A Cob Cottage & Yoga in the French Pyrénées/Maisonette en Terre & Yoga dans les Pyrénées Orientales

Date(s) - Sunday, August 7, 2016 - Sunday, August 21, 2016
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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(Bilingual Course/Cours Bilingue)


In 2 weeks we will build a round 10m2 structure on its on a rock foundation allthe way up to the roof structure and, time permitting, put on the green roof.  We will add cool-shaped windows, shelves, sculptures, niches and other artistic elements and touches we come up with.  We will pour an earthen floor, put on 2 coats of earthen and possibly lime plaster inside and out.   We will learn all the usual steps to figuring out your cob mix by testing soils and making test bricks, and then mixing cob and building techniques. All aspects of building a cob structure from the foundation to the roof and the finish work will be covered in lectures, hands-on work, discussions, slides, and videos.

(version française)


En deux semaines nous construirons une belle petite case de 10m2 sur une fondation de pierres.  Nous apprendrons tous les aspects de constructione:  fenêtres de formes originales, étagères, niches, sculptures bas-reliefs et autres détails originals et artistiques typiques de la construction en COB.  Nous construirons aussi un sol en terre et enduirons les murs de 2 couches d’enduit en terre et possiblement en chaux et arriverons à finir la structure du toît et possiblement, en fonction de la taille du groupe et le temps, nous placerons un toît vert.  Nous apprenderons tout sur le COB: comment tester les terres pour choisir le meilleur mélange, le mélange, la construction des murs. l’enduit.  Nous couvrirons toute l’information nécéssaire pour savoir construire une maison en COB depuis les fondations jusqu’au toît.


The workshop will be held in the beautiful French Pyrénées Orientales village of Brenac (see map below), 4.5 miles from the larger town of Quillan, 33 miles south of the city of Carcassonne and 50 miles west of Perpignan. Perpignan has an airport where students can take a train or bus (1€) to get to Quillan.  Equally train transport can bring you to Quillan, where the hosts can easily pick you up.  Also there is the BlaBla car website with which rides can usually be found to Carcassonne or Perpignan.

The workshop will be held on an organic family farm and nursery run by Katarina and Jean-François, a Swiss couple established in France for 40 years.  They are also green alternative builders and have a tipi, slipstraw house, earthen igloo, yourt and other cool structures on their land.  They have donkeys on the land to keep it trimmed and I am sure lots of other surprises we will discover together on their beautiful land.

(version française)


Ce cours aura lieu à Brenac dans les Pyreenées Orientales (voir carte ci-dessous), à 7km de Quillan, 52km de Carcassonne et à 76 km de Perpignan.  Les étudiants arrivant par avion à Perpignan pourront trouver un train ou bus (1€) pour Quillan.  Les étudiants pourront aussi chercher sur BlaBla car pour une offre de transport vers Carcassonne ou Perpignan.

La propriété de Katarina et Jean-François, un couple suisse établi en France depuis 40 ans, est une ferme et pépinière biologique avec plusieurs structures originales et écologiques ainsi que des ânes pour tondre l’herbe.  Nous découvrirons beaucoup plus.


We will be arriving on August 7th to settle in and beginning the workshop in the evening after dinner.  Monday is the first day of lecture and building and the schedule will be:

7am-8am: YOGA with Sheena (optional)

8am-9am: Breakfast

9am-1pm: Morning Session

1pm-2pm: Lunch

2pm-4:30pm: Afternoon Session

4:30pm-7:30pm: Rest/Freetime/Massage with Sheena

7:30pm: Dinner

8:30pm-10pm: Slideshows, Videos, Discussions and other Activities on some nights, Massage with Sheena

Sunday, August 14 will be a day off so students are free from Saturday August 13 at  4:30pm through Monday morning August 15.

The last day will be August 21 and we will conclude the workshop with lunch.

(version française)


Nous arriverons le 7 août pour s’établir (il est possible d’arriver plus tot avec la permission des hôtes) et commencerons la première rencontre du Cours le dimanche soir aprés le repas.

Lundi est le premier jour de Cours théorique et construction et l’horaire quotidien sera le suivant:

7h-8h: Yoga avec Sheena

8h-9h: Petit Déjeuner

9h-13h: Session Matinale

13h-14h: Déjeuner

14h-16h30: Session Après-Midi

16h30-19h30: Repos/Massage avec Sheena

19h30: Diner

20h30: Activités 2-3 fois par semaine, Massage

Il n’y aura pas de Cours le dimanche 14 août (à part le yoga) et les massages seront offerts avec réservation.

