Three Workshop Options

CruzinCobGlobal offers students a choice of 3 workshop formats, 21-, 28- and 35-days long.  Below is a description of each one.

21-Day Basic Cob Building Workshop

Description

The 21-day Basic Cob Building Workshop consists of 15 days (with weekends off) of theoretical instruction (lectures with graphics) and construction for 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. The last Saturday is used to finish up any unfinished work and for final cleanup.  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 or other movement session. There will also be 1 evening per week for showing slides and videos.

The 21-day Course will offer practical learning by building a 15m2/165ft2 (size may be bigger or smaller depending on number of students) curvilinear building. The foundation is built beforehand and the Course starts with the Cob wall, which includes inserting a door frame, opening and fixed window frames, shelves, artistic inserts like bottle windows and driftwood, sculpting, electrical and plumbing housing and pipes, and the wood for the roof connection. We will also build 2 layers of floor and apply the first coat of earthen plaster on the wall.  Time permitting we may also apply a second coat of plaster.  In some Courses we may offer an area of tadelakt lime plaster finish on the outside or inside walls.

Those who complete the Workshop will receive a Basic Cob Building Certificate of Completion for Cob Walls (which includes Door, Windows, Shelves, Niches, Arches, Art, Electrical & Plumbing), Floor (2 layers), Plaster (1 coat) & Roof Connection.

Schedule

The 21-day Workshop begins on Sunday with Dinner. Students may arrive a few days before the first day to acclimate and settle in but will need to cover their own food needs unless a work trade is agreed upon by Host.  The Workshop ends on a Sunday 3 weeks later after Breakfast.

The daily schedule (subject to slight changes depending on the season and location) 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 (once 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, time permitting

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:

 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.

 

28-Day Intermediate Cob Building Workshop

Description

The 28-day Intermediate 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 the Course begins after Dinner. Weekends are off and the last Saturday will be used for finishing up any unfinished work and final cleanup.  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 3-4 evenings (once a week) after dinner for showing slides, videos and having Course-related discussions.

The 28-day Course will offer practical learning by building a 15m2/165ft2 (size may be bigger or smaller depending on number of students) curvilinear building. The foundation is built in week 1 and  the Cob wall begins in week 2 and includes 1 or more doors, opening and fixed windows, shelves, artistic inserts & sculpting, electrical, plumbing and the roof connection. We will also pour 2 layers of cob floor and apply the first coat of earthen plaster on the wall. Time and weather-permitting we may apply the second coat of plaster on the wall.  In some Courses we may offer tadelakt lime plaster finish on the outside or inside walls.

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

Schedule

The 28-day workshop begins on Sunday evening with Dinner and ends on Sunday (4 weeks later) after Breakfast. Students can arrive a day or two before to acclimate and settle in but will need to cover their own food needs unless a work trade is accepted by Host. 

The daily schedule )subject to slight changes) 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 (once 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
building foundation wall
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 (2 layers)
preparing walls for roof connection
making small-scale cob designs of future projects, time permitting

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)
Work boots or other closed-toe shoes
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.

 

35-Day Advanced Cob Building Workshop

Description

The 35-day Cob Building Workshop consists of 25 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 and cleanup. 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 or other movement class. There will also be 3-4 evenings after dinner (once 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 35-day Course will offer practical learning by building a 15m2/165ft2 (size may be bigger or smaller depending on number of students) curvilinear building. The Course starts with the Foundation work during Week 1. In Weeks 2 & 3 we build the Cob wall, which includes 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 finish sculpting and apply 1 coat of earthen plaster on the wall and apply the second coat of floor on the last day.  In week 5 we will build the roof structure and cover as much of the roof as possible to give students full understanding of the roof construction.  Our goal is completion but there are many factors which need to come together smoothly for this to happen, including weather, student number and abilities, and simplicity or complexity of roof.

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

Those who complete the 35-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 35-day Workshop begins on Sunday evening with Dinner and ends on Sunday (5 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 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 (once 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, time permitting

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)
Work boots or closed-toe shoes
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 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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