1st CruzinCobGlobal Teacher Training & Workshop for CCG-certified Advanced Cobbers: São Miguel, Azores, Portugal

Date/Time
Date(s) - Sunday, December 13, 2020 - Sunday, January 17, 2021
9:00 am - 5:30 pm


LOCATION & HOST

Discover the beautiful Azores islands in the Springtime on the largest and most diverse of all the islands where Claudine, director of CruzinCobGlobal and Host of the workshop/training, has just bought a few acres of land near the ocean and forest to create the Quinta da Vida Boa Cob Ecovillage Retreat & Educational Center.

A usual day in the Azores…rainbows always!

The Azorean island of São Miguel is a true paradise. Every time I walk, bike or drive around I am in awe of the peaceful and gentle beauty.  The island is the first and main stopping point for visitors of the Azores and, in my opinion, is the most beautiful, and interesting to explore.  It is 62km/40 miles long and 16km/10 miles wide at its widest point. It is shaped like a caterpillar with the crown chakra at the northwesternmost point

Secret beaches nearby

called Mosteiros, a jewel with large cliff rocks in the ocean that reminded locals of 2 nuns and a priest, ergo the name Mosteiros which means “Monasteries”.  The island has a variety of microclimates and micro regions which make it seem alot bigger. The Nordeste (Northeast) seems like another world with its big forests and cliffs and intense greenscape. The middle of the island is where the “action” is with the best and most accessible surf beaches, markets, and cultural life, centered in Ponta Delgada, the capital, as well as Lagoa, Vila Franca and Ribeira Grande.  Ponta Delgada is the capital of the island and the main hub for the whole Autonomous Region.  Its population is 50,000, about 1/3 of the whole island and like any other European city has many places to eat, hear live music, shop and people watch.  However each part of the island is special in its own way.

The caterpillar island with 7 chakra points…we will be around the Heart Chakra in Lagoa Atalhada.

7 Cidades Volcanic Crater Lakes, bright green and bright blue

The Quinta da Vida Boa (The Good Life Farm) is located in Atalhada, a section of Lagoa, about 8km/5miles east from the center of Ponta Delgada.  It’s an easy bike ride along the coast with a nice bike path covering alot of the way.  The Quinta or Farm is located in a “rustic” area surrounded by other farms, yet also only a 5-minute walk to the ocean and a short bike or car ride to the Natural Swimming Pools of Lagoa, Santa Cruz Beach and, my favorite, Praia das Milicias, a fine black sand beach with great swimming and surfing.  There is a big native forest right behind the Quinta for walking and exploring full of red and black volcanic rock, a Volcanic/Seismological Observatory close by and on weekends, students can rent a car (for as low as 2€ or less a day!) to visit different parts of the island like the 3 different hot springs, the highest peak, caves, iridescent green and blue volcanic crater lakes, two important botanical gardens, amazing vistas, villages, beaches, hikes, and waterfalls.  People who are into

Many amazing coastal hikes like this!

scuba diving, sailing, whale and dolphin excursions and even visiting Santa Maria, the closest island, will have time to do so as well.

The Quinta is 2 acres of lightly undulating land covered with a diversity of local weeds, an area of banana forest where the chickens live, endless indigenous mini-guava trees of different species, kumquats, native orange limes and a sweeter relative of the passion fruit called “granadilha”.  It is totally enclosed with traditional lava rock walls and very private.  A central higher area with eucalyptus and criptomeria forest on gorgeous ancient moss-covered black lava stone will provide support for an ocean-view platform at some point and hammocks to chill.  The vision and design for the whole Ecovillage has been fermenting and with the unexpected down time due to the global shutdown, more time has been available to keep adding to the land . A few years ago another workshop built a sauna on the eastern part of the island, which students can visit on the weekend.

 

PROJECT

This training is restricted to Advanced Cobber-certified students of CruzinCobGlobal trainings. During this Teacher Training, Advanced Cobbers will be designing and building one of the buildings on the land, yet to be determined. It will be either a residential space or a music studio or enclosing a yoga/dance platform with a partial wall.  Building will happen in the morning and, if needed, a short time for trimming in the afternoon.  Otherwise the the afternoons will be for Lectures, including Students teaching Practice Lectures and receiving Feedback from Instructor & Peers, and other Classes with visiting Instructors (Hector Nuñez from Uruguay and Johnny Azpilicueta from Spain, as well as downtime, both structured and unstructured. During the morning Building hours, students will receive feedback and support in advancing their cob building skills, be able to experiment with new techniques, and an encouraged focus on maximizing creative applications.  Since everyone has been trained equally, there will be more time for artistic and original cob work and ideas.  Limitations and restrictions on what can be done will be very minimal as the goal is to see what is possible bringing together 15 experienced cobbers for 5 weeks to design and build a “Dream Cob Structure”, while simultaneously building a “Dream Team of International Cob Instructors”!

