Natural Cottage Project 2014 Calendar

* Two-Week  Building Course      *Internships       *Small Workshops 

Natural Cottage Project is pleased to announce our 2014 Calendar. We have a wide variety of offerings this year, from afternoon workshops to a two week cottage build in July, to internships up to 3 months. Geographically we will range from Michigan to eastern Ohio to central Tennessee, with some fun visits to the Mother Earth News Fairs in North Carolina, Washington, Pennsylvania and Kansas.

Our theme this year is “Completion”.  All of our projects this year will move along existing buildings, some with additions (so we can do foundations, walls, etc), some with final plasters, finish carpentry, earthen floors or thatch/ living roofs. No two workshops will cover the same material, so this year has us really excited to teach.

For information email info@naturalcottageproject.com or call 440-682-0502.

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The Main Event :

July 19th – Aug 1, 2014   STRAWBALE & COB Sauna

CIMG9089IMG_0533This two week course with 3 seasoned instructors is one of the most comprehensive workshops available! Hands-on training includes stone foundations, round pole framing, cob and straw bale wall systems, windows and doors, earthen plasters, earthen floors, living roofs, thatching and more ! Shade-tree lectures include building code, harvesting materials, natural design, passive heating and cooling.  The workshop is being held outside Oxford, Michigan, an hour north of Detroit, on beautiful wooded rural land.  Click Here for more details. Sketch of the project. 

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All 2-Week Workshops, full price: $1,450

Early Bird Prices:
$975  if paid in full by three months in advance – that’s 35% off!
$1,150 if paid in full by two months in advance – that’s 20% off
$1,230 if paid in full by one month in advance – that’s 15% off                                                    Children $30/day.                                                                                                                                Bring a friend and pay only $975 each if registered by two months in advance.                        Some 1/2 pay work-trade available.                                                                                               Alumni pay $870 if registered by two months in advance

details and registration

info@naturalcottageproject.com or call 440-682-0502

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Natural Cottage Project Internships 

* Straw Bale Studio (Michigan) One-month build-study opportunities available throughout the year. Included is room and board, and all activities and workshops during your stay of one month or more. Internships are available May through October, and there is a January Winternship as well.  $850 per month ($750 if paid one month early).  Partial Worktrade Scholarships available available at 1/2 fee : help out with infrastructure 10 per week (firewood and grounds, cooking & cleaning, office work & publicity).   Click Here for more details.

* Barefoot Builder Cottage Details Apprenticeship (Tennessee) March 17 – May 31, 2014   Be part of a small crew led by expert Natural Builder Christina Ott as you complete the fine detail work on a cob cottage in the mountains or Tennessee. This is a perfect “next step” for an apprentice builder looking to build confidence and experience.

Act fast, only 8 spots are available.   $1950. Discounts and partial Woofing trade available. Click Here for details.

info@naturalcottageproject.com or call 440-682-0502.

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Natural Cottage Project Small Workshops Calendar

(Strawbale Studio, Oxford Michigan unless over wise noted)

 January 25, 2014    FIRE & HEAT !  ROCKET STOVES, EARTH OVENS & more.  Saturday 10a – 5p  Energy efficiency from local materials ! See & experience a Rocket Mass Heater, Rocket Mass Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, Earth Oven & more. Learn the principles of construction. Q & A.  Also a tour of the thatched buildings on site. Bring a bag lunch  and sample the food we cook together.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.   Details and Registration.

February 2, 2014    EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING .   Sunday 10a – 5p Using natural and local soil, we will do earth plaster and sculpting in an conventional home.  Make your existing home more natural, or apply these skills to a future natural building or earth oven you construct.  Bring a bag lunch.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Details and Registration.

March 22 2014.   BUILD A COB PIZZA OVEN ~  Burton, Ohio   Saturday 10a-5p  There is no better way to cook pizza than in a wood fired oven. Every time you fire that oven up it will turn into a party. Sure you can buy a $1200 kit to put next to your $3000 stainless steel BBQ grill, but why not build one out of local clay soil for almost no money? Plus you can use it to bake bread and rolls and so many other delicacies.  $40 or barter. RSVP. Lunch provided. Limited to 12 students. Register now! You can also stay late and attend the Intro to Rocket Mass Heaters presentation for free.  info@naturalcottageproject.com or call 440-682-0502

