In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop we are building an outdoor kitchen, an earthen oven and a rocket mass heater for Lotte and Floris’ in northern Portugal. There are no skill requirements. You will learn everything you need to build an outdoor kitchen from foundation to roof.

workshop students building a cob cottage in portugal
workshop students building a cob cottage in portugal

From August 3rd to 30th we will start another round of permaskills Natural Building Workshops near Benfeira in northern Portugal. These workshops will provide you plenty of opportunity to get hands-on experience in Natural Building, all the skills and especially the confidence you need to build an outdoor kitchen for yourself. The highlights of these workshops are a Schist stemwall and foundation, a natural round wood timber frame and reciprocal green roof, wattle & daub as well as cob walls, earthen floors, earthen plasters and even cob sculpting, Tadelakt, an earthen oven as well as a rocket mass heater.

Certificationpermaskills Natural Building Certificate
Instruction languageEnglish / English & German
Certification Levels2 weeks: Beginner
3 weeks: Intermediate
4 weeks: Advanced
Date2 weeks: Aug 9th – Aug 23rd
3 weeks: Aug 2nd – Aug 23rd
4 weeks: Aug 2nd – Aug 30th
LocationDreia, Arganil, northern Portugal
Building StyleOutdoor Kitchen, Earthen Oven & Rocket Mass Heater
InstructorRobert Brendler
HostsLotte & Floris

The fees for the permaskills Natural Building Workshops (including Tuition, Camping and Meals) are:

BASIC
2 week course

Aug 9th - Aug 23rd 

900€

700€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until May 10th, 2020

Cob walls

Wattle & Daub walls

Earthen floors

Earthen plasters

Cob sculpting & inserts

Niches / Shelves / Arches

Earthen Oven

Live Edge Shelves

Window & Door Frames 

Power and Hand Tool Instruction

INTERMEDIATE
 3 week course

Aug 2nd - Aug 23rd

1250€

900€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until May 10th, 2020

All BASIC content

Ground assessment

Foundation

Drainage

Earthen subfloor

Natural Rock (Schist) Stemwall

Timber Framing

Wooden Frame

Wood connections

Reciprocal Roof

ADVANCED

4 week course

 Aug 2nd - Aug 30th 

1600€

1100€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until May 10th, 2020

All INTERMEDIATE content

Green Roof

Rocket Mass Heater

Natural finishes and paints

Lime Plaster

Tadelakt





Registration is limited to 15 students. Registration deadline: July 6th.

VERY EARLY BIRD discount + 3% PayPal fee
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By paying the workshop fee you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions. For simple payments we are using PayPal as our provider, but have to add ~3% of transaction fees for that. If this is too expensive for you, please check our alternative payment methods.

Project: an outdoor kitchen, earthen oven and rocket mass heater

In this year’s permaskills Natural Building Workshops we will build Lotte and Floris an outdoor kitchen, earthen oven and rocket mass heater.

possible construction site for the outdoor kitchen

Workshop: Natural Building

These permaskills Natural Building Workshops consists of theoretical instruction (in English or English & German) with lectures & graphics as well as hands-on construction for 7 – 8 hours a day. The successful completion of these Workshops gives you a Natural Building Certificate.

In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop you can build a complete building from foundation through floors and walls to the roof with your own hands. We are trying to use only natural materials, so you know exactly what you are working and surround yourself with.

a group of graduated natural builders on a reciprocal roof
a group of graduated natural builders on a reciprocal roof

Extras

This outdoor kitchen will get a reciprocal green roof, that we will build from locally available wood, and cover with the soil we find on the land.

In order to properly bake pizzas, breads and other delicacies, we will add an earthen oven and to this outdoor kitchen

Thanks to Floris being a professional for rocket mass heaters, he agreed to teach us how to build one and make it part of the workshop.

Natural Builder Certification

You will receive a permaskills Natural Builder Certificate, all the teaching materials by email and the permaskills – Natural Builder’s Handbook, which is a summary of the workshop building steps, upon graduation.

