Create Sacred Space
A "Complete Cob" Natural Building Workshop
July 14-28 | Nevada City, CA
Taught by Rob Pollacek
Founder of California Cob
Space Limited to 12 Students
About the Workshop
In this comprehensive 14-day Cob workshop, you will learn the basics of building a small Cob cottage by creating a 15’ diameter round Cob Sauna Temple, with a timber-framed earthen roof.
Cob Saunas are a fantastic teaching project, as they are big enough to learn and practice your Cob building skills, but small enough that we’ll have time to explore some of the other crucial aspects of the Cob building process, which often get overlooked in workshops with larger Cob projects.
We will take you on a journey through the most important aspects of Cob construction so that you’ll feel confident in building your own Cob cottage. You’ll get to experience firsthand the joys and challenges of building a Cob house, and also learn how to install doors, windows, roofs, and earth plasters.
In addition, you’ll specifically be learning how to build a Cob Sauna, which is a fantastic project in and of itself. It’s also a great first starter project for you to undertake after you get back home. And honestly, who doesn’t want a Cob Sauna in their backyard!
Location Near the Beautiful Yuba River
Here's What You Will Learn:
Doors and windows
Hearth, floors and stoves
Sculpture, carving and plaster
Carpentry, utilities and other wall systems
Our Time Together
Other Workshop Events
Basic Workshop Schedule
7:30 Morning Yoga & spiritual practice
9:00Building on site
2:30Building on Site
4:30Snacks on Site
7:00Free evenings for showers and rest
Rob Pollacek is a master Cob builder, having been a professional Cob and Natural Builder since 1999. He trained and apprenticed with The Cob Cottage Co. in 2000, and 2001, and specializes in tractor cob, moveable form systems, temple and sauna spaces, earth roofs, poured adobe floors, earth plasters, garden walls and teaching comprehensive workshops where the students build a miniature cob house, in the form of a Cob sauna or Cob cabin, learning all the elements of how to build a Cob cottage. He is well known for his “California Cob” website, which highlights many of his past projects, including his 3000 square foot permitted cob house, built between 2004-2007. This house will be on our Natural Building Tour. He continues to focus on building small sacred spaces and larger permitted Cob buildings.
After 25 years, He still loves building with Cob, and hopes to share his passion for this ancient building technique with you.
About the Project
We will be building a Sacred Space Cob Sauna, which will be used as a Temple space, and meeting room for groups of 10-12 people. These Cob saunas also function as a personal retreat space, one-on-one counseling room, healing or massage space, music and singing room, meditation space and psychedelic journey chamber. They are a strong container, holding a strong presence on the land and a deep connection to our Sacred Mother Earth and the element of fire. It is an honor to get to be a part of such a special creation. Your life will be changed by the building of this Sacred Cob Temple , and you will leave empowered, inspired and educated in how to create a structure out of Cob in your own life.
Who should come?
We will be referencing “The Hand-Sculpted House” , By Ianto Evans,
Michael Smith and Linda Smiley. I personally trained with all three of
these great teachers and consider this book to be a fantastic compliment
to this workshop. Please arrive with your own copy.
Also, highly recommended, is the brand new “ Essential Cob Construction” by Dente, Smith, and Burke.” This will be the new Cob bible for the next decade or more”.
Each student, completing the 10 day workshop, will receive a
California Cob “Complete Cob” Certificate of Completion and will be
connected to the “California Cob” family, and receive the benefits of that
connection, through opportunities of referral, and to apprentice on future