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Weekend Natural Landscaping Course
Create comfortable, sheltered outdoor spaces using stone, earth and timber. Scroll down for a detailed description of the course.

13 - 14 August 2016

Full Price €160  
Unwaged/Student €145 T&Cs apply

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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Over 2 days, we will look at how natural materials - such as earth, stone and logs - can be used to create enjoyable outdoor spaces. We will look at how to capture the sun and deal with the wind, to create comfortable, sheltered outdoor areas. You don't need planning permission to build garden walls and you can increase your sense of space significantly by building an "outdoor room".

Some of the topics covered will be how to build stone walls using flowing, organic lines; how to build cob walls; how to incorporate trees or logs in to a project, ideas for raised beds and much, much more.

The course will be taught by Colin Ritchie, carpenter and natural builder, in the grounds of his own earth-and-timber-frame house, completed in 2011. Classroom-based lectures will take place in the house.

What to Bring:

This is a very practical hands-on course, taking place outdoors. Bring good, warm 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 outdoors.

We will tell you what tools to bring at the time of booking. We have extra on site, but if you have your own, you will never have to wait around for one.

Please label all personal items before arriving on the course.

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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:   €160 / €145 concession / €150 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.

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