An introduction to natural building



...with lead facilitator 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 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, Guatemala.

Each day will bring a new hands-on technique and a lecture on topics including cob, adobe, bamboo, natural plasters, roofs, foundations, 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 is calling. We can't wait to meet you!



 Oliver 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. 



The food and the Bambu Guest House spoiled me! Antonio and Juana [staff] are angels.
— Zsofi, Class of March, 2015

Our courses have always been known for their excellent, organic, locally grown food, and this year is no exception. Abundant Edge works closely with the Bambu Guest House, which has a "Farm to Table Restaurant" that serves up delicious and filling plates mainly composed of Atitlan Organics’ products.  The restaurant is run by three local, aspiring chefs named Antonio, Juana, and Petrona. They are amazing! Three meals a day are served buffet style, as well as coffee, tea, and snacks.

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. 


The cost of the week-long Natural Building Intensive is $575 per person. This includes 6 nights stay at the Bambu Guest House, three meals a day, snacks, coffee and tea. It also includes course facilitation, all field trips and travel, plus course material, note packets, and other e-resources.

There are several partial scholarships available. Please request more info by contacting us.

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