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May 4

Earthen plasters

Earthen plaster plastering an earthbag dome. Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Warsaw, Poland

€100
May
16-17

Earthen plasters and paints

Make your own earthen plaster and paint. We'll cover ingredients, sourcing, mixing, sculpting and application. Tools and materials provided. Includes lunch and redfreshments.

Building Traditions
Blasiusstraat 102,
Amsterdam

€175
May
16-18

Lime Plaster

More complicated than clay plaster, more demanding of technique: Lime plaster is your next trick in your toolbox. Chemistry, selection of materials, preparation of surfaces and application of the plaster will be covered in this workshop.

O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE
Vancouver Island, Canada
$300 CND
May
17-22

Natural Plasters and Finishes

The course will cover at a basic level three principle plaster and paint mediums: clay, lime, and gypsum, and finish with plaster coats, paints, and washes of clay, lime, casein, wheat paste, mica, pigments, and other natural ingredients. Students will leave this course with practical experience mixing and applying a wide variety of finishes on various wall systems, from rough straw bale to finished gypsum wall board. Emphasis will be given on learning the working properties of the materials and developing critical thinking skills to apply the knowledge in real-world situations, rather than on specific recipes for specific conditions.

Seven Generations Natural Builders
189 Vt Route 100, Warren, VT, USA
$750
USD
May
28-30

Natural Enclosure Systems Workshop

Expect to be covered with clay, and a truly unique experience. The first day will cover the systems and design applications in a classrom setting. The following days will be spent working with the materials, with demonstrations of woodchip clay, wattle and daub, working with clay and preparing the clay slip and clay plasters.

Fox Maple
65 Corn Hill Road,
P.O. Box 249
Brownfield, Maine, USA
$675
USD
May
29-31

Lime Plastering Intensive Workshop

In three days, I will teach you how to plaster with Natural Hydraulic Lime (NHL). You will learn everything you need to know about plastering with NHL including: plaster preparation, scratch coat application, brown coat application, and finish coat application. Three separate buildings will allow for all three coats to be applied in only 3 days. This is a rare opportunity to learn all three coats in a short time period. As always, friendships with like minded folks help enhance the overall experience. Space is limited. For more information or to sign up today, please visit www.StrawBaleWorkshops.com.

More details from Andrew@StrawBaleWorkshops.com

Straw Bale Innovations
Jacksonville, Oregon, USA

$350
USD
June 9

Earthen plasters

Earthen plaster plastering an earthbag dome. Located at the Green Hamlet ecoVillage site. The site has a FREE camping field. There is a possibility to stay on as a volunteer on this site after the courses. Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Olsztyn, Poland

€100
TBA

Natural Finishes, Earthen Plasters & Clay Paints

Greener than green...Learn how to make and apply your own beautiful, customized, totally eco-friendly plasters and paints with clay, sand and other organic materials. Create textured finishes; trouble shoot for various surfaces; play with color options -- all while actually practicing on real walls. By the end of the workshop, you will have enough information and techniques to make your own clay-based plasters and paints and you will leave with your own sample board..

Kleiwerks
Asheville, North Carolina, USA
$200
USD
June
15-17

Earthen plasters

Clay plastering Sculpting, clay paints, straw/clay as insulation, making 1cm thin partition walls. Located at the Green Hamlet ecoVillage site. The site has a FREE camping field. There is a possibility to stay on as a volunteer on this site after the courses.

Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Olsztyn, Poland

€100
June
27-28

Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint

Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$230
single
$420
couple
July
4-5

Natural Plastering

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

Mud Girls
Nanaimo, BC,
Canada

$125
USD
July
14-16

Earthen plasters

Clay plastering, sculpting, clay paints, straw/clay as insulation, making 1cm thin partition walls. Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Lake Hancza, Poland

€100

July
23-26

Clay Plastering Course

Clay rendering practical workshops, clay sculptures and furniture: Recognize clay rich soils; The ideal mix (theoretical & practical); Knowing and preparing the three basic layers; Preparation of straw bale wall and other surfaces (brick, wood, etc.); Practical application of three layers; How to design and make furniture and clay niches; Sculpture (on walls); Decorations on the facade of the building (rendering clay); Some recipes for natural paints.

Talleres prácticos de revoco, esculturas y muebles de arcilla: Reconocer la tierra arcillosa; Aprender la mezcla ideal (teórico/práctico); Conocer y preparar las tres capas básicas de revocos; Preparación del muro de balas de paja y otras superficies (ladrillo, madera, etc.); Aplicación práctica de las tres capas; Como diseñar y hacer mobiliario con arcilla y nichos (práctico); Esculturas (sobre las fachadas); Decoraciones sobre la fachada de la construcción (revoco de arcilla); Algunas recetas de pinturas naturales y pintado sobre paramentos.

Details on the Spanish website and German website Contact: Maren autoconstruccin@yahoo.es or Oliver info@casa-tatu.org (both speak English)

Taller de Palla
Plana de Llofriu, Girona, Spain

€150
July
25-26

Plastering Straw Bale Walls Workshop

This two day, hands-on workshop will take you through the steps of choosing the right plaster for you and your building. We’ll cover acquiring the materials, mixing, applying and finishing for different plaster types, including cement/lime, lime and earthen plasters. We will talk about the advantages and disadvantages of each plaster type. During the hands-on work, we will mix and apply base coat and second coat layers of lime plaster and earthen plaster.

Wholearth
Hastings, ON,
Canada
$325 CND
July
25-26

Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint

Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$230
single
$420
couple
Aug
TBA

Natural & Non Toxic Finishes Workshop

The majority of the paints and finishes we use in our homes contain toxins that have adverse health effects for us as occupants and for the planet in the manufacture and disposal of the products. There are a wide range of natural and non-toxic paints and finishes that can be used to create beautiful and durable surface treatments for floors, walls, and trim. During this one day, hands on workshop you will learn about different types of finishes, how to acquire materials, mix them and apply them to create the colours and textures you want.

Wholearth
Hastings, ON,
Canada
$150 CND
Aug
11-13

Earthen plasters

Clay plastering, sculpting, clay paints, straw/clay as insulation, making 1cm thin partition walls. The site has a camping field. Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Warsaw, Poland

€100
Oct
2-4

Becky Bee's Cob Workshop

These 2 plaster work/play shops will include: Camping in paradise, floor space in the old cabin, yummy meals. Lots of hands-on beauty, experience and experimentation. Please read "The Cob Builders Handbook" by Becky Bee before coming to a workshop.

Becky Bee
Winston, OR, USA
$170-220
USD
Oct
3-10

Artistry in Clay & Lime

This course focuses on various ways these two beautiful materials can be used in the construction of a building. In addition to being natural and breathable (vapor permeable) they are, easy and fun to work and have unlimited potential for artistic applications. Taught by Bill & Athena Steen

Canelo Project
Elgin, AZ, USA
$795 USD
Oct
9-12

Becky Bee's Cob Workshop

These 2 plaster work/play shops will include: Camping in paradise, floor space in the old cabin, yummy meals. Lots of hands-on beauty, experience and experimentation. Please read "The Cob Builders Handbook" by Becky Bee before coming to a workshop.

