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May
16-20

Learn to build your own cob house

We will be building a cob-bale structure extending a 400 year old thatched cob cottage. What the course covers:
Siting and design of your cob structure, including planning applications, building regulation control and passive solar design; All aspects of cob building from the foundations to the roof; A brief history of cob and various other forms of earth building around the world; A full detailed demonstration and examination of how to source your raw materials for building cob i.e. clay, sand and straw; A comprehensive look at the various methods of mixing and preparing cob, including specific mixes for different building techniques.


Edwards Cob Building
Fleggburgh,
Norfolk, UK
£400
May
22-25

Learn to build your own Cob and Earthbag cabin

Come experience the design and construction of an earthen building near forest park. Have fun combining resource-consciousness, creativity, and construction skills in this start-to-finish series of hands-on workskhops. Learn to build quickly with rammed Earthbags. Sculpt shelves and niches with Cob. integrate all the pieces of a dwelling. You will learn what you need to build structurally sound earthen dwellings using locally available materials. The design is a 16 ft x 12 ft ellipse with a loft and a usable living roof space..

Earthen Hand
Portland, Oregon, USA
$800
USD
May
22-25

Learn to build your own Cob and Earthbag cabin

Come experience the design and construction of an earthen building near forest park. Have fun combining resource-consciousness, creativity, and construction skills in this start-to-finish series of hands-on workskhops. Learn to build quickly with rammed Earthbags. Sculpt shelves and niches with Cob. integrate all the pieces of a dwelling. You will learn what you need to build structurally sound earthen dwellings using locally available materials. The design is a 16 ft x 12 ft ellipse with a loft and a usable living roof space.

Earthen Hand
Portland, Oregon, USA
$225
USD
May
29-31

Women’s Natural Building Weekend

We’ll work with cob (sculpted clay, sand and straw), as well as light-straw clay, wattle and daub, and natural plasters to learn practical skills we can use in building low-cost, low-carbon, beautiful structures from the Earth. We’ll learn truly down-to-earth skills and share ritual celebration, empowering ourselves to create shelter and spaces, within and without. And as a circle of women, we will support one another to be strong, creative, and empowered to manifest our visions and make our dreams real.

Starhawk
Cazadero, California, USA
$250-400
USD
May 30
June 6

Cob Basics

This is a great workshop to learn all the basic skills you’ll need to build with cob. We will build a small cob sauna suitable for any backyard. If you are interested in having a sauna or even in building your own cob cottage, this workshop will give you the skills you need.

Barefoot Builder
Woodbury, TN, USA
$795
USD
May 31
June 24

The Complete Cob

One of Cob Cottage Company instructors is offering a unique opportunity for apprenticeship in Cork, Ireland. What a wonderful opportunity to learn all aspects of cob construction, techniques and teaching others than in Ireland itself!

Please review, in debth, the Apprenticeship Information for application process and details. For the most part, the same information applies to this Sister Course in Ireland. However, if you are serious about attending in Ireland, please call (541)396-1825 for more information.

Cob Cottage
Cork, Ireland
€3,200
June
6-14

The Complete Cob

This is the most comprehensive cob course available in North America. In the past 15 years, we've taught almost 200 major cob courses. In 9 intensve days, we'll cover in depth all aspects of cob and the many techniques in building with cob including arches, details, shelving, furniture and earthen floors. In this expanded version of our most popular program ever, we'll take the ground out from under your feet and turn it into a versatile medium to sculpt a whole house. You will learn construction of walls, doors, windows, roofing, foundations, siting, design and artistic details. And you'll leave confident enough to build a cob building of your own!

Cob Cottage
Cork, Ireland
€750
June
8-12

Learn to build your own cob house

We will be building a cob-bale structure extending a 400 year old thatched cob cottage. What the course covers:
Siting and design of your cob structure, including planning applications, building regulation control and passive solar design; All aspects of cob building from the foundations to the roof; A brief history of cob and various other forms of earth building around the world; A full detailed demonstration and examination of how to source your raw materials for building cob i.e. clay, sand and straw; A comprehensive look at the various methods of mixing and preparing cob, including specific mixes for different building techniques.


