Natural Building and Green Design

Aprovecho’s Natural Building Program is a design/build school offering educational opportunities in the design and construction of energy efficient structures using sustainable materials. Trainings are offered both for the do-it-yourself home-builder as well as students pursuing a career as a designer/builder. Class topics cover all components of home construction as well as skills associated with drafting, design and business development. Whether you are just starting out in natural building or already have experience in the construction field, there are many diverse educational opportunities offered throughout the year.

Sustainable Shelter Series

Session II 2015: July 26th – September 12th

Session I 2016: March 13th – April 30th

Watch this short video to get a feel for the program and hear from the teachers and past students.

The Sustainable Shelter Series is a seven week intensive designed to empower participants with the ability to build and renovate their own home using simple techniques and natural, vernacular materials.  During this course we will start from the ground and move up teaching not only the art/science of natural building and green design, but the corresponding appropriate technologies essential for successfully integrating your shelter into a permaculture landscape.  Read more…

Natural Building Practicum

Session II 2015: September 16th – November 21st

Session I 2016: May 4th – July 9th

The Natural Building Practicum (NBP) is an eight week program focused on the practice and implementation of natural building techniques.  Designed for natural builders with pre-existing experience, each week is split between instruction, hands-on application and independent study.  Read more…

Natural Building Semester

Semester II 2015: July 19th – November 21st

Semester I 2016:  March 6th – July 9th

Semester II 2016: July 24th- November 20th

Aprovecho has two natural building semesters per year.  Each semester includes the Sustainable Shelter Series, a seven week intensive covering home construction from the ground up, followed by a practicum where students put their new training into practice building confidence through experience with different natural building techniques.  Basic drafting and design classes are also offered during a semester as well as sustainable livelihood training for the student considering a career as a designer/builder.  Students attending a semester are eligible for student financing.  Read more…

Natural Building Year

The Natural Building Year (NBY) is for the student wanting a longer term immersion into Natural Building.  Participants in this program will attend both Natural Building Semesters (see below) assuming a stronger leadership role in the second semester.  The NBY is well-suited for students clearly on a sustainable building career path as well as students who are interested in one day sharing their experience in a teaching setting.  Positions are limited for the NBY.  Read more…