Natural Building Collective courses and blog



Natural building courses

Peter McIntosh will be hosting two CPD accredited courses in 2017! These include:

  • 19 – 25 March: Natural building course: materials and techniques (7 category 1 SACAP credits) ~ Jakkalskloof farm
  •  14 October: Natural building course: materials and techniques (7 category 1 SACAP credits) ~ Jakkalskloof farm



The Natural Building Collective is a platform for sharing knowledge and information about natural and sustainable building in southern Africa. Our vision is to nurture the creation of a more sustainable built environment. The Natural Building Collective is a collaborative project dedicated to educating individuals and organizations about sustainable building’s potential to stimulate the senses, connect people to their environment and awaken our inherent creative potential. We gather knowledge from our peers, we share our experience with the industry, and we honour the dynamic relationship between the building and individual with sustainable building solutions that work. This is achieved in a number of ways:

  • First, through the facilitation of CPD accredited natural building courses;
  • Second, through a blog that shares practical and inspiring information about existing and new natural building projects in Africa and beyond;
  • Thirdly, through onsite training and capacity building in a wide range of materials, including cob, adobe brick, rammed earth, straw bale, tyres, sandbags and recycled materials amongst others;
  • Lastly, through building and project management.

Peter McIntosh started building with natural materials in 1999 when he built his own earth-sheltered, straw-bale house. Realising his passion Peter apprenticed himself to Etienne Bruwer, architect and father of green building in South Africa, and worked around South Africa, with many different natural building materials and techniques. In 2004 he moved his focus to Cape Town and ran a natural building company there for six years. In 2010, Peter shifted his focus to training, mentoring and building the profile of natural and sustainable building in southern Africa. To this end he facilitates CPD accredited natural building courses and provides an online platform for people involved and interested in natural building, including architects, owner-builders, educators and social development practitioners. He continues to provide consultation and project management services to private, public and development sectors.

Peter’s home life also reflects his belief in the possibilities of living sustainably. His off-the-grid straw bale mudbrick earth-sheltered house is situated in the middle of a permaculture community, growing as much of his food as possible in a semi-arid environment.


If you would like some more information about these courses, please contact Tarien at:, or, find us on Facebook.

Click to see  pictures and testimonials from our most recent courses!