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.

Natural Building Semester

Spring Semester:  March 8th – July 11th, 2015

Summer/Fall Semester: July 19th – November 11th, 2015

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…


Sustainable Shelter Series

Spring Session: March 15th – May 2nd, 2015

Summer Session: July 26th – September 12th, 2015

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

Spring Session: May 6th – July 11th, 2015

Fall Session: September 16th – November 21st, 2015

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…