A great accompaniment to the Permaculture Design Course, this is a thorough and highly practical introduction to the world of natural building.
Learn resourceful and ecologically-centered construction through fun building projects around the community garden and get some more tools under your belt for resilience and self-sufficiency.
Develop a confidence in building that you can apply to any backyard sustainability project or incorporate into permaculture design systems.
Such projects are many and varied and may include earth pizza ovens and outdoor kitchens, attractive seating and landscaping, animal shelter, potting sheds, planter and wicking beds, solar dehydrators, compost bays and cold frames, setting up netting and shade systems, building a composting toilet, beehives or even a garden studio or summer sleep out!
Natural Building techniques and concepts covered:
- Understand the principles of passive solar; thermal mass and insulation; breath-ability; seasonality; building appropriately for climate; embodied energy and ethical resourcing.
- Learn cob construction; bottle walling; light earth; sustainable carpentry; foundations and drainage for small structures; and natural finishing techniques such as clay/lime renders and plasters.
Throughout the course there will be information on sourcing materials; a survey of traditional and resurgence natural building, theory and demonstrations, Q & A sessions and lots of hands-on-practice to really come to grips with the materials and techniques.
Date: Mondays, 20th April - 15th June (8 weeks)
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street.
Fee: $280. (full) / $230. (Concession or Early Bird Discount. EBD available until 30th March)
Tutor: Perri Campbell.
- Resourceful and ecologically-centred construction
- Natural building techniques
- theory and demonstrations
- all materials provided
casual, something you can get dirty, closed toe shoes or boots
those interested in natural building concepts
Vendor since 2016
Castlemaine Community House is in Castlemaine, Mount Alexander Shire, within the Central Goldfield region of Victoria. It is situated 120kms from Melbourne, approximately an hour and 15 minutes from the city. Castlemaine is encircled by at least six towns, each with their own particular identity. In addition to its established population, the Shire is a magnet for an increasing population of arts practitioners, tree changers, down shifters and those pursuing an alternative lifestyle based on environmental sustainability.
Castlemaine Community House provides programs and activities contributing to community development and supporting individuals and groups within the local community.
Castlemaine Community House is:
◙ a learning centre
◙ a meeting place
◙ a not-for-profit enterprise
◙ a drop-in centre
◙ a supportive, welcoming placean information network
We have a range of regular activities, educational classes for adults, programs for parents and children, and a large number of community projects which we run or contribute to. We are run by a committee of management and we have a number of staff and volunteers.
2015 marks our 30th anniversary. There is abrief history of our first 30 years
Cancellations and refunds will apply as follows;
- A full refund will be provided for services cancelled by CCH for any reason.
- A full refund, less a 10% administration fee will be provided for all cancellations by a client received 8-days prior to the beginning of program or services.
- A full refund, less the number of classes attended, will be provided for any client who leaves before completion of course.
- No refund is payable for cancellations by clients within 7-days of the program or service commencing, as it can be difficult to fill the space left and replace the lost earnings.
- While flexibility with the above arrangements can be allowed for compassionate grounds (considering relevant financial and social circumstances), any flexibility outside the above policies must be approved by the CCH Manager.
- Payments for all programs and education services must be secured prior to the service being provided.
- Payment can be received in cash, cheque, EFTPOS or via on-line payments.
- Secured bookings cannot be provided for any program or education service until a 25% deposit is paid.
- Pricing for all CCH programs and education services insure profitable and sustainable delivery of overall operations.
- Concession pricing will be provided for people with a healthcare card and should be calculated to support those with financial disadvantage, while maintaining the profitable and sustainable delivery of overall CCH operations.