In this Natural Building Workshop we are building an earthship inspired classroom for Christoph & Mario’s permaculture project in southern Italy.
There are no skill requirements. You will learn everything you need to build a house from foundation to roof.
From April 26th to May 30th we will start another round of Natural Building Workshops near Badolato in southern Italy.
These workshops will provide you plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience in Natural Building, all the skills and especially the confidence you need to build a little cabin for yourself.
The highlights of these workshops are a natural rock stemwall & foundation, a natural round pole timber frame and roof, light-straw-clay, straw bale as well as cob walls, earthen floors,
earthen plasters, a rainwater harvesting roof and even cob sculpting, Tadelakt and an integrated greenhouse to make this building similar to an earthship.
Extras Because this is an area with possibility of light earthquakes, we will talk about earthquake protection and apply what we learned on the building.
We will build a green house extension to make this building similar to an earthship, and passively heated even in winter. The green house will include grey-water planters that are fed from the sink and showers.
cozy earthship interior
Natural Builder Certification You will receive a Natural Builder Certificate, all the teaching materials by email and the Sustainability Skills – Natural Builder’s Handbook, which is a summary of the workshop building steps, upon graduation.
Workshop Requirements There are no skill requirements for these Natural Building Workshops! That said, it certainly won’t hurt if you know some things and put it to good use or share it with others. Nobody is perfect and we are always curious to learn other ways of doing things.
Sun Apr 25, 4 pm: Opening Circle / Welcome Dinner / Introduction
1st week: Foundation / Plumbing / 1st Floor
2nd week: Round pole timber Frame / Door and Window Frames
There is often someone who leads yoga or some other movement practice in the morning and/or the afternoon. We like to have one evening a week to show slides, videos or have workshop related debates. The rest of the time you can spend on your own, join a jam session around the fire or contribute something to share with the group.
Christoph and Mario would like us to come up with a smart design. Although the primary purpose of the project will be to serve as a classroom where lectures or workshops can take place, it should also be usable to accommodate guests and workshop students.
Robert Brendler has been doing construction work since the age of 12 when he accompanied his grandpa on construction sites during his summer vacation. He’s a Jack of all trades, experienced in Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical Wiring, Home Automation, Cob Building & Sculpting, Green-Roofs, Non Violent Communication, Teaching and Team-Building and is bringing it all together to give you a complete experience from foundation to roof. Robert loves the Natural Building Community and bringing together the kind of people that are interested in it. He loves teaching and the look on faces when people succeed in doing things they never imagined they could do.
Registration is limited to 15 students. Registration deadline: April 11.
We always offer 4 work trade discounts, 2 in the kitchen making breakfast in the morning and 2 onsite in the morning before breakfast or in the afternoon between class and dinner. An ideal learning opportunity to get a glimpse on every detail of the build. Each work trade is 50€ off the tuition fees per week for one hour of help a day. To apply for these work trade positions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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