What We Do: Our Work

CCG cob building in Sal, Cabo Verde built during cob wokshops

Beautiful Cob Store on Sal, Cabo Verde, built by CCG Workshop students in May 2017

Our Vision

We train and empower individuals of all ages to design and build beautiful, hand-crafted, personalized, healthful, inexpensive, durable, safe, and ecologically harmonious Cob Structures for personal use and/or professional purposes, and thus contribute to their economic independence, freedom and well-being.

Our Mission 

We provide the awareness, knowledge and skills of Natural Building using Cob through workshops, trainings, consultations, demonstrations and tours, in as many languages and countries as possible, and as an added benefit offer students an intercultural and transformational community experience which leaves them permanently changed for the better.

Cob Workshops

CruzinCobGlobal’s principal activity is teaching International Cob Workshops on all continents to train students in an intercultural setting to be amateur & professional cob builders and instructors ready to work with CCG or independently or for their own personal enrichment.

Our month-long cob building workshops will teach you how to build a foundation, walls, insert windows, shelves, bottle windows, and sculpt furniture, niches, arches, bas-relief artistic sculptures, insert roof connections, pour an earthen floor and apply earthen plaster. In 2019 we will be adding an optional 5th week for building the roof in some workshops as well as an optional week for learning to build an earthen masonry heater.  We will also hold a Tadelakt-focused workshop in Morocco. 

We will take you from the ground up which includes analyzing soil samples and making test bricks to figure out the best mix for your construction purposes. The work is intense and fulfilling and when you are done you will feel confident and energized to go out and build for yourself and others. Students continue their training towards amateur or professional status by completing projects after the workshop on their journey to becoming full-fledged Cob Builders and Instructors.  We also offer shorter 14 and 21-day workshops which both cover all of the cob instruction for a smaller structure (14 days) or minus the foundation (21 days) , for people who have less time available or just want to focus on the Cob.  However the 28-day workshops are clearly the most effective investment of time and money for your future and are what most students want.

Hands making Cob Building Mix during Cob Workshop

The Cob We Love to Build With!

Our workshops are not only a physical experience…students experience a deep personal transformation from the learning experience combined with the community bonding, living close to the Earth, eating excellent clean tasty mostly vegetarian meals, and, most importantly, being away from their routine life and the stressors of technology, fast-paced living and disconnection from others. Most students who come have already begun or want to begin changing their lives to one that is peaceful, calm, pure and simple, connected to what is real and nurturing, like living in community, growing your own food, building your shelter, and having alot of quality time alone and with others connecting to your Creative Source. Come join us and come out cleansed, rejuvenated, energized and clear.

Join our email/newsletter list to the right of this page to stay posted and start planning for attending one of our 2019 international workshops which will be posted in October! 

If you are an interested Host with land to build on and receive 10-15 students for 14, 21 or 28 days, let’s talk!  We are always looking for new countries to hold workshops and train locals so that little by little the World will be covered with this new landscape of Soulful and Healthful Sculpted Homes that make the Heart sing and smile every time you see or step inside them!

Texas students in Cob Workshops

“Advanced Cobber” Graduates in front of their Cob Studio built during the Complete Cob Building Workshop in Austin, Texas in October 2017

Below are some videos of our recent Cob Building Workshops in Texas and France to give you an idea of the fun and active environment you will learn in with people from all over the world.  You can see more photos and videos from all of our workshops in the Gallery section of our website as well as by visiting our Facebook Page and the CCG YouTube Video Playlist

Here is a fun short interview video from the October 2017 Taylor, Texas 28-Day Complete Cob Building Workshop:

http://www.statesman.com/news/claudine-desiree-talks-about-cob-house-construction-taylor/XhLVjWE9u3pMvVxfHrjC3J/

CruzinCobGlobal is on a planetary mission to teach cob building, as it is practiced in California and Europe.  We lead workshops for local and international students who learn and build together, not only a beautiful ecological structure, but intercultural communication and understanding.  It is a multi-faceted opportunity to learn cob building, a language, a culture and community living. 

Cob Construction Projects

We can also be hired for Cob building projects as Cob Contractors with our trained students as interns and/or builders, depending on their level of post-workshop experience.  Alternately we are happy to lead your project using local building professionals like masons, carpenters, and any other experienced builders who will be quickly trained on the job.  This works especially well in places where labor is inexpensive, new skills are welcome to boost local builders’ abilities and you cannot or don’t want to host a workshop. These are great and economical options for getting your new Cob building built well and quickly while expanding Cob knowledge to new places.

Cob World Tour

multi-colored cob feet circling the planet

The Cob Journey!

After 10 years of teaching in the US, we just wrapped up a 3 1/2-year Global Cob Trotter Bike Tour teaching around the Planet. We are proud to have launched the international model, CruzinCobGlobal, in March 2015, completing 25 workshops in Spain, the Canaries, Senegal, Cabo Verde, France, Portugal, the Azores, Morocco, Colombia, Brazil, California, Colorado and Texas!

In February 2019 we will launch the new season with a 6-week Chile workshop in the mountains near Concepción and Chillán!  We will hold our usual month-long cob studio build followed by 2 weeks with our Guest Instructor Hector Nuñez from Uruguay who specializes in “Sara” masonry heaters and will be leading the roof build.  I am very excited for this workshop on my student/assistant Nicolas Pimentel’s 120-hectare property in the mountain wilderness of Chile.

Workshops are being organized in the Azores in July, Nevada City, California in September, and Asilah, Morocco in November.  Sign up on our email list and join our CruzinCobGlobal FB page to stay posted.

Our website has all the information you need to join a workshophost a workshop or hire CCG for your cob build project on your land.  We are building a team of global cob builders to support the peaceful, healthful beauty of durable and economical earthen buildings everywhere.  Whether you want to learn  in order to teach workshops  with CCG or on your own, or want to start the journey towards being a professional cob builder, we’re eager to help and support our students.

Check out this timelapse video from southern France in August 2016 to see how we build a small 150 ft2/15m2 building in 2 weeks!

Visit our  FACEBOOK PAGE to see the extensive gallery of workshop photo albums from around the world and enjoy reading the COBlog!  When you sign up for our newsletter and/or our email list, you will be updated when new courses and blogs come online.

Look forward to seeing you in the mud soon!

The Global C.O.B.

(C.O.B.=Community of Biobuilders)

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