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Workshops and Events

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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.

Natural Building Workshop
May 20 - 29
Rachitele, Romania

Our workshops are divided into two parts. First a theoretical part of building with natural materials found in the area, followed by a practical experience in dealing with wood construction, cob and lime plastering, straw filling and other organic methods.

Learning ecological building techniques will not only be a step towards a more natural lifestyle, but it will also give the confidence to be able to fix, renovate and build your own beautiful, natural and affordable home, getting you one step closer to a self-sufficient life. Whether you are starting your own project or renovating your place in a natural way, you can enjoy your holiday with us in the midst of nature, and learn about natural building. While the days will be spent learning and practicing, the evenings will be spent sharing knowledge and experiences as well as playing music around the campfire in a multicultural group setting.

See organicartranch.org for more information.

Cordwood Masonry
May 27 - 29
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 work site. This workshop gives the student a strong introduction to this ancient building technique. Textbook:  Cordwood Building

See cordwoodmasonry.com for more information.

Fundamentals of Building Science
May 27 - 29
Peterborough, Canada

Every builder and homeowner should understand the principles of heat and moisture flow in buildings. What is air-tightness and why is it important? How can you avoid moisture and mold problems? What is proper ventilation, and how can you achieve it? How to blend energy efficiency and healthy indoor environment? Building science offers us answers to these kinds of critical questions.

Building Science is relatively new field of study, but the issues it addresses are age-old: How do buildings work and how can we design them to work better? This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of building science, and will involve participants in the understanding of thermal and moisture dynamics through lecture, case study, hands-on testing, demonstration, design exercises, and design review. The course is focused on applying building science principles to inform best design and construction practices, and is suitable for both designers and builders.

For more information see endeavourcentre.org

SUPERADOBE EARTH DOME WORKSHOP
29 May - 4 June
Monreale, Sicily (Italy)

We will build a 1.8 m (internal diameter) earth dome with a door opening and a window. The purpose of the workshop is to give the theoretical and practical tools useful to selfbuild a small earth structure or living space.
The workshop teaches how to apply the superadobe/earthbag technique for a dome construction. The workshop will be divided into a theoretical and a practical part.

See www.videterra.org for maore information.

Earthwood Techniques
May 30
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.

Insulated Rammed Earth Workshop
May 30 - June 4 or June 6 - 11
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, 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 and Max Stadnyk

See rammedearth.info for more information.

Cordwood Workshop
June 10 - 12
Fountain City, WI

Come learn cordwood by getting your hands on a working project!  We will be working on the in-progress Cordwood Kiosk at Kinstone. If all goes well, we will finish the walls during this weekend course. We will be continuing work from last year. There are windows and doors to be installed. Perfect for learning!  Plus, there will be plenty of bottle-ends to experiment with and place into the wall in creative designs.

Learn how to build your own home, cottage or cabin with dry wood and mortar. Its economical, energy efficient, environmentally friendly, green, and visually attractive! We will be participating in classroom sessions including general cordwood information, powerpoint presentations, and discussions of the various styles of cordwood houses, as well as the various species of wood and how long to dry them. Hands-on sessions include instructor demonstrations and individually supervised hands-on practice. Students will be able to see the completed Kinstone Chapel and sauna while working on the new Dragon’s Keep Kiosk on the Kinstone campus.

See www.kinstonecircle.com for more information.

Bottle Wall Workshop
June 11
Asheville, NC

Bottom Leaf will be hosting this at our community property one hour north of Asheville, NC. For those who are unfamiliar, bottle walls are built using glass bottles and earthen mortar. Bottle walls are beautiful and allow nice, diffuse light into a room, evoking a stained-glass effect. The hours of the workshop will be from 10am to 5pm on Saturday with an hour-long break for lunch. There will be 2 other single-day workshops in the near future, one for earth plastering and one for earthen floors. The main instructors will be Morgan Caraway and his wife, Mary Jane Keneipp, the co-builders of a well-known earthbag roundhouse, earthbag earthship and many other EB structures. There will be other experienced builders present as well.

See bottomleaf.org for more information.

Rocket Mass Heater Workshop
June 11 - 12
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

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.

Earth Plaster Workshop
June 25 - 26
Asheville, NC

We will be having an earth plastering workshop at our community property one hour north of Asheville, NC. Participants should arrive on Saturday by 9am. There will be sites available for primitive camping and lunch will be served each day. This class will teach many of the basics of earth plastering. The main instructors will be Morgan Caraway and his wife, Mary Jane Keneipp, the co-builders of a well-known earthbag roundhouse, earthbag earthship and many other EB structures. There will be other experienced builders present as well.

See bottomleaf.org for more information.

Everything Earthen
June 25 - July 1
Rockaway Beach, Oregon

Experience Cob and so much more. This is an in-depth summary of how to source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into beautiful housing and art. You'll 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.

Comprehensive Earthbag Training
Hyperadobe Roundhouse

July 8 - July 29
Barnardsville, North Carolina

This intensive Earthbag training will be hosted by Villa Villakula, a budding organic farmstead in the rural and breath­taking Barnardsville, North Carolina. We will take participants from the very beginning, step by step, to learn the essential details of building with hyperadobe – ­a sustainable, lasting and beautiful building method. Lessons in building theory coupled with hands­-on experience will provide engaged students with the skills and confidence to build independently with earthbag in their future.

We will cover: foundations, walls, buttressing, windows and doors, arches, roofing, cob details, and connections with other materials. Our goal is to build a house with a small carbon footprint that will include systems which allow its inhabitants to live with low environmental impact. There will be a focus on closed ­loop design concepts such as: composting toilets, water catchment, charcoal filters, grey ­water systems, thermal efficiency, and passive solar design. We will provide space for tent camping and 3 tasty, healthy meals a day with local and organic ingredients.

See bholidesign.com for more information.

Cordwood 'Workweek' Workshop
July 11 - July 15
West Chazy, NY

The Cordwood Workweek combines all of the features of of the three-day Cordwood Workshop and the One-day Earthwood Techniques workshop, but there is more time for individual hands-on instruction and consultations. The discussions and site work are more detailed, yet the pace is more relaxed. After lunch on Wednesday, for example, we tour two cordwood homes on the way to Chateaugay Lake, then relax with swimming, hot-tubbing, conversation, and individual consultations on the deck at Mushwood. The project will be cordwood infilling within a timber frame sauna.  

See cordwoodmasonry.com for more information.

Cob & Natural Building Intensive
July 17 - August 6
Albareto, Italy

House Alive is offering a 3 week natural building intensive where participants will learn to: Identify and combine natural building materials: clay-soil, fibers and sand, round wood and stone • Cob cottage construction: foundations, windows, doors, electricity, plumbing and roofing. • Earthen plasters • Earthen floors • Earthen oven • And more!

See www.housealive.org for more information.

Timber Frame Workshop
July 24 - 30
Berea, Kentucky

The Year of Mud is offering a 7 day Timber Frame Workshop to teach participants how to lay out, join, and raise a handmade timber frame using traditional hand tools. The course will be held at their beautiful new homestead location outside Berea, Kentucky and 3 meals a day and on-site camping are included. Spaces are limited to 9 participants and beginner builders are welcome!

See www.theyearofmud.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.

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.

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.

Eco-Paints:
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.

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