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All Our Online Courses

We’ve gone online! Using Zoom, digital resources and interactive discussions, we’ve created live, online versions of our ever popular programme of Natural Building Courses and we’ve introduced some brand new specialist courses. We will be delivering some courses over 2 evenings because we’ve found this shorter format is much more effective online.



Cement-free Foundations
10 March: 10am – 12.30pm

This course covers the historical context of cement-free foundations as well as their flexibility & durability.

Additional details include how to work with: limecrete, foamed glass, rammed car tyres, timber etc. More…

Preparing to Build with Bales

30 & 31 March: 6.00 – 8.30pm

This is your chance to learn how to turn your natural building dream into reality.

This course covers a wealth of project management skills and know-how, including finding land, managing budgets and building with natural materials. More…



For even more inspiration and information, go to Barbara’s Book. Our self builders, and the architects we advise, all say this book is invaluable as a resource to understand how to build with straw. It covers the whole building process from foundations to internal plastering. Barbara has been designing and building with straw for 25 years – this book is a distillation of all her knowledge and experience. Originally published in 2002 it has never been out of print – revised in 2009 and 2015, the last revision taking in details of how to compress straw walls and how to build the roof first when doing loadbearing buildings.