Our Natural Building Course: What you’ll learn

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There’s a lot packed into our 3 day Natural Building course – students learn hands-on techniques in mud + lime renders, earth floors, strawbale, roundwood building, reciprocal roofs and more.

Most folks that come to this course are there to get a solid overview of all these techniques from a master builder, so they can confidently work with their own builder (or themselves) to realise a natural home, shed, studio or whatever needs building.

Here’s a bit of an overview, plus a bunch of resources for your further reading…

Strawbale construction:


Light earth:


Rammed earth + cobb:

  • How to use rammed earth and/or cobb to create high thermal-mass walls that are cheap and made from the land around you.


Living Roofs:


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Roundwood building:

  • Thinking outside the industry standard 4×2 wood approach – using whole timbers to build walls + roofs to capture the life + beauty of wood, as well as use it’s strength!


Reciprocal Roofs:


Earthern Floors:


Earth renders – clay + lime:

  • How to make + apply earth renders of various types
  • Corners, curves, alcoves – all the tricks for a beautiful smooth rendered finish
  • How to make and apply lime renders for exterior wall use

Not a bad overview for four days! Our natural building courses are here.

And in the meantime, all our Natural Building resources, how-to’s etc are here…

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