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10-Day Natural Building Techniques

This action-packed, hands-on/feet-on workshop is for adults and youth 12+ accompanied by adult.

  • Starts Sep 21
  • 1,165 US dollars
  • Cob Hill

Available spots

Service Description

This action-packed, hands-on/feet-on workshop is for adults and youth ages 12+ accompanied by parents who intend to build their own cob home! Test your grit during 10 days at Cob Hill Natural Building School, as Cat Taylor teaches the techniques and skills from the foundation to the roofing system. We will learn about various building styles: cob; bale cob; palletable cob. We will also cover many other natural building concepts like: site placement and preparation; dig a rubble trench; stack a stone stem wall; tamp subfloors; set windows; build up our walls and of course cob, cob, cob! Hands on experience covering soil testing foundations dig a rubble trench pier and beam stack a stone stem wall (dry stacking) cob building bale cob palletable cob timber framing windows and doors roof designs living roofs roof sheathing tree felling log peeling log milling (saw mill) Shou Sugi Ban(Japanese art of waterproofing wood) Primitive tent camping sites are available near the build including access to hot showers, plus 3 plant-based meals a day are included in your tuition! You will need to bring your own camping gear. (See FAQ section of Prospective attendees, please be advised that we are unable to accommodate guests, unregistered children under 12 or pets on site for the duration of the workshop; however, there are nearby lodging options available for them including Daingerfield State Park, as well as two boarding options within 30 minutes of Cob Hill. $1165 tuition includes a $200 non-refundable deposit to secure your spot. Only if NaturalBuildingOrg has to cancel the workshop for some unforeseen reason will this deposit be refundable. Save $100 automatically if your registration includes two or more people. Active duty military personnel and honorably discharged veterans with valid ID or DD214 may select the appropriate tuition tier to receive 20% off, and eligible Cob Hill Lifetime of Learning (L.o.L.)

Upcoming Sessions

Cancellation Policy

We will not hold a spot in a workshop without a deposit. Full payment must be made forty-five days prior to start date. If the workshop is cancelled by NaturalBuildingOrg a full refund of all monies paid will be returned. For Deposit-only the deposit is non-refundable, however, it may be credited toward a future course provided you enroll within one year. Paid-in-full registrations cancelled 45 days or more before the start of the workshop, the total payment minus deposit and processing fees will be refunded, the full cost may be credited to a future workshop for which you enroll within one year. Paid-in-full registrations cancelled 30 days before the start of the workshop, only half of the total payment will be refunded, and the other half will be credited to a future workshop for which you enroll within one year. Paid-in-full registrations canceled less than 30 days from the workshop start date forfeit all payments. If, however, you can find someone willing to pay you directly in order to take your place in the workshop, we can work with them to change the registration into their name with your approval. Please be in communication right away if you have to cancel. Because workshops are awfully expensive to facilitate, and people need a lot of time to plan vacation time and travel, when we get a last-minute cancellation, we often cannot fill that spot causing a loss in funds as we have already purchased supplies and food for your stay. We want everyone to have a chance to learn natural building and will work with you the best we can to make that happen. Please keep us informed so we can give everyone a positive experience. Thank you.

Contact Details

  • 712 County Road 2913, Hughes Springs, TX, USA

    + 817-812-4909

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