Edwards Cob Building
Fleggburgh,
Norfolk, UK
£400
June
14-20

Becky Bee's Cob Workshop

These fun week long cob work/play shops will include: Camping in paradise or floor space in the old cabin, yummy meals and a thorough education on cob building, design and choosing a site plus hands-on experience. Contact Ishe or call 541-679-1224.

Becky Bee
Winston, OR, USA
$395
USD
June 14
July 25

Natural Building Apprenticeship

For the fifth year, House Alive offers our popular 6 week natural building apprenticeship. This hands-on, intensive course is designed for people who want to use natural building skills in a professional context or who want to take extra time to work on skill development for their personal project. Participants will get first-hand experience with every aspect of building a natural home, from the foundation to the roof.

House Alive
Jacksonville, OR, USA
$2,350
USD
June
8-12

Basics of Cob House building

Join natural builders David Ludt and Mark Krawczyk for a dynamic, hands-on workshop, featuring three forms of natural construction - a dry-laid stone foundation, cob wall and woven wattle screen/roof. Additionally, we'll discuss other natural building techniques including straw bale, light straw-clay, woodchip clay and timber framing; explore natural building and permaculture design processes; look at low-tech, high-efficiency, innovative wood stove designs ('Rocket stoves') and have a great time doing it!

Seven Generations Natural Builders
170 Cherry Tree Hill Rd, East Montpelier, VT, USA
$450
USD
June
12-14

Basics of Cob House building

The course will aim to introduce methods of earth/cob building, and will include theory and practice with short demonstrations; however, the emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Practical sessions will cover:

  • Materials, where to locate them and how to test them.
  • Mixing cob successfully by foot and using machinery. How to adapt your mixes to suit the conditions and elements in the design.
  • Sculpting with cob/ How to create free flowing forms, integrated niches and decoration
  • Learning different techniques of building and trimming walls both freeform and using forms.

Earthedworld
(L.I.L.I), Redfield Community, Buckinghamshire, UK

£190
June
14-20

Becky Bee's Cob Workshop

These fun week long cob work/play shops will include: Camping in paradise or floor space in the old cabin, yummy meals and a thorough education on cob building, design and choosing a site plus hands-on experience. Contact Ishe or call 541-679-1224.

Becky Bee
Winston, OR, USA
$395
USD
June 27-
July 5

Cob Workshop

In one of the most beautiful beaches of central Greece we are going to build a small cob house from the ground up, using only locally available materials. This house will be used by the municipality of Melivoia as a tourist information kiosk.

Koutsoupia, a small settlement by the seaside of mount Kissavos . The house will be built in a very nice place near the beach.

Cob.gr
Koutsoupia, Greece
€200
June
20-21

Cobbing

For more details follow the links and/or contact Rose at: redweed@telus.net

Mud Girls
Nanaimo, BC,
Canada
$125
USD
June
20-21

Learn to build your own Cob and Earthbag cabin

Come experience the design and construction of an earthen building near forest park. Have fun combining resource-consciousness, creativity, and construction skills in this start-to-finish series of hands-on workskhops. Learn to build quickly with rammed Earthbags. Sculpt shelves and niches with Cob. integrate all the pieces of a dwelling. You will learn what you need to build structurally sound earthen dwellings using locally available materials. The design is a 16 ft x 12 ft ellipse with a loft and a usable living roof space..

Earthen Hand
Portland, Oregon, USA
$225
USD
June
20-27

Comprehensive Cottage Construction Course

Join us this Summer as we build a small cottage in the woods designed to demonstrate a wide range of natural building techniques. Over eight days you will learn how to build with cob, straw bales, lights-straw-clay, adobe, and poles. You will also have the opportunity to use earthen plasters. Lectures, discussions and demonstrations will focus on passive solar design, alternative energy, foundations, living roofs, load-bearing and non-load-bearing construction, cob ovens, and much more. We will also tour several finished natural homes.

