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Over the 3 days we will cover two types of Earth Wall Construction - Adobe and Cob - using local materials. The workshop has a strong focus on hands-on practice and the development of high perfoming mixes. It is taught at our Adobe yard in (hopefully sunny) Nelson.

  • Soil Sampling

  • Making & testing a high-perfoming Cob Mix 

  • Making & testing high-performing Adobe Bricks 

  • Logistics of Adobe and Cob Construction

  • Building Site Set-up

  • Innovative Shuttered Cob System

  • Laying Adobe Bricks

  • Construction details services, windows & top plates

  • Tips on easy ways to finish earthen walls

  • We teach to the NZ Earth Building Standards (please note that because of copyright we cannot reproduce any part of these - we recommend you buy a copy if required)

Hi! We are Verena and Scott...

With over 200+ completed projects since 2002 and many years of teaching experience in NZ and abroad, Solid Earth Ltd is one of the most experienced natural building companies and the longest standing Adobe Brick manufacturer in Aotearoa NZ.

Our focus is on creating beautiful, healthy living spaces that have minimal environmental footprint. We take pride in our state-of-the-art workmanship, extensive research and innovation in the field, as well as our contribution towards the NZ Earth Building Standards.


3-day workshop

Days run 9am to 5pm with an hour lunch break (lunch provided)

onsite camping

You can pitch a tent for $15pn and use facilities on site

certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance for your skills maintenance records (LBP)

Please get in touch if you have questions

For registration with credit card payment, please use the online form above. We operate on a first in first served basis and will cap this workshop at 10 participants.

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