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Cob Oven (Portland, OR)

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Earthen Hand Workshops

About Our Workshops


Workshop Schedule

• Adobe Brick Nubian VaultAugust 22 - 30, 2020    
• Earthbag Dome BuildingJuly 18 - 26, 2020    
• Mini Mud Hut with an Eco-BuilderVarious Sat and Sun in 2020    
• Natural Elf Houses with an Eco-BuilderVarious Sat and Sun in 2020    
• Sculpting with CobJune 27 - 28, 2020    
• Earthen Paints - distance learningNow    

To Register, or get more information, Email us at: scott@earthenhand.com

Get 10% off on your second course!

(Please note that tuition payments, once made, are 100% non-refundable. Caveat Emptor. All rights reserved.)

Our courses are designed to be accessible to all skill levels. Students will learn cumulatively if they attend several workshops.

Ask us about individual Apprenticeships tailored to your interests.

Take a look at the Earthen Hand You Tube Channel and our Facebookpage

Below is our most up to date workshop schedule. Also, please join our mailing list via the home page.

Adobe Brick Nubian Vault
August 22 - 30, 2020 — Portland, Oregon

A classic method of building a roof that never goes out of style! Learn how to construct an adobe brick vault start to finish. Practice making adobe mixes, turning them into bricks and mortar. Become a proficient brick layer, and gain understanding of how the geometry of the vault makes it durable.


Class size is limited to 14 people. Bring a lunch, snacks provided.

Earthbag Dome Building
July 18 - 26, 2020 — Portland, Oregon

Learn the art of dome building with this elegant technique that uses woven poly sacks to retain the rammed earth. We'll accomplish an 8 - 10 foot dome, and experience a bit of all phases in this course. Gain knowledge of how the geometry of the dome gives it strength.


Class size limited to 15 people. Ages 18+. Bring a lunch, snacks provided.

Mini Mud Hut with an Eco-Builder
Various Sat and Sun in 2020 — Portland, OR

Learn the basics of earth building design. You'll build the eco-house of your dreams as a scale model. Receive experienced guidance in the creative process using visioning, sketching and modeling. All materials provided. You'll make new friends, take away design skills, and photos of your design. 3.5 hours of pure fun.

$90, booking through Airbnb, BOOK HERE

Class size limited to just 6 people per day. Tea and snacks provided. Ages 10+ (youth must be accompanied by a parent/gaurdian).

Natural Elf Houses with an Eco-Builder
Various Sat and Sun in 2020 — Corbett, OR

Go into the forest with our group to find and form natural materials into fantastic elf houses and castles. This course is oriented toward sparking the imagination and having a great time. We will play collaboratively to create miniature structures that we'll leave behind in the wild. A super fun afternoon with kids!

$50, booking through Airbnb, BOOK HERE

Class size limited to just 8 people per day. Tea and snacks provided. Ages 10+ (youth must be accompanied by a parent/gaurdian).

Sculpting with Cob
June 27 - 28, 2020 — Portland, Oregon

This class explores the artistic and architectural possibilities of Cob. We will try many different techniques which can be combined to create a fantastic variety of effects. Get into sourcing, mixing, and application. Once you understand these fundamentals, you'll be well on your way to knowing how to use this material to build your dreams. Great fun for all skill levels.


Class size limited to 12 people. Bring a lunch, snacks provided. Ages 16+.

Earthen Paints - distance learning
Now — Your house
This course allows you to study home made Earthen Paints and applications whenever you have time from your computer via our distance learning videos. These techniques are very accessible and easy to learn with this kind of guidance. Earthen Paints have been used for thousands of years to beautify human dwellings, and can produce a wide variety of colors and textures. They are non-toxic, ecological, and inexpensive to make.


Includes email support. Registration is anytime and ongoing. Email us at workshops@earthenhand.com to begin.

Photos of a few workshops

Earthbag workshop photos 5/'13 - Jamaica

Hot tub workshop photos 4/'13- Hawaii

Earth Oven workshop photos 4/'11 - Puerto Rico

Earthbag workshop photos 5/'09 - Portland, OR

About Earthen Hand Workshops

A growing number of people are interested in natural building, earthen building, and permaculture. Our workshops seek to empower people with information and hands-on instruction for a self-reliant, ecological lifestyle.

We are dedicated to educating people about ecological building, and simple, appropriate technologies. Workshops focus on skills, information, and intuition that allow a builder to create within a natural harmony. Each day includes hands-on training, discussion, and lecture. We feel that anyone who attends our workshops will continue to learn and teach technologies of global self-empowerment.

Potential workshop hosts can contact us by email at: workshops@earthenhand.com. Our ideal workshop is cooperatively organized, delivering quality education while completing a useful structure at an affordable price for everyone.

Our local workshops provide:

  • Hands-on learning in earthen building techniques
  • Useful and beautiful structures that cooperate with their surrounding landscape
  • Opportunities to learn skills for free—Public workshops offered annually through Portland's Village Building Convergence event

Our international workshops:

  • Create a positive cross-cultural exchange
  • Train participants in earthen building techniques
  • Provide international communities with needed structures that cooperate with their surroundings
  • Draw funds and human energy to places where the resources are more needed
Earthbag dome workshop in Thailand, 2004 Earthbag dome workshop in Thailand, 2004


"The Everything Earthen class is a great hands-on overview of natural building technique and theory. It was well thought out and focused, with a good pace and balance. It never felt too rushed or too slow. Scott and Chrystalina are highly knowledgable and patient teachers who allow plenty of student input and questions. Highly recommended!"
— Dylan

"Your workshop was better than I could have hoped for. This introduction to natural building harmonized with me on every level: from the excellent and well-organized instruction, to the relaxed approach to teaching, to each facet of the hands-on learning. Hats off to your methods and approach. Thanks. I couldn't have asked for better!"
— Myriem

"The program more than exceeded my expectations! As a beginner to natural building, the workshop provided a helpful introduction to the different natural building materials and techniques which are available and how to determine which would be appropriate to any given environment or project. Your real-world experience with natural building, combined with your technical knowledge and friendly manner resulted in a workshop that was both highly informative, comprehensible and fun. I have often found that the ability to communicate complex ideas with numerous variables in a clear, concise and understandable way is the sign of true mastery of the material being taught. Your personalized attention to each workshop participant and their building designs is a reflection of your passion for the work, for the people involved and the creation of an environment which is inclusive, enriching and empowering. The handout materials, books available for review, website links and references provided at the workshop have formed the foundation of my natural building library and are invaluable. I highly recommend this workshop for those interested in the nuts and bolts of how to design, plan and actually create a natural building."
— Brian

"Great class Scott. It was fantastic to get an idea on how to really get the ball rolling on natural building. I am looking forward to working with you again!"
— Tim

"Scott was an excellent teacher, and super patient with all of us newbies. Totally worth the flight from Charlotte, and I recommend this style of learning very highly!"
— Luke

"I loved creating a structure by hand with our class. It was fun to get dirty and work hard with our amazing crew and teachers. We learned a specific method of natural building, but were also introduced to many ways of sculpting earthen materials and living in harmony with nature."
— Skylark

"Thanks for the great cob workshop! It was great to meet other people who are into cob and take the first step towards making my own cob house a reality."
— Katie

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