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Natural Building Programs

Our programs are hands-on, comprehensive, smorgasbord experiences, teaching the best that natural building has to offer. Participants engage in real, hands-on projects, and actually build structures that will be used and last for ages. Natural building is a powerful community building tool; our programs reflect this. Participants often say they feel deeply part of community and happier than they have in a long time. We pride ourselves in this, and the fact that folks head home confident to start their own projects, whether after a week or six months. Our goal is to offer the most comprehensive scope of how to build with local and natural materials, from foundations to roofs, wall systems to natural finished. We cover it all! Find curriculum details here.

“The quality of information, care and attention given to each participant  was extraordinary. It delivered everything it promised and more.”   ~Michael Baral


The programs listed below are hosted by our friends at AshevillagePermaculture School: Design Ecology & Living Skills. We do not take any responsibility for the content of their programs, but we do support & endorse them.

PageLines- Ashevillage-PermacultureCertifiedEco-UrbanHomesteadBuildingApprenticeshipcopy.jpg[Permaculture Certified] Ashevillage Eco-Urban Homestead & Building Apprenticeship ProgramMarch 23 – October 23, 2015; Monday – Thursday. This 2015 Apprenticeship Program is designed for people who are interested in gaining skills and confidence in living water systems, natural building, natural finishes, and carpentry. You will learn on your feet. Work with your hands. Be an active member of a small team in a closely mentored environment with Ashevillage’s Site & Building Manager. Read more.

Permaculture School - Natural Building Workshop 2015Natural Building WorkshopJuly 6-10, 2015. This one-week learning experience offers a comprehensive understanding of natural building, and includes classes, slideshows, some hands-on workshops, and a field trip(s). It’s led by a team of instructors with 100+ years of building experience. Participants learn the basics of building using local clay, sand, straw, bamboo, and other abundant and salvaged materials. Read more.