Building with Nature



14 - 25 November 2019

  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.
  • Cobbing
  • Wattle & Daub
  • Adobe Bricks
  • Rammed Earth
  • Cordwood
  • 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)
Carrie's BioCarrie Bio PicI 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, get dirty!

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