Natural Building & Plastering Workshop - An Earthen Repurposed Tiny Home
Monday, February 18th from 12pm to 4pm

Come learn all about the process of building an ecological tiny home in a Berkeley backyard made with earthen materials, repurposed wood, natural insulation, and both plastic and glass bottles. The workshop will include an overview of different natural building techniques such as cob, earthbag construction, and clay-straw insulation, but the focus will be on how-to mix and apply natural plasters. Come be inspired by the work of ecological educator and natural builder Brennan Bird while enjoying a hands-on experience in the art of natural plastering.

Location: the backyard of 3240 King St, Berkeley CA

Yes – on “Presidents’ Day”


Teaching Team

The Urban Permaculture Institute has been offering Permaculture Design Training in the Bay Area since 2008. We have trained over 1,100 individuals over 40+ unique trainings. We have an extensively developed curriculum that covers all the basics while keeping abreast of new developments in the permaculture world. Our instructors have a wealth of experience and come from diverse backgrounds.

Brennan Bird

Brennan Blazer Bird is an ecological educator, natural builder, appropriate techie, & water harvester who has led a diverse array of artistic and ecological projects around the world. He is the founder of the Peace On Earthbench Movement (POEM), an international movement that inspires youth to transform plastic waste into an artistic community-gathering place ( He teaches workshops on composting, zero waste, solar cooking, natural building, water harvesting, ecological design, and more. Currently, Brennan is leading a venture called SolutionCraft, where he helps design, build, and teach about ecological infrastructure (

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Cost: $30 ($20 if UPI Permaculture Design Certificate Alumni)

As with all UPI offerings, no one will be turned away for lack of financial capacity.  If support is needed to make this offering accessible, please reach out to



Brennan Bird
February 7, 2019