Natural Building Collective

Workshops 2014

At a Mudgirls building workshop, participants pay only for their meals and barter their labour for the learning experience. Unless otherwise specified, workshops are open to all genders. 


Tiny Home Building and Design Workshop

 Week 1 June 16th-20th 2014

Week 2 June 23rd-27th 2014

Salt Spring Island hosts another natural building workshop! Come for one week or both. A greater understanding of whole house building and design will be reached if both weeks are attended. During these workshops we will be building the walls of a small cabin out of cob and light clay straw. You will learn how to stuff wall cavities with this all natural non-toxic insulation. You will have hands on experience mixing and building with cob, covering window installation and bottle design. Special care will be taken to discuss and understand the principals of small house design focusing on the beauty inherent in function and simplicity.

Come one, come all!

Cost per week $200 0r $385 for both

This includes 3 yummy meals, camping and childcare

Fill out an application and send it to

please specify which workshop you are wanting to attend

Mudgirls Natural Plastering Workshop

JULY 10th-14th 2014

On beautiful Salt Spring Island join us as we learn to prepare, gather, and mix the ingredients for three or more types of natural plasters. Each day we will discuss different aspects of natural building as a whole with special emphasis on the breathable natural coatings that go on our earthen structures.  Get hands on experience applying lime plaster, pigmented finish coats, and manure plasters. Come and have fun, get dirty and meet some good people.

the cost = $200
meals, camping and childcare included

all genders are welcome

fill out an application and send it to

Homesteading on Denman Island

Week 1: July 21-25
Week 2: July 21 – Aug. 1
This natural building workshop will give participants hands-on experience making and using cob, slip-straw and earthen plaster. Come and camp in the forest on co-operatively owned land and participate in  a variety of natural building projects. Daily tutorials will cover the basics of natural building and site planning, then the rest of the day will be spent getting dirty. Lots of one on one attention, so bring your questions. Gorgeous lake and ocean swimming spots nearby.
Cost is $200 for one week, $385 for both.
Camping, meals and childcare are included.
All genders welcome.
Please fill out an application and send it to

please specify which workshop you are wanting to attend

39 responses

  1. sheryl fremlin

    I want to take a workshop with you ladies when you have your schedule figured out. Thanks in advance for sending me the info. Your buildings inspire me!

    February 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

  2. Nicole

    me too :)

    February 13, 2012 at 6:11 am

  3. Eva Brigitte Sonne

    I would like to take a workshop, but I am in Germany, so do you know anyone here who has experience about building a house. Maybe you like to come to Germany…..and we have a workshop here
    Thank you very much, lots of love

    February 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  4. Amy A

    Yes!! Would love to know when/where workshops may be happening…


    February 17, 2012 at 3:48 am

  5. Ann Hazlett

    I am planning on moving to Campbell River this spring and would love to attend some of your workshops. I have a very detailed book on how to build using cob, cordwood and strawbale but as I am the type of person who does their best learning with a combination of reading and hands on, your workshops would be perfect. I love your designs and hope to learn a lot from you in the near future.

    February 18, 2012 at 3:38 am

  6. Ramona

    I live on Salt Spring and can’t wait to hear about a workshop in my area!!! I really really want to learn how to build like this!

    February 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    • Hey check it out above, upcoming workparty on Salt Spring!

      March 5, 2012 at 4:09 am

  7. Joana Reinhardt

    I would like to take a workshop with u but
    I’m in Portugal . If ever came to this side of
    The world, please let me know :) .


    February 24, 2012 at 5:56 am

  8. estelle gacond

    Hi!, jst wanted to know if I have understood where you work: in Canada ? And if Iam to come over there could I stay any length of time shared with you ? And how long Canada will accept me as a visitor ? Thank you to answer my questions. I ask all these because I would very much enjoy build and be creative the way you are and think I would learn a lot!Thank U and your work is wonderfull :-))))) Estelle

    March 1, 2012 at 9:52 am

    • Yes, we are in British Columbia, Canada. Your other questions are more difficult to awnser however! I have no idea, It depends where you are coming from I imagine. Thanks :)

      March 5, 2012 at 4:07 am

  9. S

    Do you conduct any workshops in USA (close to ohio)?

    March 9, 2012 at 6:57 am

    • We don’t have any plans to at this time :(

      March 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm


    March 12, 2012 at 5:58 am

  11. Brenda Clark

    any chance you may be coming to the Okanagan ???

