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WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

All workshops are taught by natural building expert, Sigi Koko, who has helped design & build over 30 strawbale homes.  You can expect to learn how to detail appropriately for our wet & humid climate, the benefits and challenges of various natural materials, specifics for getting a building permit, as well as plenty of one-on-one guidance and hands-on experience.

See below for 3 new Fall Workshops posted!

Note: YOU MUST RSVP TO JOIN
Directions & details on what to bring will be emailed when you register.

Strawbale & Clay Plaster Workshop
October 6,7,8 & 9, 2017

 in Myersville MD

Learn how to install super-insulating strawbale walls, seal them with clay plaster!

Yes, strawbales can be built in our wet climate and clay soil can be used to make luscious finishes!

Come to this 4-day workshop to learn the physics behind why natural building works.


Earlybird cost is $150 before September 15th
($225 after Sept 15th)

Here's where the workshop is hosted.  I'll do a tour of this exquisite home...with Q&A!


Contact Sigi Koko
for more info or to register

info@buildnaturally.com

or call: 215-540-2694

Please leave a message when you call with your name, phone number, and best time to call back

Workshop Covers

  • Overview of strawbale construction
  • Permitting issues and tips for building in a wet climate
  • Overview of natural clay plasters, including benefits and challenges
  • Description of clay plaster ingredients and the function that each one serves
  • How to test site soil for clay content
  • Establishing basic recipes for clay materials
  • Low-tech mixing techniques for clay materials
  • Hands-on experience of all installation techniques

Come learn the ancient art of Tadelakt...a Moroccan method for polishing and sealing lime plaster to make it irresistibly smooth & waterproof.

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This is the cob oven that was plastered during our last tadelakt workshop


Earlybird cost is $375 & extended to September 11th
($450 after 9/11)

We only have 4 spots left in this workshop!  So if you want to join in, sign up right away.

Tadelakt Workshop
September 29, 30, & October 1, 2017

 in Fawn Grove PA

Tadelakt is a method for creating a gorgeous waterproof plaster finish...that looks and feels like polished stone.

Because it is waterproof, it is ideal for tub and shower enclosures.  (Originally it was used to make water-storage cisterns leak-proof.)


Contact Sigi Koko
for more info or to register

info@buildnaturally.com

or call: 215-540-2694

Please leave a message when you call with your name, phone number, and best time to return your call.

You will leave the workshop with a full understanding of:

  • the materials (including where to source them locally)
  • the chemistry (the secret sauce of why tadelakt works)
  • and most importantly...the process

Plus you will gain plenty of hands-on experience, learning the application and finishing techniques with one-on-one guidance from Sigi Koko.


This is the cob wall of our outdoor kitchen that we will be applying the tadelakt to during the workshop.


Building with Strawbales & Clay
September 22, 23, & 24, 2017

 in Columbus, OH

Learn how to install super-insulating strawbale walls, seal them with clay plaster and install a durable adobe floor!

Yes, strawbales can be built in our wet climate and clay soil can be used to make luscious walls & floors!

Come to the three-day workshop to find out how. Learn the physics behind why natural building works and gain hands-on experience with ample one-on-one guidance throughout the weekend.

Earlybird cost is $170 before September 9th
($190 from Sept 9th)

TO REGISTER
and for more info,
click the link below:

Franklin Park Conservatory


Workshop Format:

  • Friday we begin with an overview of strawbale construction, followed by learning the skills used to shape, resize and install strawbales into a durable wall system
  • Saturday, you'll learn how to assess soil for clay content, mix clay plaster and apply the plaster to the strawbale walls
  • Sunday, you learn how to prepare and install an adobe floor

Workshop Covers

  • Overview of strawbale construction
  • Permitting issues and tips for building in a wet climate
  • Overview of natural clay plasters, including benefits and challenges
  • Description of clay plaster ingredients and the function that each one serves
  • How to test site soil for clay content
  • Establishing basic recipes for clay materials
  • Low-tech mixing techniques for clay materials
  • Benefits and challenges of adobe floors
  • Proper ground preparation for adobe floors
  • Hands-on experience of all installation techniques
Come experience the empowerment of building naturally by helping with this truly unique, curvaceous, natural home in Myersville, MD!!

We will use clay soil, sand, and straw to create a variety of durable, non-toxic, & beautiful finishes...from floors to walls to plaster.

The passive solar house is designed to work in harmony with the site, overlooking an expansive valley.  Natural building features including rubble trench footers, super-insulating strawbale walls, light-clay infill, tree structure harvested from the site, cob mass walls, adobe floors, and a huge living roof.

Earlybird cost is $95 before February 1st
($125 after February 1st)

Contact Sigi Koko for more info or to register info@buildnaturally.com
215-540-2694

Clay Building Workshops
March & April 2017

 in Myersville MD

Adobe Floor
4-5 March 2017

Clay Plaster on Strawbale Walls
18-19 March 2017

Cob Wall Building
25-26 March 2017
1-2 April 2017

Sculpting Clay Plaster
8-9 April 2017

You learn the following:

  • best uses & versatility of clay materials

  • benefits & challenges of building with clay

  • understanding each ingredient and its function

  • how to test soil for clay

  • establishing your recipe

  • demonstration of mixing techniques

  • ample hands-on experience with one-on-one guidance from Sigi

Come learn how to design and build an outdoor kitchen... complete with wood-fired oven, rocket grill, and veggie wash sink.

We will use materials collected from the site ... including stone, clay soil, straw, and wood (plus a repurposed sink) ... to build a highly functional outdoor kitchen.

Contact Sigi Koko for more info or to register info@buildnaturally.com
215-540-2694

Building an Outdoor Kitchen
May & June 2017

 in Fawn Grove PA

Designing & Building an Outdoor Kitchen
5-7 May 2017

Earlybird cost is $175 before March 1st
($250 after March 1st)

Tadelakt Workshop
(polished waterproof lime plaster finish)
23-25 June 2017

Note that space is limited in this workshop!

Earlybird cost is $375 before March 1st
($450 after March 1st)

You learn the following:

  • how to design & build a well-functioning outdoor kitchen with natural materials

  • how to make cob & adobe

  • how to build a wood-fired cob oven

  • benefits & challenges of building with clay

  • understanding each ingredient and its function

  • how to test soil for clay

  • establishing your recipes

  • demonstration of mixing techniques

  • ample hands-on experience with one-on-one guidance from Sigi

Natural building techniques are simple to learn and fun to do.  No previous building experience is necessary and all ages can participate. See our WORKSHOPS page for a complete description of natural building workshops offered by Down to Earth Design. All workshops include a verbal presentation as well as hands-on experience.  Additional resources are also provided.

Down to Earth Design
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