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Natural Building Class

March 2023

  • Who: DiHG Eco-Prise and University of California Riverside, Palm Desert Campus
  • What: Palletable Cobin - Learn to build with cob. We will finish our 6' X 6' shed..
  • Where: North side of University Building B at Cook Street and Frank Sinatra Drive in Palm Desert, CA
  • When: March 17, 18 & 19, 2023 From 9:00-3:00
  • How: Sign up today to take a 3-day natural building workshop
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The Plan

Materials Yard 5 Walls

The Vision

UCR Materials Yard Design Plan

The Elements

Wall Materials: Clay, Sand, Straw

Pavilion Materials: Locally Grow Bamboo

Plant List: Chilopsis linearis, Fouquieria splendens, Encelia farinosa, Epilobium canum, Spaeralcea ambigua var. rugosa, Baileya pleniradiata,

One Wild Precious Life
What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life...?
- M. Oliver

We have several orgs involved in the umbrella project including UCR Palm Desert, DiHG Eco-Prise, Inc., UC Naturalists, UC Climate Stewards, UCCE Master Gardeners, Riverside County Department of Waste Resources and more.

1 Year - 4 Builds - 41 Students & Counting

We are growing a community of people who want to participate in all things sustainable. Students are encouraged to teachers and become community leaders. Please join us 🌳

Cob Wall March 20, 2022

March 2022

Stacking Foundation Wall
Cob Mixing Demo
Sifting Clay for Plaster
UCR Cob Workshop March 2022

April 2022

Jessie, Kristina, Erin, Nick

October 2022

Our October students finished the wall and applied an earthen plaster over the entire structure.

Tina Plastering bench
October Cob Group Day 3
Finished Wall #1 October Cob UCR

February 2023

Digging Rubble Trench
Sunday Final Group
End of day 11 group shot
Cobin Almost Done

March 2023

This is an ongoing natural building project that is preparing us to establish a permaculture demonstration site on the campus. During this workshop we will be finishing the shed. We need to shingle the roof, paint the fascia boards, build, hang and paint a door, hang shelves, cob in bottle art for day lighting, cob the interior, plus plaster the interior and exterior. If we have enough time and students, we will build benches on the exterior east and west walls.

Upcoming Builds

Los Angeles, CA

April 15 & 16 2023 - Cob Oven Build in Woodland Hills/Los Angeles, CA 

UCR - Palm Desert, CA

October 2023 - Exact Dates TBD - North Garden Wall with benches and work surfaces

February 2024 - Exact Dates TBD - East Garden Wall with Cob Oven

March 2024 - Exact Dates TBD - South Garden Wall with Divided Stalls for Materials

Humboldt Experience Farmstay - Carlotta, CA

July 1, 2, 3, 2023 - We will be building 10' long privacy wall with built in benches and candle cubbies in the Meditation Garden. Learn rubble trench foundation, stemwall, cob wall construction, along with the basics of lintels for supporting windows and doors. All skills learned in this workshop cover the fundamentals of any natural building project.