SunDog School of Natural Building, currently based in beautiful Northern California, creates an educational/learning environment for people in transition looking to build natural structures with earthen materials.

We'll teach you how thermally appropriate, efficient buildings can be hand-built for very little money, virtually anywhere in the world, by anyone, using natural and recycled materials.

We'll show you how natural structures have healing effects on the environment and the people who build and inhabit them.

We'll connect you to other people interested in transitioning from a fuel based economy.

And finally, our workshops are always filled with fun, great people, and good food.
We teach  Natural Building workshops, complete cob construction, earthen plasters, earthen ovens, rocket stoves, wood-fired water heaters, earthen floors,  living roofs and so much more. We enjoy helping people find ways of living that depend less on fossil fuels and more on individual creativity and collective genius using natural systems and natural materials.

Natural building is more than just a choice of materials or tools; it's a lever for transformation. We believe natural building is an appropriate response to a world out of balance. Taking a SunDog workshop opens your world to a whole host of possibilities to create a different future. You can choose to take a workshop at one of our sites or be a site host for one of the gatherings by hiring SunDog natural building instructors to hold a workshop at your location. SunDog School of Natural Building offers natural building workshops, classes, consulting, and apprenticeships. Contact us to learn more.

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Brandon Peterman

I was first introduced to natural building as an apprentice of Sundog School of Natural Building in 2014. Since completing the program, I have remained active with the school as a volunteer and instructor and look forward to taking on a more permanent role. I am also an avid woodworker and dabble in many traditional crafts and skills, such as brain tanning, blacksmithing, leatherwork, etc. I am currently working on expanding my knowledge of traditional timber-frame construction and hope to incorporate this skill-set into the program. I am also interested in the re-institution of old world technology for modern application and a permaculture enthusiast. I feel a very close connection to the school and its participants and greatly look forward to helping others realize their dreams of a more self-reliant, freeing lifestyle. When you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life. Brandon Peterman

Kirk "Donkey" Mobert

I'm a native Californian with a love of critters, fire, and mud. I've been a natural builder for some time, have taught with Cob Cottage Co. and around California for over a decade. For me, exploring the possibilities and pushing the boundries is where it's at. While Natural Building is ancient, for our culture it's new, there's still a lot of room for discovery and experimentation.
Over the years, my focus has shifted towards the project of building a regenerative technology school. Natural Building is one aspect of a larger structure, a collection of tools for establishing regenerative cultures.

Kirk "Donkey" Mobert

Bryan Burnoski

I like yurts, baking bread, growing food, composting toilets, and making just about anything out of mud. I come from the the Midwest and have an interest in building cold weather bale-cob structures that are comfortable in subzero temperatures. Over the last 6 years I have taught Natural Building workshops at the Cob Cottage Co. and wherever else I go; California, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio. My interest lies in creating gatherings where people are inspired, engaged, and transformed. I enjoy showing people how to take back many aspects of their daily living on this planet, things that we as a culture seem to have forgotten. For me, building one's own home is where the DIY spirit begins. With a little guidance and a little help anyone can experience this truly remarkable and simple act. Bryan Burnoski

Our friends:

The River School Farm:
Ernie and Erica:
Cob Cottage Company:
Natural Building Network:
The Permaculture Forums:
Leslie Jackson and the Rocket Stove book:
Rocket Stove Experimenter's Corner:
Cob Workshops List:
Kiko Denzer:
Kata Polano:
Clay Sand Straw:
Joe Jenkins:
Sunray Kelly:
Oasis Design:

Got questions? / 707.884.3831 / P.O. Box 791 Point Arena, CA 95468