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.
Get college credit!! Each spring I teach Alternative Building Design at Portland Community College. Course meets Fridays from 8:00 to 2:00.
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.
Cob Workparty at PCC's Newberg Center Newberg, OR
The Newberg Portland Community College site is hosting three cob days this September to continue work on the Learning Garden Shed.
Friday, September 15th from 9am-1pm Friday, September 22nd from 9am-1pm Saturday, September 30th from 9am-1pm
- develop hands-on experience and skill in this remarkable natural building technique. - volunteer your time and learn about sustainable construction - help us continue creating this beautiful community space - have fun mixing clay, sand, water, and straw together, doing the cob dance. - building community is fun, rewarding, and inspiring. - kids are welcome
Come join us at 135 Werth Blvd. We'll provide smiles and laughter, instruction on how to mix and apply cob, and some light snacks. Please bring work clothes for mud and foot wear for treading cob (rubber boots work well.) Questions? Contact Rose the Learning Garden Coordinator. 971-722-8610 or email@example.com
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/
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 with Rebekah Hacker in Bandon at SustainableU. This great course focuses on three wall systems with both theory and direct experience. Cost: $880
Aprovecho - Sustaniable Shelter Series 6/4 - 7/22 Cottage Grove, OR
Aprovecho's Shelter Series is a high quality and in depth six week course. This year I'll be teaching the week focused on light framing. Let's have some fun with carpentry! Cost: $3200
Alternative Building Design, PCC Spring Term Portland, OR
I'll be teaching a course on natural building and integrating NB techniques with conventional construction at Portland Community College this spring, BCT116 will meet Fridays, April 7th to June 16th, CRN#21709. It is through the Building Construction Technology program. Registration begins Feb. 26th through PCC. This course can be taken as a credit or non-credit course. This year our hands-on session will focus on the straw-clay wall system and earthen plasters. Cost: $300 plus student fees.
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.