Natural Building Collective

Workshops 2015

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. 

Note that each workshop has a different co-ordintator. Please email your application to the address at the bottom of the description of the workshop you want to take. Please specify to them which workshop you want to attend (include title and dates). Thank-you!

Plastering and Natural Painting Workshop & Playhouse Building

Salt Spring Island July 27th-31st

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL!!

The Lee Road Compound and the Mudgirls invite you to come and learn the art of earthen plastering and natural paints. During this workshop you will be mixing and applying a base coat plaster to slip straw walls. The construction of these wall systems and others, will be a major part of the instructional aspects of this workshop. We will be re-natural painting an existing cob house and using a finer finish clay plaster for the inside. We will mix pigments, have fun, and get dirty! We will also be constructing a small mixed medium kids play house. The types building systems incorporated will be wattle and daub, cob and we may even stack some bales and learn some general carpentry.

Cost: $200

food, camping and child care included.

All genders welcome.

fill out an application and send it to mollsmurphy@ gmail.com

Finishing the Earth Ship, workshop series

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We just had our first weekend on this build, and are excited to share it with you. This Earthship was started 20 years ago and is built into a south-facing slope south of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The framework, rammed tire walls and underground grey water infrastructure is in place. Concrete has been used with the tires, but now the rest will be finished with natural materials. During the first workshops we will be covering the tire walls with cob to start smoothing them out, and later in the summer these will be plastered with earthen plasters. We will also be earthen plastering the existing paper-crete walls that were done many years ago. We will be using slip-straw (light clay straw) to finish the non-tire walls, building a cob bench and cob walls. Over-all, this will be a diverse and interesting project.  We also cover the basics of natural building in general during our morning instructionals, so bring your questions!

$125 for each 3 day workshop. Sign up for one or all of them.

July 4,5,6

July 18,19,20

August 8,9,10

September 5,6,7

Meals, camping and childcare included.

All genders welcome.

Send your application to islandwildrose@ gmail.com

       Mixed Natural Building Workshop on Denman Island

    August 17th-23st  This workshop is now full.

Come contribute to finishing 2 small earthen and hybrid homes nestled in the forest on commonly owned land on Denman Island BC. Get hands on learning applying earthen plasters to the walls and starting a cob greenhouse, with daily instructional covering the basics of natural building from foundations to rocket stoves, and see a variety of natural, earthen and hybrid homes.

 Cost is $275 for 7 days

Meals, Camping and Childcare included.

All genders welcome.

Please fill out an application and email it to islandwildrose@ gmail.com

Application forms are linked to in the upper right of the website.

Note that each workshop has a different co-ordintator. Please email your application to the address at the bottom of the description of the workshop you want to take. Please specify to them which workshop you want to attend (include title and dates). Thank-you!

Rocket Stove Mass Heater Building Workshop on Denman Island

Sept 25,26,27

Cost is $200 for 3 days

Meals, Camping and Childcare included.

We will explore possibilities, requirements and trouble shooting in designing and installing a rocket stove mass heater. The RMH to be built during this workshop is for a small greenhouse/bath house and will be made out of mostly recycled and earthen materials.

Places are limited for this workshop. Previous cob building experience is ideal as the learning will be focused on RMH.

Please fill out an application and email it to Melisande at buildarevoluton@gmail.com

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MudGirls are also collaborating in this event:

Syntropia, a Workshop Festival on Vancouver Island August 25-30

http://www.syntropia.be

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