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WALL TO WALL natural building workshop series

WALL TO WALL natural building workshop series

WALL TO WALL natural building workshop series

Date(s) - Jun 25, 2016 - Jun 29, 2016
All Day

Ridgewood Ranch
16200 N Highway 101, Willits, CA 95490
Willits, ca 95490

United States


WALL TO WALL is a Natural Building Workshop Series happening this spring at Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, CA. Renowned builder and author Michael G. Smith and teacher/builder Amanda Fischer will lead 5 workshops, occurring between May 21 and June 28, 2016. This series will educate and empower students and the community at large to build any kind of structure using natural, recycled and renewable materials.

Each day will include about 3 hours of lectures and slide presentations covering building science, design methodology and 6 hours of hands-on building. A wide variety of natural building techniques will be taught in-depth, including earth bag foundation, cob, straw bale, light straw/clay, earthen and wooden floors, cordwood masonry, clay plasters, natural paints and more! WALL to WALL is suitable for everyone interested in broadening their natural building skill-set; first time builders, experienced professionals, soon-to-be-homesteaders and even children. The workshops are designed so that participants can attend individual workshops to learn specific techniques, or complete all five courses and gain a comprehensive education in natural building.

We will be constructing a multi-purpose pole-barn studio, seamlessly blending the above-mentioned techniques into a single structure. Delicious locally-grown organic meals will be served 3 times daily, and workshop participants are encouraged to camp on-site at the beautiful 5,000 acre Ridgewood Ranch (the home of Seabiscuit!).

The schedule is as follows:

May 21-24:   Earthbag Foundation & Cob
June 4-7:      Light Straw/Clay & Cob
June 11-14:  Cordwood, Cob & Earthen Floors
June 18-21:  Straw Bale & Plasters
June 25-28:  Natural Floors, Plasters, Paints & Finishes

There is early bird pricing for those who register before April 20, and additional discounts for couples, families and friends attending together. Kids 13 and under are welcome for a minimal fee. Pricing and registration information available at

Come prepared to work hard, make new friends, learn many skills, and open new doors into a more sustainable future!

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