Natural Building Intensive

COVID-19 UPDATE- May 28th,2020

Following increased and overwhelming concerns about the COVID-19 virus, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all our programing until September. After many hours of brainstorming how our hands-on & in-person courses could safely play out, we reached this very hard decision.  We are very disappointed that we will be unable to continue our sustainable building workshops &  programs through the summer but we know it’s the right decision based on the information we have today.  While we know this is disappointing, we hope you can understand the steps we’re taking to help keep our staff, attendees and community safe.

We are actively exploring options to get some of our most popular programs up online so please keep checking back or sign up for our newsletter.

Endeavour’s one-month Natural Building Intensive puts you at the heart of a natural building project.
You will learn about the design and construction of modern natural buildings, using materials sourced from the local environment to create healthy, affordable and energy-efficient shelter.
You will work with teachers and practitioners who are leaders in the field and work with fellow participants who are motivated and enthusiastic.
Join us for an experience that will give you the skills to tackle your own natural building projects!


2020 program dates: August 3 – August 31

Natural Building Intensive Overview


Our one-month natural building intensive is designed to give you hands-on experience with all the key building materials, systems and strategies for natural building. We will undertake a small-scale project that ensures participants get to experience all stages of construction.
  • straw bale building
  • hempcrete
  • timber and wood framing
  • natural plasters
  • earthen floors
  • recycled and repurposed materials, and more…
Classroom modules in the natural building intensive include:
  • design for natural materials
  • building science for natural structures
  • material sourcing and assessment
Participants will also tour natural buildings in the Peterborough area and meet with builders and homeowners in the region.

Is the natural building intensive for me?


Endeavour’s natural building intensive is designed to be relevant for newcomers to building and seasoned building professionals alike. The supportive, community-based learning atmosphere encourages engagement, deliberation and action! Whether you are looking to build a small backyard project or incorporate natural building materials into code-approved buildings, you’ll find your learning supported in the natural building intensive.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for joining our natural building intensive. Participants of all skill levels are welcome to join us. We provide all the tools and materials required, but participants are encouraged to bring their own tools.

Tuition Fee

$1,900 CDN plus HST. Food and accommodation not included.

Earthbag root cellar at Trent University built by The Endeavour Centre

What is Natural Building?

Here at Endeavour, our full time Sustainable New Construction and Sustainable Renovations programs focus on the use of natural materials in the context of high-performance, code-approved buildings where the natural materials palette is combined with responsibly manufactured products and high-tech mechanical systems. The natural building intensive focuses exclusively on the use of natural materials and simple, home-made systems. Natural building for us also extends beyond material choices to include social, ecological and climate justice.