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Earthbag Ecovillage
April 20 - 30, 2015
Negril, Jamaica

Our budding ecovillage is the location for this course, where there are already several mostly completed Earthbag buildings. You will learn the skills needed to plan and finish your own buildings out of earth, rocks, and wood. Learn the art of masonry dome building with Earthbags. We will construct an 8 ft earthbag dome in this course. Study concepts of bio-architecture like whole-systems design, water, power, thermal mass climate control, and passive solar heat collection. Practice drawing methods to help you design structures with these features. Experience finishing techniques in earthen plaster, cement, and lime. Your tuition gets you: Lectures, hands-on instruction, tour of the area, ground transport, meals, and camping. Enjoy seeing a slice of Jamaica on a couple incredible field trips. We will visit beautiful swimming and diving location on the seaboard, swimming spots along streams, and pass through nearby farms and towns. Permaculture and alternative technology topics will also be highlighted. Mostly a hands-on course, also including slideshows, lectures, and fun field trips.

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

SuperShip Workshop
April 20 - 25
Las Vegas NV

Open Arms domes is a SuperShip (Superadobe/Earthship hybrid) residential home being constructed in central Las Vegas Nevada. We will be holding free half day workshops each month and 6 day worshops with certificate (contact for pricing). All ages and levels of experience are welcome to participate in our workshops.

For details email Rad (at) gaiasuperadobe.org or check us out at www.gaiasuperadobe.org or on facebook: www.facebook.com

Earthbag and Clay Plastering Workshop
May 4 – May 10
Near Alicante, Spain

Come to our beautiful olive grove in the mountains of Spain and learn in a fun and hands-on way how to make a disaster resistant eco dome with earthbags and no cement.

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 17 years of experience building with earthbags in communities all around the world. Paulina worked alongside Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth in 1996 and is the author of “Building with Earth”, one of the leading earthbag construction books.

Earth, Hands and Houses workshops are always a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

See earthhandsandhouses.org for more information or email info(at)earthhandsandhouses.org.

Making and Applying Your Own Natural Finish Plasters
May 9 - 10
Petersborough, ON, 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.

Natural clay or lime plasters add a dimension to a room unobtainable with any other finish. In addition to their inherent beauty, they are non-toxic and can help regulate humidity in a room. They are durable and repairable and the best way to make your home a more natural, warmer and healthier place.

In this workshop, you will learn how to source the required materials, prepare wall surfaces for plastering, mix and tint plasters and apply to wall surfaces. During the workshop, you will create a series of sample boards in the colours of your choice to take home to help make plaster choices for your own home/project.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

The Regenerative Home
May 16 - 23, 2015
La Garita, Colorado

This is a special workshop that will give you an inside view into the making of this futuristic home from it's inception. We will focus on systems primarily, such as grey/blackwater usage, indoor and vertical food gardening, masonry heaters, off grid electrical and plumbing, rainwater catchment, and more. We will also cover other topics like how to build with earthen materials, designing woodless architecture, passive annual heat storage, passive solar construction, off grid construction, and permaculture site planning. Shared meals and camping by a beautiful stream. Stay tuned for our indiegogo fundraiser that will help complete the prototype!

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Natural, Non-Toxic Eco-Paints Workshop
May 17
Petersborough, 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.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

SuperShip Workshop
May 24 - 29
Las Vegas NV

Open Arms domes is a SuperShip (Superadobe/Earthship hybrid) residential home being constructed in central Las Vegas Nevada. We will be holding free half day workshops each month and 6 day worshops with certificate (contact for pricing). All ages and levels of experience are welcome to participate in our workshops.

For details email Rad (at) gaiasuperadobe.org or check us out at www.gaiasuperadobe.org or on facebook: www.facebook.com

Insulated Rammed Earth workshop
May 25 - 29
Gabriola Island, BC, 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
Insulated rammed earth methods
Wall and sample testing
Curing & sealing walls
Skid steer operation basics(Bobcat)
Taught by Clifton Schooley, a highly experienced RE builder

For those who are interested please look at this: rammed earth workshop. Contact us by email to get on the list. Be sure to leave your phone # and the best time to reach you.

