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2017 Natural Plaster Course

Permaculture. Sustainable Food Production. Natural Building. Education. Community.

2017 Natural Plaster Course


Date(s) - Jul 17 - Jul 28
9:00 am - 5:15 pm

OUR Ecovillage

Finishing for Beauty and Longevity and Grand Finale

Earthen Plasters bring a special feel to a home. And while natural plasters are available ‘in a bag’ you may want to know what’s inside. Learn about choices, techniques, colors and textures and how to get results on different backgrounds in this 2 weeks natural plaster course. Discover the tools of the trade, and enjoy the change a finishing plaster brings to the room.

Learn about the wide word of natural finishings including clay paint, clay plaster, natural pigments, lime plaster, lime paint, fresco, and Tadelakt.

We will go from bare walls to ‘body coat’, finish interiors, exterior finishes and work start to finish to teach each step of processes – including you leaving with recipes!

 Full course (2-week): $1275 plus tax

1 week only: $800 plus tax

Weekend Workshop (21-23 July) 38-hour days jam-packed with learning $410 plus tax

*All price including food and outdoor camping


Register for Full Course (17-28 July, 2017):


Register for one week:


Register for Weekend Workshop (21-23 July, 2017):


Who is teaching? 

Athena Steen is a master plasterer who calls Canelo, Arizona home. In 1989 with her partner Bill, she co-founded the Canelo Project, a non-profit organization whose work centres on connecting people, culture, and nature. The focal point of Athena and Bill’s work is handcrafting simple, small-scale and comfortable shelters that are built primarily with local and natural materials. In that pursuit, they have evolved a unique straw bale and clay wall system that is finished with beautiful clay and lime plasters, sculptural wall carvings, earthen floors and clay ovens. Throughout her career, Athena has also taught and worked extensively in Mexico, taught workshops and lectured throughout Europe and the United States..

Permaculture. Sustainable Food Production. Natural Building. Education. Community.