Building with cob
Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 May 2021
This two-day course runs from 9am to 5pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
This hands-on introductory course focuses on building with cob, combining theory with lots of practical.
What will the Building with cob course cover?
You will learn how to make your own earth building materials – cob, earth mortars, renders – and then build with them. Build your own cob pizza oven.
Who is the course for?
This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. It is for anyone thinking about building with cob. It is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who are familiar with eco-building and want to know more.
Participants will learn about the raw materials and how to mix them, as well as gain practical experience of building cob ovens. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.
Jon Kalviac has worked on Earthship Brighton, Groundhouse Sheppey and on the Zwolle Earthship built in Holland. As a result he has much experience of working with both rammed earth and cob and is an excellent teacher. He is also a regular tour guide of Earthship Brighton.
Mischa Hewitt will be assisting. Mischa was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton, is the author of the book Earthships in Europe, and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a building consultant, domestic and non-domestic energy assessor, and has worked on many eco renovation projects. Mischa has particular interest in affordable low energy buildings from natural materials.
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
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If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.
Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.
£275 – Sponsored/organisation rate
£275 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
£235 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
£195 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
£124 – Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility)*
* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.
We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.
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Booking the Building with cob course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.
Paying for your place
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