Insulated Rammed Earth workshop
June 1 - 6
Gabriola Island, BC, 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
Insulated rammed earth methods
Wall and sample testing
Curing & sealing walls
Skid steer operation basics(Bobcat)
Taught by Clifton Schooley, a highly experienced RE builder

For those who are interested please look at this: rammed earth workshop. Contact us by email to get on the list. Be sure to leave your phone # and the best time to reach you.

Rocket Stove/Rocket Mass Heater Workshop
June 12 - 14
Petersborough, ON, Canada

Learn how to make your own high efficiency wood heating device for your own home! A (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 48 hrs 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.

Unlike open tube rocket stoves, a RMH can have a sealed combustion chamber and allow users to stoke a firebox with a long burn time. This make a RMH much more appropriate for heating homes and other spaces where open combustion is not desirable.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Everything Earthen
June 20 - 27
Deer Island, Oregon

Experience Cob and so much more at our new location in Oregon, just 1 hour from Portland city center. This course is an in-depth overview of how to source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into fantastically beautiful artwork and housing. You'll learn how to create walls from cob/adobe, wattle and daub, rammed earth, straw clay, wood chip clay, strawbales, 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.

SuperShip Workshop
June 22 - 17
Las Vegas NV

Open Arms domes is a SuperShip (Superadobe/Earthship hybrid) residential home being constructed in central Las Vegas Nevada. We will be holding free half day workshops each month and 6 day worshops with certificate (contact for pricing). All ages and levels of experience are welcome to participate in our workshops.

For details email Rad (at) gaiasuperadobe.org or check us out at www.gaiasuperadobe.org or on facebook: www.facebook.com

SUMMER BAG BLITZ!
Earthbag and Natural Building Intensive

June 27th - July 5th
Bastrop TX

Natural Building & Earthbag 9 day or 5 day Intensive - "Bag Blitz!" Thinking about building your own Natural House? This is the in-depth workshop for you. Learn about permaculture design and build 2 Natural Homes side-by-side for all 9 days or just the weekends at the Earth Native Wilderness School in Bastrop TX. Join us in building an earthbag round house and timber frame with light-clay-straw, adobe and cob. Natural Builders Thea Bryant and Kirby Fry will lead this 9 day intensive Blitz to kickstart anyone's dream of seriously building their own permaculturally designed Natural home. And it's our great fortune to have permaculture afcionado, Kirby to introduce permaculture design principles to further compliment the week about creating a truly sustainable homestead.

Read more and register at: www.earthbaghouse.com

Natural Building Summer Camp (ages 11-14)
July 6 - 10
Gresham, Oregon

This will be an adventure in designing and creating earthen art and architecture. We had a blast last year and are excited to offer this again. Study design principles for ecological structures. Learn a variety of natural building techniques. Come play with earthen building materials, make models of your own designs and build a full size Cob Bench with the group. Plus, we play other games like soccer, basketball, and riddles. Learning is fun!

See www.earthenhand.com for more information.

Natural Building Workshop
July 6 - 10
Asheville, NC

This Natural Building Workshop offers classes, hands-on work stations, slideshows, and a field trip. Participants will gain skills in building with natural building systems using local clay, sand, straw, bamboo, and other abundant and salvaged materials.

Hands-on projects
• Earthen wall systems: Cob, slipstraw, wattle & daub, and more
• Oh, the glorious art of mixing and making with mud, quickly
• Natural finishes: Earthen plasters and paints
• Living Roofs: Design & implementation
• Wood-fired: Baking oven
• Carpentry: Some basics

See thepermacultureschool.org for more information.