Whiteoak Farm
Williams, OR,
USA
$640
USD
June
20-27

Comprehensive Cottage Construction

In this workshop you will learn how to build a hybrid cob-strawbale structure. These eight days include all of the Basics of Cob Building workshop material plus the following. In addition to cob basics and practice, construct a straw bale wall, discuss passive solar energy design principles, and tour a number of finished naturally built homes. Participants will also receive detailed instruction on small cottage construction from laying the foundation to application of a living roof.

Cob Together
White Oak Farm, Williams Valley, Southern Oregon, USA
$640
USD
June
22-26

Learn to build your own cob house

What the course covers: Siting and design of your cob structure, including planning applications, building regulation control and passive solar design; All aspects of cob building from the foundations to the roof; A brief history of cob and various other forms of earth building around the world; A full detailed demonstration and examination of how to source your raw materials for building cob i.e. clay, sand and straw; A comprehensive look at the various methods of mixing and preparing cob, including specific mixes for different building techniques.

Edwards Cob Building
Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK
£400
June
23-27

All about Cob

This 5 day, 4 night workshop will teach you all you need to know in order to start your own project. You will learn how to find the right materials, how to mix them and how to build structures with cob. Previous participants have built benches, ovens, garden walls, and even complete cob cottages.

House Alive
Jacksonville, OR, USA
$450
USD
June
23-29

Basics of Cob Building

A one-week intensive course, which will inspire and amaze you. This is an intensive practical and theoretical course; expect long days of hands-on work with short theory sessions. Also you can expect good company, hearty vegetarian food and time to relax and explore the beautiful surroundings soak up the sunshine and absorb what you have learned.

During the week you will be helping to sculpt a small building with stone foundation, cob walls and roundpole timber living roof, the structure will be completed with lime and earth plasters . You should leave the course with all the skills necessary to begin a small earth-building project of your own.

Earthedworld
Morayshire, Scotland, UK

£505
June
27-28

Learn to build your own Cob and Earthbag cabin

Come experience the design and construction of an earthen building near forest park. Have fun combining resource-consciousness, creativity, and construction skills in this start-to-finish series of hands-on workskhops. Learn to build quickly with rammed Earthbags. Sculpt shelves and niches with Cob. integrate all the pieces of a dwelling. You will learn what you need to build structurally sound earthen dwellings using locally available materials. The design is a 16 ft x 12 ft ellipse with a loft and a usable living roof space..

Earthen Hand
Portland, Oregon, USA
$225
USD
June
27-28

Cob Workshop

Cob mixes, materials, and building, water and electrical placement. Price includes three vegetarian meals and two snacks each day, camping spot, use of bathhouse, and Rumford area.

Cob Hollow
Salem, Oregon, USA
$75
USD
June 29
July 4

Cob in the Village

Cob building is learned quite easily by people from all walks of life. We work together, learn from each other and discover our connections through activity and reflection. This is an introductory level cob workshop. Technical learning includes materials, recipes, building instruction, attaching doors/ windows, building arches. We start on foot and may introduce some mechanization along the way. Age 14 and up.

Elke Cole
O.U.R.Ecovillage
1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada
$500
CAN
July
3-5

Basics of Cob House building

The course will aim to introduce methods of earth/cob building, and will include theory and practice with short demonstrations; however, the emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Practical sessions will cover:

  • Materials, where to locate them and how to test them.
  • Mixing cob successfully by foot and using machinery. How to adapt your mixes to suit the conditions and elements in the design.
  • Sculpting with cob/ How to create free flowing forms, integrated niches and decoration
  • Learning different techniques of building and trimming walls both freeform and using forms.

Earthedworld
The Middlewood Trust, Lancashire, UK

£190
July
12-18

Becky Bee's Cob Workshop

These fun week long cob work/play shops will include: Camping in paradise or floor space in the old cabin, yummy meals and a thorough education on cob building, design and choosing a site plus hands-on experience. Contact Ishe or call 541-679-1224.

