Yestermorrow, in collaboration with Rancho Mastatal Environmental Learning Center, is hosting a 16-day Natural Building workshop in the rainforests of Costa Rica, from March 16 - April 1. This course, ideal for students and professionals interested in an immersion into natural building techniques, will focus on participation in the construction of a community library for the small village of Mastatal.
Longtime Yestermorrow instructors Skip Dewhirst and Lizabeth Moniz will introduce students to the collaborative design process and offer training in natural building techniques (including bamboo construction, building with cob, wattle and daub, and timberframing) while placing emphasis on using natural materials to design in harmony with the environment.
In addition to the daily design and building schedule, students will partake in field trips to a recent residential project built by Rancho Mastatal as well as to local waterfalls and points of interest. Rancho Mastatal, founded by former Yestermorrow graduates Tim O'Hara and Robin Nunes, promotes holistic sustainable living through a variety of workshops and programs. A $2400 course fee covers tuition, food, and lodging for Natural Building in Costa Rica.