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Fri, Oct 20


Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm

Outdoor Earthen Structures Workshop

Brenda and Frankie team up for this course on how to put an awesome, artsy earthen wall and bench combo into any space in record time!  

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Outdoor Earthen Structures Workshop
Outdoor Earthen Structures Workshop

Time & Location

Oct 20, 2023, 8:30 AM PDT – Oct 23, 2023, 3:30 PM PDT

Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm, 21144 Jerusalem Grde, Lower Lake, CA 95457, USA

About the event

In this 4-day course Brenda and Frankie team up to instruct on how to put an awesome, artsy earthen wall into any space in record time!  We'll be covering rubble trenching, how to make a full-sized rock bench using local rocks, as well as how to make an earthen wall / corner unit transitioning wall to rock bench in a seamless L-shaped outdoor structure.  We will be utilizing local rocks, local clay soil, sand, straw and salvaged pallets to sculpting our structure with harvestable materials.  Lectures and demonstrations on the elements of COB, how to harvest and mix these materials, and everyone will get plenty of hands-on practice mixing cob in a variety of strategies, as well as instruction in application.

All students will have the opportunity to practice, so that your HANDS LEARN, and you will be quite capible of making something with cob by the end of the weekend, even all by yourself!

This workshop is inclusive of daily lunches ~ mostly organic and from our gardens.  We will also provide snacks in the mornings and afternoons.  Students willl have access to our outdoor community kitchen to get their own breakfast & dinners.  Four nights of camping is included in the ticket price (upgradable to room stay if you wish).

Resident teacher Brenda Quintero has a decade of experience teaching sculpted cob and leading workshops.  Brenda is the owner and founder of Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm, a woman and minority-owned business.  Frankie is an amazing local Rock Artist.  His work can be seen in Middletown, at Harbin Hot Springs, and around the local community.

Workshop includes lunch daily and onsite camping at beautiful Golden Rocks Permaculture Farm located in Middletown, Lake County, CA.  Sliding scale is available for those in need of assistance.  One scholarship and 4-5 work-trade positions also available at deeply discounted pricing.

The workshop participants will enjoy shared outdoor kitchen space, access to outdoor shower and bath tub, evening gatherings and plenty of fellowship and story-telling. Lunches are always made with love and care, with many ingredients grown right here on the farm!  Upgrade to queen room, dorm room, art studio or VW camper 50% off list price ~ register early if you'd like an indoor spot!  Families are welcome!  Attendees under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

LOCAL?  YES!  We have discounted pricing for people living in Lake County.  Group, family and senior discounts also available. Inquire within for further information. Want to attend but don't have any dough? Work Traders NEEDED!!  Hit us up if you are interested, email


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