Claudine will be hosting and leading this workshop and will be inviting other teachers to lead experiences and classes in their own specialties related to facilitating group/communal bonding and personal growth. In addition, students in the training will be asked to also collaborate by offering up mini-courses and experiences in their other talents and skills, bringing expansive and varied learning to the workshop to complement the Cob Instructor Teacher Training.  We hope to have some of the new Teachers there to share their recent experiences leading CCG workshops.

 

SCHEDULE

 

The Advanced Cobber Teacher Training & Workshop begins on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at 4pm with the Opening Circle and Introduction to Site & Project, the Welcome Dinner and Introduction to the Course.  It ends on Sunday, January 17th, 2020 after the Closing Circle & Lunch.

Students can arrive a day or two before to acclimate and settle in but will need to
cover their own food needs.

The daily schedule will be:

                                                                                                                            6:30-7:30 Yoga/Movement/Chi Gong

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-1:00 Building

1:00-2:30 Lunch & Rest

2:30-5:30 Lectures/Discussions/Feedback/Poster Making/Playing/Adventures/Group Experiences

5:30-7:00 Rest/Yoga/Movement/Music

7:00 Dinner

8:00 Slides/Videos/Extracurricular Classes/Fire Circles, Music, Dancing, etc

 

 

COURSE CONTENTS

 

The general outline of the contents of the Teacher Training will be fleshed out and developed over the next month, so please check back. The other invited Guest Teachers and what they will offer will also be included here.

 

REQUIREMENTS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION

 

Students will need to come prepared in the same way as for their Advanced Workshop.

This includes:

Work clothes appropriate for the country and climate we are in
Work boots or other closed-toe shoes
Flip-flops for cobbing days
Rubber dishwashing gloves (for lime mortar)
Work Gloves
Tape Measure
Box Cutter
Carving Knife
Wood Hand Saw (cheap), Level (2ft), Hammer (if possible)
Ear Plugs (roof week)
4”-6” Diameter Round Plastic Container Lids (plastering)
Good Moisturizer
Hat
Sunglasses
Safety Glasses
Water Bottle
Notebook/Pen/Camera
Sample of Your Soil (Optional)

In addition, students should bring good-quality colored markers for beginning to make their set of Teaching Posters as well as anything they will need when they teach their own personal mini-workshop to the group.  You should also bring instruments, yoga mat, special foods and/or recipes, hiking boots, music playlists ,of course, and any downloaded videos and slides for evening downtimes, especially of their own workshops and projects.

Weather in December & January is very enjoyable and does not rain more than the occasional drizzle usually. Lowest temps at night can get to 55F/13C and daytimes are usually in the mid-60’sF/18C. No mosquitoes, just bring warm and cold clothes, good sleeping bag and pad if camping, swim gear, rain gear, fun gear!

 

TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS

Coming form Europe, you can fly with Azores Airlines, TAP or Ryan Air.  These are the main airlines flying here with Ryan Air being the cheapest, especially from Lisbon (19€/one way minimum).  There may be one or two others I don’t know about that are small charter airlines.  You will be picked up from the airport to go to the land by the Host.

Coming from the North America, direct flights are only from Boston and Toronto with Azores Airlines.  Delta was flying here from New York last year, not sure about now.  Check TAP too. That being said you can book with Azores Airlines or TAP from anywhere in the US to connect in Boston or buy two separate tickets.  You can also fly to Lisbon and then take RyanAir to Ponta Delgada.  NorwegianAir is super cheap especially off-season and flies from the US to Barcelona and Madrid from which you can take RyanAir to PDL.

For students wanting to stay on and explore other islands, SATA airlines connects all the islands year-round.

While on the island, it is recommended to have a bicycle, which you will be able to rent from Claudine, or share a rental car with other students for a very low fee of 2€/day with Goldcar! There is a very good bus sytem as well.

 

MEALS, ACCOMMODATIONS & WHAT ELSE TO BRING

 

Marla is the chocolate mousse queen every time!

