CPD accredited Natural Building 7 day course: materials & techniques

Natural Building south africaDates: 26 April – 2 May 2015
Venue: Wild Spirit Backpackers
City: near Plettenberg Bay
Country: South Africa
Website/Register: CPD accredited Natural Building 7 day course: materials & techniques

Description: Facilitated by Peter McIntosh, with 7 Category 1 SACAP CPD credits.

Building & Design skills you will learn:
– Earth theory and Earth tests
– Basic site layout and measuring
– Passive solar design
– Foundations, walls, openings & mud brick arches
– Natural plasters
– Off-grid solar energy design learn

Materials you will work with
– Cob
– Mud brick/adobe
– Rammed earth
– Rock
– Compressed earth brick (CEB)
– Straw bale
– Light Earth (Straw clay mixes)

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 R3950 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 at the address below for the booking form. Booking are only confirmed upon receipt of your deposit. Please note that places are limited! Please mail us at naturalbuildingcollective@gmail.com for the booking form or with any enquiries.

For more information visit: naturalbuildingcollective.wordpress.com and find us on Facebook.

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.


Located deep in the unspoiled heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, surrounded by the indigenous forests, pristine beaches and high mountains of Tsitsikamma National Park, Nature’s Valley and Plettenberg Bay, is the extraordinary place that is Wild Spirit Backpackers. Visit www.wildspiritlodge.co.za for more information.