Cob & Community in the Village – Skillbuilder Internship
4 month – May 4th to August 24th, 2014
2 month – June 1st to August 24th, 2014
This will go down in history as the all time amazing cob and natural building internship (some also call it an apprenticeship). The combination of COBWORKS and O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE together on a course brings the best of many worlds together.
Give yourself a month of amazing creativity, cob construction and general building skills development, community connections….all on one of the most built out natural building/permaculture demonstration sites in North America. In this course you have the opportunity to bring together the teachings of one of the founders of natural building revitalization in Canada, PAT HENNEBERY, with a whole village culture of collective action. Not only does OUR ECOVILLAGE have a range of natural buildings and building methods for you to come and learn with and in….but there is also a range of systems designs which connect all the dots between built structures as well. From food systems to grey-water reclamation to governance system design – there is a range of learning available during this course
As these two organizations merge to create this course you will have the opportunity to work beside a range of well seasoned builders and beside OUR 4-month “Ecological/Natural Building Skillbuilder Internship” which is working on an ECONEST project and ROBERT & PAULA LAPORTE. You will also be here for a week of cross over time with the E.A.T. Project led by STARHAWK . There is non-stop action and interaction in the program.
With a fully facilitated daily schedule lead by our teacher/builder Pat – the team pulls together for an 8 hour day.
In this video, Pat introduces himself and his work at Cobworks on a project.
During the month long course, participants will learn how to:
- locate and identify materials
- build a stone and urbanite foundation
- design and layout a cob home
- install doors and windows
- mix and build with cob [we are excited about bobcat cob]
- build an earthen oven.
- design a roof for the structure
There will also be daily theory classes where we will cover:
- composting toilets and grey-water systems
- codes and permits
- plumbing and electrical
- heating, cooling and earthen floors
- roof designs
- earthen plasters and natural finishes
- a general Q&A session
Who Should Take This Course
young and older, varying abilities, family members, organizational groups….give us a proposal! Getting a range of the building basics with a large splash of creativity is the focus to consider when choosing this course.
Site Considerations: OUR Community
We are a community of about 15-20 adults and children sharing meals, space, and facilities, and actively participating in each others daily lives. This population fluctuates greatly over the year swelling up to 30-50 residents over summer and up in the hundreds for short periods of time during major events. There are other short courses, tours, guest teachers/lecturers, music camps, and even the odd wedding which might be happening while you are here onsite –
Explore our website to find out more about this beautiful and dynamic community, and catch a glimpse of what is so hard to put into words!
About OUR Farm
With years of Permaculture Design shaping the lands and processes of OUR ECOVILLAGE since 1999 most of life revolves around interconnectivity of systems and people. OUR has almost 9 acres in food production and food security systems linking livestock, poultry, dairy, greenhouses, raised beds, orchards and row crops. We aspire to serving the most nutritious mostly organic yummy meals while serving diverse needs of food preferences and allergies (see OUR Food Manifesto). The program is designed the program so all participants are integrated into community life (outside of your 40 hour a week course) through the ‘Care Schedule’, meeting facilitation, and assisting with the learning of others.