March 22 2014 (Evening) Intro to ROCKET MASS HEATERS  ~ Burton, Ohio Saturday 6-9p A lot of people are getting excited about this low cost, high efficiency DIY woodstove. Come learn how they work and check out several working models. $20 or barter. Free if you attended the Cob Pizza Oven workshop earlier in the day. Books and plans will be available for purchase.  A full Rocket Mass Heater Workshop will be held May 2-3 (see below).  info@naturalcottageproject.com or call 440-682-0502

April 12-13, 2014   BUILDING WITH MUD   Free hands-on workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair in Asheville, NC. Come get muddy with us. We will build a mud pit for fairgoers to get their hands (and feet) into earthen building while we teach them about the benefits of natural materials. More info about the Fair at Motherearthnewsfair.com Or email us if you want to volunteer with us info@naturalcottageproject.com

MAY INTERNSHIP  2014 at the Strawbale Studio.  See above

May 2-3      BUILD A ROCKET MASS HEATER      Burton, Ohio                                           5-9p Friday join us for a potluck and lecture/demonstration of the principles of Rocket Mass Heaters and safe/efficient wood heating in general. This will include a tour of several working Rocket and thermal mass heaters on our site followed by Q&A.                             9a-6p (or later) Saturday we will construct and test fire a Rocket Mass Heater. We will be working with metal with sharp edges and mixing cob so please bring sturdy gloves and boots and clothes you can get muddy. Lunch will be provided. $125 or barter. RSVP soon. Limit 12 students. Books and plans will be available for purchase. Limited indoor sleeping space is available for persons coming a long distance.  info@naturalcottageproject.com or call 440-682-0502

May 17, 2014   FORAGED BREAKFAST  Saturday 10a – 1:30p at the Strawbale Studio (rescheduled from April 12) Learn about and harvest Wild Plants that you can eat, and experience a Rocket Cook Stove in action as we cook up a brunch of local eggs & add our wild-harvested plants for an omelet!   See the Thatched Roof Structures and Earth Oven on site, and go on a tour of the building and grounds if you wish.  Rain or shine.  Limit 12, so register now.  :) Early Bird Special $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance, or $35 with RSVP.  Details and Registration.

May 17, 2014   LIVING ROOF Workshop 2 – 5 p at the Strawbale Studio.  Hand-on and Classroom.  Learn the principles of designing a green roof, and help forage for local vegetation and plant it on the roof !  Families are welcome.  $20 prepaid 2 weeks in advance, and $30 thereafter with RSVP. Limit 15. Make sure there are openings in the class. Details and Registration.

May 24, 2014    FIRE & HEAT !   ROCKET STOVE  and more !  Sat. 10 a to 5p.  Energy efficiency from local materials ! See & experience a Rocket Mass Heater, Rocket Mass Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, Earth Oven & more. Learn the principles of construction. Q & A.  Also a tour of the thatched buildings on site. Bring a bag lunch and sample the food we cook together.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance.  Limited to 12 students.  Register now. Books will be available for sale.

May 31-June 1    BUILDING WITH MUD   Free hands-on workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, WA. Come get muddy with us. We will build a mud pit for fairgoers to get their hands (and feet) into earthen building while we teach them about the benefits of natural materials. More info about the Fair at Motherearthnewsfair.com Or email us if you want to volunteer with us info@naturalcottageproject.com

 JUNE INTERNSHIP  2014 at the Strawbale Studio.   See above.

June 14 (& 15), 2014   EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING     Sat  9a– 6p  (Sun. June 15th 10a -3p you can continue to practice with supervision if you can.)

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Try your hand at using natural and local soil to make earth plaster and sculpting that you can apply over existing walls, or your future natural structure !  You will learn to identify and mix plaster, prep walls and apply, make sculptures & model.   Bring a bag lunch.  $60 with RSVP or $45 prepaid 1 month in advance.  Limited to 12 students. Instructor, Deanne Bednar is the illustrator of the Natural Plaster Book and The Hand-Sculpted House, and has a background as an art teacher. Details and Registration.

June 7, 2014   THATCHING - An Introduction. Sat. 10a – 5p

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Tour the 4 thatched structures on site, and learn about this beautiful roof technique made from local invasive Phragmite water reed.  Hands on: try your hand at thatching on a small frame and bundling reed.  Presentations: demo of thatching, lecture on principles of design and construction, and watch a video on thatching. Bring a bag lunch.  $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 wks in advance. Limited to 12 students.  Details and Registration.

