9 Day Natural Building Intensive ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

9 Day Natural Building Intensive

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Date(s) - Aug/Sat/2015 - Aug/Sun/2015


Spiral Ridge Permaculture


Tags natural building, permaculture, southeast, Tennessee

9 Day Natural Building Intensive

9 Day Natural Building Intensive

August 8-16, 2015

Ready to get your hands dirty?  Join us for 9 days of theory & design, hands-on natural building and exploratory tours of local structures and homes that were built using different techniques.  This course is designed to immerse you in the methods used to create sustainable, healthy, made-from-local materials, energy efficient, aesthetic, functional and owner-build structures to add beauty and form to your landscape.  This course includes a 4 day cob building workshop and a one day earth oven workshop.  With four more days of other natural building techniques.

You will benefit from this course by learning:


Proper design for energy efficiency (passive solar, air circulation, etc).

Methods that work best in different climates.

How to source and test locally available materials.

Pre-construction design – How to choose a building site.

Foundations, floor and wall systems, types of roofs

How to mix and apply plasters and earthen paints

The basics of construction, framing, timber harvesting

How to work with stone

How and when to build with: Cob, straw/clay or straw/wood chip slip, strawbale, earthbag, wattle & daub, adobe, bamboo, cordwood and more.





This course is being held at Spiral Ridge Permaculture Homestead, a developing 9.5 acre site in Tennessee, about 70 southwest of Nashville.  All meals will be provided.  Free camping at our neighboring intentional community, The Farm, at The Eco-village Training Center/Eco-hostel.  Here you will also see many other examples of natural building.  Please see our Course FAQ Page for more information and details about food, housing and cancellation policies.


Andy Sahn, Spiral Ridge Permaculture Instructor Andy Sahnhas devoted his life to the field of sustainable development in construction, agriculture, and ecological design. Beginning in Israel at Ecovillage Kibbutz Lotan, Andy received a premier education in sustainable agriculture, natural building, ecological design & social justice, and earned his Permaculture Design Certificate.
Inspired and reborn with a new sense of awareness, he continued on traveling across the U.S. learning & developing his skills. In 2011, Andy apprenticed at the North American School of Natural Building, in Coquille, OR,  where he studied with builder, philosopher, inventor, Ianto Evans. He then went on to work with many other natural builders and has taught workshops in Austin, Tx, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, and Mexico. Andy’s passion to educate people about the ease of building with earth and the wealth of other local, minimally processed materials, has helped empower many others interested starting in their own projects.  He is the owner/creator of Earthen Home Designs in Nashville.


Spiral Ridge Permaculture Teacher Cliff Davis

Cliff Davis  has vast experience in the fields of permaculture, food forestry, organics, appropriate technology, natural building, deep nature connection and regenerative agriculture, that allow him to offer an integrative approach to land and culture repair. Cliff first became involved in natural building in 2004 when he helped build a cob shed with Christina Ott of Barefoot Builder.  He went on to study other forms of natural building, eventually teaching courses and working as a freelance natural builder.  He has 11 years of direct experience with a variety of methods, including, timber framing, earthen ovens, cob, strawbale, thatch, cordwood, straw/clay slip, earthbag, natural plasters, living roofs, organic round pole framing and more.  He is co-owner of Spiral Ridge Permaculture and New Agrarian Design.


This course is a great deal!  Many more expensive and shorter courses do not provide the amount of instruction this 9 day course can provide.  Three meals a day and free camping sweeten the deal even more. Go for a dip in the nearby swimming hole after a day of muddy fun.

9 full days with camping and three meals/day for only:

$1200 Early Bird Pricing.  Register before June 16, 2015

$1350 Regular pricing after June, 16, 2015

Sign up now. We limit class size to give you more personal attention and time for questions and discussions.  Couples receive a $50 discount each.  Group rates are available for 3 or more signing up together…so tell your friends and contact us for rates!

If you want to stay at Spiral Ridge longer than the 9 days, please check out our internship program.  This course can be added to the  Summer Internship for an additional $950***If these dates do not work for you, we will be offering a shorter 4 day cob workshop in June.  Also check out our full list of events for 2015.  More to come!

Please read the directions below carefully.  Also review our cancellation policy here.

  • Minimum $300 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot and lock in your price.
  • Final payments can be made via personal check or money order sent to the address below or we can send you a Paypal invoice for the balance.
  • Early bird balances are August 1, 2015
  • Regular tuition balances can be paid on arrival but MUST be cash, money order or certified checks.  No personal checks, when you arrive, will be accepted.  

Use the form below and pay via PayPal, or by sending a check or money order to:

Spiral Ridge Permaculture

444 Walker Rd.

Summertown, TN 38483

If you have any questions at all, shoot us an email at info@spiralridgepermaculture.com


Bookings are closed for this event.