebrate a special event or birthday - please contact Sarah to discuss dates/themes.

See orchardbarn.org.uk for more iinformation.

Straw Bale Building Course
April 26 - 28
Bridport, UK

This action-packed weekend course is run by Dorset straw bale builder Phil Christopher, of Huff and Puff Construction. Your weekend starts with an introductory session on the Friday evening, followed by two days of both theory and hands-on building of a load-bearing straw bale room. No previous building experience is required! What you’ll learn on this course should give you enough knowledge and confidence to start your own project.

See www.facebook.com for more information.

Cob and Straw Immersion
April 28 - May 4
Snow Camp, NC

oin us as we add onto one of our strawbales cottages in the woods! We will be extending the footprint of the building with a strawbale-insulated bedroom, as well as a slip-straw insulated bathroom. Earthen and lime plastering work can be done on both of those wall systems during the week. We will additionally spend 2 hands-on days with cob wall systems, and some time installing a living roof. Our workshops are very hands-on! Expect to be building on site for about 7 hours each day. This is supplemented with discussion, presentations, and a home tour of some local natural homes.

See www.muddauberbuilding.com for more information.

Introduction to Cob and Natural Building
April 29 - May 5
Maricopa, California

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. This course is primarily a hands on course, where we learn by doing. We will be building a small structure from start to finish. As a complement to the hands-on portion of the course, we will include slide shows and discussions of the theoretical aspects of natural building.

To register and for more information, click here. 

Timber Frame SelfBuild
April 29 - May 3
Powys, Wales

During this course you’ll learn a range of timber frame building techniques, how to use tools safely and correctly, marking out, measuring and cutting the frame as well as frame raising. Also included are talks on planning, ecological building materials and low energy homes. You will gain lots of hands-on experience culminating in a finished timber frame at the end of the week. There will also be time during the course to ask questions about your own projects so bring along drawings and plans with you too, if you like. The course is for anyone with an interest in sustainable construction and self-build. This course welcomes self-builders, construction teachers, individuals looking to re-skill and architects.

See courses.cat.org.uk for more information.

Complete Cob Building Course
April 30 - May 3
Dorset, UK

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

See www.cobcourses.com for more information.

One-Day Cob Primer
Every Saturday in May
Jacksonville, Oregon

Join us for a day of learning, mixing materials and seeing all the things you can do with earthen construction. This day is a perfect introduction to building with earth for those who are considering building a house or a cottage, or for those who are thinking about using these techniques to remodel their existing home. You'll get hands-on experience in mixing cob and building a section of a wall with it. We will also demo how to install an earthen floor or how to apply an earthen plaster on just about every possible material, from straw bales to drywall. The light straw-clay technique will show you how to remodel an existing home (or garage) and also will give you some tools to start a new construction project that can be code approved.

See www.housealive.org for moere infoermation.

Taking Timber Frameing Further
May 2 - 4
Suffolk, UK

Practical  course working in a small group to progress your timber framing skills. The 'practice piece' is the reinstatement of a 1580 timber frame. Some carpentry experience is needed. These three days are perfect for improvers, home-owners, conservation officers, architects, carpenters, builders, engineers, and anyone with a love of traditional timber framing who wants to get more involved in the practical carpentry of a big timber frame.

Signing up for this course at Orchard Barn will enable you to practice your skills and gain confidence whilst making a real difference to OBee CIC's restoration project. In March 2017 planning permission was granted for the reinstatement of the ruined Suffolk Long House at Orchard Barn.  The reinstatement in a 'like for like' manner uses local trees, traditional techniques, tools and a collaborative approach to working together.

See orchardbarn.org.uk for more information.

Earthbag Natural Pool Workshop
May 4
Asheville, NC

Do you like taking a cool swim on a hot summer day? We are pleased to be offering an earthbag natural pool workshop at Bottom Leaf Intentional Community, one hour North of Asheville, NC. Participants will get hands-on experience building a spring-fed, natural pool that incorporates earthbags! Projects like this demonstrate the incredible versatility of earthbag building.

See morgancaraway.com for more information.

Wattle and Daub at Orchard Farm
May 7
Suffolk, UK

Interested in heritage building practices and constructing walls that are deep green and use free locally sourced materials?

  • Suitable for complete beginners and professionals in the conservation field
  • Largely practical with some theory and history
  • Learn where to source materials
  • Assess clay and subsoil qualities
  • Work with coppiced woodland material
  • Construct a wattle panel
  • Learn how to use traditional greenwood working equipment - shave horse, draw knife, side axe

See orchardbarn.org.uk for more information.

