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.
natural building and green design from the ground up!
August 3rd – September 20th, 2014
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…
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…
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…