Becky Bee
Winston, OR, USA
$225-285
USD
       
  Courses you've missed in 2009 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
March
16-19

Natural plaster workshop - This four day workshop is a unique collaboration between Bill and Athena Steen and Tracy Thieriot. Together they have many years of experience and have made important contributions to the creation and use of natural plasters.

For more information Storm or Kathy Gregor e-mail grelore@c-zone.net

CASBA
Santa Rosa, California, USA
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  Courses you've missed in 2008 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
Jan
12-13
Natural Paints and Finishes - Finishing walls with natural, nontoxic products imparts a number of benefits to a building, whether you are working on a plastered strawbale wall, or interior gypsum wall board. The ingredients are simple and safe, the process is creative and fun, and the possibilities are endless! In this course, we will look at the art, science and practice of making your own paints, washes, and other finishes with clay, lime, casein, wheat paste, mica, sand, pigments, oils and other natural materials. Students will be introduced to a variety of materials and their working properties, as well as gain a solid understanding of the basics of where and how to apply these products to different wall systems.

Yestermorrow
Warren, VT, USA
$300
USD
Jan 18

Lime Day - Plasters, Mortars, Renders & Washes - Lime is an invaluable material, both in sustainable building and when renovating older properties. The Lime Day is a blend of theory and practical work to take you from health and safety basics, to applying renders, plasters and limewashes.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£88
Feb 2

Lime Day - Plasters, Mortars, Renders & Washes - Lime is an invaluable material, both in sustainable building and when renovating older properties. The Lime Day is a blend of theory and practical work to take you from health and safety basics, to applying renders, plasters and limewashes.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£88
Mar 14

Lime Day - Plasters, Mortars, Renders & Washes - Lime is an invaluable material, both in sustainable building and when renovating older properties. The Lime Day is a blend of theory and practical work to take you from health and safety basics, to applying renders, plasters and limewashes.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£88
Apr
7-13

Using Lime plasters, washes, pigments and mortars - Plenty of hands on experience and complete guides to using and preparing lime mix. Local onsite volcanic granite rock bonded together with lime. Plenty of hands on experience while renovating 250 year old Farmhouse. This workshop involves the use of lime for interior and exterior.

The Art Farm
Masauland, Saint Laurent Sous Coiron, Ardeche, France

€350
May
5-11

Hemp and Lime with all it's uses - Interior walls at The Art Farm are hemp and lime construction. Come join us as a few walls are put up. Great team building experience while working with two of the industries most amazing, natural products. Come see what you can do with Hemp and Lime.

The Art Farm
Masauland, Saint Laurent Sous Coiron, Ardeche, France

€350
June
2-8

Lime renders and mortars - Giving plenty of opportunity in the use of natural lime. Learn to develop your hands on skills while pointing, renders and sculpting with lime. Will also involve the blending and using of hemp and lime in making garden sculptures.

The Art Farm
Masauland, Saint Laurent Sous Coiron, Ardeche, France

€350
June
11-13
Earth plastering workshop - Sculpting, making and applying clay paints and straw/clay as insulation for new or existing buildings (learning how to insulate your existing house or barn using just straw and clay)

Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Warsaw, Poland

€100
June
14-15

Natural Plasters - Clay and lime plasters can transform flat boring walls into vibrant and healthful surfaces that are a treat for the eyes. These versatile plasters can be applied to drywall, brick, cob, straw-bale, and other surfaces. In this hands-on workshop learn all the skills you need to enhance your home with natural plasters. We’ll cover various mixes for base coats, finish coats, and sculpture, tools, materials, coloration, and techniques. Join us in making new friends, laughing, and creating gorgeous walls.

Vegetarian meals and overnight camping in a beautiful setting above the Columbia River Gorge. Email: bernhard_masterson @hotmail.com or call 503-929-8583. Additional information and registration materials will then be sent to you.

Natural Building Network
Appleton, Washington, USA
$190 USD
June
18-22
Natural Plasters for Healthy and Beautiful Homes - Improve the indoor airquality of your home with natural plasters. Clay, our basic material, has inherent qualities to help us create a healthier environment. Its capacity to handle varying humidity levels, absorb odours and toxins, while being easy to use with simple techniques and recipes, makes it desirable for both interior and exterior finishing. These plasters are usable for conventional homes as well as cob, straw or light-clay walls. Participants will learn hands-on mixing and application, materials evaluation and recipes.

O.U.R. Ecovillage
Shawnigan Lake, BC, Canada

$500
CND
June
28-29
Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint

Combining Tom's 14 years of involvement in the Straw Bale/Natural Building movement along with a craftsman's knowledge of conventional building and fabrication experience and Satomi's earthen plaster magic, you will leave Kingston full of ideas and enthusiastic inspiration to build your own fantasy land.

Our workshops begin with a tour of our site. Here you will see first hand our various buildings under construction depicting numerous methods and materials, both conventional and alternative. Straw Bale, Earthbag, Pumice Crete, Timber Frame, Bamboo, Steel, Cement Stucco, Earth Plaster, Masonry, and Landscaping.

 
Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$230
single
$420
couple
All June
and
July

Lime renovation - lime workshops and open days. Plenty of hands on using lime as a natural building material.


The Art Farm
Masauland, Saint Laurent Sous Coiron, Ardeche, France

€10/day

June 28
July 11

Spray Clay Plastering - Volunteers who are interested in strawbale building and like to help us plaster our stawbale house. We will put two layers of clay/limeplaster on the outside (south-west) wall using a spraymachine.

For accomodation we have a small caravan in our garden or/and there is some space for a tent. For more information you can mail us: rene.aleschus@telenet.be

Private Build
Beringen, Koersel, Belgium
Free
July
2-4
Lime Plastering Course - This course will be a mixture of theory and practical learning on Lime renders/plasters, and will involve plastering a small two-storey Strawbale (loadbearing) Barn Owl tower. The courses at Assington Mill in Suffolk are renowned for their good food and ambience: take a look at their website www.assingtonmill.co.uk to find out more. You will also look around two strawbale buildings; one loadbearing, one infill. Book directly on: info@assingtonmill.co.uk

Amazonails
Assington, Suffolk,
UK

£220
July
9-11
Lime Plastering Course - This course will be a mixture of theory and practical learning on Lime renders/plasters, and will involve plastering a small two-storey Strawbale (loadbearing) Barn Owl tower. The courses at Assington Mill in Suffolk are renowned for their good food and ambience: take a look at their website www.assingtonmill.co.uk to find out more. You will also look around two strawbale buildings; one loadbearing, one infill. Book directly on: info@assingtonmill.co.uk

Amazonails
Assington, Suffolk,
UK

£220
July
12-13
Natural Plasters - Whether you are plastering your straw bale home or remodeling your apartment in the city, natural plasters offer a multitude of beautiful, earth friendly surfaces. Volunteers will get hands-on experience in how to mix and apply various plasters; and will focus on base plastering but some finish and high end plastering will be done as well.

