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 6 Day Cob Sauna Workshop

During this four day immersion workshop you will learn all about different natural building materials while helping to construct a small (8'x8') earthen sauna.

Participants will get hands on experience building using the pallet/cob technique popularized by Miguel Elliott founder of Living Earth Structures. Using a combination of pallets, straw, clay and lime we will build an earthen sauna.

Participants will also receive a tour of four complete structures; a balecob home, strawbale workshop, balecob guest studio, and pallet cob chicken coop. Included in the tour are 3 Rocket Mass Heaters (batch and J-style) for winter heat,  earthen floors, and many other natural elements for discussion. Learn how you can build a home for less than a year of rent and still be comfortable and warm.

A first come first serve guest cottage (sleeps 2)  and pop up camper (sleeps 4) is available to rent on upon request on a first pay first serve basis. Camp sites are available at no cost. Please inquire ahead about availability for parking live in vehicles. Composting toilet and an outdoor shower are available for use.

An outdoor kitchen is available for community use with meals and staples provided (rice, bread, sugar, tea, coffee, etc.) as well as many greens from the garden. Join us as we have community around our wood fired pizza oven!

Those joining us are welcome to explore the 5 acre property, forage (many berries), swim in the ponds, and walk to the frisbee golf course just down the road.

We love animals, but unfortunately no pets are allowed.


Space is limited to 10 participants.

Approximate Schedule:

Day 1: Tours of exisisting structures, discussion of building elements, pallet wall construction

Day 2: Cob, doors, and bottle windows

Day 3: Living roof

Day 4: Earthen Renders

Day 5: Rocket Mass Heater build

Day 6: Earth and lime plasters, clay paints and lime finishes


Date: Saturday June 7 - Tuesday June 13

Start Time: 10am June 7

Cost: $1200

5% discount for family + friends participating together


Location: SpiritWood Natural Building, Victor, MT

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