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Natural Building: cordwood and shingles workshop

Led by Mark Arbon And Janta Wheelhouse

Date : 21-23 April 2017

Venue – Karuna Insight Design, Shropshire, UK

Times : Arrivals welcome from the afternoon of Thursday 20 April (5 pm)

The course starts on Friday 21 April 9:30am the and ends on Sun 23 April 5pm

Fee : £260 to £324, Sliding scale (pay what you can afford according to your income) includes all meals.

*Option to pay in instalments available.

%10 off if you bring a friend.

Free Camping

Booking: Merav, 01694 -751374; Email: merav66@hotmail.com, Karuna insight design on face

Please click here to download the booking form

Food:  3 meals a day will be provided as well as hot/cold drinks, food will be nutritious, vegetarian and fresh – using organic produce grown at karuna whenever possible


The Project we’ll be working is the Cider house at Karuna Insight design, building in cordwood and shingles. The small cider house will be build onto the North side of an impressive, existing real life, large scale strawbale roundhouse.

A rare opportunity to get involved and pick up some new skills in Low impact building.


Woodmaster and eco builder Mark Arbon is the craftsman who carried out all the specialist carpentry work on the strawbale roundhouse at Karuna. Responsible for building the intricate upstand as well as the sole and wall plates which form the ‘Magic ring’ which give the loadbearing structure it amazing strength and integrity.

Janta is self-taught in the art of Cordwood building and other natural build skills.

Don’t miss this one off opportunity to develop new Low Impact building skills that you can later build upon and start applying to your own natural builds.

There will be four places available only!. We want to ensure each student gets the right amount of experience and confidence in what they are learning.