2009 Emerald Earth Workshops

Carpentry Intensive Workshop - Class Full
June 2-5, 2009
Emerald Earth Sanctuary, Boonville, California
Instructors: Tom Shaver, Liz Schroeder, Michael G. Smith
Cost: $360 includes camping and delicious organic meals. 10% discount for full payment by May 4 and for Mendocino County residents.

What you will learn: Learn basic skills needed to frame a house and to realize your own carpentry projects of any size. This is a hands-on class designed to develop your skills in layout, cutting and assembly by practicing on real projects, including building a deck, a picnic table, and a stud frame wall. Starting with safety considerations, you will learn to use hand and power tools, to select the right fasteners for the job, and to understand the forces that act on wooden structures. The last day of the class will be an introduction to framing with unmilled round poles.
Class full.

Natural Building Intensive
July 26- August 2

Instructors: Michael G. Smith, Darryl Berlin, and friends
Cost: $760 includes camping and 3 delicious organic meals per day. 10%
discount for full payment by June 29 and for Mendocino County residents.

What you will learn: This comprehensive workshop will give you hands-on experience in up to 10 different natural building techniques including cob, straw bale, slipstraw or light straw-clay, slip-and-chip, clay wattle, earthen plasters, hand-made paints, and more. The workshop aims to familiarize students with the basic family of natural building materials: clay or earth, straw, wood, and stone, and what can be accomplished with each alone and in combination with the others. At least half of each day is spent in hands-on building with a high ratio of experienced instructors. Lectures and discussions cover passive solar and other design principles for energy-efficient, compact natural homes. There will also be an extensive tour of the most complete natural building demonstration site on the West Coast, with an emphasis on ecological materials harvesting,
off-grid electrical generation, greywater reclamation, composting toilets, and more. Evening slide presentations and videos, a sauna and a dip in our pond, and wood-fired pizza from our earthen oven round out this 8-day intensive experience.

To register: mail a check or postal money order payable to Emerald Earth Workshops, PO Box 764, Boonville, CA 95415. You can send either full payment minus appropriate discounts,
a or a $200 non-refundable deposit to save a space. Questions? Email workshops@emeraldearth.org or phone 707-972-3096.

Natural Building Intensive
September 13-20

See above for instructors, cost, and description.


Acorns for Food
November 7

Instructor: Donna D'Terra
Cost: $75 includes a delicious acorn lunch.

What you will learn: We will look at the important role that acorns played in the lives of California¹s indigenous peoples and learn how we can use this nutritious, delicious food as a staple in our diets. There will be hands-on processing of acorns, food samples, and recipes to share. Learn to identify the primary oak species of Northern California and know which ones make the best food for you and your family.

To register: mail a check or postal money order payable to Emerald Earth Workshops, PO Box 764, Boonville, CA 95415. Questions?
Email workshops@emeraldearth.org or phone 707-972-3096.

FOR A LISTING OF MORE COB (AND COB RELATED) WORKSHOPS BY OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, PLEASE VISIT WWW.COBWORKSHOPS.ORG.

Natural Building Network
Cob Cottage Company
CobWorks
Kleiweks
Canelo Project
www.housealive.org
Groundworks
Earthwood
Fox Maple

 


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