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Cob + Straw Immersion


$800 Earliest Bird (register before January 28th, 2019)

$875 Early Bird (register before March 28th, 2019)

$950 Regular Fee

*10% discount for family and friends participating together

Join us as we add onto one of our strawbales cottages in the woods! We will be extending the footprint of the building with a strawbale-insulated bedroom, as well as a slip-straw insulated bathroom. Earthen and lime plastering work can be done on both of those wall systems during the week. We will additionally spend 2 hands-on days with cob wall systems, and some time installing a living roof.

 Our workshops are very hands-on! Expect to be building on site for about 7 hours each day. This is supplemented with discussion, presentations, and a home tour of some local natural homes.

 Hands-on material:

-       strawbale installation

-       mixing and installing cob

-       slip-straw (AKA: “light straw-clay”) installation

-       natural plastering on straw-based wall systems

-       mixing and using natural plasters (lime, earth, scratch coat vs. finish coat, etc…)

-       harvesting and framing with roundwood

-       installing windows and doors

-       green roof construction

 Discussion topics:

-       mixed-media homes: how to combine cob, strawbale, earthen floors, etc..

-       cob vs. strawbale vs. slip-straw (benefits and compromises of each)

-       foundation options

-       roof options

-       passive solar design and siting your building

-       permitting and building to code

We will enjoy three home-cooked meals each day, focusing on healthy and real foods (and local, where possible!). Two of these meals will be pizza nights at our cob oven! Evenings are generally unscheduled, but usually include campfires and relaxing. Most participants stay on site, in tents or in our rental cabins ($10/night).

There are composting toilets, hot showers, and a pond to swim in. Drinking water is readily available, as is electricity. We are located in Snow Camp, NC ; the closest town is Saxapahaw, which is about 10 minutes away, and has wifi, a coffee shop, a bar, and a general store.

Later Event: April 28
Intro to Cob + Straw