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1-Day Introduction to Cob Course
Learn to analyse, mix and build with earth.

28 April 2018 and 02 July 2018

Early Bird Special has expired.
Full Price €80  
Student/Unwaged €70 T & Cs apply


Terms and Conditions
Bookings are date specific. It is not possible to transfer from the April Course to the July Course. Normal cancellation policy applies.
Please click here for our cancellation policy.
Start: 10:00 a.m.
Finish: 5:30 p.m.
Lunch: Hearty vegetarian stews & curries 


Alternative Payment Options
Courses can also be paid for by cheque made out to Mud and Wood or by electronic transfer directly into the Mud and Wood account. Please contact us for our bank details if you would prefer to pay in this way.

Unwaged/Students Terms and Conditions
There are a limited number of unwaged/student places on each course. Please check that there are places still available prior to booking. Proof of unwaged/student status MUST be provided at time of purchase. Failure to provide proof will result in a void booking, in which case the course fee minus an administration fee of €20 will be refunded.

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On this 1 day course, learn how to analyse soil and turn it into a viable building material. Mix batches of cob by foot and hand-build walls. Get in touch with your inner artist as you finish the day with some mud-sculpting. A tour of the Mud and Wood House is also included.

You are invited to bring samples of your own soil along to the course. We will analyse and find out if you have the right stuff for building. And if not, we'll tell you how to fix it.

This course will be taught be Colin Ritchie, cob-builder and carpenter, or Féile Butler, cob-builder and architect (MRIAI) in the grounds of the Mud and Wood House. Classroom-based lectures will take place in the house.

What to Bring:

This is a very practical hands-on course with all workshops taking place outdoors. Bring good waterproof clothes and footwear. Clothes/footwear will get muddy.

Bring a notebook and pen for theory. A hardback notebook or a clipboard is advisable if you want to take notes during outdoor workshops. Handouts will be provided.

Please bring samples of your own soil if you want to test if it is suitable for making your own cob.

Introduction to Cob
Accommodation:   Click here for local camping and B&B and self-catering options.
Directions by Car:   To be sent with booking confirmation.
Public Transport: Click here.
Cost:   €80 / €70 concession or early bird

Cancellation Policy:

  • 100% refundable up to 4 weeks prior to course start date, minus administration fee of €20.
  • 50% refundable up to 2 weeks prior to course start date, plus administration fee of €20.
  • No refunds for cancellations within 2 weeks of course start date.


Testimonials for Introduction to Cob Course

"Inspiring day added with hospitality that can only be described as wholesome. Thank you Féile and Colin."
Donal O'Mhaolain, Balrothery, Co. Dublin

"As a builder, I learned more today than I have in the last 10 years. Easy to understand. Lovely to see an old trade coming to life in my hands. Nice people. Well taught. Great crew coming together. I enjoyed myself."
Gene Raymond, Lislea, Arigna, Co. Roscommon

"Enjoyed the course - very informative and learned a bit extra from Colin and Féile talking about their build. Great setting and atmosphere ... a great day out."
Ciaran Rooney, Turlough, Co. Mayo

"A great day with excellent hosts and tutors. Gave me the knowledge and practical skills to commence my own small projects."
Brian, Glasson, Athlone

"Wonderful introduction to cob work and getting your hands dirty .... left me wanting more. Nice relaxed atmosphere in a lovely environment with beautiful people. Thank you."
Adrian O 'Connell, Sligo

"The introductary day enabled me to make the leap from "thinking about building with cob" to actually feeling that I can don it! Welcoming hosts - excellent care given with lunch and refreshments. The perfect level of information for a beginner - as well as encouragement for those staying on for the more advanced course."
Teresa McGowan, Doobally, Co. Leitrim

"From arrival I knew the course was going to be a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Felt like a group of friends mucking about but learning lots at the same time. Colin and Féile are full of technical, interesting and fun information and stories. The curry at lunchtime was amazing and kept everyone going."
Sinéad Perry, Co. Meath

"I really enjoyed the Cob Intro Day and am thirsty to learn more. It was fun, informal, informative, practical and inspiring to be in this beautiful home. Can't wait to come back if I can. Thank you!"
Liza, Co. Galway

"This course is an excellent overview of the assessment of materials suited to the preparation of cob. The practical element was very enjoyable gave very good insights into how best to approach a cob project. The learning environment was ideal. Colin and Féile greatly assist by making all participants feel at ease and derive maximum benefit from the day."
Joe Mongan, Dublin

"Excellent course, full of information. Both hosts are great and the food was brilliant. Highly recommend to anyone."
Iain Thom, Monaghan

"I had a great day in a nice surrounding with very friendly people. I enjoyed learning about cob building and this course has made me more interested. I hope to do more courses and start on my own small projects after today's Introduction to Cob Building. Thanks, Shane"
Shane, Sligo

"The ultimate in "hands-on" learning by two inspirational tutors, passionate about what they do, generous and creative in their approach. I would recommend this day to anyone."
Martina Butler, Sligo

"Very enjoyable, practical and hands-on."
Louise McPhillips, Monaghan


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