Successful Natural Building Course

Last week Barbara taught another of her marvellous 8 day Natural Building Courses, at Keela Yoga Farm. The participants were an international bunch from South Africa, Portugal, UK, Italy and Holland. The team learned a variety of techniques and quickly got the chance to get their hands dirty and practice their new knowledge! Straw bale, wattle and daub, cord wood – earth plastering, just some of the variety of skills they learned!

Some of the photos below are from one of the participants – Damien Walsh, the others from Barbara’s phone, so the quality is not the best, but you get the picture (pardon the pun!)

and they sum up the fun, as well as the work that group practiced.

On the day off, mid way through the course, the group came to Mount of Oaks. We prepared a meal, and Barbara gave a tour of our natural buildings. A great way to relax.

I was grateful for the help from Tatum and the girls in preparing for the guests!!

Alexa, Sven, Stephan, John, Damian, Clara and Ugo. WELL DONE!!!!!! We look forward to seeing what you will do with what you gained on this course! Please stay in touch!

Special thanks to Kimberly and Laurence their super hosting at Keela, and for their fantastic volunteers!! The pizza night on the final night was really special.

News and Dates for Natural Building Courses taught by Barbara will be shared in the Autumn.

Nourishing: Mind, Body and Soul

We organised a weekend of loveliness! The aim of the Saturday was to leave the group feeling energised, grounded and renewed. There was a definate emphasis on the  how to look after your endocrine system, your skin, your general well being and honour yourself in the process.

08:00 Welcome and energising herbal tea.
08.45 Yoga with Laura or a 15min taster treatment of your choice with Carly
10.15 Breakfast
11.00 Sharing Circle hosted by Laura on the subject of hormonal balance.
12noon Learning self massage followed by Pranayama and meditation.
13:00 Vegetarian Lunch
14.30 Workshop on natural cosmetics
16.30 Tea break and final circle.
17:00 Good byes.


The morning was delightful – after a session of relaxing yoga with Laura we ate our breakfast in the soft morning sunlight. Breakfast flowed into a session on our endocrine system…  




A walk into the woods to have an instruction on how to do a simple self massage and a destressing/energising breathing technique….

After the leisurely lunch, the afternoon was devoted to learning about natural cosmetics.

Demonstration of how to make your own deodrant was really fun!

The group had a lot of wisdom and knowledge to share about aromotherapy, natural first aid kits, home made toothpaste and much more!

Hatti shared about the Bach’s flower remedies and Keri showed the ingredients that make up some of her most popular natural products.



Nicky had brought along some vegan chocolate cup cakes and we finished the day with this celebration and some home made ginger champagne!



Congratulations and thanks go to Laura, Marcia, Carly and our volunteers Kirsten, Henrike and Juila for a great team effort!