Intro to Natural Building Course
With Oliver M. Goshey, the founder of the natural building and regenerative design company, Abundant Edge. Oliver is also the host of the The Abundant Edge podcast, a show about natural building, permaculture, and regenerative living which you can find on his website here. Jump into an immersive week of hands-on and classroom learning! This course will provide an opportunity to get your hands on an array of tools, practice new techniques with immediate feedback, and exercise your teamwork strengths while creating beautiful projects in the community of Tzununa, in beautiful lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
Each day will bring a new hands-on technique and a class/lecture on topics including cob, adobe, bamboo, natural plasters, and much more. All lessons are focused on teaching you to build for yourself. Each evening there will also be a related video to watch if you choose.
A dynamic adventure awaits. We can't wait to meet you!
This course is designed to be an in depth introduction to every major step in building a natural home. We'll cover a large range of wall systems, design options, hands on experience as well as tours of natural structures in our area. There will be lots of time to talk about exactly what you aspire to build and how you can start your own projects too. Though Guatemala is a mostly tropical climate, we'll also cover a lot of options and necessities for building in cold climates and other ecosystems. I know you'll leave this course feeling prepared and empowered to build naturally for yourself.
WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY
The cost of the week-long Natural Building Intensive is $395 per person. This includes a 6 night and 7 days stay at the Bambu Guest House, three meals a day, snacks, coffee and tea. It also includes the facilitation, all field trips and travel, plus course material, note packets, and other electronic information.
There are several partial scholarships available. Please request more info through the contact form
LODGING AND FOOD
The food and The Bambu Guest House spoiled me! Antonio and Juana are angels.” Zsofi, Czech Republic, Class of March 2015
Permaculture Design Courses have always been known for their excellent, organic, locally grown food and our courses are no exception. Atitlan Organics works closely with the Bambu Guest House, which is a five-minute walk from the farm and where participants stay for the entire course. The Bambu Guest House has a Farm to Table Restaurant that serves up delicious and filling plates mainly composed of Atitlan Organics’ and other local farm products. Currently, Atitlan Organics supplies all of the milk, yogurt, cheese, salads, cooking greens, honey, coffee, chicken, taro root, pigeon peas, and herbs to the Bambu Guest House Restaurant. The restaurant is run by three young, local, aspiring chefs named Antonio, Juana, and Petrona, all only 19 years old. They are amazing!
Beyond the food, the Bambu Guest House is a brand new, natural building boasting bathrooms and balconies in each room, new comfy beds, wifi, super hot water, and amazing views of the lake, mountains, and rivers. The Bambu Guest House is proof that natural building can be clean and luxurious. Lodging is shared, but private rooms are also available for an additional charge.
All food, snacks, coffee, tea, and frescos are included in the week-long permaculture course, as well as lodging for the duration at The Bambu Guest House. Three meals a day are served, buffet style, as well as coffee and tea throughout most of the day and daily snacks as well. Basically, you are well-fed and well-kept. And it feels soo nice! If you are interested in private housing, please mention that to us when you write.
OLIVER M. GOSHEY
An accomplished natural builder who has worked in eleven countries on six continents, Oliver has built, designed, and consulted for clients all over the world using a large variety of natural materials and both traditional and modern building methods. After six years of working in the industrial building trades and as a maritime engineer, he apprenticed with the Cob Cottage Company, specializing in cob and earthen plasters and finishes. His company, Abundant Edge, is a culmination of years of passionate research, travel, and experimentation with earthen building materials and regenerative design techniques. Oliver hopes to promote regenerative lifestyles that repair and advance ecosystems through symbiotic design and compassionate construction. You can check out his work, portfolio and the natural building and regenerative design podcast that he hosts at the link below.
6:45 - (45min) Breakfast
7:30 - (15min) Walk to Site
7:45 - (2.5h) Practical #1
10:15 - (30m) Snack, Breaktime
10:45 - (2.5h) Practical #2
13:15 - (2h) Lunch
15:15 - (1h) Review/Check-In
16:15 - (1h) Lecture
17:15 - (1.25h) Free Time
18:30 - (1h) Dinner
19:30 - (1h) Movie/Activity/Rest
***Schedule and rhythm subject to changes***
***All food and lodging is included in the price***