[Sdpg] Natural Building – Foundations to Finishes Bolinas CA July 3 – 12

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at silcom.com
Wed Jun 20 07:03:03 PDT 2007

July 3 – 12

Natural Building – Foundations to Finishes

G. Smith, Janine 
Penny Livingston-Stark, 
<http://www.regenerativedesign.org/jamesbio>James Stark, and special guests!

Gain hands on experience, see inspiring slide 
shows, participate in stimulating discussions, 
and get involved with networking and collaborating!

If you are interested in Natural Building, you do 
not want to miss this workshop! Our stellar team 
of instructors will inspire and equip you with 
the knowledge you need to create your own natural 
building masterpieces. You will learn how to 
build from start to finish with various 
techniques like cob, straw bale, cordwood, and 
light straw clay. Bamboo construction techniques 
will be included, as well as, rocket stove fabrication and installation.

This event will be covering a wide variety of 
natural building techniques including:

• Foundations – rubble trench, earth bag, peer block

• Wall systems – cob, cordwood, timber frame, 
light clay, wattle and daub, woodchip clay and straw bale.

• Non-toxic roofing systems with rainwater harvesting

• Finishes – earthen plasters, natural stains, lime and milk paints

• Bamboo construction – furniture and arbors

• Rocket Stoves – construction and installation 
of this super efficient wood fired heater

Cost for 10-day course: $850

Cost for 6-day option (July 3 – 8): $510

Includes campsite and organic meals!

For more information & registration go to 
or call 415-868-9674

Greetings Everyone!

We are excited about the Natural Building 
workshop we are offering this summer at 
Commonweal Garden. It is turning into a 
spectacular event. In addition to the incredible 
professional natural builders and instructors 
Michael Smith and Janine Bjornsen, we will also 
have presentations from Darrel DeBoer, bamboo 
architect extraordinaire, and the Kleiwerks West 
Team of Marisha Farnsworth and Kevin Rowell.

Marisha and Kevin are professional natural 
builders who have been working all over the 
world. They will be bringing amazing bamboo 
builder friends from Costa Rica, Martin and Grace 
Coto, who will be teaching bamboo construction during the workshop.

This workshop is going to be a once in a lifetime 
event, so we hope you can join us!  If you are 
interested, we encourage you to sign up soon – 
our last 2 workshops have sold out. We will also 
have delicious organic food from Carin McKay and 
lots of music around the campfire.

Hope to see you in July!!



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