Natural Building Course

This course focuses on building with Cob, Wattle and Daub, constructing Rocket Stoves and finishing with Earthen Plasters.  Participants will experience a mixture of theoretical and hands-on learning from experienced facilitators.

Apply soon, positions are limited!!!

Natural Building Flier

Our CREATIVE KID’S CAMP extension offers the opportunity for families to come and learn Natural Building, while vacationing in Costa Rica.  The Creative Kid’s Camp is a guided interactive program that focuses on creative expression, nourishing foods, activities and games that support a connection with self, nature, and natural building.

Optional: We are offering an additional 2-week SUSTAINABLE BUILDING INTERNSHIP for students that may want to go deeper into their learning experience, continue to refine their techniques learned in the course and ground the lessons into an embodied understanding. 



Jan. 9th-19th, 2014



Jan 20th – Feb 2nd
(sundays off)


The Fruition Center for Holistic Ecology

Finca fruicion

600m north of the school in San Agustin, Peréz Zeledón, San José, Costa Rica




We believe that the most efficient way to learn is to “do”, especially when it comes to sculpting with earth. By offering hands-on learning opportunities, students are able to fully and comprehensively understand how to design and build using renewable and biodegradable local resources.  Natural Building uses a blend of ancient wisdom and modern thought, to create beautiful, low impact, and strong structures.  Students will experience working with different phases of construction, as well as, build a rocket stove.   Through this, students gain an understanding of how to design and build a whole structure. 



    • Rocket Stove: Sculpting a wood-burning stove for the community kitchen. This is a high-efficiency stove design that creates a secondary burn of the gases released by the wood, and releases little to no emissions.
    • Wattle and Daub Wall: Using sticks to form a lattice (grid), which is then filled using an earthen mix.
    • Cob Wall: Working with a mixture of sand, clay, and fiber to mold a wall with artistic accents of recycled glass bottles and other items.
    • Earthen Plasters: Interior & exterior earth and lime plasters.
    • Artistic Touches: Sculpting with cob, bottles, and textures to form graceful & functional works of art.



    • Rocket Stove thermal dynamics
    • Making the appropriate earthen mixes for different uses and techniques
    • Natural Building as a tool for cultivating community





Eva Wimmer

Eva is originally from Austria, where she finished her Studies of International Development with focus on Latin America.  Her student time took her to rural Oaxaca, Mexico, where she studied indigenous organization, learned about organic coffee and corn production. Then she found out about traditional adobe construction, dry toilets, and greywater systems in a region where water is a scarce resource.  Eva sees Natural Building as a way of building community, working in a team, and creating something functional and beautiful out of simple materials. She has cultivated a lot of experience with Natural Building and Permaculture as a way of life.



Josh Roxendal

Josh started his permaculture journey by building a demonstration site, where he hosted volunteers, ??grew veggies, farmed bees, designed and built infrastructure.  Now he travels around the world building efficient stoves, consulting and teaching Permaculture and Natural Building. After having been an apprentice in Eco – Construction,  Joshua has dedicated a lot of time to Rocket Stoves (efficient wood stoves) and Natural Building.  He believes that Permaculture and the search for a healthy lifestyle in harmony with nature is the foundation for his work.  & (youtube):





This camp focuses on inspiring children to explore themselves and local ecosystems through observation, creative expression and cooperation. They too will be co-creators of their very own natural building project, in which they will design and build a fort, gaining playful hands-on experience in natural building.  Fun activities such as Capoeira, Super Hero Yoga, planting, harvesting, and more will all be integrated in their overall experience.  

  We will begin the mornings with story walks that explore reading nature, exercise, and imagination.  We will then focus on engaging educational activities, that builds through the 9 days, to cultivate a holistic perspective of interacting with each other and the environment.  

After lunch, quiet time will calm the children and nourish self-awareness, which then leads into wisdom stories from around the world, arts & crafts, and follows into natural building activities.




Alana Bliss

A mother of 3 children, Alana focuses on holistic child-rearing which nourishes self-confidence and inspires learning.  She has worked with at-risk children using art as a form of self expression, worked at camps where she taught poetry, and assisted in children’s villages at festivals.  Alana is a Permaculture teacher and natural builder, who loves to share the fun of playing in the dirt while creating artistic space.


Joey Davis

Joey spent time as a substitute teacher in the United States for k-12. He also contributed to the development of school garden projects, inspiring children to build self-confidence as well as awareness of whole foods and the environment. While traveling and studying in Brazil, he trained in the art of Capoeira, and now resides at Finca Fruición as a project coordinator and educator. 





The Fruition Center for Holistic Ecology organizes and hosts courses, workshops, festivals, and internships which focus on sharing tools and strategy for a more sustainable future.  The Fruition Center is located at Finca Fruición: Permaculture Land Cooperative, an intentional community of people dedicated to working in harmony with each other and the environment.  The Fruition Center works to cultivate community resilience, for Finca Fruición and its neighboring pueblo.  Through the medium of socially and ecologically responsible eco-tourism, The Fruition Center channels financial support to the local village and the community members. 

The main campus of the Fruition Center is a living library and demonstration site, which highlights guest accommodations and many permaculture design systems.  The gardens and greenhouses are in close proximity to the center and there are many thriving water systems in place to strategically direct this valuable resource.  There are trails, waterfalls, a natural swimming pond, and stunning views accenting the beauty of the site.  The Fruition Center is an evolving work of art, that shifts and grows with organic force.


San Agustin is a small Spanish-speaking village in rural south-central Costa Rica along a dirt mountain road.  Guests may get a sweet taste of latin hospitality from our generous and welcoming pueblo. The people are trust-worthy and kind, who make a living growing coffee and raising cattle.  The people of San Agustin remember what life was like before cars and electricity and some still have working bio-gas cooking systems.  Animal husbandry and a plethora of edible and medicinal plants are common in homes around the village.  Salsa dancing, horse ranching, soccer and communing with family are some of the activities locals frequently enjoy. San Agustin is situated on a mountain ridge with gentle breezes and phenomenal views.



Course: $750  (Local Price: 200.000 colones)

Course + Internship: $975  (Local Price: 300.000 colones)

Creative Kid´s Camp: $300/student

*** SPECIAL EARLY BIRD OFFER – for registrations before Dec 8th ***

 Natural Building Course: $650

Course + Internship: $ 875



– A valuable and entertaining educational experience!

– Covered Camping (bring your own camping gear/ hammock)

   * Some dormitory beds may be available on a first reservation basis.

– Nourishing meals

– Pick-up/drop-off at San Isidro del General on January 9th & 19th


The course requires a minimum of 8 students, so if this number is not met, and a student has put down a deposit, then they have the option of having their money returned or putting the deposit towards a Natural Building Internship during the same time.


Cristina Moreira

seed of life earth tones