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Cob Oven Workshop: Build Your Own Outdoor Oven
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Check back soon for our summer 2014 Cob Oven Workshop information — this will be our first Cob Oven Workshop in the Berea, Kentucky area!
Come join us in summer 2013 for a comprehensive 3-day cob oven construction workshop at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where you will learn how to build your own inexpensive outdoor oven for baking delicious pizza and breads — all with natural and reclaimed materials! You’ll get hands-on experience learning how easy it is to build a traditional oven, acquire basic cob building skills, and enjoy the awesome experience of working with other excited, like-minded people in an inspiring ecovillage community.
Workshop Information at a Glance:
- Available Workshop Dates:
September 14 – 16, 2013 (FULL!)
September 28 – 30, 2013 (FULL!)
October 12 – 14, 2013 (FULL!)
- Location: Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, Missouri, USA
- Cost and Discounts:
$200 Early Registration Discount (register 30+ days in advance – 10% off savings!)
$225 Regular Registration (register less than 30 days in advance)
- All-inclusive: Workshop includes camping, indoor showers, and 3 square meals a day (including a homemade pizza party on the last day!)
- Ecovillage Experience: Get a great glimpse into what sustainable living looks like during your stay in a 65+ member ecovillage
- Led by Brian “Ziggy” Liloia, builder of cob house ‘Gobcobatron’, which has appeared in several newsstand publications nationwide
Bake the Best Pizza in Your Own Backyard
Outdoor ovens are extremely popular, and for good reason. A cob oven can be built with natural and recycled materials, and the results are fantastic. No pizza party will ever be the same again! Participants in our workshop will spend 3 days at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage learning essential cob oven construction basics, and on the last day, we’ll learn how to fire an oven and bake our own pizza and bread. What could be better than that?
Expect to get your hands dirty in this hands-on experience, and learn all of the ins and outs to building a traditional wood-fired oven with local, natural materials. And you’ll walk away with a solid understanding of cob building.
Additional activities will include a tour of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, a community of 65+ people living an ecological and cooperative lifestyle. We’ll take a look at lived-in natural buildings, and explore other aspects of what it means to live sustainably. And we’ll eat great, freshly prepared organic food.
Additional Workshop Information
Please reserve your spot by completing the workshop registration. Remember, spaces are limited! Do not forget to apply early to earn your registration discount.
Payments can be made via check or Dwolla.com (a Paypal alternative) once your registration is complete. Details will be provided once we review your registration. Thanks for joining!
Please contact Ziggy with any questions you may have.
Students must arrive the afternoon prior to the official workshop start date. For example, students must arrive on September 13th for the September 14-16 workshop. We will start with a leisurely dinner and introductions. The workshop will end the morning after the official posted date, with the departure of students and a farewell breakfast. For example, departures will be on September 17th for the September 14-16 course. Please factor this in to your travel plans!
Travel directions will be provided once students complete their registration.
Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage and intentional community of over 60 people set amid the hills and prairies of rural northeastern Missouri. The goal of the community is to live ecologically sustainable and socially rewarding lives, and to share the skills and ideas behind that lifestyle.
Renewable energy, natural building, organic food production, permaculture, consensus decision-making, carsharing… these are just a few of the things we do to model sustainable living.
Our village is composed of individuals, families, and sub-communities. Outreach and education are integral to our mission — we enjoy sharing discoveries and ideas of sustainable living with people who have a wide variety of lifestyles. Dancing Rabbit’s current culture is definitely oriented toward a rural “alternative” culture. We want to make sure that you are aware of what to expect before deciding to come work here with us.
While you would not be expected to believe in or actively participate in all of the things on the list below, you should be aware that they are all things that are commonly encountered at Dancing Rabbit: leftist/progressive politics, hosting many visitors, dogs, skinny-dipping at the swimming pond, outdoor living, DIY culture, physical work, consensus decision-making, active conflict resolution, peeing outside, outhouses & the humanure system, and outdoor solar showers. Since Dancing Rabbit is a home to many other people, it is expected that participants respect the norms of the community while visiting. There will be opportunities to tour the community when you arrive!
Food and Dining
Unlike other similar natural building workshops, we provide all meals and indoor dining facilities during our workshops. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be lovingly prepared with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Tea and coffee will also be provided. The meals may include an occasional meat dish, delicious vegan fare, and hearty organic vegetarian dishes — we will happily accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies. Make sure to indicate any restrictions/allergies in your application.
It is recommended that participants bring snacks and specialty items if they wish (think nuts, dried fruit, granola) to supplement the otherwise complete meal service.
Lodging and Accommodations During Your Stay
We provide student accommodations including a 8′ x 10′ tent platform, access to composting toilets and indoor shower facilities, free wireless internet, and land line phone access. These accommodations are already included in the price of the Workshop.
For students that do not wish to camp, the Milkweed Mercantile Inn offers reduced rates to Workshop participants.* The Milkweed Mercantile is a beautiful, comfortable straw bale inn located on the Dancing Rabbit property.
*Reduced room rates are subject to availability and vary according to room occupancy. Reduced rates are offered for workshop participants that rent a shared, not private, room with other participants. Contact the Milkweed Mercantile for more details, prices and room availability.
Travel directions and a packing list will be provided to workshop participants.
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