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2018 WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

All workshops are taught by expert, Sigi Koko, who has designed over 30 natural 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.

Clay Finish Plaster Workshop
Choose from 2 dates: March 15&16 or March 17&18 (2018)
 in Myersville MD

I'm excited to co-teach this workshop with master plasterer Gabe Franklin (of The Art of Plaster).  So you get double the plastering tips!!

Earlybird cost is $175 before January 1st
($225 after January 1st)

Contact Sigi Koko
for more info or to
register
for Clay Finish Plaster

info@buildnaturally.com
or call: 215-540-2694

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


Come to this workshop if you are craving personalized hands-on experience making and applying beautiful clay finish plaster.

Workshop Covers

  • Overview of natural clay plasters, including benefits & challenges
  • Description of clay plaster ingredients & the function that each one serves
  • Sources for acquiring clay suitable for plaster
  • How to establish your plaster recipe, including adding pigments
  • Hands-on experience of all installation techniques & tips for smoothing walls



2 Workshops in Columbus Ohio in Spring 2018!

A rare opportunity to join me for a workshop in Ohio!!  We'll be completing a whimsical children's playhouse at the Franklin Park Conservatory.

Every workshop includes ample hands-on experience and one-on-one guidance by Sigi Koko

Links on how to register will be posted soon...check back in the next few days...

Cob Wall Building
April 20-22

Learn how to build strong sculpted walls with local clay soil!  You'll also learn how to insert colorful glass bottles and how to connect to framing elements.

Earlybird cost is $170 before February 1st ($190 after February 1st)

Sign up

Clay Paints & Plasters
May 5&6

Learn how to make paint & plaster finishes out of clay!  You'll get recipes, tips, and lots of plastering practice.

Earlybird cost is $130 before February 1st ($150 after February 1st)

Sign up




Rubble Trench & Cob Wall Building Workshop
May 25, 26, 27, & 28, 2018
 in Fawn Grove PA

You will learn how to build a cob wall...start to finish!  We'll start with a rubble trench footer, build a stone wall base (with cob mortar), and sculpt cob walls with local clay soil.

Earlybird cost is $250 before March 1st
($300 after March 1st)

Workshop includes lunch each day plus free camping on our farm.

Contact Sigi Koko
for more info or to
register
for Cob Wall Building
info@buildnaturally.com
or call: 215-540-2694

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


Come to this workshop if you want to understand how to use local clay soil to build strong cob walls.

Workshop Covers

  • How to install a rubble trench footer
  • How to build a stone wall base with cob mortar
  • Understanding all of the ingredients in cob
  • How to test soil for clay content & establish a recipe
  • Low-tech mixing techniques
  • How to insert bottles
  • How to attach cob to framing elements
  • Tons of hands-on building experience with one-on-one guidance



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 one of our tadelakt workshops


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

Includes lunch each workshop day plus free camping on our farm

This workshop is space-limited and tends to fill up very quickly...so best to sign up now!

Tadelakt Workshop
June 8, 9, & 10, 2018

 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
for Tadelakt

info@buildnaturally.com

or call: 215-540-2694

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

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.


We'll complete the tadelakt finish on the other side of this cob wall of our outdoor kitchen




2 New BootCamp Workshops
 in Fawn Grove PA

For the first time, I'm offering longer-format workshops to give you a chance to learn several related techniques more in-depth.  Both bootcamp workshops include lunch each day plus free camping on our farm.

#1  Clay Wall Building
Boot Camp

June 27 - July 2, 2018
 in Fawn Grove PA

Learn 3 different clay wall building techniques in 6 days!  We'll cover sculpted cob walls, adobe brick walls, and tamping rammed earth...all in one workshop!!


Earlybird cost is $500 before March 1st
($575 after March 1st)

includes lunch each day plus free camping on our farm

Contact Sigi Koko
for more info or to
register
for Cob Boot Camp
info@buildnaturally.com
or call: 215-540-2694

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

Workshop Covers

  • Benefits of clay walls
  • Overview of passive solar design
  • Understanding ingredients & the function each one serves in your recipe
  • How to test site soil for clay content
  • Establishing your recipe for cob, adobe, & rammed earth
  • Low-tech mixing techniques
  • How to secure formwork for rammed earth walls
  • Ample hands-on experience

#2  Insulating Wall
Boot Camp

July 18 - 23, 2018
 in Fawn Grove PA

Learn 3 different natural insulation techniques in 6 days!  You'll learn strawbale walls, light clay infill, and hempcrete infill...all in one workshop!!


Earlybird cost is $500 before March 1st
($575 after March 1st)

includes lunch each day plus free camping on our farm

Contact Sigi Koko
for more info or to
register
for Straw Boot Camp
info@buildnaturally.com
or call: 215-540-2694

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

Workshop Covers

  • When to use strawbales, light-clay-straw, and hempcrete
  • How to detail properly for wet climates
  • Understanding performance and code-compliance
  • Retying & shaping strawbales
  • Making & installing light-clay-straw & hempcrete
  • Calculating quantities
  • Plus an overview of passive solar design strategies



Shaping Plaster with Clay & Lime Workshop
August 9 - 12, 2018
 in Fawn Grove PA

Includes lunch each workshop day plus free camping on our farm

Once you build a natural wall, you likely want to finesse the shape...or add sculptural elements.  Which means you'll need to know how to sculpt clay and lime plasters!

If you want to learn how to shape smooth walls, as well as sculpt with both clay & lime plasters, this workshop is for you!

Earlybird cost is $375 before April 1st
($425 after April 1st)

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

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

Workshop Covers

  • Understanding ingredients in plaster and what each one does, including clay & lime binders plus straw & hemp additives
  • How to test soil for clay
  • Understanding the chemistry of lime
  • Establishing your recipes
  • Mixing techniques
  • How to apply clay and lime plaster...including how to sculpt with each type



Master Plaster Boot Camp
August 31 - September 3, 2018
 in Fawn Grove PA

Includes lunch each workshop day plus free camping on our farm

If you've been dying to learn a variety of clay plasters & finishing techniques all in a single workshop...this is the one for you!!

We'll be making 1 to 2 different plasters each day and use a variety of techniques to create different textures.  You'll also learn how to plaster over various wall surfaces...including drywall.

Earlybird cost is $425 before April 1st
($500 after April 1st)

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

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

You'll learn several different plasters plus the skills to apply them.

Workshop Covers

  • Understanding each ingredient in plaster and what it does
  • Sources for clay
  • Various recipes & making sample boards
  • Mixing techniques
  • Finish plastering techniques & tips for smoothing walls (with one-on-one guidance)
  • Calculating quantities



Living Roof Workshop
September 15, 2018
 in Fawn Grove PA

This workshop is for you if... you are a hands-on learner and want experience installing a low-cost, high-performing living roof.

Earlybird cost is $95 before June 1st
($300 after June1st)

includes lunch

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

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

Workshop Covers

  • Benefits of living roofs
  • Understanding the layers of a living roof (and what each does)
  • Proper detailing
  • Selecting appropriate plants & keeping them healthy until they're established
  • Hands-on installation

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.

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