Finishing for Beauty and Longevity

Finishing for Beauty and Longevity

July 18, 2016 0
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Date(s) - 18/07/2016 - 30/07/2016
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Note: This course can be taken as a 2-week standalone, or as part of the 8-week Ecological Design and Build ExtravaganzaSee the “Dates & Tuition” section at the bottom for more details.


P1010362Whatever the surface, Earthen Plasters and floors bring a special feel to a home. And while natural plasters are available ‘in a bag’ you may want to know what’s inside: this is what we’ll work with during Module 3. Learn about choices, techniques, colors and textures and how to get results on different backgrounds. Discover the tools of the trade, and enjoy the change a finishing plaster brings to the room.

Earthen floors are gaining popularity because they are strong, beautiful and can be heated. We will be building up the layers to a floor in one of the buildings.

And finally a Living Roof Workshop and Earthen Floors will top off this module: learn about the layers, the choices, and build it in the company of others to make work light.

Design Presentations will complete this part of the course with OUR regular participants and will be part of OUR regular Graduation Ceremony and Celebration.

Dates and Tuition:

• Module 4: Finishing for Beauty and Longevity and Grand Finale
(July 18–30, 2016): $1600

OR save up to 20% ($1500) by taking the entire course…

Natural Building Extravaganza Complete
(Modules 1–4: June 5–July 30 (8 weeks)): $4900 (savings of $1500 v. individual modules)

Other 2-week Modules:

• Module 1: The Big World of Natural Building and Design
(June 5–17, 2016): $1600
• Module 2: Just Biofibre – Hempcrete Building
(June 19– July 1, 2016): $1600
• Module 3: Tiny Home Cob House
(July 4–16, 2016): $1600

Instructors, Accommodation, and More

See the main Ecological Design and Build Extravaganza page for more details.

cindy walker

 Cindy Walker lives near Nelson, BC and started natural building in 2001 by building her own cob home with Elke Cole.  At that time, natural plasters were relatively new in BC, so she went to New Mexico and Arizona to learn from experts in the field, such as Athena.  In 2007, Cindy started a business near Nelson, specializing in natural plasters & woodchip clay building.  The focus has been to develop high quality natural plaster & paint methods, as well as training crews and homeowners.


AthenaOven-CaneloAthena 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.


How to Apply

1. Please email:

info [at] with a brief introduction of yourself, what has you hoping to take the course in terms of your professional aspirations, and a short work history… and any other information relevant to your desire to take the course.
2. Select the ‘2016 Natural Building Internship Application’ ticket below and pay the $100 registration fee.
3. We will respond to your email with a request for a brief conversation in relation to your goals with this course.
4. Following the initial application process you will be invited to let us know which module(s) you would like to register for, and at that point will be guided through a registration and payment process by OUR staff.
We also welcome you to contact us with a proposal for skill trade towards this course if you feel that you might bring a high level of professional or skilled trades background to OUR ECOVILLAGE development team.
If you have ANY questions or challenges with the registration process, please email info [at] or phone the office at 1.250.743.3067.
We also welcome you to contact us with a proposal for skill trade towards this course if you feel that you might bring a high level of professional or skilled trades background to OUR ECOVILLAGE development team.

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