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As dynamic members of our collective, MudGirls also work as workshop cooks! Mmmmm….Mudcake for a special treat!

27 responses

  1. Katerina

    What you are doing seems remarkable!

    July 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  2. Sarah Ethridge

    This is awesome. I am so glad someone somewhere is doing this. Empowering and enlightening!

    July 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

  3. Dan and Terri Clifford

    The work is wonderful – you’re a very imaginative and creative bunch of people !! Now while we couldn’t commission you to build one for us [and we’re in the U.K.] we are very inspired to do something similar here. [We have been interested in building one for ages – one of our most-valued little books is ‘Hand-Made Houses’ by Peter and Tony Mackertitch (c. 1976) – all built in the U.S.A.’s wildwoods – fabulous stuff !!]

    July 19, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  4. May

    Beatiful work girls! You are an inspiration, the spirit of teamwork and creativity shines through you creations!

    July 24, 2012 at 11:57 pm

  5. Constance Ashworth

    Pure inspiration for those of us living in suburban areas, who receive frowns of disapproval from neighbors when we deviate from use of “standard” materials. You’ve given my heart the thumbs up (!) to continue WITH JOY making stuff for my dwelling out of re-adapted materials like reed fencing for sun blinds, and palm frond stalks for fencing. :) It’s so much fun! (I’m also letting most of the lawn on my 1/3 acre grow up, and I have so many more buzzing insects (and birds) than before, which is great – I just mow “spots” so I don’t get flagged by authority. Warm regards from the space coast of Florida!

    July 29, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  6. This style of building is so awesome and wonderful to see that there are people out there doing it every day. I have a dream to build a house for myself but I live in Sweden and I’m not sure I can build a house like this because of regulations etc. Do you have any suggestions how I can take this further in my country?

    Are there any workshops planned for 2013?


    September 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm

  7. Love you girls. I do the same things in Israel. There is nothing so therapeutic like working with mud

    October 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

  8. would like to learn to build with mud… I’m totally delighted with your work… awesome…

    October 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

  9. Robert Carlson_Moeller

    Hi me my wife are looking at building a cob home in Vermont which is very cold weather and we are looking at the structures that you have built and I went to know more information about the mud and what is the make up of the month in order to the weather not to to break down if you could contact me that be great where it is interested in where in the planning stages and she bought the property but I’m trying to understand him if there’s a binding agent or a mortar that maybe you had too much that’s all natural thank you for your time Robert

    November 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    • Alessandra

      Hi, I am in the NEK building with the local earth and strawbales. There are others around here also building with the earth. Have not tried cob yet. Lets be in touch….

      February 18, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    • Roxy

      Hi Robert,
      I am not in the mudgirls collective but I have experience with natural building… if you are in a very cold climate and often have snow, you may want to consider a Strawbale structure instead of cob. You can still get the beauty and Earthy feel of cob by using a natural plaster finish on the walls, and having cob/clay walls interior. The R value of cob alone may not be enough for the cold winters of Vermont unless it was a small space with a good woodstove, and a roof/foundation that accounts for the snowfall.
      It works on Vancouver Island because there isn’t a whole lot of snow and it has a fairly temperate climate. Hope this helps!

      December 16, 2013 at 7:12 am

  10. aqui estamos conectados sisters ..

    November 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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  12. carolewilliamson2000@

    I love u 2 m g’s. Please come to southern e coast u.s. if i have another life to live i want in. Carolee

    December 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm

  13. Michele

    Awesome job ladies ….. any *Mud Girls* in Ontario? :)

    December 4, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    • Meghan

      Looking to learn more about low impact building techniques, and get a little muddy! Did you manage to stir up any leads in Ontario?

      June 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

  14. All Time Mud Fan!

    Hello there,
    I live in Alaska and was just reading about your work in the Tiny Homes; simple shelter book by Lloyd Kahn and I was amazed! Please keep up the wonderful and beautiful work. I sure hope that some day soon someone in Alaska will think of this idea!

    – A all time mud fan!

    December 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

  15. Elsa Fonseca

    Love Your work. WellDone!

    December 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  16. Carole MacCannell

    It is wonderful to see what beautiful work you women are doing. My husband and I wanted to build a cob house in the Yukon many years ago….no one there had ever heard of such a thing and thought we were crazy! I look forward to taking part in a workshop this year and working with you all.

    February 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm

  17. This is awesome; and i love the houses! Every little girl’s fantasy playhouse all grown up :-)!
    Pwr 2 the MUDGIRL peons!

    April 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

  18. I love what you do and makes me wish I was living in your part of the world. Do you have any projects in France?

    May 16, 2013 at 11:45 am


    July 19, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    • as for the woman form equador? im wondering at what workshop you attended, that may help me remember.

      July 20, 2014 at 5:03 am

  20. Chris G.

    I work as a school gardener in Alberta. And I need your help with a children’s cob house aka OUR Ecovillage and a cob oven for an outdoor classroom. As well, earthen floors for an ecolodge. All could happen in June 2015 next year!

    October 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm

  21. Dave Moss

    Love your work and ethics. I am working towards a sustainable homestead property in the gulf islands, or vancouver island. When time comes to build I will be contacting you. Open to cooperating on an acreage purchase with like minded people.

    Dave M.

    February 12, 2015 at 5:02 am

    • Awesome. Thanks for the enthusiasm. We are ready when you are!

      February 12, 2015 at 9:17 pm

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