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Natural Building Course

11 November, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, repeating until 25 November, 2019


This Course is BOOKED OUT!!

A great accompaniment to the Permaculture Design Course, this is a thorough and highly practical introduction to the world of natural building. Learn resourceful and ecologically-centered construction through fun building projects around the community garden and get some more tools under your belt for resilience and self-sufficiency.

Develop a confidence in building that you can apply to any backyard sustainability project or incorporate into permaculture design systems.

Such projects are many and varied and may include earth pizza ovens and outdoor kitchens, attractive seating and landscaping, animal shelter, potting sheds, planter and wicking beds, solar dehydrators, compost bays and cold frames, setting up netting and shade systems, building a composting toilet, beehives or even a garden studio or summer sleep out!

Natural Building techniques and concepts covered:

  • Understand the principles of passive solar; thermal mass and insulation; breath-ability; seasonality; building appropriately for climate; embodied energy and ethical resourcing.
  • Learn cob construction; bottle walling; light earth; sustainable carpentry; foundations and drainage for small structures; and natural finishing techniques such as clay/lime renders and plasters.

through out the 8 weeks there will be information on sourcing materials; a survey of traditional and resurgence natural building, theory and demonstrations, Q & A sessions and lots of hands-on-practice to really come to grips with the materials and techniques.

A minimum deposit of 25% must be paid before 30th September to secure a place in this course.

Date: Tuesdays, 8th October – 26th November (8 weeks)
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street.
Fee: $350 (payment plans available)

Tutor: Perri Campbell.



11 November, 2019
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Castlemaine Community House
30 Templeton Street
Castlemaine, Victoria 3450 Australia
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(03) 5472 4842