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One-day VersaTerra Primer

Saturday May 22, 2021

Jacksonville, Oregon

$85 Includes our book "House of Earth" wood-fired pizza and music

Bring your own sack lunch and B.Y.O.B for the pizza party

Class size: 12

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See the House Alive Covid-19 policy

Join us for a day of learning, mixing materials and seeing all the things you can do with earthen construction. This day is a perfect introduction to building with earth for those who are considering building a house or a cottage, or for those who are thinking about using these techniques to remodel their existing home, building an oven or a courtyard wall.

You'll get hands-on experience in mixing cob and building a section of a wall with it. We will also demo how to install an earthen floor or how to apply an earthen plaster on just about every possible material, from straw bales to drywall. The light straw-clay technique will show you how to remodel an existing home (or garage) and also will give you some tools to start a new construction project that can be code approved.

There will be plenty of time for looking at cob buildings at the site and answering your questions We will end the evening with heating our earthen oven up to 900 degrees (!) and will let you taste some of the best pizzas. They only take 40 seconds to cook!


Schedule of the day:

9:30 - 1:00   Mixing cob and learning how to build a wall (you'll get muddy)

1:00 - 2:00   Lunch break

2:00 - 2:30   Lecture: understanding materials and how to find them

2:30 - 3:30   Demos: Earthen floors, Earthen plasters, light straw-clay

3:30 - 4:30  Tour of 8 different cob buildings

4:30 - 5:30  Q&A: Codes, natural renovations, ovens, maintenance, etc.

5:30 - 8:00  Amazing Pizza out of the wood-fired earthen oven, Music



Thank you for trusting us to teach you natural building.

payments are always non-refundable, unless we reach a class seize of 14; you would find out after the event.

you will be able to pay with Paypal or a major credit/debit card. Click on the date you want to attend and then choose how you would like to pay for it.


Once we have received your payment, we will send you an email with more information on the workshop, such as what to bring, how to get there, etc. 







House Alive Covid-19 policy:

Everyone participates on their own risk. Covid-19 is highly contagious and can make you very sick, or even kill you.

Depending on the nature of the workshop and the state of affairs with covid at the time of the workshop, we may require that you:

1. wear a mask

2. practice social distancing

3. be tested before the workshop

4. self quarantine before the workshop

5. wear an n95 mask during plane travel.

We will inform you a month before the start of the workshop which of these precautions will be required during the workshop. 

If a program gets cancelled due to covid, you will receive a full refund.

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