From Wild Abundance & The Living Skills School:
Mud and stones and sticks and straw can transform into structures that are functional works of art if you know how to use them. Get your hands into the amazing building materials nature has to offer and learn from local masters. Explore the diverse wealth of natural buildings that exist in our area and gain the skills to start creating your own. Learn the principles and theories of natural building that have been used by humans for thousands of years and are being honed and refined in our modern era. Dive into an inspiring and empowering exploration of construction that is congruent with the earth this summer in the Practical Natural Building Intensive, offered by Wild Abundance and the Living Skills School from August 8-14, just 20 minutes north of Asheville, NC.
The Practical Natural Building Intensive is a crash-course in practical, natural, place-based building. Students will engage in a healthy balance of theory (class time), application (hands on building experience on a variety of techniques and projects), and exploration (checking out natural buildings and homesteads in the area and talking to their builders).
Modalities and ideas that will be covered include: passive solar design, cob ovens, harvesting and processing trees, slip-straw, earthen floors, building site choice, working with clay, floor systems, round-pole construction (log cabins and timber-framing), cob, stone, strawbale, conventional/natural hybrid construction, and more!
Class will start at 1pm on Friday, August 8th and will run from 10am until 6pm from the 9th through the 14th. Onsite camping and facility use is available at no extra charge for students who wish to stay at the breathtaking location all week. Delicious and healthy lunches are included in the cost of registration, which is $700-$500, sliding scale.
For more information and to register go to http://www.wildabundance.net/?page=naturalBuilding
WHAT: Practical Natural Building Intensive
WHERE: Chinquapin Hill, Barnardsville, NC (20 minutes north of Asheville)
WHEN: August 8-14