Our natural building course is comprehensive and covers a range of materials and techniques based on Peter McIntosh’s professional and personal experience working with these approaches and from having lived off-grid since 1999. You will be empowered to be successful and make rational choices whatever the given situation. 
This year we’re continuing to grow our collective by working with some old and new friends, Long Way Home and Offgrid Vision. You’ll be able to join us for some exciting new projects. 

Natural building courses 2019

Take the first step to a sustainable future by learning hands-on natural building skills. Understand the alchemy of how different types of earth work, and do not work together, their potential and limitations. You will also explore questions around sustainable living based in Peter McIntosh’s experience living off-grid since 1999.

You will leave with the theoretical understanding and practical grounding of a range of techniques and materials, so that you are able to make the most appropriate decisions regarding materials and or sustainability once you are ready to begin your project. Read more…

  • 14  20 April: Natural building course: materials and techniques (7 category 1 SACAP credits) ~ Sandberg Fynbos Reserve
  • 6 – 12 October: Natural building course: materials and techniques (7 category 1 SACAP credits) ~ Sandberg Fynbos Reserve

To see what previous participants had to say, visit the Testimonials page; or visit the gallery for photos from our previous courses.

Offgrid Vision – A preschool for the future, Delft (Cape Town)

Participants will be a valuable workforce for the Ulwazi Early Childhood Development centre in Cape Town, whilst learning theory and practice in natural building materials and techniques and the six Earthship principles (self-heating and cooling, water collection, power generation, reusing materials, treating sewage and growing food). Join us…

  • 20 May – 15 June: Natural building course to impact children’s lives; Ulwazi crèche (Delft, Cape Town)

Long Way Home – Green Building Academy 2019, Guatemala

Participants can expect a solid grounding and hands-on experience in green, sustainable building and construction practices, social development and a rich cultural immersion.  The Academy takes place at the 18-building school, built by Long Way Home over the course of 9 years using state-of-the-art green and sustainable technologies and methods. Apply now…

  • March & July: Green Building Academy ~ Comalapa, Guatemala

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  3. Hi ? ,

    I’m super interested in joining your natural building course… I have experience in building and would love to learn more… please can I have some more information as well as some accommodation options?

    Sincere regards

  4. I would like to inquire about your next course and when you would be holding the next course, how long and what is the cost. thank you.

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