Le dernier jour du Cours sera le 21 août.  Nous conclurons avec le déjeuner.


Sheena was born in Tokyo, Japan and grew up in Scotland, upstate New York and Santa Cruz, California. She spent her childhood living on a community farm playing outdoors, swimming in the ocean, gardening, milking cows and dancing around barefoot and freely. Uprooting every few years and moving around so much formed her deep passion12644862_10156441199195177_7621011576012201572_n for traveling and connecting with people of different cultures around the world. Sheena is a bhakti-flow vinyasa yoga teacher and massage therapist. She was trained in Bali, Indonesia in Esalen Massage, which is known for its healing and nurturing touch. She combines long and flowy strokes, gentle rocking, stretching, and sculpting of deep musculature. Esalen goes beyond the physical result of bodywork by focusing on energy exchange and psychological well-being. Sheena is also trained in Craniosacral Bodywork.  She is passionate about the healing arts and believes in the natural ability of the body and mind to self-heal and wants to support others in awakening inner resources for healing.  She will be available for treatments during the workshop for an additional fee.

In 2014, Sheena traveled to India where she embarked on a soul searching journey. During this time she decided to dedicate her life to health, wellness and the healing arts. She soon after left her busy life in Tokyo, moving to San Francisco and completing her yoga teacher training at Yogatree, SF. Sheena believes in the connection of mind, body and spirit, integrating breath work, alignment and a soulful flow into her classes.


Students will be sleeping free of charge (except for a 25€ water/electricity fee) in various possible places from camping to a house, yurt, igloo, etc.  Private rooms will have an additional fee of 12€ a night. PLEASE BRING BEDDING, PILLOW AND TOWEL, if possible. There is a yurt where we will hold yoga classes as well as lectures, show slides and videos and have other spontaneous unplanned activities. 

The base price: 900€ or US$1000 (includes 3 meals/day, camping or communal lodging, instruction, yoga, certificate, handbook)

Meals will be prepared by Katarina and Sara who are used to cooking for large groups and planning delicious organic vegetarian meals using their own and local produce and products as much as possible.  Let us know if you have any food allergies or more restrictions, please let us know.  Otherwise you are encouraged to always bring your particular preferred snacks, treats and other additions to make you happy and healthy during the course.

There is room for up to 10 participants so please book as soon as you know you want to and can attend.  Payment can be made by deposit into a Bank of America account (US students), or using Paypal (3-5% fee), Venmo (no fees) or Western Union (bank account to bank account has minimal fees) or using Transferwise.

To register please pay in full or with a non-refundable deposit of 200€ ($220) to guarantee your space with the balance due by August 1. There will be no refund after July 8th.   Please contact Claudine to register.

You can call Claudine at (209) 813-4117 which is a US Skype number or her French number: +33 6 23 82 32 05.

Pour ceux qui ont un telephone français, appelez Claudine au: 06 23 82 32 05.

Skypename:  claudinedesiree  Whatsapp: +238 522 1918

For couples, students, friends coming together, families and low-income folks…we offer discounts/work trade. Please email us to ask.

Quillan Cob Workshop


Le logement en commun est gratuit dans une maison, tipi, igloo ou en camping.  Chambre privées coutene 12€ le soir en plus.   VEUILLEZ EMMENER VOS DRAPS, COUSSIN ET SERVIETTE DE BAIN si possible.  Le yoga matinale ainsi que les cours théoriques, discussions, diapos, videos y prendront place dans la YURT, ainsi que d’autres activités.

Prix: 900€ (avec 3 repas par jour, logement en commun, instruction, yoga, certificat, manuel)

Tous les repas seront préparés par Katarina et Sara et seront végétariens, bio et local. Veuillez nous informer d’allergies ou restrictions et aussi emmenez vos “snacks” préférés pour entre les repas si nécéssaires.

Pour s’inscrire, utilisez Paypal ou Transferwise ou Western Union ou déposer dans un conte de banque français la somme totale ou un dépot non-remboursable de 200€ pour garantir votre place avec le total payé au plus tard le 1er août.  Veuillez contacter Claudine pour voir s’il restent des places.

Nous offrons des rabais pour etudiants, amis ensemble, familles, couples….veuillez nous contacter pour en savoir plus.

Quillan Cob Workshop



Email Claudine for more information or questions on logistics. Veuillez envoyer un email à Claudine pour vos questions additionnelles.

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Location: Pépinière Burri