Introduction to Natural Building

Dec 10 & Dec 11, 2016


     In this 2-day course we will cover the basics of natural and earthen building and give you hands on experience with a variety of techniques. Earthen building combines clay, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, arches and much more. Natural building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures.
      We will explore multiple techniques for building walls (cob, cordwood, light clay straw), as well as finishing plasters and paints.  We will discuss how to find and choose appropriate soil for construction, how to create various mixes, and how to use earthen materials to build walls, sculpt niches, shelves, and furniture.  The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and  professionals in the building trade who are interested in natural materials. 

This course is primarily a hands on course, where we learn by doing

During the workshop we will work on a cob / light clay straw duck coop, cordwood bathroom/ greenhouse, and plaster various earthen walls around the property.



Where:                      2795 Evans Rd

Johns Island SC 29455

On 2.5 acre Permaculture homestead set within a natural Pine Forest

When:                         Saturday Dec 10 and Sunday Dec 11

9 am until 5 pm

Please arrive a few minutes early as we will start promptly at 9 am

Cost:                            Saturday Dec 10th Only – $60

Sunday Dec 11th only – $60

Saturday and Sunday – $95


(843) 471-7837



Wayne Weiseman:

Wayne-WeismanWayne is a Permaculture teacher, designer, consultant and author. He lives in Carbondale, Illinois with his wife, Frances and daughter, Halima. He was certified to teach Permaculture by Bill Mollison, the founder of Permaculture, and is recognized by the Worldwide Permaculture Network as an instructor of the Permaculture Design Certificate Course. Mr. Weiseman is certified by the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) to teach continuing education in Permaculture to licensed architects and landscape architects. Wayne has taught hundreds of Permaculture Design Certificate courses and advanced work, lectured and consulted internationally for many years. His design portfolio includes numerous master plans for various clients.

Wayne has worked as a schoolteacher and as a consultant to educators and administrators in curriculum and professional development. As a primitive wilderness instructor, he relies on observation techniques and a thorough understanding of the natural world to ply his trade. He has worked extensively with corporate executives in the art of team building, and the application of ideas in business and life developed through the observation of the cycles and connections found in the natural world. He has worked as a builder and contractor, herbalist, renewable energy expert, and farmer for the past thirty years. For many years Wayne managed a land-based, self-reliant community project combining organic crop/food production, ecologically-built shelter, renewable energy and appropriate technologies.

Wayne is the founder and director of The Permaculture Project LLC, a full-service, design, consulting and educational business that promotes eco-agriculture, renewable energy resources and eco-construction methods. He is also the director of education at Kinstone Academy of Applied Permaculture, an educational organization teaching advanced, applied Permaculture and whole systems design, located in Fountain City, Wisconsin.

Wayne is co-author of an authoritative book on integrated forest gardening and plant guilds that was published in August, 2014.

Wayne Weiseman and The Permaculture Project LLC can be contacted by emailing or calling (618) 713-0537.

Nick Tittle

nickNick Tittle grew up in Washington DC and attended the University of South Carolina where he received a bachelors degree in small business management and entrepreneurship. After school Nick traveled the world visiting farms and gaining valuable insight into indigenous agricultural practices before heading to South East Asia. He spent three years managing volunteers, interns and apprentices at the Panya Project Permaculture and Earthen Building Education Center. Nick specializes in consulting and teaching about a variety of subjects including natural building, organic gardening, forest gardening, soil

food web technology, animal husbandry and alternative economic systems. Nick received his Teacher Training certification from John Champaign in 2010 and has consulted in Thailand, China, India, Guatemala, and the USA. He was a featured speaker at the 1st South East Asia Permaculture Convergence, presenting about rehabilitating a monoculture orchard into a perennial polyculture food forest. Nick additionally organized and facilitated the 1st Thailand Permaculture Convergence in 2013.

Nick is currently based in Charleston, South Carolina where he is working on his 2.5 acre homestead and treehouse.

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