Spirit Pine Scenery – “Cob Cottage Company” Natural Building Apprenticeship

Man needs a home, and a comfortable home at that. Can it really be done one handful at a time? To find out, and to learn how to build a cozy (and super-super beautiful!) house customised to our needs, my partner and I are at Spirit Pine Sanctuary (Los Olivos, California) doing a natural building apprenticeship with Cob Cottage Company.

To start with, we present photos of the surrounding environment and some of their existing buildings. Hope you’ll enjoy.

Grandma Jackie's House
Grandma Jackie’s House

View from the loft at Grandma Jackie's house
View from the loft at Grandma Jackie’s house
Shaped windows at Grandma Jackie's house
Shaped windows at Grandma Jackie’s house
Outdoor courtyard surrounded by cob wall
Outdoor courtyard surrounded by cob wall
Spirit Pine Sanctuary landscape
Spirit Pine Sanctuary surrounding landscape
"Playhouse" cob home tucked away in the hills
“Playhouse” cob home tucked away in the hills
View from the top over the Playhouse
View from the top over the “Playhouse”
Inside the "Playhouse"
Inside the “Playhouse”
Tiled bathroom with compost toilet outside the "Playhouse"
Tiled bathroom with compost toilet outside the “Playhouse”
Cob goat shelter
Cob goat shelter
Happy Goats Live Here
Happy Goats Live Here
Wild Sage covers the hills bringing sweet aroma with the wind
Wild Sage covers the hills and brings sweet aroma with the wind
Wild Poppies
Wild Poppies
Awee.... wild flowers of the Spring
Awe…. wild flowers of the Spring

7 thoughts on “Spirit Pine Scenery – “Cob Cottage Company” Natural Building Apprenticeship”

  1. I believe they’re working on building a new home and last I heard was in the process of moving. I’m certain a post will be pop up when the timing is right for them. :)

  2. I’ll be attending Cal Earth Institute’s Open House this weekend.
    http://www.calearth.org
    Hoping to begin the steps of creating a cob/strawbale home for myself come next year. Would love to visit Spirit Pine Sanctuary. How can I go about doing so? I’m based in Los Angeles.

  3. That’s very cool, hope you’ll get to visit. Look for a round-ish house across from the Cookshed :), that’s the one we are building. I’ll be posting progress photos too.

  4. I know Tautacho from the late ’70s. It’s so good to see Spirit Pine growing. Hopefully w/in the next couple of years I’ll be stopping by for a visit. Thanks very much for sharing!

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