Natural Building Courses with Yoga, Portugal

Join our natural building internship this summer.

Start 7th July, finish 21st August 2020

You may join for the full duration or just one week. However start dates are as follows: 7th july, 21st july or 4th august. If you would like to join earlier to help set up and prepare then we would love to have you.

Cost is 100EUR per week or 200 EUR per month.

Full details please click here.

Please apply here.

2019 Dates

8 Day Introduction to Natural Building Courses

  • 6th – 13th July 2019 : 8 day Introduction to Natural Building (arrive the night before and leave the morning after)
  • 3rd -10th August 2019 : 8 day Introduction to Natural Building (arrive the night before and leave the morning after)
  • Options to stay on and volunteer after the course commences to put your new skills into practice

Weekend Natural Building Courses

  • 20 – 21st July 2019 Reciprocal Roof Weekend
  • 27-28th July 2019 Wattle & Daub Weekend
  • 17-18th August 2019 Natural Thatched roof weekend (with giesta/broom)
  • 24th-25th August 2019 – Natural Plastering weekend
  • Options to stay on and volunteer after the course commences to put your new skills into practice
  • click here for more information

2 month Natural Building Inturnship

  • Dates: 27th June – 31st August 2019
  • Join all the above courses
  • Prepare and finish all the builds for the courses
  • Click here for more infiormation

All courses will be run by experienced teacher and natural builder Barbara Leite from the Mount of Oaks community with a maximum of 10 students.


8 day Introduction to Natural Building

Language: English and Portuguese

Video by Mount of Oaks
COST:
€500 – 8 day Natural Building course including camping (in your own tent or van/camper), 3 delicious vegetarian meals a day (seasonal and locally sourced where possible) and daily yoga and meditation classes
€450 – 3 EARLY BIRD places for the first 3 people to register
Caravans, tents and teepees are also available for hire. Click for accommodation
Please complete the application form to book.
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Natural building course at Keela Yoga Farm, 2017

During 2019, Keela Yoga Farm are constructing a new yoga room in the community building using a variety of different techniques. This building will be used for education purposes over several natural building courses in 2019.

The courses are designed as an introduction to natural building. Participants have the opportunity to learn and experiment with a variety of different building techniques which will then be used in a practical setting on a real building.

There is a progression in the teaching and practical methods that allows participants to grow in confidence as the course continues. This course is designed with the ‘non-professional’ builder in mind and is aimed as an introduction course.

An introduction to natural building will be facilitated by Barbara Leite; a pioneer of the Mount of Oaks community since 2006 (another community local to us). She has over 10 years experience in Permaculture Design and Natural Building, with all the mistakes and successes that go with starting from scratch!

All courses will be held at Keela Yoga Farm, an off-grid permaculture project in Central Portugal. Course participants will have the opportunity to practice daily yoga, meditation and evening permaculture workshops facilitated by farm owners Kimberly and Laurence Manchee. There is an optional day trip to visit some natural buildings at Mount of Oaks community on the day off.

Come and learn about:
Gravel foundation, french drainage and stem walls with gravel bags

Strawbale walls

Adobe bricks and light earth slabs

Wattle and daub walls

Cob with glass bottles and cordwood

Earth and lime plasters

Lime-wash painting with natural pigments

What can you expect from this course? 

  • The course will consist of daily theory classes with introductions to all of the aforementioned building techniques using local and natural materials (A complete PDF manual will be provided at the time of registration). However, this is predominantly a hands on learning course and it will mostly be practical in order for participants to really get a feel for each material and technique.
  • Participants will gain the ability and skills to design and build their own small natural build.
  • Three meals a day including tea, coffee and snack breaks.
  • Daily Yoga/meditation classes
  • On the day off, an optional day trip to the Mount of Oaks community in order to see some of their existing natural buildings. Have a tour and lunch for an extra cost of €15/person.

There is no need for any previous experience as a builder, an engineer or an architect. (If you do have previous experience, please come with patience because there might be others who don’t).

We expect to learn with each other and have a unique experience of life within a community setting. During the course we will work together and eat together.

This course is limited to a maximum of 8 students in order for participants to have maximum practical experience throughout the week.

Course participants will learn a lot of different building techniques, and if you wish to put these into practice and perfect your skills further, you can contact us about staying on after the course as a volunteer.

Please complete the application form to book

Natural Building Course over 4 weekends:

  • 20 – 21st July 2019 Reciprocal Roof Weekend
  • 27-28th July 2019 Wattle & Daub Weekend
  • 17-18th August 2019 Natural Thatched roof weekend (with giesta/broom)
  • 24th-25th August 2019 – Natural Plastering weekend

These four courses will be linked together as they all be working on the same small building, so you will have the opportunity to experience building a house that costs under 100 EUR with your own hands.

An introduction to natural building will be facilitated by Barbara Leite; a pioneer of the Mount of Oaks community since 2006 (another community local to us). She has over 10 years experience in Permaculture Design and Natural Building, with all the mistakes and successes that go with starting from scratch!

Costs:

€75 for one weekend

€250 for all four weekends

What is included in the price:

  • 2 x lunches
  • 2 full days on the course

What is not included in the above price:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner if you are staying the night
  • Yoga and meditation classes

Accommodation options (includes breakfast, dinner and yoga class):

  • Your own tent/van: €10 per night (per person)
  • Rented bed with bedding: €30 per night (per person)

If you are not planning to stay but still wish to eat breakfast, dinner or join a yoga class:

  • Meals: €5 per meal
  • Yoga: €5 per person per class
Please complete the application form to book