Students will be fed 3 high-quality prepared delicious meals a day during the weekdays.  CruzinCobGlobal hosts always serve amazing food to cob students in gratitude for their hard work! Since this is the Azores there will be fresh and amazing vegetarian food, which will be the basis of our menu.  Students that have non-vegetarian requirements can bring personal items to complete their diet and other requirements can be presented to the cooks a month before the start date so they can make sure to have what is needed.  We will try to meet people’s requirements of course so it is important to communicate them as soon as possible. Local fish may be served once a week. On weekends, students will be on their own for their meals and can explore and enjoy the island’s offerings!!!

Students will be camping onsite with simple and rustic facilities like compost toilets, cold outdoor showers, an outdoor kitchen & dining area, a yoga/dance space and a cozy hangout communal area with fire circle.  We will do everything we can to offer maximum comfort and enjoyment during this wonderful and transformational time together. The site has normal cell phone service with a 10€ sim card (3GB + unlimited calls & texts) which students can hotspot to their computers if desired. There are many cafés nearby for wifi use. There is a local Decathlon store with camping equipment if you prefer to not fly with a tent one way and you may be able to sell it to someone or us when you leave!

Praia das Milicias sunset…the finest!

For those not wanting to camp, there are also other options nearby. The Pés Verdes Teahouse is a very sweet hostel with cute patios right near the Praia da Milicias and the owner Margarida has offered our students an amazing deal!!!! For 180€/5 weeks students can have a bed in a shared room (6 people), full kitchen, several bathrooms, outdoor patios, massage space, great teas and vegan snacks. She also has a few private rooms for 300€/5 weeks.  The hostel is right near the beautiful black sand beach and several nice restaurants and cafés facing the beach.  Those choosing to stay there will need to either rent a vehicle (maybe shared together and which currently is 2€/day or less with GoldCar) or rent a bike from Claudine for the 5 weeks.  Its only a 5-10 minute flat bike ride to the Quinta. And on weekends you can easily bike into the capital, Ponta Delgada, in about 15 minutes.  The island buses will take your bike in their luggage hold below if you choose to go one way on a longer ride.  You could also walk which will take you about half an hour…for the 3km.  If you want the hostel option you will need to let us know ASAP. There are also two houses which can be rented for 50€/night only a 5-minute walk to the Quinta and right at the ocean that have 2 bedrooms each, wifi, washing machine and full kitchens. One sleeps up to 4 and the other can sleep 6.  Options are private room, shared double room or shared communal room, either on bed or mattress on floor. Prices are 20€ for private room, 12€ for two-person room and 8€ for communal space.  There is also the very sweet Hotel Arcanjo also in the same neighborhood. Let us know and we can help.

 

 

INSTRUCTOR                               

 

The original Cob days in Santa Cruz, California

Still lovin’ the stuff 15 years later!

Claudine Desiree is the original “Cob Queen” of Santa Cruz, where she founded the original “Sunflower Cob Building” which quickly morphed into the California-based “Cruzin’ Cob”, the cob workshop and building business that evolved over a decade.  Once her three sons were “out of the house”, she went for her dream of traveling around the world on a bike teaching cob workshops everywhere every few months to continue supporting herself by offering up what she loves in the countries and languages she is passionate about.  To work internationally with no home base required a new name and a website, hence CruzinCobGlobal was born naturally and appropriately and, after 5 years on the road, Claudine has finally found a new home….for now.  On the island of São Miguel in the Azores (where are the Azores?) she will establish a home and a small Cob Village called “Quinta da Vida Boa” for retreats, workshops, education and just plain chillin’in with friends and family!!!!  CruzinCobGlobal will continue to do the important work of building the best houses and best communities ever of course… with new Teachers hitting the Cob road in 2020 as CCG-trained students begin leading workshops and builds around the world. Claudine will also keep teaching in her favorite places and spreading the Cob everywhere, with more focus on the Azores land and project now.  California will always be one of those favorite places, her and her children’s home for 20 years. And the demand to learn Cob in California is always growing with the fires and earthquakes threatening conventional houses.  Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe are calling too! And the best part is we have a “legal” Cob Code to use anywhere in the world thanks to the CRI architects’ and engineers’ hard work and focus!

 

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT

 

The fee for the 5-week Advanced Cobber Teacher Training & Workshop which includes tuition, camping and meals from Monday through Friday is 750€.

There is a maximum limit of 15 students.

For European residents and others, payment can be made by bank transfer in Euros or you can use Transferwise or Paypal.  For US residents you can also use Zelle or Venmo. To hold your spot in this training you will need to pay the full amount or a 50% deposit that will be non-refundable after October 13th, 2020.  The balance will be due by December 6th, one week before the start date. Please contact claudine@cruzincobglobal.org to register.

 

QUINTA DA VIDA BOA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: Quinta da Vida Beleza

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