Solarliving
Hopland, CA, USA
FREE
July
14-18
Lime Plastering Course - This course will be a mixture of theory and practical learning on Lime renders/plasters, and will involve plastering a small straw bale building. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful island and take in the scenery when not working on the site. The charges for the course have been adapted to allow as many people to participate as possible; £40 per day unwaged, £60 per day waged, and £85 per day very high waged.

Amazonails
Orkney, Scotland,
UK

£200-£425
July
19-20
Earthen Floor & Natural Plasters - You will get hands-on experience installing light clay insulation, an earthen floor & natural plaster in the Oxford Kid’s Cottage! Also learn the principles of creating a radiant floor heating system. Tour the Strawbale Studio & see the Rocket Stove Heated Bench.

Strawbale Studio
Oxford, MI, USA


$150
USD
July
21-25
Lime Plastering Course - This course will be a mixture of theory and practical learning on Lime renders/plasters, and will involve plastering a small straw bale building. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful island and take in the scenery when not working on the site. The charges for the course have been adapted to allow as many people to participate as possible; £40 per day unwaged, £60 per day waged, and £85 per day very high waged.

Amazonails
Orkney, Scotland,
UK

£200-£425
July
23-27
Earthen Plasters, Earthen Floors - After these 5 days of practicing, you will be able to make your own natural plasters (using easy to find ingredients) and apply it to any surface in an attractive and durable way. We will plaster every day for 4-6 hours, helping you understand how the materials work, how to prepare surfaces and how to get spectacular results.
House Alive
Jacksonville, OR,
USA

$425

July
26-27
Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint

Combining Tom's 14 years of involvement in the Straw Bale/Natural Building movement along with a craftsman's knowledge of conventional building and fabrication experience and Satomi's earthen plaster magic, you will leave Kingston full of ideas and enthusiastic inspiration to build your own fantasy land.

Our workshops begin with a tour of our site. Here you will see first hand our various buildings under construction depicting numerous methods and materials, both conventional and alternative. Straw Bale, Earthbag, Pumice Crete, Timber Frame, Bamboo, Steel, Cement Stucco, Earth Plaster, Masonry, and Landscaping.

 
Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$230
single
$420
couple
July
26-28

Earth plastering workshop - Earth plastering, sculpting, making and applying clay paints and straw/clay as insulation for new or existing buildings (learning how to insulate your existing house or barn using just straw and clay).

Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Near lake Hancza, North East Poland

€100
Aug 2 Clay rendering - Clay is a natural plaster that can create many different finishes, textures and colours. A widely-available material that is easy to use and is non-toxic, usually used as an internal plaster - it creates a breathable atmosphere inside a house, studio or barn. On this course you will learn how to source, mix and apply clay render and to leave different final finishes. It will be a hands-on, practical workshop where participants are involved in rendering a mobile demonstration structure. Run by Amazonails

LILI
Winslow, Buckinghamshire, UK

£60
Aug 3 Lime rendering - Learn how to use this magic carbonating material while rendering a mobile demonstration structure. Lime is a traditional building material used for pointing, rendering, paving and as building blocks. On this course you will learn the theory behind using lime as render, get hands-on experience of working with it and learn the benefits of this material for sustainable construction. Run by Amazonails

LILI
Winslow, Buckinghamshire, UK

£60
Aug 3 Wattle & daub - This course will demonstrate how one of the oldest and 'greenest' building methods known can still be utilised today to build structures in which to live, work and play. Course tutor is Paula Sunshine

LILI
Heeley City Farm, Sheffield, UK

£60
Aug 3-8 Natural Plasters & Finishes 1 - Learn how to use clay and lime based plasters on a variety of different natural surfaces, such as earthbag, strawbale, and cob. This workshop will cover materials, mixing techniques, troweling and texturing, and using pigments to color plaster. Contact philhawnnc@excite.com for more details.

Home Grown Hideaways
Kentucky, USA
$500 USD
Aug
4-10

Lime renovations. Traditional pointing of granite stonework - Learn the traditional skills passed down through generations on pointing with lime. Plenty of hands on experience on wall preparation. Mixing, application techniques and finishing touches. Beautifying the countryside one rock at a time.

The Art Farm
Masauland, Saint Laurent Sous Coiron, Ardeche, France

€350
Aug
9-10
Earthen Floor & Natural Plasters - This workshop will concentrate on the mixing & application of local earth to form beautiful walls & interior sculptures, and durable floor systems. Also tour the Strawbale Studio & see the Rocket Stove Heated Bench which utilizes the earth as a construction medium & thermal mass.

Strawbale Studio
Oxford, MI, USA


$150
USD
Aug
10-15
Natural Plasters & Finishes 2 - Learn how to use clay and lime based plasters on a variety of different natural surfaces, such as earthbag, strawbale, and cob. This workshop will cover materials, mixing techniques, troweling and texturing, and using pigments to color plaster. Contact philhawnnc@excite.com for more details.

Home Grown Hideaways
Kentucky, USA
$500 USD
Aug
11-16
Lime/Clay Plastering and Rendering Course - This course will be a mixture of theory and practical learning on Lime renders/plasters, and will involve plastering a small straw bale building. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful island and take in the scenery when not working on the site. The charges for the course have been adapted to allow as many people to participate as possible; £40 per day unwaged, £60 per day waged, and £85 per day very high waged.

Amazonails
Orkney, Scotland,
UK

£200-£425
Aug
16-17
Mud and Earth Plastering - Last year we built the straw bale privy with a living roof near the lake at the Flying J Organic Farm near Johnstown, OH. This year we aim to finish it. If you have ever had a hankering to work with mud - now is your chance.

Blue Rock Station
Johnstown, Ohio, USA
$95 USD
Aug
18-22
Lime/Clay Plastering and Rendering Course - This course will be a mixture of theory and practical learning on Lime renders/plasters, and will involve plastering a small straw bale building. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful island and take in the scenery when not working on the site. The charges for the course have been adapted to allow as many people to participate as possible; £40 per day unwaged, £60 per day waged, and £85 per day very high waged.

Amazonails
Orkney, Scotland,
UK

£200-£425
Aug
24-29
Natural Plasters and Finishes - This course will teach you how to create and apply beautiful hand finished plasters and paints on many wall surfaces. People around the world have been using clay, gypsum, and lime as plasters and paints for millenia, and these materials have shown a timeless aesthetic and utility. The course will cover at a basic level three principle plaster and paint mediums: clay, lime, and gypsum, and finish with plaster coats, paints, and washes of clay, lime, casein, wheat paste, mica, pigments, and other natural ingredients.
Yestermorrow
Warren, Vermont, USA
$750
USD
Aug
28-29
Lime Plastering - This course concentrates on the preparation and application of lime to a newly completed straw bale and cob hybrid building, following on from the straw able course 26th-27th August.You will be working alongside the 'Down to Earth Project’. This project is a social enterprise specialising in Sustainability Education and Natural Building.

