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Natural Building Workshops

Do you dream of building your own eco-home someday?

Are you excited about building with straw bales, earthen plaster, lime plaster, and other natural materials?

Are you ready to sling mud with people who have built their own sustainable homes out of clay, sand, and straw?

Join us for our next natural building workshop!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is a natural builder’s paradise! Experienced builders Mark Mazzioti and Kyle Yoder, two of Dancing Rabbit’s leading natural building artists, will lead this hands-on workshop focusing on techniques for creatively building with a wide variety of natural materials.

During the workshop you’ll stack straw bale walls, mold earthen cob by hand, and apply natural plasters. You’ll get direct experience understanding how fibers, binders, and aggregate work together in a wide variety of diverse applications. In addition to technical skills, you’ll also creatively stretch your artistic side by playing with patterns and designs with organic shapes, colored bottles, and mosaic tiles. You’ll take away natural building knowledge and experience that can be applied anywhere, including an existing home.

All this amidst one of the largest assemblages of natural buildings in North America. You’ll take a tour of homes at Dancing Rabbit– home to some 40 odd structures that each demonstrate a unique piece of natural or green construction. 

You’ll gain insight into your projects back at home, better understand how foundation, walls, and roof come together as part of a larger whole, and learn how to select materials appropriate for different parts of construction. And you’ll do it all while helping to create artful, affordable, and environmentally-sustainable spaces at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a place  committed to learning, living, and sharing ways to live more lightly on the earth!

This one-of-a-kind workshop will provide you with:

  • new insights into human shelter and a deep understanding of the important role natural building can play in these unpredictable climatic times
  • an understanding of how a building’s foundation, frame, roof, and walls fit together in design and construction
  • sensory experiences of natural material mixes and how to adapt them to your needs
  • practice with a variety of building tools
  • tips on what requires detailed attention, and what can be “quick and dirty,” so you can build both artfully and efficiently
  • exercise, laughter, and a dozen new friends!

Most of the workshop will be experiential and hands-on, working with a variety of natural building techniques:

  • straw bales
  • structural cob (clay, sand, straw)
  • earthen plasters
  • stone and recycled concrete
  • various roofing techniques
  • plus exposure to many others

 

If you want to have fun while getting messy, making new friends, and learning how to create sustainable, non-industrial, low-impact buildings, we invite you to register now, since this workshop is likely to sell out quickly. You’ll come away knowing how you can contribute to a healthier world with your new natural building skills.

Join us for a live Ask a Natural Builder Anything event

Do you have burning questions about:

  • Straw bale buildings
  • Cob construction
  • Wattle and daub
  • Rubble Trench, Urbanite, Gravel Bags, and Frost Protected Foundations
  • Earthen plaster
  • Lime plaster
  • Tile/stained glass mosaics
  • Tools you need for natural building
  • … or other techniques!

2022 Natural Building Workshops

1st Workshop:  June 10-13–COMPLETE!

2nd Workshop: September 3-6

 

2022 Natural Building Workshop dates will be announced by the end of October. 

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Discover What People Have to Say About Their Experience

  • I loved doing this workshop. It was full of hands on activity and I liked the variety of building techniques.

    Samantha

    Natural Building Student
  • Awesome learning time, practical and Mark is a great teacher!

    Tom

    Natural Building Student
  • Mark’s knowledge, especially the breadth, really shines through. I really like the way he generally frames things making it more accessible to understand and learn.

    Maikwe

    Natural Building Student
  • This workshop was great to experience. I enjoyed experimenting and making errors together as a learning process during some of our activities.

    Alexander

    Natural Building Student

Located in Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, nestled in the rolling hills of Northeast Missouri, is one of the most well-known and successful ecovillages in the country, and one of the few in the Midwest. Founded in 1997, DR is home to many excellent examples of sustainable and eco-living. Plus the stars at night are amazing. You can check out the rest of our website to learn more about our ecovillage.