Natural Building Courses in 2019

In 2019, we will be hosting two of our esteemed week-long natural building courses, and expanding our international reach to grow our collective and partner with new and old friends alike. We’ll be combining our experience of training in natural building with our mission to create beauty and do good with some exciting projects in the pipeline. 

Old friends

Our relationship with Long Way Home goes back to 2014 when we worked with them on the Lebone project in Bloemfontein, spearheaded by Start Living Green.  Since then we’ve partnered with them on the Delft Early Childhood Centre (2016), and our month-long sustainable building course in 2017 that launched the Delft ECD Training centre. Last year was the inaugural Green Building Academy and Peter McIntosh from the Natural Building Collective was there to co-facilitate.

New friends

Patrick from Offgrid Vision first reached out to the Natural Building Collective about featuring on a podcast for his series on offgrid humanitarianism, building and community. Peter has since been a guest on the podcast, and the course in Delft is a result of their synergy. Their team does amazing work around the world and we’re very excited to be welcoming their team to South Africa. Check out their podcast for some inspiring voices on offgrid humanitarianism, or if you’d like to support their projects. 

The project 

Patrick and his team will be contributing their beautiful energy to start off the build at the Ulwazi Educare centre in Delft. This is a project that we’ve been working on for some time in partnership with James Fernie from Uthando SA and Helen Lieberman (has been operating in Cape Town’s townships since 1963) from Ikamva Labantu, both of whom are tireless warriors in creating social change.

Ulwazi Educare Centre is a registered as a NPO focusing on Early Childhood Development, situated on land owned by the NPO in an area called Delft in the eastern neighbourhoods of Cape Town.  Patiswa Patience Bangani is the founder of the organization and principal of the school. Ulwazi Educare centre opened in 1998 with the stated intention, “to protect the children from child abuse, drugs and to fight poverty. We are looking after the children whose mothers are working and leave them with unemployed fathers, neighbours, immediate family members or alone, we specialize in caring for children from the age of 2 years to 6 years.”

We are busy raising funds for this project so if you feel like this is something you’d like to support please head to the Uthando website to make a donation.

Keep an eye out on the blog for more on exciting projects that we’ll be working on this year.

Natural Building Courses

March:

  • Long Way Home – Green Building Academy
  • @ Comalapa, Guatemala
  • Apply here

14 – 20 April:

  • Natural Building Collective – Natural building course: materials and techniques (CPD accredited: 7 category 1 points)
  • @ Sandberg Fynbos Reserve, Baardskeerdersbos, South Africa
  • Book now

20 May – 15 June:

  • Offgrid Vision – Natural building course: A preschool for the future
  • @ Delft, Cape Town
  • Join us

July:

  • Long Way Home – Green Building Academy
  • @ Comalapa, Guatemala
  • Apply now

6 -12 October:

  • Natural Building Collective – Natural building course: materials and techniques (CPD accredited: 7 category 1 points)
  • @ Sandberg Fynbos Reserve, Baardskeerdersbos, South Africa
  • Book now

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For more information about our CPD accredited natural building courses simply drop us an email at: naturalbuildingcollective@gmail.com

To see what previous participants had to say about our courses, please visit the Testimonials page and check out the gallery for photos from our previous courses. You can also find us on Facebook and Flickr.

 

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