Amazonails
Swansea, South Wales, UK

£50/day

Sep
12-14

Natural Rendering: Clay Plaster - This course will examine the use of clay as a natural rendering material. In practical and theoretical sessions, participants will look at preparation of plaster bases, producing mixtures, colour finishes, decorative coats, and external and internal finishes.

CAT
Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
£180-
£330
Sept
20
Lime Rendering - This material provides the ideal finish for both traditional cob and stone and newly constructed eco-buildings. A hands-on workshop covering rendering techniques with some reference to both lime pointing and lime washing. Tutor: Ian Westaway

The Yarner Trust
Welcombe,
Bideford,
Devon, UK

£35
Sept
27-28
Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint

Combining Tom's 14 years of involvement in the Straw Bale/Natural Building movement along with a craftsman's knowledge of conventional building and fabrication experience and Satomi's earthen plaster magic, you will leave Kingston full of ideas and enthusiastic inspiration to build your own fantasy land.

Our workshops begin with a tour of our site. Here you will see first hand our various buildings under construction depicting numerous methods and materials, both conventional and alternative. Straw Bale, Earthbag, Pumice Crete, Timber Frame, Bamboo, Steel, Cement Stucco, Earth Plaster, Masonry, and Landscaping.

 
Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$230
single
$420
couple
Sept 30

Renders, plasters and surface finishes - Lime and Clay plasters have been used historically and this day provides advice to those who wish to restore their period property and demonstrate how breathable renders and plasters can be efficiently applied to new buildings. The day will discuss lime renders, lime & clay plasters and historic & breathable paint finishes. It including:

  • An introduction to Breathable Structures
  • Lime & Earth Plasters and Lime Renders
  • Historic & Environmentally Sound Paint Finishes
  • Practical Demonstrations and Workshops

Womersleys
Walkley Lane,
Heckmondwike,
Leeds, UK

£65

Oct
1-3

Make your own Lime - CAT has a lime kiln and during this course participants will learn how to construct a kiln and have the opportunity to make lime.


CAT
Machynlleth, Powys, Wales
£180-
£330
Oct 18 Lime rendering - Lunch and refreshments provided. All tools and materials
provided. You will learn a 'brief history of lime', how to mix NHL renders, how to
apply all three stages of a haired putty render with a finish coat. We will be working on a traditional welsh stone wall and lath boards. You will learn to work around corners and windows. Please dress suitably in warm old clothes and bring waterproofs. We are working outside, but in a very sheltered location, and have a warm indoor space for lunch and breaks..

Amelia Trust
Amelia Trust Farm, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales
£75 - £105
Nov
22-23
Natural Plasters, How to make and apply earthen wall finishes - Learn to make and apply many types of natural non-toxic paints and plasters to a variety of surfaces. Applying a natural paint or plaster is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform your conventional home or finish your natural home. While conventional paints are based on toxic synthetic chemicals and can outgas for years, natural paints are made from materials like clay, milk, and lime. Natural paints and plasters are very fun to make and use and they can be made in virtually any color.

Barefoot Builder
Bastrop (near Austin), Texas, USA

$650
       
  Courses you've missed in 2007 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
Jan 18

Lime: Principles & Practice - Lime is an invaluable material, both in sustainable building and when renovating older properties. The Lime Day is a blend of theory and practical work to take you from health and safety basics, to applying renders, plasters and limewashes.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£85
Jan 27

Using the Six Traditional English House Paints - The first course will address water based paints; washes, distempers and emulsions. The other course will cover traditional oil based paints; roman (or masonry) paints and glazes. Both courses will cover a mixture of theory and practical work using materials and tools supplied by Nature Paint. At the end of each course, students will will able to take home for personal use, any paints they have prepared on the day of the course.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£60
Feb 3
Sustainable Interior Design - The course will look at the use of limewash for interior decoration. Trainees will be given the opportunity to experiment with mixing different colours, and handmade wax recipes, as well as using commercially available eco-friendly paints, on wood and lime rendered/plastered surfaces.
Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust Gaia Centre, Delabole, Cornwall, UK

£60
Feb 23

Lime: Principles & Practice - Lime is an invaluable material, both in sustainable building and when renovating older properties. The Lime Day is a blend of theory and practical work to take you from health and safety basics, to applying renders, plasters and limewashes.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£85
Mar 3

Lime: Principles & Practice - Lime is an invaluable material, both in sustainable building and when renovating older properties. The Lime Day is a blend of theory and practical work to take you from health and safety basics, to applying renders, plasters and limewashes.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£85
Mar 14

Advanced Practical Lime - A one day course for anyone who has alreday attended a DCRS LIme Day. This course both builds confidence in anyone who wishes to gain extra practice applying lime with the guidance of a tutor, and goes into more depth about the application of lime.

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£85
March
16-18
Cob Courtyard Walls - Do you love the old world charm of Spanish style courtyards and garden walls? You can build beautiful courtyards, outdoor dining areas and more with the traditional European building material, cob. Once plastered, your courtyard walls will be very resistant to wind and rain and can last for hundreds of years..

Barefoot Builder
Pensacola, Florida, USA

$125
April
21-22

Wattle and Daub - With Darren Hammerton

For details telephone 01730 823 166 or email courses@earthworks-trust.com

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hants,
UK

£90
April
14-15
Natural Finishes: Earthen Plasters & Clay Paints - Learn various stages of the following: making & applying beautiful, totally eco-friendly, customized organic plasters & paints; making & applying casein washes; & creating textured finishes.

Kleiwerks
Asheville, North Carolina USA
Apply
April 28 - May 5 Artistry in Clay & Lime - Earth Plasters, Earth Floors, Built-in Clay Furniture,
Clay & Lime Moldings, Natural Paints. This course focuses on various ways these two beautiful materials can be used in the construction of a building. In addition to being natural and breathable (vapor permeable) they are, easy and fun to work and have unlimited potential for artistic applications..

Canelo Project
Elgin, Nr. Tucson Arizona, USA
$700
May
5-6

Lime and Clay Plastering - a practical workshop w/Rachel Shiamh at the 2 storey straw bale house. The course will include a tour and talk on the construction of the existing building, followed by practice in building an infill straw bale wall, plus lime and clay plastering.

