Monthly Archives: March 2015

Hearthbag House Cottage

Earthbag House Spring Break Camp and Workshop!

Are you interested in natural building techniques? Do you want to build your own Tiny House, studio, guest cottage or backyard sanctuary?

Join Austin EcoSchool and EarthbagHouse in this exciting Spring Break camp and workshop series for adults and children!  Thea Bryant from the EarthbagHouse and the Natural Neighborhood Coalition, is coming to the Austin EcoSchool campus to lead two natural building workshops.

Let’s get dirty, have fun and learn some stuff!

Tiny Earthen Cottage Workshop: March 21- 22
For Adults (Children of registered adults welcome)
Come learn how to build this Japanese style, Cozy Cottage. The finished size of this delightful little cottage is 5 ft x 6ft x7 ft, and is built on a trailer for easy transport. The finished Cottage will be on display at Austin Earth Day and Austin Maker Faire.

A real hands-on, getting dirty, learning  experience. Techniques include:
  • Earthen wall building with local clay rich ‘mud’
  • Joinery of wood with clay infill
  • Natural plasters
  • Running electricity in natural walls
  • Building light-clay-straw walls
  • Legalities of Tiny Houses and trailers

Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 9am-4pm
Location: Eco School, 4105 Manchaca Rd, Austin, 78704
Tuition:  $175/adult   $50/child
Family style lunch included
This is a family friendly workshop. Child friendly activities and supervision will be provided and children are welcome to join parents in the building as they are able.

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Earthen Dome Playhouse Camp: March 18, 19 and 20

For Children: Ages 7 – 12
Kids will work together to build a small earthen dome playhouse complete with a rain water collection system and will learn about beehives too! Children learn about sustainability while playing, getting along, and getting dirty!
Join in the adventure of simple survival fort building, teamwork and nature skills with a real fort as an accomplishment!


WednesdayFriday, 9 – 3pm March 18 – 20 $195
Extended care available from 3:00 – 5:30pm, $20/day
Location: Austin EcoSchool, 4105 Manchaca Rd. 78704

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