Becky Bee
Winston, OR, USA
$395
USD
July
13-18

Cob as cobbers can

O.U.R.Ecovillage is a great place to learn. You can see finished examples of past seasons’ work and be inspired by communal life.This workshop is for those with some background in building, serious intention for building or builders of another trade. Build efficiency, good detail and connections with other building elements. Understand materials and evaluate choices. Instructor: Elke Cole

Elke Cole
O.U.R.Ecovillage
1565 Baldy Mountain Road
Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada
$500
CAN
July
18-19

Cob Workshop

Cobbing, window and door placement. Price includes three vegetarian meals and two snacks each day, camping spot, use of bathhouse, and Rumford area.

Cob Hollow
Salem, Oregon, USA
$75
USD
July
19-26

Cob Building and Sustainable Living

Explore the basics of cob building, mixing, and sourcing materials locally, and cheaply!
You will have the opportunity to install windows, bottles and learn advanced cobbing techniques. Each morning instructional will touch on a different aspect of natural building from foundation to roof, cob and beyond. There will be evening discussions from local do-ers on making sustainable life choices and applying them. From small scale urban gardens, simple water catchments and other permanent culture
topics.

For more details follow the links and/or contact: mollsmurphy@gmail.com

Mud Girls
Salt Spring Island, BC,
Canada
$150
USD
July
18-19

Learn to build your own Cob and Earthbag cabin

Come experience the design and construction of an earthen building near forest park. Have fun combining resource-consciousness, creativity, and construction skills in this start-to-finish series of hands-on workskhops. Learn to build quickly with rammed Earthbags. Sculpt shelves and niches with Cob. integrate all the pieces of a dwelling. You will learn what you need to build structurally sound earthen dwellings using locally available materials. The design is a 16 ft x 12 ft ellipse with a loft and a usable living roof space..

Earthen Hand
Portland, Oregon, USA
$225
USD
July
22-31

Touch Earth Touch Spirit

A meeting of cultures both of people and buildings is at the core of the experience of this workshop. Indigenous peoples have always built dwellings from the land and into the land. Traditional villages still show the architecture, which is based on ancient cliff dwellings, and uses stone and earthen material. Local traditional builders and farmers will share their knowledge, culture and history. This is the context for our project for this workshop. We will build a natural sandstone/ cob hybrid house blending traditional knowledge with modern innovation. Participants work alongside local traditional builders and volunteers. Participants learn all aspects of cob building: from material mixing to arch building, window and door installation, and an introduction to plasters. We discuss design ideas, passive solar planning and climate issues.

Evenings will give opportunity for story telling, music and conversation. This is a chance to connect and discover the ways of the Hopi. All participants will live in camp: bring your own tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag. Toilets and washing/ showers are provided.

Lead facilitator Elke Cole has 15 years of workshop experience in different cultures, teaching natural building and design. Bruce Thauburn will be joining her; he brings many years of building experience and project management to the table and his drum to the fire circle.

Elke Cole
Kyquotsmovi
near Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
$200 USD for 2 days $950 full
July
25-31

Cob house workshop

During the course we will build a part of small cottage.
Topics: Foundation, Roof, Materials and where to find them (clay, sand, straw), Cob mixing and different mixes, plastering (how to make lime plaster and clay plaster), philosophical background, slide show and a lot of practical building. This course covers both - cob and cob-strawbale sandwich technique.
Teacher: Jaanus Viese, who has studied cob building during Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley different workshops at Cob Cottage Company.

Juured
South-Estonia

€365
July
26-31

Cob Building Workshop

The cost covers all meals (3 hot, fully organic vegan or vegetarian meals per day, plus a welcoming dinner and a good-bye breakfast), on-site camping with cold running water, and full, hands-on instruction.Most evenings, we’ll also have a discussion or mini-workshop on related activities. Topics will include sustainable and ecologically-sensitive transportation for individuals as well as builders (we’ll also have a night of bike repair) and how to build a roof with cedar shakes (we’ll even learn how to make those shakes).

