Building with nature

The next Building with nature course, will be happening from 18-28 March 2021.

Join in the fun!

18th – 29th March 2021Course facilitated by Carrie ‘Cat” Pretorius & Shane Eades

Carrie has been building with earth since 2011 when she decided to take a step out of the mainstream and volunteer at off the grid communities and establishments in and around the Western Cape. By reconnecting with the simpler way of life and natural rhythms and working with the earth through learning and practising permaculture and earth building projects, her inner child was indulged as well as a newfound appreciation of the abundance and generosity of nature. So began her journey and until the present day she has been striving to share what she has learnt and to empower and assist others to reconnect with themselves and our precious earth home.

After completing a cob building course she began to hone the newfound skills by ‘building small’ in the form of cob ovens which embody all 4 of the earth’s elements of water and earth to build and fire and air once in use. From foundations, structure and roofing, through to sculptural and plastering finishes, the cob oven is the perfect place to start with family or friends and provides endless hours of enjoyment spent together as well as tasty wood-fired wares. Aside from the cob ovens, Carrie has also learnt to make other heat and earthen building units such as rockets stoves, rocket mass heaters and Rumford fireplaces. She has collaborated with many other experienced and knowledgeable earth builders on groundbreaking projects in the Cape and assisted private home builders in achieving their dream homes. She has worked with multiple techniques such as mud bricks, compressed tyres, compressed earth bricks, cordwood construction, wattle and daub, light straw clay and she thrives on creating beautiful sculptural elements with cob, and the use of recycled materials such as eco-bricks and glass bottle bricks.

Check out Carrie’s Facebook page heARTh eARTh ART for some inspiration.Shane – Earth Guardian at Terra-Khaya: Earth Home ProjectAt Terra-Khaya we have built all our structures from natural and recycled material. In a pledge to honor the earth in what we do and create, we embarked on a creative adventure of experimental building.

The result, A creative, comfortable, innovative lodge built from natural and salvaged materials, and passion.We hope you leave inspired and ready to live abundantly in a way that enhances all life around us.

We will also enjoy the following:
Morning Yoga or Meditation
Sunset at Hogsback’s Secret Waterfall
Visit the Eco-ShrineCourse

Costs, excluding accommodation

Inclusive of vegetarian breakfast, lunch & refreshments. Excluding accommodation.
10 Day Course R3745.00 per person
Dinners at Terra-Khaya optional extra @ R95.00ppCourse & 11 nights accommodation at Terra-Khaya
Inclusive of course fee, 3 vegetarian meals and refreshments
Double Room R6660.00 per person sharing (20% Discount = R5328-00)
Dorm Beds R6165.00 per person (20% Discount = R4932-00)
Camping R5230.00 per person (20% Discount = R4184-00)
Private Room R8640.00 for 1 person only (20% Discount = R6912-00)

The event is finished.


Mar 18 - 28 2021


All Day


R3745-R8750 (Depending on accommodation and inclusive meals

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