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Earthbuilding School

In-person workshops & internships

We are proud to serve a growing international community of

students, builders, designers, homeowners and educators

who create healthy and beautiful living spaces that don't cost the Earth. 

The 2023 workshop series is now finished

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Intro to Earthbuilding

This is a video one of our students made about a 5-day workshop that covered cob oven building, earthen floors, earthen plasters, Adobe brick construction and artistic play with natural paints.


Adobe and Cob Construction Workshop
Lime Plaster and Tadelakt Workshop
Retrofitting with Natural Materials Workshop
Adobe Design and Construction Workshop
Natural Plaster Artistry Workshop
Earthen Floors Workshop
Verena Maeder and Scott Davidson

Specialty Natural Building Workshops

Book us to run an earth building training or workshop at your place

We are very happy to come to your place to run a workshop or training. This can be anything from a fun 1-day pizza oven building play-shop, to a week-long specialized training in earthen plaster techniques for trades people, to facilitating working bees or community builds.

We usually require clients to be responsible for organizing the on-site logistics and advertising of their own event, but can of course help with this if needed.

For workshops we teach in a team of two and the charge for tuition is $1200+GST per day (for longer trainings we charge an hourly rate for preparation and planning), plus travel and accommodation.

A discount can be negotiated for community or school projects, please do not hesitate to talk to me about your options.

Natural building topics we can cover

  • Development and testing of different earth building materials (Adobe bricks, plasters, floor mixes, cob mixes, etc)

  • Earthbuilding design and construction (both load-bearign earth walls and hybrid earth-timber construction)

  • Set-up of large scale brick production and building sites

  • Different natural building techniques: Adobe brick technique, Cob, Light Earth Infill (LEM), Strawclay, Wattle-and-Daub and experimental earth building, strawbale, Hempclay

  • Different natural plasters: Earthen plasters, lime plasters, Tadelakt 

  • Natural paints and wall finishes: Casein paint, alis, lime wash, natural pigments 

  • Different plaster artistry and mural techniques: Sgraffito, al fresco painting, relief bas, inlays

  • Different earthen floor techniques: Adobe tiles and poured earth floor, including finishing options 

  • Pizza ovens made of cob 

  • Restoration of historic earth buildings 

  • Low-impact appropriate technologies such as compost hot water, compost toilets, rocket stoves and rocket mass heaters

  • Restoration of historic earth buildings 

  • Elemental therapeutic and somatic encounters with Earth - Water - Fire - Air  

  • Workshop Testimonials

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