Human Powered
Lasqueti Island, Canada
$600 CND
Aug
1-9

The Complete Cob

This is the most comprehensive cob course available in North America. In the past 15 years, we've taught almost 200 major cob courses. In 9 intensve days, we'll cover in depth all aspects of cob and the many techniques in building with cob including arches, details, shelving, furniture and earthen floors. In this expanded version of our most popular program ever, we'll take the ground out from under your feet and turn it into a versatile medium to sculpt a whole house. You will learn construction of walls, doors, windows, roofing, foundations, siting, design and artistic details. And you'll leave confident enough to build a cob building of your own!

Cob Cottage
Coquille, OR,
USA
$880
USD
Aug
3-7

All about Cob

This 5 day, 4 night workshop will teach you all you need to know in order to start your own project. You will learn how to find the right materials, how to mix them and how to build structures with cob. Previous participants have built benches, ovens, garden walls, and even complete cob cottages.

House Alive
Eagle Point, OR, USA
$450
USD
Aug
8-9

Cob Workshop

Cobbing, artistic design, lintels. Price includes three vegetarian meals and two snacks each day, camping spot, use of bathhouse, and Rumford area.

Cob Hollow
Salem, Oregon, USA
$75
USD
Aug
8-15

Comprehensive Cottage Construction Course

Join us this Summer as we build a small cottage in the woods designed to demonstrate a wide range of natural building techniques. Over eight days you will learn how to build with cob, straw bales, lights-straw-clay, adobe, and poles. You will also have the opportunity to use earthen plasters. Lectures, discussions and demonstrations will focus on passive solar design, alternative energy, foundations, living roofs, load-bearing and non-load-bearing construction, cob ovens, and much more. We will also tour several finished natural homes.

Whiteoak Farm
Williams, OR,
USA
$640
USD
Aug
22-30

The Complete Cob

This is the most comprehensive cob course available in North America. In the past 15 years, we've taught almost 200 major cob courses. In 9 intensve days, we'll cover in depth all aspects of cob and the many techniques in building with cob including arches, details, shelving, furniture and earthen floors. In this expanded version of our most popular program ever, we'll take the ground out from under your feet and turn it into a versatile medium to sculpt a whole house. You will learn construction of walls, doors, windows, roofing, foundations, siting, design and artistic details. And you'll leave confident enough to build a cob building of your own!

Cob Cottage
Coquille, OR,
USA
$880
USD
Aug
29-30

Cob Workshop

Roofing, floors, and plasters. Price includes three vegetarian meals and two snacks each day, camping spot, use of bathhouse, and Rumford area.

Cob Hollow
Salem, Oregon, USA
$75
USD
Aug 30 Sept 5

Becky Bee's Cob Workshop

These fun week long cob work/play shops will include: Camping in paradise or floor space in the old cabin, yummy meals and a thorough education on cob building, design and choosing a site plus hands-on experience. Contact Ishe or call 541-679-1224.

Becky Bee
Winston, OR, USA
$395
USD
Sept
6-12

Introduction to Cob House Building

Perhaps half the world's population lives in earthen buildings. Building with earth is an affordable, safe and ecologically sound method of construction. During the one week Introduction to Cob Building course you will learn how to begin building your own earthen home. This course will teach you how to prospect and test for appropriate building sediment, how to mix cob, various wall building techniques, the installation of windows into cob walls, methods of attachment for wood (e.g. doors, roofs), and how to sculpt niches, shelves, and furniture. All Levels.

Seven Generations Natural Builders
189 Vt Route 100, Warren, VT, USA
$900
USD
Sept
12-20

The $1,000 Cob House

We have done just that and can show you how. This is the most comprehensive cob course available in North America. In the past 15 years, we've taught almost 200 major cob courses. In this 9 day intensive, we'll cover in depth all aspects of cob and the many techniques of building with cob including arches, details, shelving, furniture and earthen floors. In this expanded version of our most popular program ever, we'll take the ground out from under your feet and turn it into a versatile medium to sculpt a whole house. You will learn construction of walls, doors, windows, roofing, foundations, siting, design and artistic details. And you'll leave confident enough to build a $1,000 house of your own!

