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Early Bird Special: Natural Building Extravaganza  RSS feed

Amanda Garratt
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Kleiwerks International and Ashevillage Institute will be hosting a 9-day Natural Building Extravaganza from August 9-18, offering 20 hands-on workshops on all things natural building. The Natural Building Extravaganza offers a comprehensive smorgasbord of workshops, classes, special projects and field trips on a beautiful site in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Participants will learn how to create beautiful, affordable, natural dwellings using local clay, sand, straw, bamboo, and other abundant and salvaged materials. For more information and to sign up, visit our site:

There are only 2 DAYS left to take advantage of our early bird special!


Hands-on projects
Oh, the glorious art of mixing and making with mud, quickly!
Wall systems: Cob, adobe, slipstraw, wattle & daub, and more
Natural finishes: Exterior and interior earthen plasters and paints
Basic additions: Installation of windows and doors
Roofing: Connections, considerations & installation
Foundation, flooring & drainage systems

Theory & presentations
Community mud stories from around the world
Characteristics of natural materials and Mud 101
Site selection and passive solar design
Pro’s and con’s of various wall systems
Natural engineering and structural integrity
Designing a Nest: Intuiting your sweet home
Basics of electricity and plumbing
Thermal mass and insulation
Foundations and drainage
Building with straw bales
Living roofs
And more
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