Course: CPD accredited Natural Building 7-day course: materials & techniques

Dates: 5 – 11 October 2014
Magic Mountains Retreat 

City: Near Barrydale, Western Cape
South Africa
Natural Building Collective
Facilitator: Peter McIntosh
CPD credits: 7 Category 1 SACAP CPD credits             

Building & Design skills you will learn
–       Earth theory
–       Earth tests
–       Basic site layout and measuring
–       Passive solar design
–       Foundations
–       Walls
–       Natural plasters
–       Openings

Materials you will work with
–       Cob
–       Mud brick/adobe
–       Rammed earth
–       Rock
–       Compressed earth brick (CEB)

Who will benefit from attending this course? By learning practical building skills, and gaining understanding of how different types of earth work, and do not work together, their potential and limitations, you will benefit from these courses if you are an owner-builder, architectural technologist, engineer, and/or sustainable development practitioner. You will also explore questions around sustainable living based in Peter McIntosh’s experience living off-grid at Berg-en-dal. You do not need any experience, just a reasonable level of fitness and good team work.

This 7 day course costs R2800 p/person. You will be provided with vegetarian lunches and two teas daily. Accommodation costs are not included; please email us to find out about the options available.

Please email us using the contact form below for the booking form. Booking are only confirmed upon receipt of your deposit. Please note that places are limited!

The facilitator: Peter McIntosh moved to Berg-en-dal in 1999, where he built his own earth-sheltered, straw-bale house. Realising his passion Peter apprenticed himself to Etienne Bruwer, architect and father of green building in South Africa, and worked around South Africa, with many different natural building materials and techniques. Shortly thereafter, he started his own natural building company in the South Peninsula of Cape Town, where he honed his skills building and contributing to a diverse range of buildings. In 2010, Peter returned to Berg-en-dal to teach natural building and transfer his passion for sustainability to students and volunteers. An important part of Peter’s life is living in a community of people where they practice permaculture, growing their own food, living sustainably, and off the grid. Currently, Peter is available to provide training, project management, private consultation, and facilitation of workshops to private clients, corporates and non-profit organisations. Peter continues to be involved with projects nationally to further sustainable and natural building.

The venue, Magic Mountains Retreat, is situated 15km after Barrydale, a charming Little Karoo town on Route 62 in the Western Cape, South Africa.