    May 25, 2012 at 3:50 pm

  12. ~sarah

    do you do any sort of internships/longer work/study programs? I have been deeply interested in your organization for some time and would love to work with and learn with you at some time.

    July 15, 2012 at 12:32 am

  13. Manon

    This is WONDERFUL ! Congrats for your job guys ! I love it, and i love mud too !!! I am French , and my husband Australian we are actually starting our project to build our own cosy home ! SO maybe one day we’ll be in touch !? who knows?!
    Keep Havin FUN !

    October 16, 2012 at 9:12 am

  14. Monika

    I found a book about tiny homes at a bookstore in Victoria, BC, and there is a section devoted Mud Girls! I’ve been interested in learning how to build using these methods and look forward to hearing about future workshops. Please let me know when and where, and I will try to be there!

    Are internships or work studies possible?

    December 17, 2012 at 7:42 pm

  15. Barbara Deitz

    When are workshops starting? I am really interested :)

    Barb Deitz,
    Rochester, NY

    January 11, 2013 at 10:18 pm

  16. Your work and ideals are inspiring. I would love to become part of your collective. I currently study non-violent communication, but would love the opportunity to practice with others. Please send 2013 workshop infomation asap. Thank you.

    January 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

  17. Emily McIntosh

    hello! I was just wondering when we’d be able to apply for 2013 workshops…thanks!

    February 3, 2013 at 1:22 am

  18. Lewis

    I am interested in attending a workshop. Thanks!

    February 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  19. Hi, I would love to become part of your network and build homes and communities with you! Keep me posted for the 2013 workshops Thank you!

    February 19, 2013 at 5:40 am

  20. Hi, I live in Chilliwack and would love to be part of one of your upcoming workshops, keep me posted! Thank you in advance, we love what you are doing!

    February 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

  21. Julia

    Hi! I’m interested in attending a workshop!

    February 26, 2013 at 3:56 am

  22. Ellie Mills

    Hi! I’m based in Edinburgh Scotland and am hoping to come to a workshop in 2013; need to plan ahead as I’d be travelling with my little mudmaker aged nearly 3! I’d be really grateful if you could email me when you have details of more workshops! Thankyou!

    March 26, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    • Hi!
      Workshops are posted as soon as they are confirmed. Please follow our site or check back often.

      April 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  23. Yahoooou!!!! See y’all in June!

    April 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  24. christi

    Hi, I would like to talk to someone about your workshop choices. Is there someone I could call?

    May 10, 2013 at 11:59 pm

  25. Em McIntosh

    hello ladies! I just looked through all your posted workshop choices for 2013 and was wondering if there would be any more for later in the year, say september?

    May 14, 2013 at 12:04 am

  26. April

    Would love to join in! I’m coming from Port Townsend so wonder if there’s a bus to take from Victoria so I don’t have to bring my car? Will check it out but would appreciate any suggestions.

    July 28, 2013 at 3:29 pm

  27. Drew Kryzanowski

    I would be eager to hear more about your upcoming 2014 courses.

    Thanks, Drew

    December 23, 2013 at 5:07 pm

  28. Colby

    i live on denman island and intend to build a cob home in 2015, i would love to attend a workshop in 2014

    December 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

  29. Michelle Tedesco

    Hello, I used to live in Bowser and have since sold my 5 acres. I live in AB now. I have heard of you a few years ago and I have recently seen your work in a mag called Tiny homes. I would love to know when you have workshops. I am a single female farmer with a female roommate. I have always been basically organic and natural. I wonder if you come to AB or to the interior of BC. I have Been Looking into building some cabins so that I can get some like minded people living here on my land. It is a large piece of land but it is impossible to do everything yourself. I have cows and pigs and horses and dogs. Usually I have a garden and have had chickens in the past. I have been learning about solar and composting toilets etc.

    December 30, 2013 at 1:29 am

  30. pretty please post your 2014 schedule… I would LOVE to take a workshop!!!

    January 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm

  31. Janet Alcantara

    Have you a mailing list to notify of upcoming workshops?

    February 2, 2014 at 10:18 pm

  32. Tamara Fournier

    Sisters speak for me too :) I’m from Quebec and would like to learn and see how it would be possible to apply this here..

    February 5, 2014 at 5:05 pm

  33. Joanna Jurdi

    I’m also interested in your workshops and would like to know more details.

    February 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm

  34. denise

    Please let me know where and when your workshops take place. I am in Ontario.

    March 25, 2014 at 1:33 am

  35. hey folks! We finally have some workshops up on here now. please join us this summer. Fun will be had.

    April 22, 2014 at 4:55 am

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