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Cob Oven Workshop: Build Your Own Outdoor Oven
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Come join us summer 2014 for a cob oven weekend workshop outside Berea, Kentucky, where you’ll learn how to build your own inexpensive outdoor oven for baking delicious pizza & bread — all with natural and reclaimed materials! You’ll get hands-on experience learning how easy it is to build a traditional oven, acquire basic cob building skills, and enjoy the awesome experience of working with other excited, like-minded people in a beautiful location — at the home to the annual Clear Creek Festival, in the lush Appalachian mountains of eastern-central Kentucky.

Workshop Information at a Glance:

  • Building a Cob OvenWorkshop Date: TBA
  • Location: TBA
  • Cost and Discounts: TBA
  • All-inclusive: Workshop includes camping accommodations, and 3 square meals a day (including a homemade pizza party!)
  • Led by Brian “Ziggy” Liloia, builder of cob house ‘Gobcobatron’, which has appeared in several newsstand publications nationwide

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coboven-groupBake the Best Pizza in Your Own Backyard

Outdoor ovens are extremely popular, and for good reason. A cob oven can be built with natural and recycled materials, and the results are fantastic. No pizza party will ever be the same again! Participants in our workshop will spend 2 days learning essential cob oven construction basics, and on the final evening, we’ll learn how to fire an oven and bake our own pizza and bread. What could be better than that?

Expect to get your hands dirty in this hands-on experience, and learn all of the ins and outs to building a backyard wood-fired oven with local, natural materials. And you’ll walk away with a solid understanding of cob building essentials.

Additional activities will include a tour of an off-grid home and a presentation about the world of natural building beyond cob. We’ll explore other aspects of what it means to live sustainably, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Appalachian foothills. And we’ll eat delicious, freshly prepared organic food. It will be the perfect way to spend a summer weekend!

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Workshop Registration and Payment

How To Register

Please reserve your spot by completing the workshop registration. Remember, spaces are limited! Do not forget to apply early to earn your registration discount.

Payments can be made via check or (a Paypal alternative) once your registration is complete. Details will be provided once we review your registration. Thanks for joining!

Please contact Ziggy with any questions you may have.

Workshop Schedule

Workshop Schedule

Students must arrive the afternoon prior to the official workshop start date, July 17th. We will start with a leisurely dinner and introductions. The workshop will end the morning after the official posted date, with the departure of students on Sunday, July 20th. Please factor this in to your travel plans!

Travel directions will be provided once students complete their registration.

Food and Lodging

Food and Dining

coboven-pizzaUnlike other similar natural building workshops, we provide all meals during our workshops. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be lovingly prepared with fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Tea and coffee will also be provided. The meals will largely consist of hearty organic vegetarian dishes. You will not go hungry with us! (In fact, you might have a hard time leaving the table after each meal.) We will happily accommodate dietary restrictions and food allergies. Make sure to indicate any restrictions/allergies in your application.

It is recommended that participants bring snacks and specialty items only if they wish (think nuts, dried fruit, granola) to supplement the otherwise complete meal service.

Lodging and Accommodations During Your Stay

We provide student accommodations including camping space, access to composting toilets and outdoor shower facilities. These accommodations are already included in the price of the Workshop. Please note: cell phone reception is very poor, and landline telephone use will be available only in the case of an emergency. There is no internet access on the property.

For students that do not wish to camp, indoor accommodations may be available very near to the workshop site.

Travel directions and a packing list will be provided to workshop participants.

Workshop Location

berea-kentuckyAbout the Workshop Location

The 2014 Cob Oven Workshop is located 20 minutes outside of Berea, Kentucky (map) at the Clear Creek Festival grounds and homestead. Located on over 100 acres of gorgeous wooded land, the Clear Creek Festival is an annual event dedicated to art, music, community building, promoting healing & transformation, and inspiring all of us to live more sustainably — in harmony with nature and with one another.

This year, The Year of Mud is helping festival organizers Bob and Carrie to develop valuable infrastructure for future Clear Creek Festivals and other events.

Berea is a small town in central Kentucky, home to a thriving population of craftspeople, artists, woodworkers, musicians, social activists, and homesteaders. Berea has a longstanding tradition of diversity, social justice, environmental responsibility, and community service. The historic Berea College is the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, and its influence on the town remain to this day.


Cob Oven Workshop: HandsTestimonials From Previous Workshops

“We have talked nonstop about the workshop. It was GREAT! We learned a lot and are really inspired. I think that anytime I want to learn something I will start with a workshop… I am recommending your workshop to everyone.” – Callie C., Cob Oven Workshop 2013 participant

“I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed my time in the workshop… with you and April and the other workshop attendees. Seems like I’ve been talking about it non-stop since I left there. Not only did I learn a lot about cob, but I feel like I learned about many other things as well.” – Paul M., Cob Oven 2013 participant

“I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our stay! It was full of awesome experiences and great company…. Ziggy, you make a great teach, and April, your insight seems endless! Thanks very much for helping us to see that an alternate more productive way of living is possible.” – Jena R., Cob Oven 2013 participant


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