Quiet Earth
near Teifi Estuary, Wales
UK

£90
May
12-13 2007
Introduction to Natural Plasters - This class will address what types of plasters are appropriate for natural walls; what kind of preparation is required for different wall natural wall types; and how to mix and apply earthen and lime rough-coat plasters. Students will get hands-on experience plastering the earthbag and cob walls of the intern shower-house, as well as a section of one of the site straw bale buildings. Instructor Massey Burke of Cob Cottage

Solarliving
Hopland, CA, USA
$171
May 12 Lime Rendering - A beautiful circular building that would be delight in anyone’s back garden. Sue & Richard Nicol have been working on this with our help since last year and it’s time to put the finishing touches to the external rendering. More details from info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
Summerhouse Wrenthorpe, Nr Wakefield, W.Yorks
UK

£45
May 13 Clay Plastering - A beautiful circular building that would be delight in anyone’s back garden. Sue & Richard Nicol have been working on this with our help since last year and it’s time to put the finishing touches to the internal plastering. More details from info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
Summerhouse Wrenthorpe, Nr Wakefield, W.Yorks
UK

£45
May
12-13 2007
Earth Art: Lime and Earthen Finishes and Floors - This class will mix and apply earth and lime finish plasters to the intern shower-house, and will pour the finish layer of an earthen floor in one of the intern sleeping yurts. Join us for a fun 3 days of artful natural building finish work! Instructor Massey Burke of Cob Cottage

Solarliving
Hopland, CA, USA
$257
May
18-19
Natural Finishes: Earthen Plasters & Clay Paints - Learn various stages of the following: making & applying beautiful, totally eco-friendly, customized organic plasters & paints; making & applying casein washes; & creating textured finishes.

Kleiwerks
Asheville, North Carolina USA
Apply
June
18-23
Stone Tadelakt - How to finish big surfaces with Tadelakt in relatively short periods of time. Including materials

Tierrafino
Hannover, Germany

€650
June
23-24
Mud and Earth Plastering - This is the fourth seminar in the four-part series on building a vaulted straw bale building. This workshop continues the skills learned in the previous seminars - but each workshop is also a “stand-alone” experience.

Blue Rock Station
Philo, Ohio USA

$95 book by June 6 $150 after

June 30
July 1
Clay Weekend This will be the most popular volunteering activity of them all, mainly because it is such messy fun and very sociable, even if it does involve poo. This weekend will be for the 'first coat'.

Bristol Green House
292 Ashley Down Rd,
Bristol, UK


Free
July
7-8
Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, and Earthen Floor - This earth and lime plaster, floor and paint workshop is designed to teach and train you in the use of the tools and techniques to prepare, mix, apply and finish. You will understand/learn how to work with natural earth/clay/lime materials for both interior and exterior applications along with many details to create beautiful plastered walls and floors. Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$210
single
$380
couple
July
19-25

EARTHEN FLOORS, CLAY PLASTER AND FINISHES – A Unique opportunity to learn about clay for floors and plasters in a beautiful two storey straw bale house near Venice, Italy. The clay is already dug from the earth next to Stefano’s house in the traditional manner, where a pond will be sited.

On the earthen floor course you will learn how to make a durable and non-toxic, warm and easily repairable beautiful natural floor that you can use with underfloor heating.

On the clay plasters course you will learn how to mix the clay with sand to make different mixes. The course will cover soil analysis that you can perform yourself; how to test, mix and apply durable, healthy clay plasters and finishes to your straw bale walls.

This is a six day course includes a guided tour of Venice by Stefano Soldati. Contact stefano at info@laboa.org tel. 335 5634287

La Boa
Via Boa, Pramaggiore, Venice, Italy

€390
July
23-25
Plastering for Natural Homes - The class will cover plaster as both a building material and an art form and the qualities of earth, lime, cement, and gypsum plasters will be explored in relationship to natural wall systems such as straw bale, cob, and adobe as well. Tutor: Laura Bartels, proud builder of the Colorado Roaring Fork Valley’s first straw bale home in 1995.

Solar Energy
Paonia, CO, USA

$350

July 27 Lime Day The aim of the workshops is to give course members knowledge and understanding of cob building, cob repairs and uses of lime in building. This will enable people to either undertake work themselves or to instruct contractors with confidence.

J & J Sharpe
Furzedon, Merton
Okehampton, Devon, UK


£70
July
28-29
Clay Plasters - In this workshop participants will learn the basics of mixing and applying clay plasters to walls, and how to determine the right plaster for your situation and needs. Topics will include breathability, finding the right recipe for your substrate, water resistance, crack prevention where different materials meet, mixing techniques, and site set-up.

Yestermorrow
Warren, Vermont, USA

$300
USD
July
28-29
Mud and Earth Plastering - This is the fourth seminar in the four-part series on building a vaulted straw bale building. This workshop continues the skills learned in the previous seminars - but each workshop is also a “stand-alone” experience.

Blue Rock Station
Philo, Ohio USA

$95 book by July 14 $150 after

July
30-31
Lime Plasters - The use of lime in building dates back to 4000 BC, when the Egyptians used it to plaster the pyramids. Lime continues to be used today across the world in a variety of applications in the building process. During this course, we will look at the chemical and physical properties of traditional lime-based and lime-stabilized plasters. Discovery of the material will come through classroom discussion, as well as lots of hands-on practice. Students will learn about the working properties of lime as a wall render, and learn about the correct selection, safety, mixing, application, and maintenance of lime-based and lime-stabilized plasters.


Yestermorrow
Warren, Vermont, USA

$300
USD
Aug
2-3
Natural Paints and Finishes - Finishing walls with natural, nontoxic products imparts a number of benefits to a building, whether you are working on a plastered strawbale wall, or interior gypsum wall board. The ingredients are simple and safe, the process is creative and fun, and the possibilities are endless! In this course, we will look at the art, science and practice of making your own paints, washes, and other finishes with clay, lime, casein, wheat paste, mica, sand, pigments, oils and other natural materials. Students will be introduced to a variety of materials and their working properties, as well as gain a solid understanding of the basics of where and how to apply these products to different wall systems. This class will be mostly hands-on, with discussion ongoing throughout the course.


Yestermorrow
Warren, Vermont, USA

$300
USD
Aug 3 Strawbale & Lime Seminar - This seminar is aimed at architects, engineers, local authority staff, and anyone else who requires an overview of the techniques and technicalities of strawbale building, using PowerPoint presentation and tour of an actual building under construction.

Amazon Nails
Hackney City Farm, London,
UK

£65
Aug
3-5
Plaster - This workshop will explore the versatility and application of earthen plasters. We will be doing interior and exterior plasters, window and door detail work, bah relief, and fresco applications. This is your chance to get really muddy and learn plastering techniques that you can use with your own building projects. We will be plastering over a number of different materials, including light straw clay, earth bags, and wood.

Ancient Earth
Freeland, Washington,
USA

$250
USD
Aug
4-5
Lime Plastering Course - This course will be to plaster the walls of a new Resource Centre and learn all about working with lime. Hackney City Farm will have already constructed strawbale walls and roof. The building will stand on used car tyre foundations and we have been on the look out for many reclaimable materials

Amazon Nails
Hackney City Farm, London,
UK

£110
Aug
4-5
Clay Course - This course will be to plaster the walls of a new Resource Centre and learn all about working with clay. Hackney City Farm will have already constructed strawbale walls and roof.

