Cob workshops and off grid living in Athens Tennessee, USA


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    Our family of 5 will be starting on our Cob home in 2020.

    We live on 85 acres in beautiful East Tennessee. For 3 years we’ve been building our eco friendly farm. We are COMPLETELY off grid-we have solar for electricity, use rainwater as our house and drinking water and use compost toilets.

    Animals are allowed, however we do have 2 German Shepherds, one male and one female. Our male is dominant and does not get along with other dogs. However we do have fenced areas for them and they stay on it until the afternoons when we put our farm animals up for the night. Our chickens have free reign over the 85 acres. If you bring a dog please make sure they will not be aggressive to these animals or you can bring a lead chain to keep all animals free from harm while they roam. Children are very welcome also! Our children are very involved in our projects and we invite yours to be as well. We are very excited to be a host and are looking forward to helping others achieve their dreams like we are! We hope to have you be apart of our journey.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    During your stay with us you will learn about anything that pertains to Off Grid Living and cob building. You’ll learn how to completely build a cob home from the ground up. You will learn out solar power, water catchment systems, plumbing, electric and so much more.

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    Cobbing is fun! But it is also ALOT of hard work. It’s heavy, messy and you will work your entire body working with it. Please be prepared for this. The work will depend on the timing of your stay and where we are at in the projects. We will be doing everything ourselves from digging the footings, shoveling gravel, mixing and pouring concrete, mixing cob, carrying buckets of water to mix cob, putting up the cob by hand and pitchfork, pounding the cob, cutting timbers for roof structures, doors and windows, putting on the roof, running water lines, etc. We will also have a garden that we may need help in at times. Days off depend on the weather and if we have family or farm tasks we need to do on our own.

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  • Accommodation


    At this time, we can only provide tent accommodations. You’re welcome to bring a hammock as well. Keep in mind, we are completely off grid. We have solar power, compost toilets and rainwater. Shower will be an outdoor shower with a solar hot water heater (a barrel of water sitting in the sun). There is a composting toilet outhouse at your camp site. Food will be provided and we do not have ANY dietary restrictions. We can provide 3 meals a day. If you have dietary restrictions please let me know and we can communicate on how to accommodate that. We typically eat very late as I’ve got my hands full with the farm and our building projects. I will however provide you food to cook on your own. Your cooking method will over over an open fire with a cooking grate. If you have a camp cook stove you can use that as well. We have a fire pit set up, plates and utensils, pans and other items for you to use. There is also running water at your camp site.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    If you have your own transportation the mountains around us have several hiking trails and beautiful waterfalls. We are about 1.5 hours from Dollywood theme park. Walmart is about 15 minutes from us as well as a gas station 5 minutes away. We are about 25 minutes from the Lost Sea, an underground cave system with a lake in it and Ruby Falls which is an underground waterfall. Often times there are events such as rodeos, outdoor music festivals or seasonal festivals to attend in town. We have a movie theater and bowling alley as well. We prefer to keep things simple and calm in our world and love the nature all around us. We are grateful to have our land, our home, our children and our health to enable us to travel down this beautiful path of life. We are open minded and would love for you to feel welcome and open here. All we ask is that you maintain the decency of our home and children, be good stewards of the land and take pride in your contribution!

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Animal building is underway!
Workaway house is ready for the slab to be poured.

Host ref number: 344559182175