Hemp Building Course
May 7 - 9
Kerry, Ireland

Teacher and writer Steve Allin has been developing and teaching Hemp Building Courses since 2004. This year he has taken it to another level of understanding to include more design details and finishes. Evaluation of each students comprehension is undertaken at the end of the 3 days. A certificate is presented to successful students. No better way to learn the knowledge of the technique and technology of utilising Hemp materials in Building.

See hempbuilding.us for more information.

 

Straw Bale Construction Intensive Workshop
May 10 - 14, 2019
Peterborough, ON, Canada

This four-day straw bale construction intensive workshop is taught by three leading practitioners of straw bale building in Ontario, with almost 50 years of combined experience. They have designed this workshop to give you the most practical and up-to-date information about building with straw bales. Over the four days, participants will learn about straw building theory and design in two classroom sessions, and get plenty of practical, hands-on learning experience on a code-approved straw bale building.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Earthen Walls and Living Roof Workshop
May 12 - 15
Kingsbury, Texas

Earthen building and outdoor 'class' of theory; Study Living Roof styles from origins of Scandinavian Torvtak Roofs with bark as waterproofing up to modern Green Roofs; Build higher on the  Living Roof and earthen wall. Deeper discussion and explanation into design and implementation options; Roof and wall final construction push. Time allowing a short introduction to earthen plasters and finishes plus maintenance for your new roof.

See www.earthbaghouse.com for more information.

Natural Building Comprehensive
May 18 - 28
Northeast Texas

Cob Intensive May 19-23: In order to provide you with enough time to learn every aspect of the building process, we will be building a scaled-down (39 sqft) cob cottage. Participants will be involved in every task, from digging the foundation to installing the roof system! During this time, you will also be involved in learning how to build your very own cob oven. In addition, all students will get a unique opportunity to not only tour, but to participate in the finishing work on our 2200 sqft balecob home - the construction of which is featured on the DIY network television channel! We will be doing some light straw clay application to the walls of the second story.

Natural Plasters & Finishes w/ Athena Steen May 24-28: For the second portion of the workshop, we are honored to have renowned author and artisan Athena Steen teaching the art of natural plasters & finishes! She is truly a master of her trade. Participants will have plenty of canvas to practice and perfect their skills, as you will be working on the bottom story of our balecob home!

See www.facebook.com for more information.

Complete Cob Building Course
May 24 - 27
Dorset, UK

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

See www.cobcourses.com for more information.

Essential Hempcrete Construction
May 25, 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.

Yurt Building Course
May 25 - June 3
Bridport, UK

We will be making a 14ft yurt frame out of locally sourced coppiced sweet chestnut and ash. There will be a small amount of "class room" theory work throughout each day but the course will be predominantly "hands on" it will cover everything you need to know about how to make your own beautiful coppiced yurt frame. Some of the skills we will be learning are; how to source your own wood sustainably, tool sharpening, cleaving wood, steam bending, knotting up, some basic jointing techniques and the use of draw knives, side axes and spoke shaves as well as how to use other more common carpentry tools. No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to work and to learn.

See www.facebook.comfor more inforemation.

Natural Building with Earth and Trees
May 30
Suffolk, UK

Find out about our restoration project using  traditional (natural) building materials from the local landscape Learn traditional methods of converting subsoil into walls Find out about using woodland materials in construction This Experience Day shows you how our ancestors built with their local landscape in low-tech and sustainable ways. Building is fun and easy. Think small and local. Involve your friends and family. Celebrate a special event or birthday - please contact Sarah to discuss dates/themes.

See orchardbarn.org.uk for more iinformation.

Design Your Own Sustainable Home Workshop
June 1 - 2, 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.

Construction Skills for Women
June 8 - 9; June 22 - 23; July 6 - 7;
July 20 - 22, 2019
Peterborough, ON, Canada

This workshop will be held over four non-consecutive weekends for a total of 8 learning daysThis workshop involves you in all the steps of framing and finishing a small building. You’ll measure, mark, cut and assemble floors, roofs, walls, doors, windows and siding… all in a supportive atmosphere with two experienced women carpenters to lead and direct you. Endeavour’s Construction Skills for Women workshop will give you the skills and confidence to create your own small building and tackle other building/repair projects.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Complete Cob Building Course
June 24 - 27
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.

In-Depth Clay Plastering Workshop
June 9 - July 4
West Sussex, UK

The six day workshop is based around the real hands-on experience of using clay plaster on the walls of an earthbag or strawbale structure, supported by regular lectures to ensure you understand the theory and possibilities. Over the five days you will learn:

Recognising the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for creating clay plaster in construction
Preparation and application of the first 2 coats of clay plaster onto the wall
Application of a clay and straw “cob” mixture to the walls
Preparation and application of the final layer of plaster
Sculpting with clay plaster
mixing different clay colours applying and carving the smooth plaster layers.
Methods of protecting clay plaster from the elements.
Preparation and application of clay paints for a beautiful natural finish.
The theory of how clay floors are built.