Amazon Nails
Hackney City Farm, London,
UK

£110
Aug
6-10
Earthen Plasters Workshops - This is an introductory course, but participants will leave inspired, and ready to experiment with their own recipes on their own projects. We will be mixing and plastering with clay earthen plasters, and casein paints from August 6-10, and working with lime plastering techniques and lime wash frescas on September 10-14. Vegetarian lunch provided daily, and limited camping onsite is available. For more information contact Jeni Rigel

To Each Their Due
Puna, Hawaii, USA

$500
USD

Aug
7-12
Plaster This! - A combination of hands-on and mechanical applications will take you through the science and art of practical and decorative plastering, including opportunities for creative work with architectural details. With Mollie Curry. All levels of experience welcome.

Natural Building School
Black Mountan, North Carolina, USA

$300
USD
Aug
10-14
Earthen Plasters Workshops - This is an introductory course, but participants will leave inspired, and ready to experiment with their own recipes on their own projects. We will be mixing and plastering with clay earthen plasters, and casein paints from August 6-10, and working with lime plastering techniques and lime wash frescas on September 10-14. Vegetarian lunch provided daily, and limited camping onsite is available. For more information contact Jeni Rigel

To Each Their Due
Puna, Hawaii, USA

$500
USD

Aug 11 Plastering and Finishes Cement-Lime - Plastering is an art unto itself. Learn skilled techniques to become proficient at mixing and troweling traditional cement-lime plaster to provide elegant and professional finishes. Colour tinting, stucco spraying, interior finishes, reliefs, inlays and mosaics will also be discussed with some hands-on opportunities. Tutor: Ben Polley of Harvest Homes

Everdale
Hillsburgh, ON,
Canada
$85 CND
Aug
15-16
Lime Render and Hemp-Lime Course - This course will be to plaster the walls of a new Resource Centre and learn all about working with lime. Hackney City Farm will have already constructed strawbale walls and roof.

Amazon Nails
Hackney City Farm, London,
UK

£110
August
18
Natural paints and plasters for a healthy home - Learn to make and apply many types of natural non-toxic paints and plasters to a variety of surfaces. Applying a natural paint or plaster is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to transform your conventional home or finish your natural home.

Barefoot Builder
Woodbury, TN, USA
$85
USD
Aug 18 Plastering and Finishes (Earthen) - Learn how to use local soils and fibres to create beautiful and durable earthen plasters for straw bale walls, or for any other plastered interior or exterior surface. Learn how to sample soils, create test patches, and mix for base, second and finish coats.

Everdale
Hillsburgh, ON,
Canada
$85 CND
August
18-19
Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, and Earthen Floor - This earth and lime plaster, floor and paint workshop is designed to teach and train you in the use of the tools and techniques to prepare, mix, apply and finish. You will understand/learn how to work with natural earth/clay/lime materials for both interior and exterior applications along with many details to create beautiful plastered walls and floors. Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$210
single
$380
couple
Aug
25-26
Clay Course - This course will be to plaster the walls of a new Resource Centre and learn all about working with clay. Hackney City Farm will have already constructed strawbale walls and roof.

Amazon Nails
Hackney City Farm, London,
UK

£110
Aug
25-26
Constructing a Can or Bottle Wall - Focuses on building the front and back walls using cans and bottles. This process requires some drying times (as you build up the wall), so we will likely work on several projects to learn all phases of the process during the two-day workshop.

   
Blue Rock Station
Philo, Ohio USA

$95 book by Aug 11 $150 after

Aug
27-28
Lime and Clay Plastering - We will be raising a one storey load-bearing straw bale facilities building on a rammed earth tyre foundation for the Tipi West campsite. Participants are welcome to camp in one of the tipis for 10 GBP a night. Make it a holiday, bring the family and stay over bank holiday weekend. There are volunteer opportunities too. Course tutors: Rachel Shiamh with Simon Meier. For more info and booking call Rachel: +44 (0)1239 612632 or email: quietearth@ukonline.co.uk

Quiet Earth
near Teifi Estuary, Wales
UK

£90
Aug 31-Sep 2 Internal Clay Plastering Course - Using recycled clay from the farm pottery participants will learn how to fix the final coat of clay to an internal wall at the Hackney City Farm

Amazon Nails
Hackney City Farm, London,
UK

£110
Sept
1-2
clay plaster clay finish - How to finish big surfaces with Tadelakt in relatively short periods of time. Including materials

Tierrafino
Amsterdam, IJburg, Netherlands

€650
Sept
7-9 2007
Natural Rendering - Clay Plaster - This course provides a basic introduction to the use of clay for plastering. No previous experience is required. It will cover the identification of clay, an understanding of its properties, where to source it and how to use it. Learning will be through practical work and discussion, and participants will mix and use their own plasters on a variety of backgrounds.

CAT
Machynlleth, Powys,
Wales
£175-320
Sept 7 Lime Day The aim of the workshops is to give course members knowledge and understanding of cob building, cob repairs and uses of lime in building. This will enable people to either undertake work themselves or to instruct contractors with confidence.

J & J Sharpe
Furzedon, Merton
Okehampton, Devon, UK


£70
Sept
11-12
Natural Paints and Plasters – The healthy methods of turning walls into magic, taught by a master plasterer from Oregon, US. Tutors: Linda Smiley

The Hollies
Castletown, Enniskeane, Co.Cork,
Ireland

€160
Sept
22
Lime Rendering - This traditional material provides the ideal finish for eco-buildings. A practically based workshop which will cover pointing, rendering, plastering and lime washing.

The Yarner Trust
Welcombe,
Bideford,
Devon, UK
£30
Sept
22-23
Earth Plaster, Lime Plaster, and Earthen Floor - This earth and lime plaster, floor and paint workshop is designed to teach and train you in the use of the tools and techniques to prepare, mix, apply and finish. You will understand/learn how to work with natural earth/clay/lime materials for both interior and exterior applications along with many details to create beautiful plastered walls and floors. Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$210
single
$380
couple
Sept
22-23
Earthen Plasters - In this 2 day workshop we teach the basics of preparing, mixing, and applying earthen plaster. The workshop will focus on understanding the materials, rather than memorizing receipts, so that students can take what they have learned and create their own plasters from their own materials.

Seven Generations
Show Low AZ, USA

$100 USD

Sept 28-
1 Oct
Natural Plasters and Paints WorkshopThe course will aim to explore the advantages of working with a range of rich and sparkling natural finishes, which will include lime and earthen plasters, limewash, clay alis and casein milk paints.

