Natural Building with Spirit

Led by Pablo Loayza

Natural Building with Spirit

6 days

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Join Ananda's Natural Living School this summer 2014 on the construction of three unique structures. Two of the structures will be built using round wood timbers, straw bales, and cob. The third structure will be a fun chicken coop. We are still working on the details of the projects—contact us for updated information. 

reciprocal roofWorkshop participants will learn how to build their own natural building, practice yoga, meditation, and feed their spirit. Workshop participants will get hands-on experience with rock-bag foundations, building with straw bales and cob, and round wood timber framing.  We will learn through discussion about rubble trench foundations, concrete tie beams, earthen floors, earthen roofs, and plastering, and give a quick overview on electrical, plumbing, solar water heating, and grey water harvesting. We will cover the process of how to construct a legal naturally built dwelling to code. Participants will learn how to use some essential permaculture design principles to create your own food garden. Our workshop participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the natural building process, and experience the benefits of daily yoga and meditation.

Goat ShackThe Natural Living School participants join our program to learn more about natural building, the yogic path, meditation, how to deepen and explore their spiritual life, and to experience life in an ashram environment. We honor your spiritual quest, and your desire to learn to live a more natural life.

Since our workshops are condensed into 6 days, our schedule will be very full.

Sunday- Arrive after lunch, get tents set up, join us for a meditation class, and participate in the afternoon yoga and meditation. After dinner, we will have our orientation.

Monday – Foundations

Tuesday – Cob wall systems

Wednesday – Timber framing

Thursday – Roof systems

Friday – Permaculture and earth plaster (if time and interest allows)

Saturday- After breakfast we will have our final question and answer session.

Building Workshop Flyer
Building Workshop Flyer

Each day will begin with yoga and meditation, followed by an informative discussion of the day’s topic, and will end with an evening question and answer session. We will end our week with a pizza party in downtown Ananda Village, at Masters Market.  

As part of the workshop, you will enjoy camping at The Expanding Light, the yoga and meditation retreat at Ananda Village, a drug and substance free environment.

Your cost will be $672 for all 6 days, including 3 delicious vegetarian meals daily, spiritual practices, and all classes. Please bring your own tent for your accommodations. The Expanding Light has separate men's and women's hot/cold water bathhouses. Reserve online or phone 1-800-346-5350 to reserve your space.

For more information you can email us or call the Natural Living School directly at 530-268-5255.

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