Event Calendar

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For information about finding or filling an oven workshop near your home, please visit the oven connection.


  • June 2-3: oven demos and stories about earth and fire at the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup WA.
  • July 23-27: Echoes in Time, near Salem, OR: green wood carving (Kiko), plus outstanding instructors in everything from braintanned buckskin, to felting, to bows and arrows, blacksmithing, basketry, and more. Great for families.
  • August 13-17: Yurt building with Kiko, part of the Aprovecho Institute’s Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series. (the yurt is mud-covered basket built of sticks and string! For a complete write-up, see the yurt story below…)
  • September 13-15: oven build and lecture at the Kneading West Conference in Mt. Vernon Washington (keynotes include Andrew Whitley, the UK’s leading wood-fired organic baker, author, and real-bread advocate, and Naomi Duguid, a well-known cook-book author who has visited traditional cooks and bakers around the world.)
  • TBA earthen floor: At some point, we’re going back to the yurt we built with Bill Coperthwaite at the Ancient Arts Center, to play with mud and lay an earthen floor in that building. If you’d like to get in on that, let me know and I’ll make sure to notify you; in Lobster Valley, OR.


  • May 25- June 3: The Village Building Convergence in Portland, OR
    An annual ten-day placemaking festival and free hands-on natural building workshops! Large scale cob sculpture, natural plasters, clay paints, and phase 3 of of Portland’s first code-approved straw-clay retrofit (at SE 8th & Sharret).
  • June 16-17: Build a Barrel Oven at Sweet Briar Farm in Sebastopol, CA
    Sebastian and Jeanna are getting married! This oven will help feed wedding guests, family, and friends. Convert mud and an old 55-gallon barrel into a beautiful, versatile wood-fired oven; bake delicious bread and more.
  • July 7- 15: Complete Cob and Remodeling with Cob, Bandon, OR Building with cob: from foundations and walls, to windows, doors, arches, roofs, details, shelving, furniture, floors and more! A 9-day intensive covering all aspects of cob building and retrofitting with straw-clay.
  • July 16-17: Natural Plasters, Paints & Pigments Workshop, Bandon, OR
    Mix and apply earthen plasters and paint; traditional methods to make your walls beautiful!
  • July 30- Sept 14: Aprovecho’s Sustainable Shelter Workshop Series, Cottage Grove, OR
    A 7 week course to empower you to design/build/renovate your own home using simple techniques and vernacular materials – from the ground up!
  • August 25-26: Oven Building Workshop at Wise Acres Farm, Pleasant Hill, OR
    Learn to build and use an earth oven (cook anything!) at an amazing farm.
  • August 26- Sept 3: Advanced Permaculture Course in Appropriate Tech, Cottage Grove, OR
    Develop a more sustainable and resilient home and hearth: in-depth, lower-energy approaches to home heating and cooking, refrigeration, food storage, water catchment, hot water, greywater, humanure composting, bicycle powered machines, and energy-efficiency retrofits using natural materials.
  • June & Oct, 8 weekends: Urban Permaculture Design Course, Portland, OR
    Covers food systems, forest gardens, natural building, foraging, plant propagation and grafting, small scale energy, soil remediation, water harvesting, community mapping, and collaborative design.

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