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natural building bellingham

a forum for questions, answers and community around earthen and alternative construction in Whatcom Co.

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Latest Activity: Mar 26, 2018

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Natural Builders and Teachers Wanted!

Started by Mark Thompson. Last reply by Tiffany Marie Geaudreau Feb 9, 2014. 1 Reply

We are a nonprofit camp near Lake McMurray WA. And we would like to add natural buildings to our property.  We would also love to host natural training in gardening, and eco-friendly practices.  This…Continue

Tags: Learn, Camp, Retreat, Teach, Consultant

natural building educator flies coop

Started by Rob Van Arsdale May 5, 2011. 0 Replies

well friends it has been an eventful spring, we built two new earthovens in bellingham,an i have moved on towards the southwest. I will be keeping some roots in bellingham as our cabin will be rented…Continue

village life

Started by Rob Van Arsdale. Last reply by Laura J Sellens Oct 19, 2010. 2 Replies

I recently spent a month up at OUR eco village on vancouver island and a few things came to light for me and my reasons why Im a natural builder.First the background... I have been a part of OUR for…Continue

why natural building?

Started by Rob Van Arsdale. Last reply by Joseph Ford Aug 24, 2010. 7 Replies

Natural building, can be described as any construction process in which takes into consideration the embodied energy, ecological impact, and life cycle of materials used and techniques employed. As a…Continue

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Comment by Heather K on May 20, 2011 at 2:32pm

Kate!  Yes I'll help at a work party if you bring the Mud Girls to our area!

Let me know the dates when you gave them scheduled.

It would be great if someone started a TW Discussion thread on their work as many beyond Robs group will be interested.

Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on April 26, 2011 at 3:52pm

we are renting our cob straw bale cabin out for the summer!

features include 200sqft living space with sleeping loft, wood heat for those cold spring days, outdoor enclosed shower and skink with ondemand hot h2o. gardenbeds wating for your veggie starts!

rent is 400/month available May through Oct

contact Rob At 260-393-5135or

Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on March 28, 2011 at 10:27pm

thanks to all the folks who came out to the

oven workshop last weekend! We built Chris and his family a wonderfull backyard oven, Im looking forward to a pizza party soon.

Just a reminder there is still a few spots open for the April 16th workshop, Contact me or Sandy Ledray if you are interested!



Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on March 13, 2011 at 4:13pm

Hey Mark,

The internships are great ways to learn about natural-building and community, The program is packed with day time projects and meals are shared so the aspect of living in community also plays a huge role.

if your family is adventurous  it is worth checking out.



Comment by Mark Thompson on March 10, 2011 at 2:05pm

Hello Bob,

I am interested in and excited about the possibliity of such an internship.  I am a journeyman carpenter, artist and lover of natural things.  Would this be suitable for a family?  I am married with three young boys that we home school. 

We have been interested in something like this for a long time. 


Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on March 10, 2011 at 9:53am
March 26, 11am to 4pm ~ Lettered Streets
We will be constructing a traditional earthen oven using locally sourced materials.   
Instructor:Rob Van Arsdale (
Rob has been building and teaching regionally and internationally 
since 2004 and is experienced in a variety of natural building techniques
he will be leading the construction and answering your questions throughout the day
cost: $50.oo
This class is limited to 6 participants, so register today to hold your spot.
To Register: email with subject title
oven registration by March 20th

for more information about the class contact
Rob Van Arsdale 360-393-5135
Earthen ovens are thick walled to retain the heat of the fire which is cleaned out before baking, food is cooked as the heat is released into the chamber, the slow release of the heat creates a unique texture to breads calazones pizzas and other baked goods.   Earthen ovens have been part of village life for centuries, people would congregate to bake their loaves in communal ovens, meals were prepared and shared around these mounds worldwide, come be a part of the wood fired oven experience.
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on March 10, 2011 at 9:51am
Premiere 25 acre Permaculture Sustainable Village Demonstration Site and Education Center still has some positions open at O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE for:
1)  Natural Building Skillbuilder Internship which focuses on ecological design with founding natural building teacher/architectural designer Elke Cole and artist builder/conventional builder team.  This program is unlike most anything inNorth America as it focuses on legal permitted building construction and is working with green engineers, building inspectors, and a range of artist teachers and previous students.  Participants who complete O.U.R. Internship may be eligible to be hired as 'Continuing Interns' for further learning with an honorarium as we are working on an Affordable Housing Affiliate project with the Fuller Foundation (founders from Habitat for Humanity) to work with them on combining healthy and affordable housing!
2)  Sustainable Food Production Skillbuilder Internship created to support "New Generation Farmers"....young and older alike.  This Internship is offered in an immersed learning community environment, a full featured farm school, that integrates food security/production into all facets of community development.  You may be here for an Internship and yet have access to so many other learning focuses concurrently.  This program offers the core curriculum from Gaia College's Diploma Program and within the Internship you take your "Organic Master Gardener Certification", your "Growing Foods" course, and your International Permaculture Design Certification (ecological systems design).  Guest speakers, field trips to a range of bio-dynamic, horticultural therapy, and production farms..really make this a full featured program.  Lead farm manager, program coordinators and curriculum coordinators have a wide range of local and international permaculture experience.
3)  Permaculture Design Certification at O.U.R. ECOVILLAGE is a highly unique course as it is actually in a fully immersed permaculture demonstration site, production farm, and education center.  Rather than having one or two lead teachers this course brings in a wide assortment of well known and up and coming teachers within the Permaculture movement.  With 10 years of PDC's onsite and an outstanding space to learn within a community dynamic....this course fills up quickly.
4)  Other offerings....Organic Master Gardener, Cob in the Village, Earth Dance children's camp, The Way of Council I and II, we also offer volunteer opportunities, guesthouse accommodation, organizational retreats, organic weddings, alternative green burial project, and so much more...... 

PLEASE SHARE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS..... Gift certificates available for family and friends, gifts for birthdays, weddings, holidays, green heart cards, etc......
Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on February 22, 2011 at 11:44pm

I reserved the sustainable learning center space for a natural building slide show on Wensday the 2nd. of March at 7:30. It would be great to see you there!

(The SLC is above the restore in bellingham)


Comment by Rob Van Arsdale on February 22, 2011 at 11:40pm


you can contact me at 360-393-5135 and we can talk about a time to meet up

 thanks for your interest


Comment by Jamie Jedinak on February 21, 2011 at 11:07pm


Hi Chelsea,  I'm interested in being a fly on the wall for any planning situations....if you are including others...


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