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Time: 9.30am - 3.30pm
Date: Thursdays, 2 Feb to 6 April
Where: Castlemaine Community House
Instructor: Perri Campbell (Them/They)

Natural building encompasses new and traditional methods that utilise local, ethically sourced materials to create buildings that are beautiful, energy efficient and non-toxic. Working with clay, straw, sand and timber is a grounding, rewarding and inspiring process.

Natural building concepts covered:

  • Understand the principles of passive solar; thermal mass and insulation; breath-ability; seasonality; building appropriately for climate; embodied energy and ethical resourcing.
  • Cob construction
  • Bottle walling
  • Light earth
  • Foundations and drainage for small structures
  • Natural finishing methods such as clay/lime renders, plasters and paints
  • Pathways to further training in Natural Building

We will cover the basics of sustainable building practice in a fun and relaxed environment, and a special invitation goes out to those who may have encountered obstacles to conventional trade-based training.

Develop a confidence in building that you can apply to any backyard sustainability project or incorporate into permaculture design systems. Or take the first steps towards a career in eco-construction or landscaping.

Bookings close 30 January

Date: Thursdays & Fridays, 2 February to 6 April (19 sessions)
Time: 9.30am – 3.30pm
Cost: $700 (Full) / $620 (Early Bird Discount, available until 24 January) / $300 (Concession)

Facilitator: Perri Campbell (Them/They)