3 Workshop Options

CruzinCobGlobal offers students a choice of 3 workshop formats, 10-, 14- and 28-days long.  Below is a description of each one.

10-Day Cob Building Intensive Workshop

Description

The 10-day Cob Building Workshop Intensive consists of 10 days (with one day off) of theoretical instruction (lectures with graphics) and construction for 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Morning and afternoon sessions each have a 15-minute snack break. Lunch break lasts 2 hours which includes about 1 hour of rest time before the afternoon session begins, with a 30-60 minute lecture, followed by construction. After class there is a 90-minute break before dinner, which may include a yin yoga session. There will also be 2 evenings after dinner for showing slides, videos and having Course- related discussions.

The 10-day Course will offer practical learning by building a 10m2/110ft2 (size may be a bit bigger or smaller depending on number of students) rounded or curved building. The foundation is built beforehand and students are usually offered the opportunity to arrive before the Course begins to participate in the foundation building. The Course starts with the Cob walls. which include a door, opening and fixed windows, shelves, artistic inserts & sculpting, electrical, plumbing and the roof connection. We will also build 1 layer of floor and apply the first coat of earthen plaster on the wall.  In some Courses we may offer tadelakt lime plaster finish on the outside or inside walls.

Those who complete the Intensive will receive a Basic Cob Building Certificate of Completion for Cob Walls (which includes Door, Windows, Shelves, Niches, Arches, Art, Electrical & Plumbing), Floor (1 layer), Plaster (1 coat) & Roof Connection.

Schedule

The 10-day Intensive begins on a Friday morning with Breakfast and ends on a Sunday after Dinner. Students may arrive a few days before the first day to acclimate and settle in and, if desired, volunteer in the foundation building. Students may also have the opportunity to stay after and help build roof if offered by Host.

During Days 1-5 (Friday through Tuesday) we will build the wall. On Day 6 (Wednesday) we will rest and do some cultural explorations. On Days 7-10 we will sculpt, plaster, and start the floor.

The daily schedule will be:

7:00-8:00 Meditation/Yoga

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-1:00 Class

1:00-3:00 Lunch

3:00-6:00 Class

6:00-7:30 Rest/Yoga

7:30-8:30 Dinner

8:30-9:30 Slides/Videos/Discussion (twice a week)

Detailed Course Contents

Students will learn every phase of building a cob building from foundation through the roof through lectures/theory. In addition to the lectures, slideshows and videos will be shown to support and enhance their understanding of cob materials, cob building, design, geography , budgeting, business options and legal issues.

Our hands-on practice will include:

analyzing soils and materials making test bricks
deciding on correct mixture
deciding on best location
making cob w/ partner and solo building with cob
preparing and inserting the door
preparing and inserting fixed and opening windows
preparing and inserting shelves
inserting bottle windows and other objects
inserting electrical wiring and plumbing in walls
sculpting
preparing and applying earthen plaster (1 coat)
pouring an earthen floor (1 layer)
preparing walls for roof connection
making small-scale cob designs of future projects

In addition to Cob Building practices, the Course material also includes:

legal issues about cob
cost analysis
creating a cob business (building/teaching)
assisting, interning and teaching with CruzinCobGlobal

Requirements and Important Information Regarding Physical Work

Students will need to come prepared for physical labor from Day 1. This includes:

Work clothes appropriate for the country and climate we are in (long pants for Muslim countries)
Slip-on flip-flops
Lightweight rubber gloves (not gardening gloves)
Good moisturizer (clay is drying and dehydrating!)
Hat
Water Bottle
Notebook/Pen/Camera

Students are required to read “The Hand-Sculpted House” before the workshop begins and any other book they find, as well as watching videos on YouTube, especially the ones posted on CruzinCobGlobal’s website under CobStories as well as in the Gallery to get an idea of what is expected. Please bring your book(s).

Students must tend to their own personal needs, drink alot of water, rest when needed and exert themselves at a steady pace. Students who cannot do the strenuous physical work should let us know before the workshop begins so we can adjust appropriately. It is totally OK to come for the lecture/theory part, and then help the building part in less physically demanding ways, ie cutting straw, sifting for plaster, hammering nails into frames or shelves, sculpting, plastering, cutting bottles. There is alot to do besides making and building with cob!!!!

Finally, please bring a watch or use your phone to be prompt and ready for each part of the Course including meals. Feel free to share your dietary needs with CCG or the Host and bring your essential snacks and foods, pillow and whatever you NEED to be comfortable and happy. Feel free to also bring slides, videos, movies and books to share, as well as a sample of your soil to test.

