What is this course?
Why this course?
Our lead instructor, Sasha Rabin, has over 20 years of experience teaching hands-on natural building courses. Although Natural Building is a very hands-on, tactile experience, we have created a curriculum that will allow you to be guided through the process of learning these techniques at your own pace, on your own site.
Our goal with this course is to broaden the access to natural building education and knowledge.
Why Quail Springs?
Quail Springs has been teaching in-person Natural Building Courses for over a decade, and has been on the leading edge of testing and research for cob building practices. We have the unique experience of learning from both living in the structures we have built, as well as working with engineers and researchers to further the legality and accessibility of these methods and materials.
Our teaching staff are farmers, activists, builders, and thinkers who not only teach, but also advocate at a regional level for policy change from agriculture and sustainable groundwater use, to building codes.
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Our Built Environment
Methods and Materials
In this lesson we will go over many of the common types of earthen building methods, including cob, light straw clay, wattle and daub, adobe, and more.
Codes and Advocacy
A Fire-Safe Solution
How-to: Adobe Bricks
Project: Rocket Stove
Rocket stoves can be built and used in a variety of ways. Here we will show you how to mix cob, earthen plaster, and build a rocket stove designed for outdoor cooking.
Project: Cob Oven
A cob oven is a traditional style of a wood fired oven. In this lesson we will show you how to build your very own and finish it with a coat of earthen plaster.
Project: Earthbag Walls
Earthbag walls can be used as retaining walls, garden beds, foundations for buildings, and more. Here we share our tips and techniques for building with earthbag.
Earthen House Tours
Here we will take you on a tour through 7 different earthen buildings here at Quail Springs, showcasing the unique features of each as we go.
Passive Heating & Cooling
Follow our friend, Brad Lancaster around his house in Arizona as he shows us how he uses various methods of passive heating and cooling.
Live Sessions and Q&A
We offer 8 optional live sessions held twice per month (12 hours total) where you can ask the instructors all of your natural building questions.
6.5 hours of video lessons
8 live group sessions and Q&A
4 months of online support
6 months of Access to all content
List of resources and books
Companion text to all video lessons
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