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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 upcoming Fall Workshops.  More workshop announcements to come...
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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
Sigi Koko, principal
215.540.2694 PA
202.302.3055 DC
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