July INTERNSHIP at the Strawbale Studio.  See above.

July 19 – Aug.1, 2014 STRAWBALE & COB SAUNA Course  at the Strawbale Studio.  See above.

August INTERNSHIP at the Strawbale Studio.  See above.

MORE WORKSHOPS to be scheduled throughout the summer & fall. 

September INTERNSHIP at the Strawbale Studio.  See above.

September 12-14    BUILDING WITH MUD   Free hands-on workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair in Seven Springs, PA. Come get muddy with us. We will build a mud pit for fairgoers to get their hands (and feet) into earthen building while we teach them about the benefits of natural materials. More info about the Fair at Motherearthnewsfair.com Or email us if you want to volunteer with us info@naturalcottageproject.com

October INTERNSHIP at the Strawbale Studio.  See above.

October 25-26    BUILDING WITH MUD   Free hands-on workshop at the Mother Earth News Fair in Topeka, KS. Come get muddy with us. We will build a mud pit for fairgoers to get their hands (and feet) into earthen building while we teach them about the benefits of natural materials. More info about the Fair at Motherearthnewsfair.com Or email us if you want to volunteer with us info@naturalcottageproject.com

 Jan 3 through Feb 3, 2015  WINTERNSHIP  (Winter Internship)   Participate in all workshops during this time : Rocket Stove, Round Pole framing, Reed Collection & Thatching demo, while helping with sustainable living projects at the Strawbale Studio. We will be reed collecting about 2 half days a week.  Attend the permaculture meet up, full moon potluck. Learn skills such as fermenting and cording as well. Click on link.

January 10 & 11, 2015    Introduction to THATCHING Workshop.  This enchanting roofing material utilizes our invasive Phragmites !  Hand-on: harvest reed in a nearby field, see a thatching demo on a small frame, and try your hand at it.  Tour: the 3 thatched structures on site. Presentation: principles of roof design and thatching, handouts, a video.  Fee includes all activities, materials, overnight lodging if needed.  Bring food to share.  $120 prepaid 1 month in advance, or $150 thereafter.  Some partial work-trade scholarship or barter available.  Details and Registration.

January 17 & 18, 2015   ROUND POLE Workshop. Sat 10 – 5p.  Sun 10 – 4p Instructors, Mark Angelini (permaculture instructor and green wood worker) and Deanne Bednar, natural builder. Learn to harvest, prepare, notch and assemble round poles off the land to create a small structure. Applicable to any small project or cottage.  This is information and training that is rare to come by ! Includes 2 teachers, all materials, training, handouts, lodging.  Bring food to share.   Fee:  $125 prepaid one month in advance, or $150 thereafter.  Limit 15 students so register now. Some partial pay work-trade scholarships or barter available.  Details and Registration.

January 24 & 25, 2015    ROCKET STOVE and FIRE Workshop.  See these stoves onsite: 2 Rocket Stove heated benches, a Rocket Stove Cooker, 2 Earth Ovens, a Solar Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, 2 Pocket Rockets and a Rumford Fireplace ! We will fire some of them up, and discuss the principles of how they work and are constructed.  Then we will construct a mock up the combustion unit of a Rocket Stove, using bricks. You will learn to identify and locate appropriate soil and make earthen mortar and Cob used in the construction and shaping of the stoves and benches.  ! Includes all training, materials, lodging. Bring food to share.  Books will be available to buy.  Fee:  $125 prepaid one month in advance, or $150 thereafter with RSVP.  Limit 15 students so register now. Some partial pay work-trade scholarships or barter available.  Details and Registration.

January 31 & Feb 1, 2015  EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING.   Try your hand at mixing and applying earthen plaster and sculpture to walls.  You can apply these skills to your existing home or your future natural buildings !  It is beautiful, local, natural, soulful…oh, and did I mention, FUN ? !  Instructor, Deanne Bednar is the illustrator of the Natural Plaster Book, among others.  Fee includes all materials, training, overnight lodging in a dorm situation. Bring food to share.  $125 prepaid 1 month in advance or $150 thereafter. Limited to 12 participants.  Register now !   Some partial pay work-trade scholarships or barter available.  Details and Registration.

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info@naturalcottageproject.com or call 440-682-0502

 

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Watch a Time Lapse of the 2012 Natural Cottage Project Workshop!

Participants in our 2012 workshop built this strawbale, timber frame, cob, thatch hybrid cottage. See our schedule below to find out when you can join in on the next project!

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