Cob In Paradise with Uncle Mud

20246041_1585593564805915_2331266606328225637_nJoin me and my dear friend and building buddy Malik Imani as we bring natural earth building to his family farm in the village of Nine Mile, famous for its rolling hills, delicious food, and as the birth and resting place of native son Robert Nesta Marley. Yes, we are headed to Jamaica to play in the mud! Building in Jamaica is quite expensive and has a large environmental footprint, mostly because the industry depends on imported concrete and steel. Most families in the poorer interior of the country will save for years to build even a small room because they don’t know how to build with the earth below their feet. This workshop (and others like it in the works) will help develop the infrastructure for Natural Mystic Organic Farm and Healing Center to continue to host visitors and students from all over the world. Projects will include an outdoor rocket stove and kitchen, solar showers, composting toilets and living roof sleeping shelters. The exact curriculum is still in the works so watch this space. A suggested donation of $350-$600 will help cover costs (and open this workshop to locals who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to come). In return you will get your hands in the mud with Uncle Mud building with cob, stones, round poles, wattle and daub, and much more. Shade tree lectures and demos will include natural living techniques such as passive design for heating and cooling and natural greywater treatment and safe and cheap composting toilets. Accommodations will include primitve camping, showers, amazing local food prepared fresh, field trips, transportation to and from Montego Bay Airport, and at least one day at the beach. Please RSVP or ask questions at or 440-221-6609. Please book your flight to Montego Bay arriving September 4 and returning September 13, then donate using the link below.

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