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Natural Living Skills
Expand your natural building skills, learn to make your own natural earthen as well as lime plaster to protect your cob creations from the Pacific Northwest weather. We’ll be artfully applying them to a beautiful natural cob meditation chapel. Come for our Thanksgiving Day Banquet and stay the weekend for an incredible hands-on experience. Just 25 miles southwest of Portland, Oregon. Enjoy the quiet and beautiful pastoral setting and get a taste of community life. Camping, daily yoga classes and delicious vegetarian meals included.
Hands on Natural Building Experience
Hands on practice with several finishing processes on a recently built cob structure. The workshop includes working with exterior lime plaster for preservation, as well as interior earthen plaster for artistic expression. You will work with different earthen mixes using sand, clay, soil, natural oils and pigments that preserve and bring luster to wall finishes.
Instructor Pablo Loayza from Natural Living School
Pablo Loayza comes to us from Natural Living School, located in the foothills of the Sierras at the Ananda Village in Nevada City, CA. At Natural Living School, students learn to construct affordable, naturally built cottages and structures, gain experience and confidence to simplify their lives and create the potential for self-sufficiency. The Natural Living School is also a full service natural build and design company. Pablo apprenticed with Cob Cottage Company in 2010 and has been teaching and creating natural buildings ever since. Check out the Natural Living School site to see some of his latest projects!
Facilitator: Jacob Wolf MacLeod
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Beautiful Natural Setting outside Portland, Oregon
The workshop will take place at Ananda Center at Laurelwood, a yoga and retreat center, 40 minutes from downtown Portland. Daily guided meditation and yoga included. Registration is limited to allow personalized hands on instruction. The building site is set on a lovely hillside with views of the coastal range and spectacular sunsets, starry night displays and a fun camp fire circle guaranteed! Enjoy the feeling of deep friendship that comes from building and working together and the family environment of our center with residents, interns and guests.
The Benefits and Beauty of Natural Building:
Building with earth encourages one to fully reevaluate how a living space should feel. Our eyes are opened to the beauty of a wall covered with clay plaster, alive with subtle variations of texture, color, and light. Cob and straw-bale walls impart solidity and shelter in a profound way. Structures and surfaces built by hand convey that they were built by people, for people, thus creating a nurturing experience for the sheltered. In contrast, modern industrial materials and design hide the humanity of the creator and frequently expose inhabitants to toxins. Until we are experience an alternative to sterile flat walls covered in plastic paints, we don’t really know what we are missing.
Our Retreat Center:
Rejuvenate and learn while being surrounded by nature in our beautiful pastoral valley. Workshop includes 3 delicious vegetarian meals/day and camping. Or, upgrade your registration to relax in one of our simple, uplifting guest rooms with a view of the expansive valley or the thriving orchards. Each room has its own sink with bathrooms just down the hall.
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A deposit of 50% of the tuition fee is required to hold your space in a workshop. Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to a workshop forfeit deposits except in the case of personal catastrophe. A minimum $25 processing fee will be charged for any cancellation.