Design, Calculate, Explore​
Basic ‘Calculating Structural Building Loads’
  • Beginner's Guide to Load Construction.
  • What are live, dead, gravity and lateral loads?
  • Determining load calculations for simple green roofs
  • Explore roof framing options 
  • Demonstrate a full size  Reciprocating Roof frame  

Natural Neighborhoods

Hyper adobe workshop 2016
Cancellation and Refunds:​
Extensive preparations go into workshop preparation. We aim to give our students an amazing experience by organizing workshops that build real buildings that will ultimately benefit someone, not just demos. For this reason please refer to our cancellation and refund policy.
In the event that you can not make it ( and you'll be sorely missed) please relay that message to us as soon as possible so that we can open your spot to another person on the waitlist.

 If you find that you are unable to attend your scheduled workshop 2 weeks or longer before the workshop start date, you may apply your deposit to another workshop the same year or receive a refund for the amount paid minus a $50 non-refundable deposit. You must provide us with a written cancellation request received at least 2 weeks before the course start date. Refunds are issued after the completion of the workshop by notifying Earthbag House or Natural Neighborhoods at least 2 weeks before course start date.

You may email your cancellation request to 
We can not issue refunds for registrations that are cancelled without 14 days advance notice in writing to 

PLEASE NOTE: Workshops require a minimum of 4 registered participants. In the case that the minimum isn't met, paid participants will receive a full refund. Notification will be sent one month in advance or earlier when the minimum is confirmed. To date, we have not had to cancel a workshop in 4 years and most workshops have a waitlist. We hope that Natural Building continues to grow!

Artists Residency Sustainable Farm in Texas
MAY 12 - 15, 2017
  • Hyper Wattle
  • Super Adobe
  • and YES, Conventional too!
Hyper adobe workshop 2016
Austin Earthbag Dome House 2009
little cob cottage, Austin 2012
Cob, Super Adobe/ Earthbag, Hyper Adobe and Hyper Wattle are
excellent wall systems to carry the weight of  a Living Roof.
But you can also have a beautiful living roof on a conventional house too. 
We'll explore all a myriad of options!

Build Earthen Walls
Plan to get dirt while you try your hand with 3 different earth wall systems perfect for living roofs:
  • Hyper adobe
  • Earthbag
  • Cob

Build a Living Roof

  • Learn if an 'Intensive or Extensive' roof is right for you
  • Decide which drainage methods you will use
  • Determine the cost of your project
  • Explore options to source materials in a range of prices
  • Learn basic installation do's and don'ts...especially the don'ts
  • ​​See what's it like to climb, lift and build an Extensive 11' x 24' living roof
​Join us as we.....

2 or 4 Day Workshop
LOCATION: HABITABLE SPACES, 3050 FM1104, Kingsbury, TX 78638

4 DAYS - FRI - MON, May 12 - 15   $365

2 DAYS - SAT- SUN   May 13 - 14   $210

camping and meals provided


"Welcome to Habitable Spacesour sustainable farm in Kingsbury, Texas where we farm, create, teach, work with community and host our artist residency program. We are really excited to hosting all of you for some great camping and sharing our farm fresh eggs, veggies and local barbecued wild hog and venison! And of course we always mix up great vegetarian options as well. We're looking forward a great time ..... country,Texas, artist style!" 
-Alison and Shane

about our host ✯ HABITABLE SPACES ✯
Artists Residency Sustainable Farm in Texas
Additional Person  $330

Additional Person  $170
Jump right in with earthen building and outdoor 'class' of theory.
Study Living Roof styles from origins of Scandinavian Torvtak Roofs with bark as waterproofing up to modern Green Roofs On Austin City Hall and the Ford Motor Company to name only a few. 
Continue of earthen wall from previous day.
Build higher on the  Living Roof and earthen wall. Deeper discussion and explanation into design and implementation options.
Roof and wall final construction push. Time allowing a short introduction to earthen plasters and finishes plus maintenance for your new roof.
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