4 day complete cob building course

Now taking bookings for 2017 cob building courses – scroll down for dates.

Our 4 day course is designed to give you all the skills you need to go away and start building your own affordable, sustainable and beautiful cob or cob-bale home, garden studio or other cob structure. Your course tutor is Kate Edwards – an award winning and extremely experienced cob builder, tutor and sculptor. Each day you will enjoy a mix of both theory and plenty of hands-on practical work, in the idyllic setting of Monkton Wyld Court a stones throw from the Jurassic Coast, just outside Lyme Regis. Our course has been developed to be great fun and inspiring but it is also full of practical advice and teaching which will ensure you really can go away at the end of the earth building course and build yourself your own affordable and sustainable home which requires almost no heating and meets all modern building regulations. We aim to demystify the building process and empower as many people as possible to build their own home and take control of their own future.

Watch us on TV to get a feel for our courses:

Watch one of our 4 day courses featured on the BBC Inside Our Programme

And here’s a Channel 4 documentary showing you the finished house – just click here to watch. 

We’ll serve you delicious lunches whilst you relax and take in the view.                                                                                                                                                                 We also provide delicious homemade lunches to help keep your energy levels up and plenty of tea, coffee and cakes. Being outside all day and working with the cob, you’ll be amazed how peckish you get!

Accommodation options:

Most people choose to camp or book the B&B accommodation at Monkton Wyld Court. If you opt for this then you’ll be with most of the other cobbers and you may decide to socialise together in the evenings around the fire pit and at the organic pub on site! If you’d rather choose accommodation off site you are spoilt for choice being on the coast near Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Bridport.  See our Accommodation page for more details.

Who is our course designed for?                                                                                   We have created a workshop that meets the learning needs of most people. If you’re a professional in the construction industry or serious about building your own home we cover all the essential topics of building regulations, planning and structural engineering details. If you are planning a smaller scale project we will inspire you to think creatively about what is possible. And if you are just after a new experience you can expect a great fun course packed with new information and friendly people. No previous building experience is required – the course is for everyone.

Everyone is welcome on our cob courses – no previous experience is necessary.

People of all ages and walks of life come and join us here to learn about earth building – past participants include an architect from Japan, a teacher from Canada, an actor from Manchester, a mother from Norfolk, a sculptor from Scotland, and retired couple building their dream home in Portugal. Please see our Course Content page for full details of what we cover.

Where exactly is the course?

For 2017 we are extremely excited to have teamed up with the globally respected centre for sustainable education – Monkton Wyld Court. It is just outside Lyme Regis on the Devon/ Dorset border and offers breathtaking views the surrounding coutryside and is even in walking distance to the beach.

How do I book on a course?

The 4 day course is £480 per person including lunch, drinks and afternoon cakes. We make sure you are really well fed with delicious meals! To book you need to get in touch for a booking form. Either call us on 01297 444275 or 07949 241815 or email us at sheepie32@hotmail.com  You can also use our Contact form. Please give us a call anytime if you have any questions about the courses – we enjoy nothing more than chatting about cob!

The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Channel 4, BBC One, Sky News and other press have featured our courses. Read about our 4 day courses in this article recently published in the Eastern Daily Press – find out what the participants think about our courses and what you could learn too.

2017 cob house/stdio building courses:

Friday 28th April – Monday 1st May (Bank Holiday) 2017

Friday 26th May – Monday 29th May (Bank Holiday) 2017

Friday 30th June – Monday 3rd July 2017
Friday 4th August – Monday 7th August 2017

Friday 25th August – Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday) 2017

Friday 22nd September – Monday 25th September 2017

If you would like to book please email Kate at sheepie32@hotmail.com to request a booking form or phone 01297 444275 or 07949241815.

Kate Edwards will be your course tutor – she has built her own cob-bale home entirely herself and completed tens of projects for clients. She is  a leading expert in the field of cob building. You should find her enthusiasm for cob building infectious and she’s a font of information when it comes to anything cob related.