Natural Building and Green Design

Timber Frame Your Tiny Home

May 18th – June 7th, 2014

Are you interested in building your own tiny home using natural materials and simple techniques?  Have you always wanted to learn the timeless craft of timber framing: joining large timbers with a traditional mortise and tenon?  During this three week timber frame intensive students will be guided through the design, layout and joinery of their own timber framed tiny home by a team of experienced timber framers.  This course is intended to not only build confidence in the participant’s ability to cut timber frame joinery in the future but, if desired, to actually cut a basic frame for the participant to take home and raise.  Read more…

A Handmade Yurt

June 9th – June 13th, 2014

Traditional yurts are big baskets covered in woolen felt, and designed for portability. This one, however, is designed for greater permanence, and covered with a durable, insulating, earthen “fabric” made of mud, vegetable fiber, and lime. Add a simple, layered, fabric roof for a quick, efficient, inexpensive, and eminently practical shelter.

Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series

natural building and green design from the ground up!

August 3rd – September 20th, 2014

student financing available!


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

The Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series is a 7 week course designed to empower participants with the ability to design/build/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 Internship

Summer/Fall Session

August 3rd – November 22nd, 2014

This internship is designed to get individuals started with the skills and experience necessary to offer natural building services as a future designer/builder/educator.  Spanning the summer and fall seasons of building-focused programming, interns will work directly with Aprovecho’s building team constructing and maintaining Aprovecho’s campus.  In addition, interns will have the opportunity to assist and participate in the following courses: “Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series,” “Natural Building Practicum” the weekend Natural Building courses and the Sustainable Livelihood course.  Read more…

Natural Building Practicum

September 28th – November 22nd, 2014

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 in-class instruction, hands-on application and independent study.  Read more…