Cob Oven & Benches at Quinta da Vida Beleza on São Miguel, Azores!

Date(s) - Sunday, September 6, 2020 - Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Please disregard dates on flyer, dates are Sep 6-12!

We have scheduled it in the Azores instead of Romania due to the COVID situation getting worse in Romania! The Azores are COVID-free and only require a negative test within 72 hours of flying.


The Cob Oven & Benches workshop will be located on the Quinta da Vida Beleza site and follow the 5-week Advanced Cob Building Workshop.  Please visit the event page for that workshop to find out about the location and the island of São Miguel.  Host will be Claudine Désirée, founder and director of CruzinCobGlobal, on her new piece of land.



Professional Baker’s Oven in Puerto Rico built by CCG Instructor Viva Hansen and local students.

We will be building a community-size cob oven for baking everything in fueling it with the plentiful wood from the forest.  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 some lecture time to support the hands-on work.




Nevada City, California students built this community oven and earthen cooker.

The 6-day workshop will begin on Sunday evening, September 6, with dinner at 6pm, followed by an Opening Circle, Introduction to the Site & Region and to the Workshop.  Monday morning September 7th 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/or go 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 ends Saturday morning after breakfast.




The daily schedule (subject to slight modifications due to climate) will be:

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

7:30-8:30 Breakfast

9:00-1:00 Hands-On Class

1:00-2:30 Lunch & Rest

2:30-5:30 Lecture/Hands-On Class

5:30-7:00 Rest

7:00 Dinner

8:00 Slideshow /Videos once a week




Portugal students form the sand dome

The first day of the workshop will be building the foundation out of local rock. Day 2 we will add insulation layers and build the support for the oven and place the bricks for the oven floor and create the sand 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.  On Day 4 we will empty the oven and cover it with the insulation layer in the morning and the final sculpting cob layer in the afternoon. After sculpting is complete, on Day 5 everything will be plastered while the oven heats up for pizza night!  Yippee!!!!  This is the general schedule that may be slightly modified if things are moving along faster or slower…The workshop ends after breakfast on Saturday morning, September 12th.




Students will need to come prepared for building from Day 1.

This includes:

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)
Good Moisturizer
Water Bottle
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… 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!



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.



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, hot and cold outdoor showers, an outdoor kitchen & dining area, a yoga/dance space and a cozy hangout communal area with fire circle.  This will be the first workshop and 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 for the 5 weeks.  Its only a 5-10 minute flat bike ride to Quinta. You could also walk and there may be the option of local students being able to pick you up along the way!  If you want this option you will need to let us or them know ASAP. There are also closer locations in AirBnB accomoodations, Hotel Arcanjo, and Alojamento Rural. Let us know and we can help.  Meanwhile we will explore other good deals with locals.



The fee for the 6-day Oven & Benches Workshop which includes tuition, camping and meals is:

500€, paid by August 2nd

Students who are also taking the 5-week Course right before will get a 10% discount making the total 450€.

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 August 2nd, 2020.  The balance will be due by August 13th, one month before the workshop start date. Please contact for registration forms payment and questions.

We will offer two work trade discounts, 1 in the kitchen making breakfast in the morning and 1 helping prepare the site in the morning before breakfast. Each work trade is for 1.5 hours per day for 10€off per day or 70€ off of either the food cost or the tuition cost, depending on where you are working.  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  as soon as possible because these are the first spots to go.






Location: Quinta da Vida Beleza