Earthedworld
Broadhembury, East Devon, UK

£295
Sept 29 - Oct 6 Artistry in Clay & Lime - Earth Plasters, Earth Floors, Built-in Clay Furniture,
Clay & Lime Moldings, Natural Paints. This course focuses on various ways these two beautiful materials can be used in the construction of a building. In addition to being natural and breathable (vapor permeable) they are, easy and fun to work and have unlimited potential for artistic applications..

Canelo Project
Elgin, Nr. Tucson Arizona, USA
$700
Oct
4-5
LES CHAUX ET LEURS USAGESConnaître les différentes chaux et leurs domaines d'utilisation. Aborder la mise en oeuvre de la chaux afin d'encourager et permettre son emploi par les participants. Programme: Mortiers et bétons de chaux; Mortiers et granulométrie; Les additifs - les plâtres chaux et mortiers charges; Corniches - moulures et cueillies; Les fausses pierres

le GABION
Domaine du Pont Neuf, Embrun, France

€294
Oct 13 An introduction to lime in buildings - A mixed theory and practical course covering the science of lime and its use as a sustainable breathing building material. Students will have the opportunity to practice lime rendering and block-laying using lime mortar.

South Yorkshire Energy
Richards Road
Sheffield,
UK
£50
Oct
13-20
Artistry in Clay & Lime - This course focuses on various ways these two beautiful materials can be used in the construction of a building. In addition to being natural and breathable (vapor permeable) they are, easy and fun to work and have unlimited potential for artistic applications.

Canelo Project
Canelo, AZ, USA
$750 USD
       
  Courses you've missed in 2006 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
March 13 Wattle and Daub - Insights in to the historic use of wattle and daub, and its repair and conservation today. A morning of touring the Museum’s examples followed by an afternoon of ‘hands on’ practical exercise applying wattles and daubing them. The tutor is Joe Thompson

Weald & Down
Museum

Chichester, West Sussex, UK
£100
April
1-2
Wattle & Daub - Wattle and daub are traditional building techniques used for both internal and externals walls of the vernacular buildings of the West Country. The course will cover cleaving and weaving small rods for the wattle panels of a traditional green oak building, and then comes the messy bit – mixing and applying the daub. The day will finish with a demonstration of lime washing.

The Yarner Trust
Welcombe,
Bideford,
Devon, UK
£50+
April 6 Lime day - A practical day of mixing and using mortars for plasters, renders and repairs and making limewash, using both hydraulic & non-hydraulic lime.


The Lime Centre
Morestead, Hampshire, UK
Apply
April
10-11
Clay Plastering - Continuing the series of courses to build a Community Building for Wakefield Allotments, this course focuses on first coat internal plastering using natural clay. You will learn about how to make your own clay plasters as well as get lots of hands on experience. For more details and to book contact Amazon Nails tel: 0845 458 2173 email info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
Wakefield, W.Yorks, UK

£70
April
12-14
Clay Plastering - Continuing the series of courses to build a Community Building for Wakefield Allotments, this course focuses on first and second coat internal plastering using natural clay. You will learn about how to make your own clay plasters and to keep walls straight as well as get lots of hands on experience. For more details and to book contact Amazon Nails tel: 0845 458 2173 email info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
Wakefield, W.Yorks, UK

£95
April
14-16
Clay plastering workshop on a Strawbale House - Presentation of Mas Lluerno (ecocentro) and Llum de Sol (Bioclimatically designed Strawbale House), Clay (what it is and how to use it as a plaster), plastering techniques, construction detailes (corners, window, doors), artistic detailing. Course given in Spanish.

tel. Spain 973 292 012 maslluerna@yahoo.es


Ecocentro Mas Lluerna, Lleida, Spain €140
April
15-16
Wattle and Daub - With Darren Hammerton

You can contact us either by email courses@earthworks-trust.com or by phoning 01730 823 166

The Sustainability Centre
Petersfield, UK

£90-112
April
18-20
Lime Rendering - Continuing the series of courses to build a Community Building for Wakefield Allotments, this course focuses on first coat external rendering using traditional lime. You will learn about the theory of lime and how to use it safely as well as get lots of hands on experience. For more details and to book contact Amazon Nails tel: 0845 458 2173 email info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
Wakefield, W.Yorks, UK

£105
April
18-20
Lime Rendering - Continuing the series of courses to build a Community Building for Wakefield Allotments, this course focuses on first coat external rendering using traditional lime. You will learn about the theory of lime and how to use it safely as well as get lots of hands on experience. For more details and to book contact Amazon Nails tel: 0845 458 2173 email info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
Wakefield, W.Yorks, UK

£105
April
24 -26
Clay Plastering - This course focuses on third and final coat internal plastering using natural clay. You will learn about how to make your own clay plasters and to keep walls straight as well as get lots of hands on experience. For more details and to book contact Amazon Nails tel: 0845 458 2173 email info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
Wakefield, W.Yorks, UK

£95
April 29 Lime rendering workshop - Learn a little about the production and use of lime and then get some practical experience of putting lime render on a strawbale building, and as usual lunch teas/drinks/biscuits will also be provided all in exchange for your £30 the building is a small summerhouse so places are limited. For more details contact Chug on chug@strawbale-building.co.uk


Chug's World
Guildford, UK
£30
April 29 Lime Render - Traditional lime based plaster are the ideal finishes for straw bale walls. This course will cover both theory and practice. The morning will include a presentation on straw bale wall construction also the theory of lime mortar production and use. In the afternoon participants will have practical experience of rendering the completed straw bale walls of 'The Moot Hall', a permanent structure at Rippledown Environmental Education Centre

Rippledown Centre
Dover Road, Ringwould, Deal, Kent, UK
£70
April 30 Introduction aux matériaux et finis d’intérieur écologiques - Offrez-vous ce temps d’introduction et de découvertes où vous bénéficierez de la synthèse de plusieurs heures de recherche. Venez satisfaire votre curiosité en ayant la possibilité de voir et toucher plusieurs échantillons de matériaux. Et laisser aller votre imagination aux multiples possibilités d’utilisation du sous-sol au grenier.

ArchiBio
Centre Marcel Giroux 4501 Bannantyne, Verdun, Canada
$50
CDN
May 5 Practical Lime - "hands-on" experience in using traditional lime and clay materials and techniques to repair and maintain old buildings. Relaxed environment where you will enjoy learning, with ample opportunity for discussion in the breaks.


Mike Wye
Buckland Filleigh Sawmills, West Devon, UK

£70
May 11 Lime day - A practical day of mixing and using mortars for plasters, renders and repairs and making limewash, using both hydraulic & non-hydraulic lime.


The Lime Centre
Morestead, Hampshire, UK
Apply
May
13-14
Natural Plasters - Benefits of using lime plaster; The art of mixing and applying lime plaster; Lathing requirements; What is earth plaster; Mixing and applying earth plaster. Tutor Sigi Koko of Down To Earth
Heathcote Community
Freeland, Maryland, USA

$75

May
19-20
Stone Tadelakt - Stone Tadelakt , clay plasters, clay finishes and clay paints


Tierrafino
Bern, Switzerland
€480
May
25-26

Wattle and Daub - A two-day course showing how to use the traditional material for infilling panels in timber-framed buildings.

