Natural Building at Wanosh Forest Gardens

Hello again!

Over the last few years I have helped teach a number of workshops at Abuela Gardens in Willits, CA. This site is rapidly growing into one of the most active natural building and permaculture learning centers in California. I’m happy to be part of their lineup again this year, at the newly renamed Wanosh Forest Gardens. The workshops I’ll be teaching this year are the 2-week Natural Building Intensive, July 16-29, in which we will be building a cob sauna from foundation to roof (including an introduction to insulative infill wall systems like the regionally appropriate redwood bark and clay) and the Arts of Natural Plasters with Athena Steen, from September 18-29. I’m so looking forward to teaching with Athena again twice this season!

These are only two of a much longer list of practical workshops scheduled at Wanosh this summer, which also include round-pole timber framing, rocket mass heaters, and more. See the complete listing, with descriptions and prices, at

For a limited time, I can offer you a 10% early bird discount for any workshop at Wanosh. If you register by May 20 and enter the coupon code “Michael10” during checkout, you will receive 10% off the worshop price. Please spread the word to your friends and family. Children are welcome at these workshops. Get in touch if you have any questions.

Michael G. Smith

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