permaskills natural building workshop students, building a cob cottage in portugal
workshop students building a cob cottage in Portugal

In this permaskills Natural Building Workshop we are building a PermaHome guesthouse for Christoph & Mario’s permaculture project in southern Italy. There are no skill requirements. You will learn everything you need to build a house from foundation to roof.

From April 26th to May 30th we will start another round of permaskills Natural Building Workshops near Badolato in southern Italy. 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 a little cabin for yourself. The highlights of these workshops are a natural rock stemwall & foundation, a natural round wood timber frame and roof, light-straw-clay, straw bale as well as cob walls, earthen floors, earthen plasters, a rainwater harvesting roof and even cob sculpting, Tadelakt and an integrated greenhouse to make this building something like an earthship.

Certificationpermaskills Natural Building Certificate
Instruction languageEnglish / English & German
Certification Levels2 weeks: Beginner
3 weeks: Intermediate
4 weeks: Advanced
5 weeks: Master
Date2 weeks: Sept. 21st – Oct 4th
3 weeks: Sept. 14th – Oct 4th
4 weeks: Sept. 7th – Oct 4th
5 weeks: Sept. 7th – Oct. 11th
LocationBadolato, CZ, southern Italy
Building StylePermaHome
InstructorRobert Brendler
HostsMario & Christoph

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

BASIC
2 week course

Sept 21st - Oct 4th

900€

600€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until June 7th, 2020

Cob walls

Strawbale walls

Light-Straw-Clay walls

Rammed Earth walls

Electrical conduits / outlets

Earthen floors

Earthen plasters

Cob sculpting & inserts

Niches / Shelves / Arches

Lime Plaster

INTERMEDIATE
 3 week course

Sept 14th - Oct 4th

1250€

800€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until June 7th, 2020

All BASIC content

Timber Framing

Wooden Frame & Roof

Wood connections

Wood protection

Power Tool Instruction

Hand Tool Instruction

Live Edge Shelves

Window & Door Frames 


ADVANCED

4 week course

 Sept 7th - Oct 4th

1600€

1000€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until June 7th, 2020

All INTERMEDIATE content

Ground assessment

Foundation

Drainage

Natural Rock Stemwall

Plumbing

Floor Insulation

Earthen subfloor



MASTER
5 week course 

Sept 7th - Oct 11th 

1900€

1200€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount

until June 7th, 2020

All ADVANCED content

Rainwater harvesting 

Reciprocal, Shed or Saddle roof

Metal or Green roof

Passive solar heating

Greenhouse extension

Water recycling

Grey-water planters

Natural finishes and paints

Tadelakt

Registration is limited to 15 students. Registration deadline: August 16.

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.

a cozy earthship building interior, with a greywater planter, clay plastered walls and natural rock floor
cozy earthship interior

Project: a PermaHome guesthouse

In this year’s permaskills Natural Building Workshops we will build Christoph & Mario a PermaHome guesthouse for their permaculture project. They would like a room that can house 2-3 guests, a shower, toilet and a little kitchen area to prepare snacks. Imagine the following plan without the bedrooms:

a plan for an earthship natural building that we used in an permaskills natural building workshop
example plan for earthship with 2 bedrooms
a cozy one room earthship natural building in Taos, New Mexico
cozy one room earthship
build site for this permaskills Natural Building Workshop
build site for this project

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

Because this is an area with possibility of light earthquakes, we will talk about earthquake protection and apply what we learned on the building.

We will build a green house extension to plant some snacks and have a thermal buffer zone and passive heat in winter. The green house will include grey-water planters that are fed from the sink and showers.

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 Apr 25, 4 pm: Opening Circle / Welcome Dinner / Introduction
  • 1st week: Foundation / Plumbing / 1st Floor
  • 2nd week: Round pole timber Frame / Door and Window Frames
  • 3rd week: Walls / Electrical / Windows
  • 4th week: Walls / 1st Plaster / 2nd Plaster / 2nd Floor
  • 5th week: Roof / Green house / Tadelakt
  • Sat May 30, 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: Mario & Christoph

A picture of Mario & Christoph
Mario and Christoph on a hike at a permaculture workshop

Christoph and Mario would like us to come up with a smart design. Although the primary purpose of the project will be to serve as a classroom where lectures or workshops can take place, it should also be usable to accommodate guests and workshop students.

Badolato Borgo and Badolato Marina in the background, the location for this advanced natural building workshop
Badolato Borgo and Badolato Marina in the background

Read more about Christoph & Mario, their permaculture project and the workshop location: Badolato.

Workshop Instructor

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

Sept 21st - Oct 4th

900€

600€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until June 7th, 2020

Cob walls

Strawbale walls

Light-Straw-Clay walls

Rammed Earth walls

Electrical conduits / outlets

Earthen floors

Earthen plasters

Cob sculpting & inserts

Niches / Shelves / Arches

Lime Plaster

INTERMEDIATE
 3 week course

Sept 14th - Oct 4th

1250€

800€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until June 7th, 2020

All BASIC content

Timber Framing

Wooden Frame & Roof

Wood connections

Wood protection

Power Tool Instruction

Hand Tool Instruction

Live Edge Shelves

Window & Door Frames 


ADVANCED

4 week course

 Sept 7th - Oct 4th

1600€

1000€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount
until June 7th, 2020

All INTERMEDIATE content

Ground assessment

Foundation

Drainage

Natural Rock Stemwall

Plumbing

Floor Insulation

Earthen subfloor



MASTER
5 week course 

Sept 7th - Oct 11th 

1900€

1200€

VERY EARLY BIRD discount

until June 7th, 2020

All ADVANCED content

Rainwater harvesting 

Reciprocal, Shed or Saddle roof

Metal or Green roof

Passive solar heating

Greenhouse extension

Water recycling

Grey-water planters

Natural finishes and paints

Tadelakt

Registration is limited to 15 students. Registration deadline: August 16.

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. Your friend gets the same discount, even if registering later.

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