Cob building 4-day course

Learn to build your cob home or garden studio

We’ll show you how easy it is to build with cob to create your own affordable, sustainable and beautiful cob home or cob garden studio or office. No building experience is necessary. Anyone can do it! We aim to be the most comprehensive and inspiring cob building course out there. Based in Lyme Regis.

Kate Edwards

Meet your tutor!

Kate Edwards

After many years working as an Art Psychotherapist Kate was looking for a new challenge when she discovered a cob building course in Ireland. She attended the 3-week course and then continued to learn and work in cob, initially building beautiful cob and straw-bale art studios for clients.

 

She then built her own award winning co-bale home in Norfolk and began running her earth building courses. To date Kate has taught thousands of people from around the world how to build with earth.

4-day complete cob building course

You will leave empowered and confident to tackle your own project with all the practical know-how and theory you need. We share the latest research and regulations with you and will advise you on your own individual projects if you already have ideas or plans in mind. You will leave the course ready to make your dream a reality.
The 4-day cob course will take place  at our new bespoke cob training location in the hills in Uplyme, Lyme Regis. The course includes mouth-watering homemade lunches and cakes. We take the eating as seriously as the cob building so you can expect a delicious 4 days!

Cob building process clay

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. People of all ages and walks of life come and join us here to learn about earth building.

Where exactly is the course? & What the 4-day complete cob building course covers:

Our workshops run at our own bespoke cob site in Uplyme, on the edge of Lyme Regis on the Devon/ Dorset border in the UK. The idea behind the 4-day course it that you will leave at the end and be confident and  fully equipped to go away and build your own cob or earth house, garden studio or shed. We will arm you with all the theory and practical skills to make your cob building dream a reality. We believe we are the most comprehensive and inspiring cob course out there – whatever your past experience or future plans we will empower you to build your own cob home or building. The cob workshop will be mainly practical with each participant given individual attention to enable them to feel fully confident and comfortable, building and sculpting with the cob medium. Each day will contain one to two hours of theory, and there will be plenty of practical demonstrations and hands-on experience. There will be ample time to ask questions and discuss your own potential cob projects and ideas. The course will be taught by award winning and international cob building expert Kate Edwards.

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Why is mud so powerful?

Most people can not help but be positively effected by the process of working with the earth. We find children in schools and adults both benefit massively from the therapeutic effects of working with cob. Based on our 15 years of experience, working with people from all walks of life, we've put together a list of why mud is such a good tool: 

  •  There is no right or wrong way to sculpt with cob – everyone can do it.

  • Cob is hands-on and practical – you learn through doing which ensures you are in the moment and engaged.

  • It is a grounding experience to build with soil you have dug from the ground yourself.

  • Cob mixing and building requires physical movement and is great exercise.

  • Cob building is used to create new modern houses –  you are learning a real-life skill as well an enjoying an experience.

  • Cob work instinctively encourages team work and cooperation.

And much more! Book yourself or a loved for our next available course!

Course Dates and Prices for 2023

To reserve your place get in touch via our contact form and we’ll send you our booking form along with information on accommodation in the area.

Our 4-day complete cob building course is £700, a deposit of £300 is required at the time of booking with the remainder of £400 due one month before the course. 

Upcoming courses:

Monday 24th April -Thursday 27th April

Monday 15th May -Thursday 18th May

Monday 5th June -Thursday 8th June

Monday 26th June -Thursday 29th June

Monday 3rd July -Thursday 6th July

Friday 25th August -Monday 28th August (Bank Holiday)

Monday 4th  September – Thursday 7th  September

Monday 18h September – Thursday 21st September

 

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Some examples of what cob-course participants have built after the 4-day course: 

Cob Hut Hand-built

Gift Vouchers

Our cob building courses are a brilliant way to spend quality time together doing something creative, active and fun! All whilst learning a new skill. Why not purchase one of our gift vouchers and get them an experience they'll never forget.