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Pangea Farm 2011 BaleCob workshop

This ten day comprehensive workshop is unique in that we will be building an engineered code approved building, something that is not always easily accomplish in the natural building world. The design of this workshop is to teach participants everything they need to know to build their own BaleCob structure.  We will be executing a design that enables the participants to learn about all aspects of BaleCob and Cob construction….by getting your hands dirty.  We have designed this course to prepare anyone to owner-build their very own code-approved structure.  Students will encounter a knowledgeable staff and a fun workshop in a beautiful setting.  Students of all skill levels will enjoy this course and gain valuable knowledge about building, sub contractors and satisfying building officials.  This workshop will cover all elements of code-approved natural building with an emphasis on: efficient and durable foundations, strawbale walls. roof construction and insulation, roofing, cob interior walls and thermal massing for your climate, framing-in windows and doors, plumbing, electrical systems (including photovoltaics). and all aspects of finishing (including cabinetry and earthen plasters and floors).  Also covered in this 10 day workshop will be; composting toilets, graywater systems, building site orientation, bio-fuels and more.

How it works:
The days are long and hard work should be expected.  We start our morning with a light breakfast followed by an hour or so of work where we will break for a full breakfast.    Work will continue until lunch. An extended lunch will allow for personal and rest time or maybe a dip in the swimming hole. Our afternoons continue with a discussion period and more building.  Our dinner and evening break is relaxing, and I encourage people to bring instruments for around the fire. Also our BaleCob sauna is available for workshop participants.  Although physical work is involved in building the cottage, participants are encouraged to work at their own pace.  You know your limits please respect them and no prior building knowledge or experience is required.  Our goal is to provide a safe environment in which to learn and meet like-minded individuals.


Three vegetarian meals a day are provided as part of the tuition.  The meals are delicious and wholesome. For some meals a local meat option will be available. If you have any dietary concerns or allergies please let us know ahead of time and in most cases we will be able to accommodate you.


Camping is available on site and bathroom facilities with showers are provided. Campers and RVs are also welcome, however there are no hookups and please no generators.

The main focus of this BaleCob workshop is you, and providing a constructive learning environment to help you achieve your natural building goals. We encourage questions on all topics of natural building, BaleCob, Cob Strawbale etc.  We encourage you to bring your house plans and design ideas along with your imagination. Natural building, specifically BaleCob and Cob, open up a whole new realm of building.

The money stuff:

Tuition for the workshop is $790. A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due upon completion of registration. The remaining balance is due any time before or at the start of the BaleCob workshop.  Workshop size is limited and tends to fill up quickly. To register please contact us and a registration form will be e-mailed to you promptly.


You can email us directly at cappie@pangeafarm.com, or josh@pangeafarm.com with questions about the workshops.

Thanks,   Pangea Farm
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