Date(s) - Sunday, June 28, 2020 - Sunday, July 5, 2020
HOST & LOCATION
The Artsy California Cob Oven & Benches workshop will be located at Chad’s farm in Placerville, CA, same site as the 5-week Advanced Cob Building Workshop taking place right before. Chad will host us for an additional week of building a community oven & benches for his new outdoor entertainment area. Please refer to that event page for all the host and site info.
We will be building a community-size cob oven for baking everything in. Students will build the foundation, insulation, and three oven shells (inner, insulation, outer) and finish with plaster. The high heat-exposed cob is different than the building cob used for the benches and external sculpted shell and students will learn the difference and how to figure out each mix. The oven and benches will allow for maximum creativity that will depend on the students’ input and inspiration! All materials will be as local as possible and students will be building all phases with lecture time to support the hands-on work.
COB OVEN WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
The 7-day workshop will begin on Sunday evening, June 28, with dinner at 6pm, followed by an Opening Circle, Introduction to the Site and the Workshop. Monday morning June 29th at 9am we begin building the foundation. There will be hands-on building for 4 hours in the morning followed by lunch and rest for 1.5 hours. At 2:30pm there will be a 30-60-minute lecture followed by construction in the afternoon. Students will have time to relax in the afternoon and go to the river or on a walk or into town if they like before dinner. There may be someone in the group offering to lead yoga or chi gong movement practice also. The workshop will end on Sunday July 5th after breakfast and July 4th there will be a BIG CELEBRATION and DINNER….of course!
The daily schedule (subject to slight modifications due to climate) will be:
6:30-7:30 Yoga/Chi Gong/Meditation 7:30-8:30 Breakfast
The first day of the workshop will be building the foundation out of local rock, broken concrete or even tires. Day 2 we will build the support for the oven as well as the form and inner cob shell. On Day 3 we will focus on the benches so the oven can dry. We will be building the foundations and covering them with cob. Day 4 we will empty the oven (if ready to be emptied), and cover it with the insulation layer in the morning and the final sculpting cob layer in the afternoon. On day 5 we will sculpt and build other additions to the area which will be decided on by students and host, like a small stove or grill or other useful cob embellishments. On Day 6, everything will be plastered. And, if the sand is out, we may even be able to light it and make pizza to celebrate Independence Day!!! On the final Sunday morning we will have a Closing Circle after Breakfast and the workshop will end with a Goodbye Lunch!
REQUIREMENTS & IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Students will need to come prepared for physical labor from Day 1.
Work clothes appropriate for the country and climate we are in
Work boots or other closed-toe shoes (for foundation work)
Flip-flops (for cob days)
Rubber dishwashing gloves (for lime mortar for foundation)
Work Gloves (for carrying rocks)
4”-6” Diameter Round Plastic Container Lids (for plastering)
Sample of Your Soil (Optional)
Please get the excellent cob oven bible by Kiko Denzer called “Build Your Own Earth Oven”…noone has written a better one yet. Amazon has it of course…https://www.amazon.com/Build-Your-Own-Earth-Oven/dp/096798467X as do others. There are many inspiring pictures and it will prepare you well for what’s to come.
Students need to tend to their needs like making sure they drink alot of water (clay is drying), get good sleep and stretch before and after class. This class is not very demanding physically compared to the building workshops but if you are not used to doing any physical work with earth, sand, rocks….you should definitely prepare yourself in the weeks ahead by resting well, stretching, and even carrying rocks around properly. Also feel free to share your dietary needs (not preferences) with CCG and bring your special snacks and foods, pillow and whatever you NEED to be comfortable and happy. We also encourage you to bring slides, videos, movies and books to share, as well as a sample of your soil to test. And we always play diverse music onsite while we build, so bring your favorite playlists!
TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS
Students without a personal vehicle or not carpooling (we will organize a carpooling list a month before the start date) can take a bus (Greyhound/Trailways) to Placerville and an Uber to the site 20 minutes away. Students can fly into San Francisco or Sacramento. Usually all students can get rides from other students to the site from their home base (if in driveable distance) or from the closest city or town along the way.
MEALS, ACCOMMODATIONS & WHAT ELSE TO BRING
Students will be fed 3 high-quality delicious meals a day during the weekdays prepared by experienced cooks. CruzinCobGlobal hosts always serve amazing food to cob students in gratitude for their hard work! Since this is California there is no lack of 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. On weekends, food will be available for students to prepare if they are on site, because the cooks will be off-duty.
Students will be camping close by in the lovely meadows, or in the forest. Compost toilets, hot and cold showers, a dining area, yoga/dance space and a cozy hangout communal area will be offered for maximum comfort and enjoyment during this wonderful and transformational time together. The site has normal cell phone service which students can hotspot to their computers if desired..
For those not wanting to camp, there are a few indoor options available on the land for a reasonable fee. Please inquire.
Our host Chad’s additional recommendations to bring are:
Bathing Suit for lakes, rivers and hot springs
Hiking/Backpacking gear if desired for weekends
Warm jacket for evening time
Raingear (occasional rainshowers)
There are many local stores in case you forget something!
Viva Hansen has been cobbing since the class at home! After college he began taking it more seriously and accompanied his mother, the Cob Queen (Claudine) on a GlobalCobTrotting world bike tour through Europe and Africa when he honed his building, teaching, language and international rapping skills. Viva has assisted and taught cob building and oven workshops in various countries and languages and, while he especially enjoys creating ovens/outdoor eating spaces and wants to focus on rocket stoves and mass heaters, his
Heart is in any kind of Cob Building. Viva loves the workshop ambiance and the transformational power of “Cob & Community” it provides! Viva is also a certified massage therapist, writer, musician, videographer, NVC student and avid traveller who is working on creating a program for mentoring young men in the art of living a healthy, balanced and fulfilling life in these challenging times.
REGISTRATION & PAYMENT
The fee for the 7-day Cob Oven & Benches Workshop which includes tuition, camping and meals is:
Early Bird Rate: $650 by March 1, 2020
Full Rate: $700 by June 1, 2020
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 workshop you will need to pay the full amount or a 50% deposit that will be non-refundable after May 1, 2020. The balance will be due by June 21, one week before the workshop start date. Please contact email@example.com for registration forms and questions.
We can offer 2 work trade discounts in the kitchen making breakfast in the morning. Each work trade is for 1.5 hours per day for $10 off per day or 50€ off the full rate. Work traders need to pay a non-refundable 50% deposit at the time of their registration to guarantee their spot. To apply for these work trade positions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible because these are the first spots to go.
LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING YOU WITH US!!!
Location: Chad's Farm