A Whole Cob Cottage at El Molino de Guadalmesi Ecovillage in Tarifa (Spain)

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Date(s) - Sunday, September 6, 2015 - Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The Project (English/Spanish)

Have you always wanted to experience living in community in an ecovillage? Do you want to learn how to build a cob house from start to finish and start your day off with an inspirational one-hour practice of yoga, chi gong and meditation? Do you want to experience the south of Spain during the best time of the year when all the tourists are gone and the weather and ocean is still perfectly warm? Are you an outdoorsy type that likes to try exciting extracurricular activities with local experts? For one month, we will build a 25 square meter cob building from rock and/or tire foundation to living (green)  roof at one of the most interesting and original ecovillage communities  in Europe, El Molino de Guadalmesi, set right on the Mediterranean Sea next to Tarifa. Each day will start with an hour of chi gong/yoga/meditation practice, followed by breakfast and then 5-6 hours of building. After lunch, participants will have the option to rest, continue building on their own, and/or participate in an extracurricular activity with a guide or teacher (may be at an additional cost) and/or participate in the community’s classes and/or receive a variety of bodywork.  There are also great wind and kitesurfing spots all over the area and the gorgeous beaches.  Evenings we will have discussions, slideshows and/or movies relevant to each day’s work. Saturday evening will be Gala Night with a special dinner and dance party afterwards and Sundays we will offer Brunch and have the day off. All the food will be of the highest quality: local, organic, and vegetarian, and the menu will be designed and prepared by a professional chef. This event is Family Friendly and no experience is necessary. Childcare can be available for a small fee.

Location & Our Host

El Molino de Guadalmesí is a small conscious & ecological community of  6 dynamic individuals who began developing this gorgeous fertile wild land set on the Mediterranean Coast facing North Africa into the center for conscious personal and community process explorations that it has become.  Over the last 10 years it has received over 300 students coming for workshops in the areas of Dragon Dreaming , Community Living, Self-Love, Detoxification, NVC, etc.  All their work and evolution is based on the Dragon Dreaming process brought to the world from the Australian Aborigines by John Croft.  We will have the opportunity to experience their offerings in the afternoons after lunch.

El Molino strives to be a self-sufficient community growing and eating mostly their own organic local food and respecting the wilderness around them, while creating networks of collaboration and cooperation with all their neighbors and other eco-communities in the area of Andalucia.

We are fortunate to get to be hosted with them, only 10km form Tarifa, one of the finest locations for outdoors life, sports, culture, music, nightlife and food.  They are on the Mediterranean Ocean and next to the sacred Guadalmesi River (River of Women).  Please visit their website for more information.


All of our accommodations are shared. There is a yurt with 5-6 beds and a house on the land with 2 bunkbeds, 6 other beds and camping available for more privacy.

Daily Schedule

7:30-8:30 Morning Chi Gong, Yoga and Meditation

8:30-9:30 Breakfast

9:30-2:30 Workshop: Theory/Building

2:30-3:30 Lunch

3:30-7:00 Optional (Rest, Solo Building, Activities, Massage)

7:00-8:00 Dinner

8:00-10:00 Discussion, Slides, Movies

Saturday Gala Candlelight Dinner & Dance Party

Sunday Brunch/ Day Off

Weekly Schedule

Week 1: Site Selection, Foundation, Door, Cob Walls

Week 2: Cob Walls, Windows, Sculpting, Shelves, Artistic Add-Ons

Week 3: Cob Walls, Windows, Sculpting, Niches, Shelves, Roof Prep

Week 4: Reciprocal-Framed Roof, Floor, Plaster, Tadelakt  Finish, Living Roof

While it is preferred that students enroll for the whole course, it is possible to enroll for 1, 2 or 3 individual weeks as well. Please note that information from the other weeks will not necessarily be repeated. Cob building is a strenuous physical exercise, especially for those who are not accustomed to doing this kind of outside work with the Earth. While everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary, we ask that you monitor yourself, take breaks, drink lots of water, and take time off to rest and do other things if you feel like it. There is no obligation to work and much can be learned from watching as well, however it is important for students to get as much tactile and practical experience as possible to reap the maximal benefits of the course and come away with confidence and skills to go build and even lead their next project!  In the 4 weeks, the structural portion of our building and floor and plaster base coats will be finished, and possibly second coats. We will however cover all of it in lectures and get to practice all aspects.


Instruction, Lodging, Meals, Some Activities &Transport from/to Tarifa:

420 Euros/week


Full 4-week course with 25% discount (one week free!!!):

1260 Euros
(no additional discounts)

The discounts listed below are off of the full weekly price:

Discount for Families & Couples: 10% off for second person

Youth 12-18: 50% off with 25 hrs of work trade/wk

Students: 20% off with 10 hours of work trade/wk

Children under 12: 70 Euros/ US$85 per week (no additional discounts)


Registration & Payment

To register, please email me  the names, ages, emails and phone number of all participants and use the Paypal link below or Venmo (no fees).  There is a 3% commission added for Paypal fees (included in price below) .

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or you can make a bank deposit into Molino de Guadalmesi’s bank account (please email maro@talleresmolinodeguadalmesi.com).

To hold your space you must either pay in full right away or send a 50% non-refundable deposit. Full payment will be due by August 1. The course is limited to 18 people and El Molino reserves the right to cancel the course in the event of  insufficient enrollment (less than 7 people). In such a case, participants will receive a full refund of their monies by August 15.

A few weeks before the course we will send you all the relevant information on what you will need to bring and the directions as well as a rideshare list.  The course begins on Sunday September 6th after dinner, at 8:30pm, and ends on October 3rd, after lunch. People can arrive on Sunday after 4pm to settle in and prepare for an orientation before dinner. People who sign up for less than the whole 4 weeks should arrive on Sunday after 4pm and plan to vacate their accomodations BEFORE brunch on Sunday. Every Saturday night we will prepare a grand GALA dinner to celebrate the week’s work, our new community of friends, eat a special big meal, dance and party together!

Getting Here

El Molino de Guadalmesi is located 10km east of Tarifa right on the coast and on the Guadalmesi River (River of Women).  Flying into Malaga is the best way to go if you are flying in.  Tarifa is an only an hour by bus from there.  Trains to Jerez de la Frontera and Malaga work too. For specific directions please visit their website.  Here is the exact address:

Molino de Guadalmesí
Aldea Guadalmesí s/n
Tarifa. C.P. 11380

Please don’t hesitate to contact Claudine or Johnny.

El Molino de Guadalmesi & Surroundings

Location: El Molino de Guadalmesi