Workshop Requirements

There are no skill requirements for these permaskills Natural Building Workshops! That said, it certainly won’t hurt if you know some things and put it to good use or share it with others. Nobody is perfect and we are always curious to learn other ways of doing things.

trimmed cob wall in a permaskills natural building
trimmed cob wall

Workshop schedule

  • Sun Aug 2nd, 4 pm: Opening Circle / Welcome Dinner / Introduction
  • 1st week: Foundation / Drainage / 1st Floor / Round pole timber Frame
  • 2nd & 3rd week: Walls / Windows / 1st Plaster / 2nd Plaster / Earthen Oven
  • 4th week: Green Roof / 2nd Floor / Tadelakt / Rocket Mass Heater
  • Sat Aug 29th, 10 am: Closing Circle

There is often someone who leads yoga or some other movement practice in the morning and/or the afternoon. We like to have one evening a week to show slides, videos or have workshop related debates. The rest of the time you can spend on your own, join a jam session around the fire or contribute something to share with the group.

voluntary morning yoga session at a permaskills natural building workshop in Portugal
voluntary morning yoga session

Workshop Hosts: Lotte & Floris

Lotte and Floris would like us to come up with a smart design. The outdoor kitchen should include an earthen oven as well as a traditional schist stemwall so the building blends in with the surrounding ruins.

the little village of Dreia

Read more about Lotte & Floris, their project and the workshop location: Dreia / Benefeira.

Workshop Instructor

Robert 'Cob-Rob' Brendler enjoying a cob mix at a permaskills natural building workshop
Robert ‘Cob-Rob’ Brendler

Robert ‘Cob-Rob’ Brendler has been doing construction work since the age of 12 when he accompanied his grandpa on construction sites during his summer vacation. He’s a Jack of all trades, experienced in Masonry, Carpentry, Plumbing, Electrical Wiring, Home Automation, Cob Building & Sculpting, Green-Roofs, Non Violent Communication, Teaching and Team-Building and is bringing it all together to give you a complete experience from foundation to roof. Robert loves the Natural Building Community and bringing together the kind of people that are interested in it. He loves teaching and the look on faces when people succeed in doing things they never imagined they could do.

Robert supporting on the roof at a natural building workshop
Robert supporting on the roof

Registration & Payment

The fees for the permaskills Natural Building Workshops (including Tuition, Camping and Meals) are:

BASIC
2 week course

Aug 9th - Aug 23rd 

900€

700€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until May 10th, 2020

Cob walls

Wattle & Daub walls

Earthen floors

Earthen plasters

Cob sculpting & inserts

Niches / Shelves / Arches

Earthen Oven

Live Edge Shelves

Window & Door Frames 

Power and Hand Tool Instruction

INTERMEDIATE
 3 week course

Aug 2nd - Aug 23rd

1250€

900€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until May 10th, 2020

All BASIC content

Ground assessment

Foundation

Drainage

Earthen subfloor

Natural Rock (Schist) Stemwall

Timber Framing

Wooden Frame

Wood connections

Reciprocal Roof

ADVANCED

4 week course

 Aug 2nd - Aug 30th 

1600€

1100€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until May 10th, 2020

All INTERMEDIATE content

Green Roof

Rocket Mass Heater

Natural finishes and paints

Lime Plaster

Tadelakt





Registration is limited to 15 students. Registration deadline: July 6th.

VERY EARLY BIRD discount + 3% PayPal fee
Email

By paying the workshop fee you are agreeing to our Terms & Conditions. For simple payments we are using PayPal as our provider, but have to add ~3% of transaction fees for that. If this is too expensive for you, please check our alternative payment methods.

Discounts

We always offer 4 work trade discounts, 2 in the kitchen making breakfast in the morning and 2 onsite in the morning before breakfast or in the afternoon between class and dinner. An ideal learning opportunity to get a glimpse on every detail of the build. Each work trade is 50€ off the tuition fees per week for one hour of help a day. To apply for these work trade positions please contact robert.brendler@gmail.com.

MUDDY BUDDY DEAL: Register friends later, get the same discount. When the discount offer is ending soon, but your best friend isn’t sure yet. No problem, register now and secure the discount for the both of you.

Also please contact robert.brendler@gmail.com for more information. Optional via Whatsapp +4915158593588.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU!!!!

Aliona and Robert in Chile 2019 creating a new style of cob dancing!
Aliona and Robert in Chile 2019 creating a new style of cob dancing!
marie, permaskills' youngest student
marie, our youngest student