Design your natural home

For an extra-ordinary Summer of 2020

Courses for Natural Homes
online ...at your (holiday) pace

Spend your summer learning Natural Building!

Dreaming a more sustainable future is on the agenda for many, especially with Climate Change and Pandemic creating and very unusual situation for us all this summer. What does your future life look like? What steps can you take to proactively reduce your footprint while making life better? 

If this future includes a (more) natural home, read on…

Future homeowners often don’t get much of a chance to spend time on the land they plan to build on. Yet getting to know the land is a personal journey that can be both eye-opening and rewarding. 

Why not plan your ‘staycation’ right where you dream your house to be? Experience the gifts from nature that will contribute to your life, the relationships with flora and fauna. 
Watch where the sun rises and sets, enjoy a full moon in place. By the way, did you know that the path of the full moon in the sky is seasonally opposite to the sun? This means when you watch the full moon in July it will tell you the sun’s path in January- in mid winter. From these observations you can find out if you have good solar access when it matters most, because in the winter months the rays of the sun can warm up your earthen floor to help stay cozy. 

While you walk the land and contemplate the home you want, consider the impact this will have: can you situate the house where former damage has been done and thus repair part of the land and preserve the beauty spots? Do you feel different energies in different spots?

Drawing a ‘sensitive’ map of the land is an exercise that is part of the online ‘Design your own natural home” course that is now available

The course takes you from dream to drawings through online study/ presentations, exercises to work out your needs and options, and finally to drawing your sketches. At the end you have a package of results that will enable you to make the big decision: to build or to re-design. 

Wishing you well-being and a truly extraordinary summer of 2020.

Today I invite you to browse my brand new online courses.

From short introduction level to owner-builder-to-be, these courses will save you money by giving reality checks, allowing you to control the process with solid information, and tools to move forward.

I hope you’ll enjoy and please share this with your circle!

Understanding natural wall systems

A short introduction into natural building

After 20+ years of natural building practice I’m offering a condensed introduction to natural buildings:  by wall systems. This is how we name our houses: a Cob house, a Straw-bale house.

These short presentations will help understand the differences and find out what’s best for your region.

Understanding natural wall systems

A short introduction into natural building

After 20+ years of natural building practice I’m offering a condensed introduction to natural buildings:  by wall systems. This is how we name our houses: a Cob house, a Straw-bale house.

These short presentations will help understand the differences and find out what’s best for your region.

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

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