 

14-Day Cob Building Workshop

Description

The 14-day Cob Building Workshop consists of 12 days of theoretical instruction (lectures with graphics) and construction for 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Students arrive on Sunday and the Course begins with Dinner. There is also a day off on the second Sunday.  Morning (4 hours) and afternoon (3 hours) sessions each have a 15-minute snack break. Lunch break lasts 1.5 hours which includes about 1 hour of rest time before the afternoon session begins, with a 30-60 minute lecture, followed by construction. After class there is a 90-minute break before dinner, which may include a yin yoga session. There will also be 4 evenings (twice a week) after dinner for showing slides, videos and having Course-related discussions.

The 14-day Course will offer practical learning by building a 10m2/110ft2 (size may be a bit bigger or smaller depending on number of students) rounded or curved building. The foundation is built beforehand and students are usually offered the opportunity to arrive before the Course begins to participate in the foundation building. The Course starts with the Cob walls, which include a door, opening and fixed windows, shelves, artistic inserts & sculpting, electrical, plumbing and the roof connection. We will also pour 1 layer of cob floor and apply the first coat of earthen plaster on the wall. Time and weather-permitting we will apply the second coats of floor and wall.  In some Courses we may offer tadelakt lime plaster finish on the outside or inside walls. Finally we will build the roof structure and, time permitting, as much of the roof covering as possible (this depends on the number and ability of students and weather).

Those who complete the 14-day Workshop will receive an Intermediate Cob Building Certificate of Completion for Cob Walls (which includes Door, Windows, Shelves, Art, Electrical & Plumbing), Floor , Plaster  & Roof.

Schedule

The 14-day workshop begins on Sunday evening with Dinner and ends on Sunday (2 weeks later) after Breakfast. Students arrive on Sunday to acclimate and settle in.  If they want to participate in the foundation building they can arrive during the previous week upon consulting with the Host. Students may also have the opportunity to stay after and help finish the building if offered by Host.

During Days 2-7 (Monday through Saturday) we will build the wall. On Day 8 (Sunday) we will rest and/or do some cultural explorations. On Days 9-14 we will sculpt, apply 1-2 coats of plaster, start the floor and build the roof structure. If possible we will pour a second floor coat and/or build part or all of the roof covering.

The daily schedule will be:

7:00-8:00 Meditation/Yoga

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-1:00 Class

1:00-3:00 Lunch

3:00-6:00 Class

6:00-7:30 Rest/Yoga

7:30-8:30 Dinner

8:30-9:30 Slides/Videos/Discussion (twice a week)

Detailed Course Contents

Students will learn every phase of building a cob building from foundation through the roof in lectures/theory. In addition to the lectures, slideshows and videos will be shown to support and enhance their

understanding of cob materials, cob building, design, geography , budgeting, business options and legal issues.

Our hands-on practice will include:

analyzing soils and materials making test bricks
deciding on correct mixture
deciding on best location
making cob w/ partner and solo building with cob
preparing and inserting the door
preparing and inserting fixed and opening windows
preparing and inserting shelves
inserting bottle windows and other objects
inserting electrical wiring and plumbing in walls
sculpting
preparing and applying earthen plaster (1 coat)
pouring an earthen floor (1 layer)
preparing walls for roof connection
building roof frame
building roof covering ( progress is time/weather permitting)
making small-scale cob designs of future projects

In addition to Cob Building practices, the Course material also includes:

legal issues about cob
cost analysis
creating a cob business (building/teaching)
assisting, interning and teaching with CruzinCobGlobal

Requirements and Important Information Regarding Physical Work

Students will need to come prepared for physical labor from Day 1. This includes:

Work clothes appropriate for the country and climate we are in (long pants for Muslim countries)
Slip-on flip-flops
Lightweight rubber gloves (not gardening gloves)
Good moisturizer (clay is drying and dehydrating!)
Hat
Water Bottle
Notebook/Pen/Camera

 Students are required to read “The Hand-Sculpted House” before the workshop begins and any other book they find, as well as watching videos on YouTube, especially the ones posted on CruzinCobGlobal’s website under Cob Stories as well as in the Gallery to get an idea of what is expected. Please bring your book(s).

Students must tend to their own personal needs, drink alot of water, rest when needed and exert themselves at a steady pace. Students who cannot do the strenuous physical work should let us know before the workshop begins so we can adjust appropriately. It is totally OK to come for the lecture/theory part, and then help the building part in less physically demanding ways, ie cutting straw, sifting for plaster, hammering nails into frames or shelves, sculpting, plastering, cutting bottles. There is alot to do besides making and building with cob!!!!

Finally, please bring a watch or use your phone to be prompt and ready for each part of the Course including meals. Feel free to share your dietary needs with CCG or the Host and bring your essential snacks and foods, pillow and whatever you NEED to be comfortable and happy. Feel free to also bring slides, videos, movies and books to share, as well as a sample of your soil to test.

