OUR 2014 Earth Building Extravaganza
Date(s) - 16/05/2014 - 03/07/2014
(This program has various options in terms of dates and length of programming. Please scroll to the bottom for time and tuition details.)
This will go down in history as the all time amazing natural building internship (some also call it an apprenticeship). The combination of COBWORKS, COB COTTAGE, facilitators trained with CAL-Earth, and O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE are coming together on a course that brings the best of many worlds together. With a wide range of building methodologies included, you will get your hands in to sculptural/structural cob building, working with strawbale, understanding ‘light clay/straw’ and ‘light clay/woodchip’ (including EcoNest design/build projects already at OUR demonstration site), some amazing earthbag dome construction, and all the elements of a start to finish natural building project; from foundation to finish roof with installed systems.
Give yourself a two week, or a four week option of amazing creativity, construction, and general building skills development and lots of 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.
With a fully-facilitated daily schedule led by one of North America’s Cobfathers, Pat Hennebery, (who founded Cobworks with Elke Cole who is now running an OUR ECOVILLAGE partnered project titled ‘Better World Cameroon’) the team pulls together for an 8 hour day.
This video introduces another Cobworks-run workshop and some of Pat’s work.
During the month long course, participants will learn how to:
- locate and identify materials
- build a stone and urbanite foundation
- design and layout a natural building
- install doors and windows
- mix and build with cob [we are excited about bobcat cob], earthbags, and a wide variety of building methods
- 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
Everyone from builders/engineers/architects to home-owner builder wannabes! 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.
We are a community of about 15–20 adults and children sharing meals, space, and facilities and actively participating in each other’s 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, Demonstration Site, and Education Centre
With years of Permaculture Design shaping the lands and processes of OUR ECOVILLAGE since 1999 most of life revolves around the inter-connectivity 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 serve 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.
Dates and Tuition:
- June 5th to 19th (2 week option) = $ 1500
- June 19th to July 3rd (2 week option) = $ 1500
- June 5th to July 3rd (4 week option) = $ 2900
- May 16th – July 3rd
- Permaculture Design/Earth Activist Training + 4 week option (6 full weeks) = $3800 (would be $4850 if taken at different times/separately)
- May 16th to June 19th
Permaculture Design/Earth Activist Training + 2 week option (4+ full weeks) = $3100
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for one of the above options, please make the $100 payment below marked ‘application fee.’ Do not pay the tuition fee until requested to by OUR office. This one-time, non-refundable application fee allows us to spend the necessary time carefully screening applicants and making sure that we are a good fit for your learning needs and that you are a good fit for our community. Once you have made the payment, please email both registration[at]ourecovillage[dot]org and brandy[at]ourecovillage[dot]org with a brief introduction of yourself, a copy of your resume, and a vision statement (letter of intent). In your vision statement, please explain why you would like to take the course, how you will pay forward your newly-gained knowledge, and any other information relevant to your desire to take the course.