See www.facebook.com for more information.

ClayFest 2019
June17 - 22
Machynlleth, Wales

This will be our 5th Clayfest, the theme is Confidence in Clay. With out partners at CAT this will cover new build, heritage, training, networking and get an EBUKI Welsh Regional Group well and truly established.

See www.facebook.com for more information.

An Introduction to Using Lime
June 26
Suffolk, UK

Got an old building? Need to do some maintenance that's in keeping with its age and materials? Book this course and learn about

  • Health and Safety
  • Historic use
  • Lime cycle
  • Mixing mortar and render
  • Repointing
  • Rendering and plastering
  • Sourcing materials

See www.orchardbarn.org.uk for more information.

Timber Frame Repairs
June 28
Suffolk, UK

Learn how to assess the condition of your timber frame, and how best to repair old timbers using traditional joints and tools.

See www.orchardbarn.org.uk for more information.

Natural Building with Earth and Trees

June 28
Suffolk, UK

Find out about our restoration project using  traditional (natural) building materials from the local landscape. Learn traditional methods of converting subsoil into walls Find out about using woodland materials in construction This Experience Day shows you how our ancestors built with their local landscape in low-tech and sustainable ways.

See www.orchardbarn.org.uk for more information.

Complete Cob and Natural Building Intensive
July 3 - 13
Jacksonville, Oregon

We will teach you how to use clay-soil to build just about everything. From strong structural walls (cob and Adobe) to beautiful floors, plasters and light-straw-clay walls. Because the materials are fireproof, they are ideally suited to sculpt ovens, fireplaces and cook stoves. The essence of your learning experience will revolve around developing a deep understanding of how to process and combine a few simple materials: clay-soil, sand and straw. During this workshop we will build a beautiful garden wall and an earthen bread/pizza oven. Within the wall, we will incorporate all the features of a wall that would be part of a earthen house: Windows, doors, electricity, plumbing, arches, niches, and artwork. 

See www.housealive.org for more information.

Complete Cob Building Course
July 15 - 18
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.

Earthbag Superadobe Dome Building Workshop
July 18 - 26
West Sussex, UK

An eight day Earthbag workshop (Some call it Superadobe, except we keep our earthbag technology as natural as possible, built using mostly earth and a pegging system with no barbed wire..! cement and barbed wire used ONLY where absolutely necessary.)
where you will get to build and start to plaster a complete earthbag dome with 3 ..! vaulted arches, which will later be used as a bathroom dome with two hot tubs… to be followed by the 6 day plastering workshop. Taught by architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska.

See www.facebook.com for more information.

Italy Design/Build:
Masonry Restoration
July 16 - 31
Ossola Valley, Italy

Spend two weeks in the Italian Alps helping restore 500 year-old vernacular stone buildings and learning design skills necessary for this restoration and for any restoration you may subsequently tackle on your own. Yestermorrow has collaborated with the Canova Association since 2010 in the preservation and adaptive re-use of abandoned stone buildings throughout the Ossola Valley, north of Lago Maggiore and Milan. Projects have included a small water-powered mill, a barn, a communal laundry, a stone oven and a vaulted cantina. Much of our work is focused on restoring the abandoned village of Ghesc.

No prior skills are required to take the course, which is taught in English, and an ability to engage in modest hiking is desirable. The masonry work is tailored to each individual’s physical ability. This course is a combination of masonry construction, historic preservation, adaptive re-use, natural building techniques and the application of the design/build philosophy.

See yestermorrow.org for more information.

Roundwood Timber Framing Course
July 16 - 19
Hampshire, UK

wo practical, hands on courses in building with roundwood timber with traditional tools and techniques, working with local wood sourced from our site. Timber like this, used in the round, marries strength and beauty to create buildings that can either stand alone or sit comfortably alongside more traditional structures. Step by step, the courses will take you through the process of raising your very own roundwood timber structure and will include both theory and practice.  From selecting your timber and peeling the bark, to visiting a completed project and raising the frame, these two complimentary courses will inform and inspire you to create a beautiful natural building, designed to blend into its surroundings.

See www.sustainability-centre.org for more information.

