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Earthbuilding School

Earthbuilding School

 Dedicated to the art & science of natural building

 Learn how to masterfully use natural local materials in new builds and retrofits

We are proud to serve a growing international community of

students, builders, designers, homeowners and educators

who create healthy and beautiful living spaces that don't cost the Earth. 

Welcome to Earthbuilding School.

Let's fast-track your natural building journey.

It is great to have you here. We are Verena and Scott.

By sharing our 30-year experience in the art and science of earth building we are empowering people the world over to get creative and reclaim the ability to build their own healthy living spaces, while having a minimal impact on the planet. 

To support you in fast tracking your natural building journey, we offer online classes, programs, 1:1 consultancy and mentorships, allowing you to build your knowledge and skills, without the need to travel. We also run regular in-person workshops in Aotearoa New Zealand and will consider overseas teaching engagements.

From sculpting a pizza oven, to retrofitting existing spaces with natural materials, to the construction an entire new home with consented earth materials, to community projects or the building aspect of a PDC, to starting up your own mudbrick production or earth building business - we can assist with solid advice and help you develop your ideas and practical skills.

Current natural building programs & workshops

Online and in-person earth building tuition and mentorships

Build Outside the Box Mastermind

BOTB Mastermind

Verena joins renowned international educators such as Sigi Koko for this mastermind covering a 13 different natural building techniques.

Lifetime access to this self-paced course and additional Build Outside the Box future add-ons!

Bonus content & materials

Live classes & Q&A sessions

Access to the private community

We are affiliates for this program. Use Coupon LIGHTADOBE100 for 20% discount at checkout

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Using natural materials in home building

Earth Building Academy

 This is our comprehensive 3-month LIVE online program which includes a year of personal mentorship.

Next intake will be in January 2024

30+ hours of pre-recorded lessons

12 Q&A calls held weekly while the program runs live

Full lifetime access which includes future updates and add-ons!

Live skill-shops that cater to student's requirements and wishes

Guest Speakers

Sliding Scale Pricing

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How to make polished Tadelakt for wet areas

Introduction to Tadelakt

This is a 3-part pre-recorded workshop that takes you from sampling to plastering a shower with Tadelakt.

1 hour pre-recorded lecture covering Tadelakt history & science, as well as materials and workmanship

1.5 hour pre-recorded hands-on demo of making a Tadelakt sample and to learn the polishing technique

1 hour pre-recorded demo and discussion of the step-by-step process for using Tadelakt plaster in a shower

Lifetime access to recordings and materials via our course platform

USD 67

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Our Mission

"Our mission is to make earth and natural building accessible to anyone, on any budget. We love to work with people from diverse backgrounds and and different places, and strive to find simple, sound and beautiful solutions that fit."

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