Natural Cottage Project:Village Technology in Paradise Workshop

IMG_20170905_120315956January 17-25, 2019

Join Uncle Mud and family over winter break for nine sun-filled days in the mountains of Jamaica. The village of Nine Mile (birthplace and final resting place of Bob Marley) is hosting us for this special workshop.


In a place where amazing food falls off the trees and there are so many reasons to be happy, the housing situation can be quite challenging. Everything is built using imported concrete and steel, which is very expensive. A sack of cement costs almost a man’s daily wage, so even a small room can take years to finish. There’s no going to Home Depot for materials or tools. You use what you’ve got. In 2017 we went down for a look around, met some amazing people, found some good clay and stone, and together built a small cob hut from materials on the land. We returned in early 2018 to build an outdoor kitchen and bottle windows.




When we return in January we will build more sustainable infrastructure with our adopted village, continuing an outdoor kitchen/gathering spot and starting a bath house mostly from bottles found discarded along the road. Our list of projects for the workshop continues to evolve, but they all focus around effective building methods using low cost or free materials found locally in Nature or in the waste stream.

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–Cob: Building with Sandy Clay and Straw.
–Round Pole: Harvesting and Using Small Trees instead of Store Bought Lumber
–Wood Fired Rocket Stove & Oven for cooking and heating and hot water
–Low Cost Latex-Cement Roofs for Shelter and Water Catchment
–Solar Showers
–Watering a Garden with Used Water
–Bucket Composting Toilet
–Charging Lights and Mobile Phones with Solar Power: Doing the Math

Our hosts will feed us “bush cooking” style.




Our 2018 “Rasta Lion” Oven has turned out to be a big hit with the village

IMG_20180105_173228564Roasting fresh yam and of course pizza.IMG_20180106_143338374There are also small shops nearby for cold beverages, snacks and curries or barbecue


But most of our vegetarian-friendly meals will be fresh fruits and veggies directly from the land.



This is a typical haul from “God’s Grocery Store”



This is not a stock photo stolen from the internet, it’s fresh mango from our host Roxanne’s tree. Roxanne says MMMM


Our daily activities will include hands on training, some shade-tree lectures, and time for hiking in the hills or visiting local reggae sites or just hanging out in a hammock.


Of course there will be MUD! Glorious MUD! in the warm Jamaican sun.


Tuition includes shuttle to and from the airport, meals, solar hot showers, classes, materials, a day at a beautiful secluded beach and waterfalls, plus all the reggae music you ever wanted to hear! Camping space is included in the cost. Upgraded accommodations are available next door through and a local bed and breakfast. A few partial scholarships for work-trade are available. Please email or call (440) 941-5073 for more information.

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There are also small shops nearby for cold beverages, snacks and curries or barbecue, but most of our vegetarian-friendly meals will come directly from the land.

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