These photos were taken during our CPD accredited natural building courses of 2016 facilitated by Peter McIntosh. The courses are designed to teach participants how earth works, allowing them to make an appropriate choice based on materials available to them on their own site. Materials and techniques covered included, mud brick, cob, light earth, rammed earth, compressed earth brick, rock, natural plasters, foundations, walls, openings, passive solar design, basic site layout and how to test your earths.
These pictures are from the October 2016 course, held at Jakkalskloof farm in Swellendam. Jakkalskloof is a biodynamic farm and training centre. The building is a biodynamic preproom in which biodynamic mixtures and solutions are made and stored. The building needed to be in tune with nature with good thermal performance to protect the often-living biodynamic solutions stored there. The design is a hexagon with Compressed Earth Brick (CEB) stemwalls, earthen floor, cob and mudbrick walls and arch, pole and tin roof, glass bottles and reclaimed doors and windows. For the complete course album please see our Facebook page. Photo credits: Peter McIntosh.
These pictures are from the April 2016 course, held at Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge, facilitated by Peter McIntosh. The walls and arched windows form an extension to an outdoor kitchen at the Lodge campsite. Wild Spirit is surrounded by the indigenous forests, pristine beaches and high mountains of Tsitsikamma National Park. For the complete course album please see our Facebook page. Photo credits: Peter McIntosh.