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Village Technology and Cob in Jamaica with Uncle Mud

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Join Uncle Mud and family over winter break for 10 sun-filled days in the mountains of Jamaica. The village of Nine Mile is hosting us for this special workshop. In a place where amazing food falls off the trees and there are so many reasons to be happy, the housing situation can be quite challenging. Everything is built using imported concrete and steel, which is very expensive. A sack of cement costs almost a man's daily wage, so even a small room can take years to finish. There's no going to Home Depot for materials or tools. You use what you've got. In September we went down for a look around, met some amazing people, found some good clay and stone, and together built a small cob hut from materials on the land.

When we return in December we will be using the materials we know to be there to build more sustainable infrastructure with our adopted village in the form of an outdoor kitchen/gathering spot. Our list of projects for the workshop continues to evolve, but idea is to share knowhow on effective building methods using low cost or free materials found locally in Nature or in the waste stream.

--Cob: Building with Sandy Clay and Straw.
--Round Pole: Harvesting and Using Small Trees instead of Store Bought Lumber
--Earthen Plasters
--Building with Waste Materials (bottle walls, plastic recycling, etc)
--Wood Fired Rocket Stove & Oven
--Catching and Storing Water
--Filtering Water for Drinking using Sand
--Solar Showers
--Watering a Garden with Used Water
--Bucket Composting Toilet
--Charging Lights and Mobile Phones with Solar Power

Our daily schedule includes morning and afternoon hands-on work sessions, an afternoon lecture, and evening presentations or campfire chats and musical jam sessions. Our chef will provide "bush style" simple whole food vegetarian meals from local farms. Shuttle service to and from the Montego Bay airport are provided on 12/30 and 1/9. A mid-workshop trip to a secluded "locals" beach is also included. Camping space, Composting toilets and solar hot showers are provided. Local AirBnB style accomodations are available for an additional fee. This is a family-friendly event with special pricing for groups.
Full Price (after December 1) $1,100.00 USD
Early Bird Rate (before November 11, 2017) $825.00 SAVE $300!
Early Bird Group Rate (per person, before November 11, 2017) $750.00
Bring your friends and each of you will save!
Half-price worktrade available. Please email info@unclemud.com or call (440) 941-5073 for more details.
Space is limited. Reserve your space immediately by paypal to info@unclemud.com or http://naturalcottageproject.com/wordpress/natural-cottage-projectvillage-technology-in-paradise-workshop/.
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