Natural Building

Student Design/Build Project: Tipi from Scratch by Brett Sasine

An important component of Aprovecho’s educational programming is the independent study.  The independent study is an opportunity for students to make use of Aprovecho’s material and human resources in order to achieve a specific educational outcome in-line with their future … Continue reading

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Earthen Sonce: DIY Natural Building

Here’s an easy natural building project that you can try in your own home. These beautiful sconces are made from wood, sticks, straw, sand, and clay. They can be affixed to any type of wall and utilize a standard wall … Continue reading

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New Directions for Natural Building in the Pacific Northwest

A group of conferring students engages around an earth-toned bench lounging in the cooling shade. A meandering earthen wall guides the eye toward the straw bale dormitory and two acre garden stretching below and to the south. A stilted cupcake … Continue reading

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The Spirit of Verkenvalden Re-kindled

Troweling the clay mixture onto the floor

by Jeremy Roth with excerpts from The Spirit of Verkenvalden by Josh Fattal As I sit here taking a breather from day two of our Earthen Floor installation work party,I can’t help but think about Josh Fattal and a term … Continue reading

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As Clear as Mud

But it covers the ground.  In July 2010, seven students gathered from the U.S. and Canada to learn the art of the earthen floor at Aprovecho.  Taught by earthen floor expert Sukita Crimmel (, the students spent three days with … Continue reading

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