Building with Earth has a visceral appeal. To create something beautiful and lasting with clay and sand that comes from the land we stand on sounds almost magical. When you see what can be formed in this way, it is easy to understand why natural building is becoming more and more popular. We avoid using toxic substances that have become so common in modern building and those of us who have never built anything suddenly feel invited in by the simplicity of the process and how we are physically involved in it - not to mention the fact that we get to act in a cooperative effort with a group. How about that?


The vision for our project is to make a cob oven (cob is a mix of clay, sand and straw) with a simple foundation of gravel and a stem wall using stones from the property here at True Nature. We will also work on a section of a garden wall that will be a long-term project, and will include a fireplace and chimney right in the wall itself.


Lodging: Participants have the option of camping on the land or choosing to lodge in either the Pond Cabin, Tipi or Heart Studio.


Meals: Meals will be vegetarian with an emphasis on organic and local ingredients.  Vegan and gluten-free options will be offered at each meal. Upon registration, you will have an opportunity to let us know of any food sensitivities or concerns you may have.


What to bring: Details are on the way!





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Learn to create an earthen oven and a garden wall, and have some fun!

An Introduction To Natural Building

May 21-23