Cob Cottage
Coquille, OR,
USA
$880
USD
Sept
12-21

Cob Owner-Builder Intensive

This is the longest and most in-depth workshop we offer, designed to prepare you to build you own cob home. This workshop offers hands-on experience building a natural stone foundation, cob walls, plaster, plumbing, electricity, and roof. We will also cover important topics like selecting your building site, finding materials, testing your cob mix, using a tractor to mix cob, passive solar design, dealing with the building department and more.

Barefoot Builder
Woodbury, TN, USA
$950
USD
Oct
22-29

Cob Owner-Builder Intensive

This workshop will be a hands-on building intensive taking place in a beautiful wooded setting next to a lake. You will learn all the basics of building with cob for anything from a small outbuilding to your entire house. In this workshop we will actually construct an entire cob cottage from the ground up! You will have the chance to get hands on experience with every stage of cob building so you can go home with the confidence and skills to build your own house. We will cover foundations, walls, windows, doors, roofs, plasters, sculptural work, testing your cob mix, using a tractor to mix cob, passive solar design, rainwater collection, dealing with the building department, electricity, plumbing and more.

Barefoot Builder
Bastrop, TX, USA
$699
USD
       
  Courses you've missed in 2009 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
April 11

Cob building introduction

The workshop will aim to introduce methods of earth/cob building, and the emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Each session will cover:

  • Mixing cob successfully by foot
  • Sculpting with cob
  • How to create free flowing forms
  • Learning different techniques of building and trimming walls both freeform and using forms.

Earthedworld
Slimbridge Wildfowl & Wetland Trust, Gloucestershire, UK

Fee inc. in the entry fee to the Wetland Centre
April
10-12

Basics of Cob House building

The course will aim to introduce methods of earth/cob building, and will include theory and practice with short demonstrations; however, the emphasis will be on hands-on learning. Practical sessions will cover:

  • Materials, where to locate them and how to test them.
  • Mixing cob successfully by foot and using machinery. How to adapt your mixes to suit the conditions and elements in the design.
  • Sculpting with cob/ How to create free flowing forms, integrated niches and decoration
  • Learning different techniques of building and trimming walls both freeform and using forms.

Earthedworld
Folly Farm, Nr Bristol, UK

£190
Apr 18-19

Cob in Amsterdam

We will explore the possibilities of cob in interiors. Custom furniture, modifying heating systems, sculpting and plastering techniques. We will build a bench and make plaster trials. Organic lunch, coffee and tea included.

Building Traditions
Blasiusstraat 102
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

€175
May
6-16

Complete cob shelter Workshop

This workshop offers an incredibly rich learning experience. Participants leave the workshop confident that they can design and build their own natural home. Mornings are packed with hands-on cob building and the afternoons and evenings are filled with lectures and demonstrations on a wide variety of natural building and appropriate technology topics. We will be building a project from the ground on up.

House Alive
Jacksonville, OR, USA
$890
USD
May
9-15

Introduction to Cob house and Natural Building

This workshop will be co-taught by Sasha Rabin and James Thomson (of House Alive! ). This course is designed for both first time builders, as well as professional builders and contractors who want to delve more into building with natural materials. This course focuses on cob while also offering hands on experience with light straw clay (slip straw), adobe block, and wattle and daub. This course will teach you how to prospect and test for appropriate building sediment, how to mix cob, various cob wall building techniques, the installation of windows into cob walls, methods for attachment of wood (e.g. doors, roofs), and how to sculpt niches, shelves and furniture. We will take a field trip to see other natural building projects. All Levels.

Seven Generations Natural Builders
El Sobrante, CA, USA
$550
USD
       
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