INTRODUCTION TO COB & NATURAL BUILDING

August 17 – 23, 2020

Location: TBA

Introduction to Cob & Natural Building

Course Description

In this introduction to Cob & Natural Building you will learn how to build with earthen materials in both a hands on and a classroom setting.

Cob 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 introduction to Cob & Natural Building 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 introduction to Cob & Natural Building course is primarily a hands on course, where we learn by doing. This year we will be building a very tiny outbuilding, which will encompass much of the same aspects of building that you would need to know for a structure or courtyard wall. 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 - Introduction to Cob & Natural Building
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 - Introduction to Cob & Natural Building
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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Registration Information


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Registration Information


  • Sliding Scale Cost: $800 –$1200 — What is Sliding Scale?
  • Cost includes: Cost includes: Instruction, camping, and facilities. We invite all participants to take part in three farm fresh meals a day.

Discounts: (limit one discount per person)

  • Early Bird: $100 discount if paid in full by July 1, 2020 (Discount Code: MUDDYBIRD)
  • Bring A Friend: 10% discount (each) for couples or friends attending the course together (Discount Code: COB4TWO)
  • Group & Family: Groups of 3 or more attending the course together, please click here to contact us about discounts.
  • Financial aid: Payment plans and limited partial scholarships (based on low income / financial need & intention to use the training) available by application. We actively support diverse leaders in bringing their unique perspectives to this program through additional financial support as needed. We welcome those self-identifying as a person of color, LGBTQ+, indigenous, and persons working for global justice who have highly limited means. Click here to contact us for more information.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Before July 1, 2020: Full refund, excluding $50 cancellation fee.
  • July 1 – July 31, 2020: Partially refundable, $300 deposit non refundable.
  • After July 31, 2020: No refunds available.
  • In case of a valid personal medical or family emergency, we will consider, yet do not guarantee, requests for a transfer of fees (less course deposit) to another course with Quail Springs.

This Course is Full

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Natural Building Courses


Introduction to Cob & Natural Building

Introduction to Cob & Natural Building

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.

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Cob Weekend Workshop

Cob Weekend Workshop

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.In this course we will cover the basics of building with earth. It will be an introduction to working with clay soil, sand and straw to create building materials like cob and adobe. We will have hands on experience building wall systems, as well as classroom time to help give context and understanding to the principles involved.

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Cob Oven Workshop

Cob Oven Workshop

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. The weekend will be catered with food cooked in the two already existing wood fired cob ovens we have on site. As we go through the process of building an oven, throughout the weekend we will also be engaging in the process of cooking in one and sharing and feasting on some of the myriad of things that can be cooked in them

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