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Natural Building Course

October 31, 2021 @ 08:00 - November 6, 2021 @ 16:00

Take the first step to a sustainable future by learning hands-on natural building skills on our natural building course. Understand the alchemy of how different types of earth work, and do not work together, their potential and limitations. Explore questions around sustainable living based in Peter McIntosh’s experience living off-grid since 1999.

The Natural Building Collective is hosting a course is designed around the principles of understanding earth, how it works and does not work together.

Attain a theoretical understanding and practical grounding of a range of techniques and materials, so that you are able to make the most appropriate decisions regarding materials and or sustainability once you are ready to begin your project.

The course is comprehensive and covers a range of materials and techniques based on Peter McIntosh’s professional and personal experience working with these approaches and from having lived off-grid since 1999. Although the course needs to be comprehensive in order to give a feel for the materials you may work with, you will be empowered to be successful and make rational choices whatever the given situation.

Building and design skills you will learn:

  • Earth theory and earth tests
  • Basic site layout and measuring
  • Passive solar design
  • Foundations
  • Walls
  • Arches
  • Natural plasters
  • Openings
  • Off-grid solar energy design

Materials you will work with:

  • Cob
  • Mud brick/adobe
  • Rammed earth
  • Rock
  • Compressed earth brick (CEB)
  • Straw bale
  • Light earth (straw clay mix)
  • Glass bottle bricks


You will be provided with hearty vegetarian lunches and two teas daily. You will only need to provide for your breakfasts and dinners (Participants often have a braai at the end of the day). Expect hearty, soul-filled nourishing lunches and teas!


This 7 day course costs R4950 p/person.


Sandberg Fynbos reserve, Baardskeerderbos, Western Cape


Accommodation is not included; please email the Natural Building Collective to find out about the options available.

Consult their Facebook page for more photos of past courses.


October 31, 2021 @ 08:00
November 6, 2021 @ 16:00
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Sandberg Fynbos Reserve
Road Between Baardskeerdersbos and Elim
Elim, Western Cape 7284 South Africa
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076 012 3882
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