Natural Building Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities
The process of building my own cob and bale house was empowering and a tremendous growth experience. While not everyone desires to build their own home, there is great benefit from learning a skill that allows you to improve any living space. Plastering the walls of a bedroom, tearing out the carpet and installing an earthen floor, or building an earthen oven, all can have profound benefits. I encourage you to explore.
All workshops are hands-on, since I believe we learn best by doing. They are physical by nature and encourage each person to work at a sustainable pace. By seeking feedback and tailoring each workshop for the participants, I strive to meet the needs of each person. Courses are supportive, fun, and open to people of all ages and orientations. By developing new friendships and exploring issues of sustainability and community, I hope to make each workshop a meaningful experience. I look forward to learning and playing with you.
Workshops and courses will continue to evolve as the season progresses so check here occasionally or send me a note or friend me on Facebook to receive updates. Please note your work party interest in the friend request. Stay tuned, in the mean time consider one of the following.
Preparing for the building season at PCC's Newberg Center
The Newberg Center's Learning Garden is really taking form after a couple years of work. Part of it's development is the construction of a small cob building. The walls are now over head high and we will be removing the temporary roof we put on to protect it this winter. Cob work parties will be scheduled throughout the summer.
- develop hands-on experience and skill in this remarkable natural building technique. - learn about sustainable construction - help us continue creating this beautiful community space - kids are welcome
Come join us at 135 Werth Blvd. Newberg, OR. We'll provide smiles and laughter, instruction, and some light snacks. Please bring work clothes and foot wear for mud. Questions? Contact Rose the Learning Garden Coordinator. 971-722-8610 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spoon Carving with Kiko Denzer June 2 & 3 Portland, OR
While not necessarily natural building, creating a house and carving a spoons are both making vessels, just at very different scales. Kiko is a good friend, great teacher, and an exceptional artist who will be in town for the Village Building Convergence teaching two, one day workshops.
Straw-Clay Accessory Structure On going Portland, OR
My friend Jenny Leis is building a natural hang-out space. I've been helping her with design work and consulting. She has volunteer opportunities most weekends with updates posted on her Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/buildthenewshack2016/
Earth Oven Work Party 6/30 - 7/4 Oak Grove, OR
I'll be leading an oven building volunteer party at a friend's place. Join us to learn the process of building a simple and beautiful wood fired oven! Lunches will be provided. Please contact me if you are interested and I'll make sure you get updates. Cost: free
Renown as pioneers in the cob and natural building movement the folks at Cob Cottage have much to offer. I'll be teaching a Nine day workshop in Bandon at SustainableU. This great course focuses on three wall systems with both theory and direct experience. Cost: $880
Volunteer Opportunity - Seismic Cob 9/12 - 9/13 Newberg, OR
This week I'll be working with the fine folks at the Portland Community College Newberg Center Learning Garden to install a concrete bond beam atop the cob walls of their garden shed. Wednesday will be cleaning up the cob form work and setting the rebar. Thursday will be the concrete pour. We'll start each day at 9:00 and work until late afternoon. Snacks will be provided but please do bring lunch. Hope to see you there! 135 Werth Blvd. Newberg, Oregon
More projects are in the works for this summer so check back for updates. Send me a note from my contact page if you'd like to be on my email list. Or friend me on Facebook.