INTRODUCTION
TO COB & NATURAL BUILDING

April 10 – 15, 2017


Applied Aquaponics

Course Description

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.

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. Subjects include building design and siting, passive solar design, foundations and drainage, earthen floors, appropriate roof design, and wiring and plumbing for natural structures.


Instructors


Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin

Sasha first came to Quail Springs on a cold snowy night in early 2008 to visit friends who had recently started calling the place home, and the warmth of the people there brought her back. She is passionate about creating a beautiful life, including the structures that house us for much of our time. This passion leads her to practice those things that help us remember who we really are and why we are here – activities and creations which remind us of our connections to each other, our food, our shelter and the earth.

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Registration Information


  • Course Fee: $700
  • Early Bird Discount: $100 discount (Discount Code: MUDDYBIRD – Expires: March 1, 2017)
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, catered meals and camping accommodations

Introduction to Cob & Natural Building
April 10, 2017
Single Ticket ($700.00)
Quantity
Single Cost
Total Cost
$700.00
$700.00
Do you have any dietary restrictions?
None
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Vegetarian
Pescetarian
Gluten-free
Dairy-free
Other
Where did you hear about this course?
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Instructors


Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin

Sasha first came to Quail Springs on a cold snowy night in early 2008 to visit friends who had recently started calling the place home, and the warmth of the people there brought her back. She is passionate about creating a beautiful life, including the structures that house us for much of our time. This passion leads her to practice those things that help us remember who we really are and why we are here – activities and creations which remind us of our connections to each other, our food, our shelter and the earth.

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Paul Swenson

Paul Swenson

Paul Swenson is a founding steward of Quail Springs Permaculture where he helped develop the site, community and its offerings for over eight years. He discovered the beauty, function, and joy of natural building in 2005 while building the foundation and wall system of a cob house. He has been building and baking with earthen materials ever since. Paul’s teaching style is empowering and puts people at ease, with an emphasis on self-discovery, enjoyment, creating community.

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Registration Information


Soon to be announced…

If you have a comment or question about this course please fill out our form below and we’ll get back to you soon.

Registration Information


  • Course Fee: $700
  • Early Bird Discount: $100 discount (Discount Code: MUDDYBIRD – Expires: March 1, 2017)
  • Course fee includes: Instruction, catered meals and camping accommodations

Introduction to Cob & Natural Building
April 10, 2017
Single Ticket ($700.00)
Quantity
Single Cost
Total Cost
$700.00
$700.00
Do you have any dietary restrictions?
None
Vegan
Vegetarian
Pescetarian
Gluten-free
Dairy-free
Other
Where did you hear about this course?
In web search results
Quail Springs Facebook page
Facebook page of someone else
Our Newsletter
Word of mouth
Saw a flier
Other
Would you like to be added to the carpool contact list for this course?
Yes
No
Which payment method will you be using?
Check or money order
Debit or credit card on-line

Note: To use Paypal you do not need a Paypal account in order to pay with your debit or credit card. Below the Paypal Log In section you will see “Pay with a debit or credit card” which will allow you to pay without a Paypal account.

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