Contact: Pauline Turner, Historic Buildings and Conservation, Essex Council
Tel 01245 437672 Fax 01245 437213 email pauline.turner@essexcc.gov.uk

Cressing Temple Barns, nr Witham, Essex. UK

apply
May
27-28
Stone Tadelakt - Stone Tadelakt , clay plasters, clay finishes and clay paints. The course focuses on the timing during tadelakt application a crucial part of tadelakt application.


Tierrafino
Amsterdam, Netherlands

€480
May 29
- June 1
Earth plasters, paints and straw clay

Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Near Warsaw,
Poland

€100
June
3-4
Plaster Extravaganza - This course will teach you how to create and apply beautiful hand finished plasters on many wall surfaces. People around the world have been using clay, gypsum, and lime as plasters and paints for millenia, and these materials have shown a timeless aesthetic and utility. Students will leave this course with practical experience mixing and applying different finishes on various wall systems.

YesterMorrow
189 VT Route 100, Warren, Vermont, USA

$275
USD
June 6 Ecological Paints & Finishes - The main focus of the day is to look at the practical application of the full range of natural painting and finishing products. These products include: Surface Preparations including the use of Roll-On Plasters, Natural Fillers and Primers; Internal Wall Paints including Natural Emulsions, Casein Paints and Clay Paints; Wood Work Paints and Finishes including Weather Protection Lacquers, Interior Lacquers, Wood Glazes, Timber Preservation Paints, Natural Oils and Waxes; and, External Paints including Limewashes and Silicate Masonry Paints.

Ty Mawr lime
Llangasty, Brecon, Powys, Wales
£92
June
19-24
Stone Tadelakt - How to finish big surfaces with Tadelakt in relatively short periods of time.


Tierrafino
Hannover,
Germany

€750
June 22 Lime day - A practical day of mixing and using mortars for plasters, renders and repairs and making limewash, using both hydraulic & non-hydraulic lime.


The Lime Centre
Morestead, Hampshire, UK
Apply
June 24 Lime rendering - At the Magdalen Project a Dorset charity promoting sustainability, rural skills and environmental education to all age groups. The centre is based on an organic farm where courses utilise 132 acres of diverse and inspiring landscape. For details telephone 01747 811099 or email info@dorsetruralskills.co.uk

Dorset Centre for Rural Skills
Crewkerne, Dorset,
UK

 
June
24-25
Earth Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint- Contact Landerland for details.

Course fee includes lunches

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$195
single
$350
couple
June 30 Earth Building Day - This course is divided into two parts. The morning session consists of slide presentations of traditional, contemporary, technical and regulatory aspects of earth construction. The practical afternoon session deals with material selection, designing the mix and constructing a cob and rammed earth wall.

Ty Mawr lime
Llangasty, Brecon, Powys, Wales
£92
July
22-23
Earth Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint- Contact Landerland for details. Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$195
single
$350
couple
July
7-9
Earthen Plastering and Finishes - Earthen plasters are a healthy, non-toxic, and inexpensive way to create plastered finishes that are ideal for natural building or renovations. Learn how to use local soils and fibres to create beautiful and durable earthen plasters for straw bale walls, or for any other plastered interior or exterior surface. Learn how to sample soils, create test patches, and mix for base, second and finish coats. Tutor: Tom Wolf, the workshop will start at Everdale and move to Tom’s Earthship Defiant for the hands-on component.

Everdale
Hillsburgh, Onterio, Canada

$85
CDN
July 29-
August 5
Earthen Plasters and Finishes - Wall preparation, one-coat plaster, finishes and artistic sculpturing. A half day field trip will provide us with a taste of the thousand year living tradition of earthen plasters in Taos, NM. Deatils from kindra@claysandstraw.com or call +1 512 663 3166

Clay Sand & Straw
Angle Fire, New Mexico, USA
$600
USA
Aug
11-13
Natural Plasters for Healthy Homes - In this workshop we will be applying a clay base coat to the straw bale walls. We will discuss and practice the steps necessary to prepare different kinds of walls for earthen plasters. We will also mix up and apply several different recipes for beautiful clay finish plasters. And we'll watch a slide show of many exquisite natural finishes from around the world.

Emerald Earth
Owl Springs, Laytonville, California, US

$225
USA
August 18-19 Earth plastering

Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Near lake Hancza, North East Poland

€100
Sept
2-3
Earth Plaster, Earthen Floor and Natural Clay Paint- Contact Landerland for details.

Course fee includes lunches

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$195
single
$350
couple
Sept 5 Strawbale and lime Seminar - Presentations on strawbale building by Amazon Nails and on Lime plastering by Mark Womersley then a good lunch followed by a chance to try some hands-on with straw and lime. For more details and to book contact Amazon Nails tel: 0845 458 2173 email info@strawbalefutures.org.uk

Amazon Nails
W.Yorks , UK

£65
Sept
9-11
Earthen Plasters Workshop - In this three day workshop you will learn how to poor the various layers of an earthen floor, prepare straw bale and cob walls for plaster, select raw materials, mix plasters, and apply to both interior and exterior walls.

White Oak Farm
PO Box 450 . Williams, Oregon,
USA

$210
Sept 14 Lime day - A practical day of mixing and using mortars for plasters, renders and repairs and making limewash, using both hydraulic & non-hydraulic lime.


The Lime Centre
Morestead, Hampshire,
UK

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Sept
15-17
Earthen Plasters Workshop - In this three day workshop you will learn how to poor the various layers of an earthen floor, prepare straw bale and cob walls for plaster, select raw materials, mix plasters, and apply to both interior and exterior walls.

White Oak Farm
PO Box 450 . Williams, Oregon,
USA

$210
Sept 23 Lime Rendering - This traditional material provides the ideal finish for eco buildings. A practically based workshop which will cover pointing, rendering, plastering and lime washing. The Yarner Trust
Welcombe,
Bideford,
Devon, UK

£30
Sept
23-24
Earth Plaster and Lime Plaster with Fresco Finish - Contact Landerland for details.

Course fee includes lunches

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$195
single
$350
couple
October
14-15
Earth Plaster and Lime Plaster with Fresco Finish - Contact Landerland for details.

Course fee includes lunches

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$195
single
$350
couple
October
22 -29
Stone Tadelakt - How to finish big surfaces with Tadelakt in relatively short periods of time.

Including meals and hotel accommodation

Tierrafino
Marrakech, Morocco

€1750
October 26 Lime day - A practical day of mixing and using mortars for plasters, renders and repairs and making limewash, using both hydraulic & non-hydraulic lime.

The Lime Centre
Morestead, Hampshire, UK
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