Building with Nature
AN IN-DEPTH 10 DAY NATURAL BUILDING WORKSHOP
TERRA-KHAYA – HOGSBACK
Course facilitated by Carrie 'Cat" Pretorius & Shane Eades
Topics that are cover on these courses.
On the Building with Nature and Holistic Living course we will teach and practically explore a variety of natural building techniques, using natural and 'scalvaged' recycled materials. Bringing
the following elements and practical applications into the course.
- Wattle & Daub
- Adobe Bricks
- Rammed Earth
- Rocket Stoves
- Cob Ovens
- Water Harvesting
- Renewable Energy
- Recycling & Waste Management
- Grey Water Management & Bio-Remediation
- Introduction to Permaculture
- Site Orientation & Location (Using solar aspects and thermal mass proprties of the building materials)
I first discovered natural building in 2011 whilst volunteering at bergendal permaculture
community near Ladismith, where I helped to build the classroom walls out of cob. As a child I used to absolutely love shaping and moulding clay into various objects and so I was truly thrilled upon re-discovering the wonders of mud-building and the possibilities
that it presented. After browsing various natural building blogs I came across many cob ovens and thought to myself what a fantastic project to try and so in August later that year I built my very first cob oven and they truly are a magical mix of all
of the elements, earth, water, fire and air! Since then countless more ovens built and adventures had. In 2016 I was part of a groundbreaking project in Delft building an Early Childhood Development Center out of a variety of natural building methods
including rammed earth tyre walls, cob and compressed earth bricks as well glass bottle and Eco-brick walls, decorative designs and sculptural finishes. I find working with natural building materials very 'grounding' and would recommend it to everyone,
Check out Carrie's Facebook page heARTh eARTh ART
for some inspiration.Shane – Earth Guardian at Terra-Khaya: Earth Home Project
Hogsback in general and Terra-Khaya (Earth Home Project) in particular is an ideal setting for us to fire up our love for this beautiful planet whilst getting our hands dirty and creating assume stuff .
At Terra-Khaya we have built all our structures from natural and recycled material. In a pledge to honor the earth in what we do and create, we embarked on a creative adventure of experimental building.
The result, A creative, comfortable, innovative
lodge built from natural and salvaged materials, and passion. Terra-Khaya is off the grid, using solar & fire energy and natural water harvesting systems.We hope you leave inspired and ready to live abundantly in a way that enhances all life around us.
During this course, we will work on building a campers kitchen outdoor kitchen with a rocket stove, adobe benches and work surfaces, using the various techniques outlined above.
We will also enjoy the following:
- Morning Yoga or Meditation
- Sunset at Hogsback’s Secret Waterfall
- Visit the Eco-Shrine
Course Costs, excluding accommodation
- Inclusive of vegetarian breakfast, lunch & refreshments.
- Excluding accommodation
- 10 Day Course R3745.00 per person
- Dinners at Terra-Khaya optional extra @ R85.00pp
- Visit the Eco-Shrine
Course & 11 nights accommodation at Terra-Khaya
- Inclusive of course fee, 3 (mostly) vegetarian meals and refreshments
- Double Room R6660.00 per person sharing
- Dorm Beds R6165.00 per person
- Camping R5230.00 per person
- Private Room R8640.00 for 1 person only