COB OVEN
WORKSHOP

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Course Description

This Cob Oven Building workshop is designed to teach you the skills needed to build your own oven in your backyard, as well as encouraging a new way of relating to our food and the process in which it is cooked and created. Using clay, sand and straw, we will explore the entire construction process from foundation to roof. The class is primarily hands on, involving building an oven from start to finish. (The foundation will already be built, but we will talk about how to do it, and what is needed). We will also go over all the other aspects of the building process, including soil analysis, options for variations on the oven design, moisture protection, heating and insulation for the oven, as well as how to fire and cook in the ovens. We will also discuss how to cook in your oven.

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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John Orcutt

John Orcutt

In 2013 John left his job as a coral farmer seeking a more fulfilling life helping people build shelter for themselves. He spent the next three years as a nomadic natural builder and student. After studying at the Earthship Academy in New Mexico and the Cal-Earth Institute in California, John joined a crew of superadobe (earthbag) builders from Cal-Earth and built in California, Arizona, and Nepal.

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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


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Registration Information


  • Location: Malibu, CA (Plumcot Farm)
  • Tuition: $300
  • Tuition includes: Instruction, farm fresh lunches, and a cob oven farm dinner
  • Inquire about camping and lodging

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The course is currently full, however there are often cancellations so we encourage you to contact us to be put on our waiting list:

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COVID-19 Update:

In order to honor social distancing practices and shelter in place, we are not currently offering any in-person courses. However, there are still several ways that you can stay engaged with our work!


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