Our business is to encourage an individual's dreaming through the art of mud building. By using the earth as a building material we aim to empower people to take back their own shelter from the industrial construction complex, to reawaken the natural builder in all of us, to deepen our relationship with natural materials, to celebrate our inner artists, to begin the process of bringing nature back into homes to transform them into healthier spaces, with a deep respect for our environment. We value other peoples dreams and hope to support them through the work we do-- in the workshops we teach this by building with the earth and sharing these skills with a spirited enthusiasm! We have challenged ourselves to dream big, to be inspired each day by the simple pleasure of mixing mud, of being barefoot, of connecting to the elements that give life, by striving to make things better than the way we found them, and we practice this in the spirit of Love not Fear. And what a wild ride it is!
Matteo Lundgren, Skipper
Matteo is an enthusiastic natural home builder who uses Cob (a mixture of clay, sand, straw and water) to build structures and design spaces that belong. Matteo has hosted two DIY Network Television programs, "Building off the Grid: Mud Houses" where he teamed up with world renowned Architect/Designer/Builder SunRay Kelley to build two Fairytale style natural homes. Matteo is inspired by the vision of building homes and entire neighborhoods using local building materials that are non-toxic, regenerative, and sensible, without being dependent on “Home Depot” to source its growth. He has been on a mission to bridge the gap between conventional construction and the alternative building world by teaching workshops across the country, by empowering people with knowledge, and by showing them how to apply it. His teaching style is highly engaging and is rooted in the natural design philosophies of Christopher Alexander and Coenraad Rogmans. His excitement for building with the earth is so contagious that it is hard to not go home and do it yourself. It is inspiring to be in a class with Matteo because he wants everyone to understand these techniques in a real way. He dares to dream but is interested in walking the walk and helping others bridge the world of words to the world of building. Cob is just one way he expresses his creative fire!
Peaches, First Mate
Peaches has always been inspired to create functional art from natural materials. With some roots in an Oregon peach orchard, many of her formative years were centered around food: farming and marketing, gardening, wild-harvesting, and working as a chef. Adding Natural Building to her skill set was a clear compliment to her existing gifts. From edible artistic creations, to practical living spaces, she loves sourcing and collecting as many of her own materials as possible to make things from "scratch". Whether she's baking pie or making clay plaster, her skills lie in the details and beautification. She uses mud as a sculptural medium to beautify the rough edges, and translates natures design strategies to transform static zones into beautiful, dynamic and cozy living spaces. Pizza parties and other cob-oven centered feasts are top of her list of hobbies. Peaches brings a nurturing and supportive element to workshops and classes that she and Matteo offer, and her positive grounding presence adds incomparable benefit to any project.