Traditional Timber Frame Systems
July 26 - Aug. 1
Mendocino, California

This workshop will focus on basic round pole timber framing, an attractive structural skeleton that can accompany natural building wall systems. Includes: Design Overview, Structural considerations, Aesthetic considerations, How to interface timber frames with cob, straw bale & clay wattle., A discussion on preparing logs , Peeling, Washing, Relief cuts, Curing, Mortise & tenon joinery, Layout and set up, Cutting tenons, Cutting housings, Cutting mortises , Honing and fitting joints , Pegging joints with hardwood dowels, Cutting & fitting braces, Assembling & raising a “bent” frame

See www.abuelagardens.com for more information

Hempcrete Construction Intensive Workshop
July 29 - Aug. 1, 2019
Kingston, ON, Canada

At our Hempcrete Construction Intensive Workshop you will learn everything you need to know to create a remarkable home insulation material from the hemp plant and to install it in your building!  Hempcrete is an exciting addition to the construction palette in North America! 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. Over the four days of this intensive workshop, you will learn about hempcrete theory and design in two classroom sessions, and get plenty of practical, hands-on learning experience on a small hempcrete building.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information

An Introduction to Timber Framing
July 30
Suffolk, UK

The basics of timber frames spelt out. Terms, traditional techniques/tools AND locally sourced timber. Start at the beginning with mortise and tenons, studs, soleplates, wallplates, jowls, pegs, braces and tie beams. Whether you're a home-owner, or thinking of building  - this course provides a great understand of how a timber frame is constructed.

See orchardbarn.org.uk for more iinformation.

Natural Building Intensive
August 6 - 30
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Endeavour’s one-month Natural Building Intensive puts you at the heart of a natural building project.You will learn about the design and construction of modern natural buildings, using materials sourced from the local environment to create healthy, affordable and energy efficient shelter.You will work with teachers and practitioners who are leaders in the field and work with fellow participants who are motivated and enthusiastic.Join us for an experience that will give you the skills to tackle your own natural building projects!

see endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Everything Earthen
Sept 10 - 15
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

5th Annual! Experience cob and so much more. This is an in-depth overview of how to source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into beautiful housing and art. Learn how to create walls from cob/adobe, wattle and daub, rammed earth, straw clay, wood chip clay, straw bales, and more. Learn to mix and apply plasters of cob (adobe), cement, and lime. Also discover mixing and application of earthen paints and lime paints. Hands-on instruction, lectures and slides.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Straw Bales, Cob, and Earthen Floors
August 18 - 22
Mendocino, CA

Description: This workshop will focus on clay and straw, two of the most versatile natural building materials.

In the first part of the workshop, you will learn to:

• Build a highly insulating and fire-resistant straw bale wall

• Mix clay soil, sand and straw into cob 

• Sculpt cob into beautiful, durable walls

• Sustainably harvest and test clay soils 

• Determine the best cob mix for your soil

• Understand the difference between insulation and thermal mass and how to use them together to make an efficient passive solar home

 The extended practicum will focus on faster ways to mix and build with cob using machines, sculpting cob details, and how to install an earthen floor.

See www.abuelagardens.com for more information.

Intermediate Cobber Certification Training
August 18 - Sept. 22
Nevada City, CA

The 28-day Course will offer practical learning by building a 150 sq. ft curvilinear building. The Course starts with the Cob Walls during Weeks 1-3 (the Foundation will already be built), which include a door, opening and fixed windows, shelves, artistic inserts like bottles, driftwood, branches, etc., electrical and plumbing infrastructure, sculpting and the roof connection elements. We will also pour the first 2 layers of floor over the gravel underlayment and apply one coat of earthen plaster on the interior and exterior wall.

See cruzincobglobal.org for more information.

Build a Small Timber Frame
Structure
August 21 - 25
Red Wing, MN

This class is designed to build the skills and confidence needed to tackle a small building. No experience required, we will cover safe work practices and teach proper operation of hand and power tools. The class focuses on traditional building methods supplemented with modern tooling. We employ square rule methodology to layout timbers. Then, we cut, and raise a small timber frame structure using traditional tools.

No experience needed. We supply the community tooling, instruction, and material. Along with your positive attitude, willingness to learn, you will need to bring the following:

See www.andersontimberworks.com for more iniformation.

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.

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
August 23 - 26
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.

Roundwood Timber Framing Course
Sept. 2 - 5
Hampshire, UK

wo practical, hands on courses in building with roundwood timber with traditional tools and techniques, working with local wood sourced from our site. Timber like this, used in the round, marries strength and beauty to create buildings that can either stand alone or sit comfortably alongside more traditional structures. Step by step, the courses will take you through the process of raising your very own roundwood timber structure and will include both theory and practice.  From selecting your timber and peeling the bark, to visiting a completed project and raising the frame, these two complimentary courses will inform and inspire you to create a beautiful natural building, designed to blend into its surroundings.

See www.sustainability-centre.org for more information.

Earthbag Dome Building Workshop
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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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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