 

28-Day Complete Cob Building Workshop

Description

The 28-day Cob Building Workshop consists of 20 days of theoretical instruction (lectures with graphics) and construction for 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Students arrive on Sunday and settle in. International students can check with Host about arriving earlier to adjust to time difference, etc.  Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are days off for resting, exploring the area, studying and, if desired, continuing to build at your own pace. The last Saturday morning may include some finishing up work if group decides on it. Morning (4 hours) and afternoon (3 hours) sessions each have a 15-minute snack break. Lunch break lasts 2 hours which includes about 1 hour of rest time before the afternoon session begins, with a 30-60 minute lecture, followed by construction. After class there is a 90-minute break before dinner, which may include a yin yoga session. There will also be 8 evenings after dinner (twice a week) for showing slides, videos and having Course- related discussions. Other evenings are free and/or organized by group for extracurricular activities as desired.

The 28-day Course will offer practical learning by building a 10m2/110ft2 (size may be a bit bigger or smaller depending on number of students) rounded or curved building. The Course starts with the Foundation work during Week 1. In Weeks 2 & 3 we build the Cob walls, which include a door, opening and fixed windows, shelves, artistic inserts & sculpting, electrical, plumbing and the roof connection. We will also build the first 10” (gravel, insulation and rough cob) of floor. In Week 4 we will apply two coats of earthen plaster on the wall, build the roof and apply the second coat of floor on the last day or on Saturday morning.

In some Courses we offer tadelakt lime plaster finish on the outside or inside walls.

Those who complete the 28-day Workshop will receive an Advanced Cob Building Certificate of Completion for Foundation, Cob Walls (which includes Door, Windows, Shelves, Art, Electrical & Plumbing), Floor, Plaster & Roof.

Schedule

The 28-day Intensive begins on Sunday evening with Dinner and ends on Sunday (4 weeks later) after Breakfast. Students may also have the opportunity to stay after the Course and help with the final finish work if needed (additional coats of plaster and floor, oiling and waxing floor, French drain, gutters, inserting door and opening windows into frames, putting in appliances and fixtures) and if offered by Host.

Mondays through Fridays we will build and Saturdays/Sundays we will have time off. The last Saturday morning may be used to wrap things up otherwise the whole day will be for a final group activity with a celebration dinner. The Workshop ends after Breakfast on Sunday morning.

The daily schedule will be:

8:00-8:45 Breakfast

9:00-1:00 Class

1:00-3:00 Lunch

3:00-6:00 Class

6:00-7:30 Rest/Yoga

7:30-8:30 Dinner

8:30-9:30 Slides/Videos/Discussion (twice a week)

Detailed Course Contents

Students will learn every phase of building a cob building from foundation through the roof in lectures/theory. In addition to the lectures, slideshows and videos will be shown to support and enhance their understanding of cob materials, cob building, design, geography , budgeting, business options and legal issues.

Our hands-on practice will include:

digging foundation trench
pouring gravel and inserting drainage pipe (if applicable)
building foundation stemwall
analyzing soils and materials
making test bricks
deciding on correct mixture
deciding on best location
making cob w/ partner and solo
building with cob
preparing and inserting the door
preparing and inserting fixed and opening windows
preparing and inserting shelves
inserting bottle windows and other objects
inserting electrical wiring and plumbing in walls
sculpting
preparing and applying earthen plasters (2 coats)
pouring an earthen floor (2 layers)
preparing walls for roof connection
building roof frame
building roof covering
making small-scale cob designs of future projects

In addition to Cob Building practices, the Course material also includes:

legal issues about cob
cost analysis
creating a cob business (building/teaching)
assisting, interning and teaching with CruzinCobGlobal

Requirements and Important Information Regarding Physical Work

Students will need to come prepared for physical labor from Day 1. This includes:

Work clothes appropriate for the country and climate we are in (long pants for Muslim countries)
Slip-on flip-flops
Lightweight rubber gloves (not gardening gloves)
Good moisturizer (clay is drying and dehydrating!)
Hat
Water Bottle
Notebook/Pen/Camera

Students are required to read “The Hand-Sculpted House” before the workshop begins and any other book they find, as well as watching videos on YouTube, especially the ones posted on CruzinCobGlobal’s website under CobStories as well as in the Gallery to get an idea of what is expected. Please bring your book(s).

Students must tend to their own personal needs, drink alot of water, rest when needed and exert themselves at a steady pace. Students who cannot do the strenuous physical work should let us know before the workshop begins so we can adjust appropriately. It is totally OK to come for the lecture/theory part, and then help the building part in less physically demanding ways, ie cutting straw, sifting for plaster, hammering nails into frames or shelves, sculpting, plastering, cutting bottles. There is alot to do besides making and building with cob!!!!

Finally, please bring a watch or use your phone to be prompt and ready for each part of the Course including meals. Feel free to share your dietary needs with CCG or the Host and bring your essential snacks and foods, pillow and whatever you NEED to be comfortable and happy. Feel free to also bring slides, videos, movies and books to share, as well as a sample of your soil to test.

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