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, colors, abilities, and genders. By developing new friendships and exploring issues of sustainability and community, I aim to make each workshop a meaningful experience. I look forward to learning and playing with you.
This last couple pandemic years have been pretty quiet on the workshop and community build fronts. Most of my work has been contracting, design, and teaching art at Pacific University. I am currently working on my 2023 schedule of volunteer and workshop offerings, I'll post new offerings as they arise. If you would like to be notified of new additions, send me a note, or friend me on Facebook. Please note your natural building interest in the friend request. In the meantime, I wish you health and balance.
Garden shed - volunteer opportunity Dates TBD Oak Grove, OR
I'll be building a straw-clay garden shed at my own place. This is an excellent insulating wall system that can be used to upgrade existing structures and for new construction. One benefit is that the framing is similar to conventional construction, so finding contractors to help with straw-clay builds is much easier. There is camping available on site. Lunches will be provided. For details, please contact me.