Natural Building Finishes: Finish Coats

with Bryce Ehrecke, August 12-13, 2017

Course Information

Natural finishes provide an alternative to conventional paints and manufactured finishes. Learn how to create and apply breathable, non-toxic finishes to a variety of surfaces using natural and often local materials. Participants will spend the weekend focusing on finish coats for Light Clay, Cob, and other natural and conventional wall systems. An additional emphasis will be placed on earthen plasters, cover lime plaster, alis (clay paint), milk paints, and more. Participants will also become familiar with plaster tools and techniques to achieve a variety of textures and finishes.

For a more complete learning experience, participants are encouraged to take Natural Building Finishes: Base Coats on July 22-23.

Course Instructor

Bryce Ehrecke comes from a line of weavers, builders, and explorers. His ancestors created textiles in Ireland, farmed in Normandie, and constructed in Germany, before coming to Canada to lead a different life. From his mother’s side he has gained creativity and ingenuity, and from his father’s side, he has gained craftsmanship and skill. He now weaves his heritage with place, and natural buildings with natural landscapes, honouring the relationship between human beings and all other beings. His education in natural building began by connecting and paying attention to the world around him, and expanded while apprenticing with Pat Hennebery of CobWorks. He has spent the past nine years working, living, learning, teaching and exploring with many different natural builders and natural structures. He now runs a Natural Building and renovation company based out of Victoria through Dreamweavers Collective. He specializes in rock work, earthen and lime plasters, roundwood, and using whatever design and materials best suit the environment and whom the structure is for.

Course Dates

Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 2017, 10:00am-5:00pm

Course Location

Ravenhill Herb Farm: 1330 Mount Newton X Rd, Saanichton, BC

Participants are responsible for arranging transportation. The #72 public bus runs regularly from Victoria to the Saanichton bus stop, about 1700 metres from Ravenhill. Participants are to bring packed lunches.  

Course Tuition

Regular – $235 (Early Bird – $225, until July 7)

PRC Student/Alumni* (credit) – $235 (Early Bird – $225, until July 7)

PRC Student/Alumni (audit)** – $150 (Early Bird – $125, until July 7)

*PRC diploma students will receive 1 NBT academic credit for this workshop. For participants intending to enrol in the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma, this NBT credit can be applied to the fulfillment of program electives. 

**Registration priority is given to full-price registrants.

Course Registration

This course is open to a maximum of 8 participants.

To register, please click on the registration button below. Full payment is due at time of registration to confirm placement in the course. Payment can be made via MasterCard or Visa, debit, cash and cheque.

Withdrawal Policy

For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person 30 days or more before the start of the course, registrants will receive a full tuition refund less a $40 non-refundable registration fee. For course withdrawals submitted in writing or in person more than 14 days but less than 30 days before the start of the course, registrants will receive a 50% tuition refund. Without exception, no refunds will be given for course withdrawals less than 14 days before the start of the course.

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