Natural, Non-Toxic Eco-Paints Workshop
July 25
Petersborough, 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.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Earth Floors Workshop
August 8 - 9
Petersborough, ON, Canada

An earthen floor can be beautiful, durable and a joy to walk on! It is also the most sustainable flooring option available. During the workshop, participants will learn how to create an earthen floor mix from site soils and natural ingredients. We’ll look at how to test soils for suitability in floors, and how to amend soils to make a good mix for floors. We’ll lay and trowel out a full floor, and learn techniques for getting the desired surface characteristics.

Find out about how to prepare a variety of floor substrates for an earthen floor and natural finishing options for earthen floors. Maintenance and repair issues will also be addressed.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Earthbag Building Workshop
September 5
Petersborough, ON, Canada

Learn how to make a low-cost, low-impact, durable earthbag foundation for any type of building, from small shed to full-sized home! Earthbag building is a low-tech solution to making foundations (or entire buildings) using basic materials and simple tools. Drawing on the age-old technique of rammed earth building, earthbag uses woven sack material to provide a ready-made, leave-in-place formwork for containing rammed earth mixtures. Earthbag construction can often use site soils as the basis for the rammed earth mix, or local gravel, sand, clay (or other binders) can be used.

In this workshop you will learn how to source the materials for earthbag building, how to test soils for suitability, how to create a suitable rammed earth mix, and how to layout, fill and tamp earthbags to create a stable, level foundation structure. The workshop will also examine how earthbag can be mated with a variety of different conventionl and alternative wall systems. Engineering and code approvals will also be covered.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Straw Bale Building Workshop
September 25 - 27
Petersborough, ON 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 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.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Plastering for Straw Bale Construction
Oct 3 - 4
Prtersborough, ON, Canada

Straw bale walls are unlike any other wall type when it comes to plastering. The unique substrate of undulating straw combined with the many important roles the plaster plays in a straw bale wall system (it is structure, weather-proofing, air sealing and aesthetic finish all in one!) means that plastering straw bale walls is a skill all unto itself.

This workshop will focus on Endeavour’s unique two-part, one-coat system of plastering. Over many years of development, we’ve refined this technique to allow the full depth of plaster to be applied to bale wall at one time. Using a high clay content and a high chopped straw content, this style of plastering combines strength, simplicity and user-friendliness. This system can be used to create the final finish on a wall, or have a final skim coat finish applied over top.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Design Your Own Sustainable Home
October 31 - November 1
Peterboraugh. ON, 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.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Tadelakt Plaster for Beginners
November 7
Peterborough, ON, Canada

Tadelakt is a natural plaster method that originated in Morocco and is the only type of natural plaster that is inherently waterproof, making it ideal for bathrooms, kitchens, showers, tubs and sinks. It is a beautiful plaster with an unequalled shiny finish and variegated colouring that is pleasing to the eye and to the touch.

This one-day introduction to tadelakt plastering will help beginners understand the materials and the techniques for making and applying tadelakt plaster. The workshop will show you how to source the materials required to make your own tadelakt mix, and how to make the mix and tint it.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Renewable Energy Workshop
November 28
Petersborough, ON, 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.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Hempcrete Workshop
November 29
Petersborough, ON, 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.

In the hands-on component of the workshop, participants will learn how to assess the necessary materials and create a mix that is appropriate for a desired end use. We will use mixing machinery to create batches of hempcrete, and learn how to place them in a wall, floor and/or roof. Different types of framing and shuttering (or forming) systems will be shown, and every participant will leave with a hempcrete block they cast themselves.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

Making and Applying YOur Own Natural Finish Plasters
December 5 - 6
Petersborough, ON, 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.

Natural clay or lime plasters add a dimension to a room unobtainable with any other finish. In addition to their inherent beauty, they are non-toxic and can help regulate humidity in a room. They are durable and repairable and the best way to make your home a more natural, warmer and healthier place.

In this workshop, you will learn how to source the required materials, prepare wall surfaces for plastering, mix and tint plasters and apply to wall surfaces. During the workshop, you will create a series of sample boards in the colours of your choice to take home to help make plaster choices for your own home/project.

See endeavourcentre.org for more information.

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