Natural Building

At Permaculture Center Kamimomi, Okayama, Japan

A hands-on workshop with Michael G. Smith

Date: October 25-30, 2019

(Week 1 of a 2-week course, see week 2 ‘Natural Plastering with Earth & Lime‘ here)

A practical training in natural wall building techniques including Cob, Straw Bale, Light Straw Clay, Light Rice Husk Lime, Wattle-and-Daub, Clay Wattle, and Earthbag foundations at one of Japan’s premier Permaculture education sites. Daily hands-on building practice. Lectures cover testing clay soils, wall system selection, materials testing, passive solar design, composting toilets, and more.

Language: English with Japanese interpretation

Participation Fee: 90,000 JPY (if paid by May 1 or taken in conjunction with Natural Plastering with Earth and Lime, Nov 1-6), 100,000JPY (after May 1). Fee includes instruction, meals and housing in a traditional Japanese folk house. Participation is limited, so register  early. Full payment reserves your spot. Airport pick-up from Okayama International Airport available.

Venue: Permaculture Center Kamimomi 863 Kamimomi, Kumenan-cho, Kume-gun, Okayama 709-3621

Date: October 25-30, 2019



Supporting Organizations: Ecology ArchiScape NPO, Japan Straw Bale House Research Association, Tokyo Urban Permaculture

About the Instructors:

Michael G. Smith is one of the world’s authorities on building with earth and straw with over 25 years of teaching experience. In 1993, Michael co-founded the Cob Cottage Company, which reintroduced cob building to the United States. He is the author or co-author of many articles and books, including “The Art of Natural Building” and “The Hand-Sculpted House”.

Michael has designed and/or built over 60 natural structures, specializing in space- and energy-efficient hybrid design.

Kyle Holzhueter, PhD works as a builder, researcher and educator specializing in natural building materials and sustainable systems such as light rice husk lime insulation, natural plasters and energy efficiency. He is a graduate of the Kyoto Plastering Institute and the first westerner in Japan to pass the level one Japanese National Plastering Exam. In 2017 Kyle founded Permaculture Center Kamimomi, a Permaculture demonstration and education site in Okayama, Japan.

Natural building workshop