On July 1st of this year, the Lavra Community is offering a free workshop from 9-3 on building with Cob to those interested in sustainable living. Cob is a traditional building style similar to adobe that is comprised of sand, clay, straw, and water; in the ideal, it uses local materials indigenous to the site and provides lasting and strong buildings. The workshop is limited to 30 people and during the hands-on demonstration, we will build together a short example wall in a day.
The workshop is made possible by the diligent work of the residents of the Lavra, which is run by a non-profit educational foundation, as well as the financial support of Rabobank of Arroyo Grande, who are the primary sponsors and provided the funds to bring an internationally known workshop leader in sustainable building, “Cob” Betty Seaman. She has taught in some of the most well-known sustainable building schools in the world and lives in a cob village near Los Olivos. We could not be more excited to have her share with us her passion for Cob.
We hope that this will be an exciting beginning to a series on alternative building practices over the coming years. We hope in the future to do workshops on sandbag building, live roofs, stawbale, and rammed earth. We see our workshops as a public service that over time will build a reservoir of knowledge in the county that will contribute to the normalization of these techniques in the community and making the Central Coast a leader in alternative and sustainable building.