Design your natural home

Designing your home is one of the most challenging and important steps you’ll ever take. With this course you’ll immerse yourself into OUR inspiring setting for 2 information packed days. This course will give you confidence to start your process.

Ready to start your natural home design?

This weekend intensive is for those who are interested in actively being part of the process of designing their natural home. Learn about choosing the best site for passive solar performance and energy savings. In two days and an evening you’ll be introduced to a variety of building technologies- in theory and by taking an extensive tour through the buildings at OUR Ecovillage. 

There are exercises to work on with your peers around the table. There’s time for your questions to be addressed. You will learn about how to approach laying out a floor plan and how to move through a permit process. And if you have your project ready to work on you may introduce it to the group.

NEW!  Optional “Design Lab Monday” 

For those who are ready to dive a little deeper into the drawing stage we are offering a new piece: a full day of coaching, peer reviews, and more ideas and input. Get those sketches done in a supportive environment. 

You must have your site identified to begin designing. We start where you are and spend the day stepping into what’s next.

Elke’s experience and occasional input of  ideas from peers will support your process. 

There are now two options to attend this amazing course this year!

Friday, March 27th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturday, March 28th and Sunday March 29th, 9am to 4pm; plus optional Design Lab Monday, March 30th, 9am to 4pm

Single: $275 + $80 for the optional Design Lab Monday + applicable taxes
Couple: $500 + $130 for the optional Design Lab Monday + applicable taxes

Early Bird Pricing until February 15th: $220

Friday, October 23rd, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Saturday, October 24th and Sunday October 25th, 9am to 4pm; plus optional Design Lab Monday, October 26th, 9am to 4pm

Single: $275 + $80 for the optional Design Lab Monday + applicable taxes
Couple: $500 + $130 for the optional Design Lab Monday + applicable taxes

Early Bird Pricing until October 1st: $220

Topics Covered

  • Gathering information
  • Making a map
  • Choosing a site
  • Determine passive solar orientation
  • Foundations
  • Thermal Mass and Insulation
  • Earth building: Cob, rammed Earth, Light Straw-clay, Adobe, Strawbale construction
  • Finishing options
  • How to start designing
  • Where to get help
  • Getting a permit

Elke Cole is a Natural House Designer, builder and educator. At OUR ECOVILLAGE on Vancouver Island, Canada, she coordinates the natural building activities and programs. Elke has her consultation and design business Houses That Love You Back.

Elke’s work takes her around the globe with projects in Africa, India, and Costa Rica. Her designs are based in Permaculture and value relationships between owners, builders and the natural environment presented at the site. Working with groups on design and leading workshops on building projects has earned Elke a solid reputation in the Natural Building field.

Visit Elke’s website: www.elkecole.com

More Questions?

Email us at naturalbuilding@ourecovillage.org  

Call us during our business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm PST at 1-250-743-3067