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2014 Schedule of events:
> Fire Powered Hot Tub 1/25-1/26
> Earth Oven and Floors 4/5-4/9
> Earthbag Dome Building 4/19-4/27
> Regenerative Home 5/10-5/18
> Everything Earthen 6/14-6/21
> Tadelakt the World 6/22
> Designing Regenerative Buildings 7/5-7/6
> Artistic Sculpture in Earth 7/19-7/20
> Happy New Year!
> *What could be better than studying practical technologies with your
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> *Fire Powered Hot Tub - January 25-26 - Big Island, Hawaii. *Learn how to
> heat water with solar and fire in this two day demonstration course.
> Discuss various approaches and options to home water heating without
> electricity. Then assemble a simple hot tub unit and get in a soak.
> *Earth Oven and Floor - April 5-9 - Haleiwa, Oahu.* Come learn how to
> build earthen floors that are durable, ecological and so comfortable on
> bare feet. We will begin installation of a big floor in a traditional
> Hawaiian Hale (gathering structure). We will also be constructing a
> traditional cob oven for baking. The skills covered in this class are an
> ideal introduction to working with Cob/Adobe/Sand-Clay mixtures. While on
> site at Mohala Farms, you will be introduced to all aspects of their
> small-scale (6-acre) organic farming operation and will have the
> opportunity to participate in a number of their organic and permaculture
> practices. Plus the entire workshop is only minutes away from Haleiwa town
> and the beautiful north shore coast line of O'ahu with it's legendary
> surfing and ocean activities. We will take a field trip together to see
> nearby sites.
> *Earthbag Dome Building - April 19-27 - Negril, Jamaica.* Our budding
> ecovillage is the location for this course, where there are already two
> partially completed Earthbag buildings. You will learn skills needed to
> plan and finish your own buildings out of earth, rocks, and wood. Learn the
> art of masonry dome building with Earthbags. We will construct an 8 ft
> earthbag dome in this course. Study concepts of bio-architecture like
> whole-systems design, water, power, thermal mass climate control, and
> passive solar heat collection. Practice drawing methods to help you design
> structures with these features. Experience finishing techniques like
> earthen plasters, cement, and lime. Your tuition gets you: Lectures,
> hands-on instruction, tour of the area, ground transport, meals, and
> camping. Enjoy seeing a slice of Jamaica on a couple incredible field
> trips. We will visit beautiful swimming and diving location on the
> seaboard, swimming spots along streams, and pass through nearby farms and
> towns. Permaculture and alternative technology topics will also be
> highlighted. Mostly a hands-on course, also including slideshows, lectures,
> and fun field trips.
> *Regenerative Home Intensive - May 10-18 - La Garita, Colorado.* Eight
> days of intensive learning at a remote site in Southern Colorado. We will
> put the final touches on the Regenerative Home. The home is
> self-sufficient, low-cost, using appropriate technology for these times. We
> will touch on passive and active solar arrays, passive solar design, rocket
> stoves, rammed earth building, adobe brick vault building, grey and black
> water use, berming, plasters and paints, permaculture site design, building
> codes, plumbing, electrical, passive refrigeration, solar water
> distillation, and solar hot water heating. Experience an amazing natural
> setting - A stream with resident beavers runs by the site. Learn all the
> details of construction with lectures, slides, and hands on classes. You
> will come away from this experience fired up to build your own home with
> some further guidance.
> *Tadelakt the World - June 22 - Portland, Oregon.* Learn the ancient art
> of burnishing lime plaster until it is waterproof! You'll learn about lime
> finish plasters in general, and the details of how to create the tadelakt
> finish. This finish is applicable to showers, tubs, sinks, bowls, and more.
> *Everything Earthen: Building Walls and Plastering - June 14-21 -
> Portland, Oregon.* This course is an in-depth presentation of how to
> source, process, mix, and transform common earth materials into
> fantastically beautiful artwork and housing. You'll learn how to create
> walls from cob/adobe, wattle and daub, rammed earth, straw clay, wood chip
> clay, straw bales, and more. Learn to mix and apply plasters of cob/adobe,
> cement, and lime. Also discover mixing and application of earthen paints
> and lime paints. Hands-on instruction, lectures and slides.
> *Designing Regenerative Earthen Buildings - July 5-6 - Portland, Oregon.*Delve
deep into the design and technical aspects of creating a holistic
> earthen building. Use permaculture principles, bio-mimicry, and traditional
> wisdom to envision buildings that truly take care of their occupants.
> Regenerative buildings and systems can make people and ecosystems around
> them healthier. Learn about the immense variety of natural building
> techniques to use whatever material is available. Understand domes, vaults,
> water catchment, passive solar, passive heating and cooling, vertical
> gardening, on site waste treatment, passive refrigeration and much more.
> Lectures, slides, drawing, models, estimating, and engineering basics.
> *Artistic Sculpture in Unfired Earth - July 19-20 - Portland, Oregon.*This class
explores the infinite artistic possibilities of unfired
> clay/sand/fiber mixtures. We will use pigments, and a wide variety of
> techniques to create innumerable effects. Learn how to make earthen
> plasters, paints, pigments, constructing an armature to support the
> sculpture. Great fun for all skill levels, ages 12 and up.
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