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Month-long Cob Building Workshop in Morelos, Mexico

I have the following letter for you to read from Pat over at Cobworks. Enjoy! -Alex

Cobworks is hosting a month long cob building workshop in the state of Morelos, three hours south of Mexico City.

We will be building in the town of Miacatlin for Hector and Igor Trejo. These brothers along with 2 friends took our Baja 2007 cob workshop and have since acquired land and are ready to start building.

The project is an 800 sq.ft. house for Hector, which will feature earthen floors, full kitchen, bathroom and 2 bedrooms. With this workshop you will gain many of the skills and confidence to begin planning and build your own cob home.

Wood is very expensive and prone to termites, so we will focus on using much recycled and local materials. We have local residents who will also be working alongside us, as we relearn these ancient earth-building skills. Also a great chance to practice your Spanish.

Cob Building Workshop

Photos Courtesy of Cobworks

During the month-long course, participants will learn how to:

  • locate and identify materials
  • build a stone and urbanite foundation
  • design and layout a cob home
  • install doors and windows
  • mix and build with cob
  • build a Rumford fireplace and earthen oven
  • design a roof for the structure
  • installing plumbing and electrical

Cob Building Workshop

There will also be daily theory classes where you will learn about:

  • composting toilets and greywater systems
  • codes and permits
  • heating, cooling and earthen floors
  • roof designs
  • earthen plasters and natural finishes
  • a general Q&A session

Miacatlàn is a city in the Mexican state of Morelos. www.tourbymexico.com/morelos/miacatla/miacatla.htm is a great site.

The camping on the site will be secure, have showers, washrooms and an outdoor kitchen. Local, organic [when available] and wholesome meals will be provided on all workshop days.

Depending on the group, side meat dishes may be provided. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions so we can accommodate you. Stores, internet access, shopping, ATM and laundry facilities are all close by.

Days off will be free to explore many of the local archaeological sites and abundant natural beauty of the area. Aside from learning about cob, this will be a wonderful opportunity to live in another culture, study a second language and meet like minded people who can help you on your own cob project.

Oh yeah, it also takes a goodly slice out the cold winter blues.

If you have any questions please contact me at [email protected] or phone 250 539 5253. The price of the month long workshop is $1500 US or $2500 for couples.

This includes camping, workshop meals and instruction. From the airport at Mexico City, you will have a 2 hour bus ride to Cuernavaca, where we will meet you.

You can register by sending a certified cheque or money order for $750 US per participant, payable to:

Kathi Maloney [my wife]
S-10 C-103
Mayne Island,B.C.
V0N 2J0 Canada
The remainder of the fee can be paid on arrival. Looking forward to meeting a new crew and cobbing with all of you. I am planning on arriving early to help out on the foundation and camp prep. Hasta luego.


P.S. Recommended reading- THE HAND SCULPTED HOUSE by Ianto Evans, LITTLE HOUSE ON A SMALL PLANET by Shay Soloman and A PATTERN LANGUAGE by Christopher Alexander.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!

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  • sesameB December 12, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Superior. ooooooohhhh, I want to build one here in rural Arkansas. I would just love to live in one of these structures.
    rural south central Arkansas

    • Alex December 15, 2011, 11:41 am

      Would be amazing to live in a cob home with an indoor fireplace to stare at 🙂

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