Natural Building House Design - 1 DAY WORKSHOP

  • 10 Mar 2013
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • SOMA EARTH @1 Hesperus Road, Hesperus Village, Thornhill, Ontario (Behind the Toronto Waldorf School, northeast of Hwy 7 & Bathurst St)

Do you desire to build your own home one day?  Here is your opportunity to get started in an action-packed 1 day primer on what to consider to create and DESIGN your dream home, naturally - offered by Eco-Architect, Ingrid Cryns, of soma earth

Natural Building House Design
Sunday March 10 


$125 + HST Advance Registration until Mar 1, 2013, $150 Mar 1 - 10

9 am to 5 pm, Lunch Included

Hesperus Village, Thornhill, Ontario (north east of hwy 7 & Bathurst)

We will cover the following topics throughout the day;

·   Brief overview of essential sustainable and more natural building principles
·   Property Selection and Permaculture awareness tips
·    Handcraft vs mass production/machine made elements
·    Simple sketching & drafting skills
·     House design 101 primer – kitchens, structure, passive solar, smaller house tips, etc
·     Emphasis on Sacred Geometry, harmonic proportions, principles
·     The details that can make a difference – both ornamental & building science
·    Building your own design vocabulary, preferences and how to put it all together

As this is only a 1 day workshop, some parts will be offered as  a brief overview to open a door of what you can learn on your own further and other parts we will go into a bit of detail together. Along with a series of fantastic power point presentations, great content and good fun there will also practical hands-on exercises with some experiential opportunities.

Also, as an added note, as this is the first time we are offering this course, we are looking for suggestions both before the course of what you might be curious about or most interested in as well as after the course what we could develop in more detail in future longer workshops in this area.  Please send us feedback by email at

The following books, by Ingrid Cryns, will be available for sale at the workshop; SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING, PROPERTY SELECTION & HOME ENERGETIC BALANCING [Click on this link for a good preview of several pages of each book some of which will be covered in the workshop!]

Register Early as space is limited!


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This WORKSHOP is given by Ingrid Cryns, BES, B Arch, OAA, CBT, Principal  and Founding Director of soma earth (2000).  soma earth is a holistic company which includes a broad scope of services and products that supports the building of  relationships between body, mind, soul and the built environment.  soma earth ARCHITECT (2006), soma earth TEACHINGS (2012) & soma earth BUILDING (2012) are all part of the soma earth organization.  


Ingrid has over 20 years of experience running and managing a variety of complex projects from small houses, renovations, additions and multi-residential housing to large (up to $12ML) community centres, museums, performing arts centres and commercial projects. With a unique specialty in straw bale and straw clay, natural building systems, Ingrid has been the Project Architect of six straw bale buildings in Ontario and is the Vice President of the Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition (since 2009). Author of 3 books, SELF-SUFFICIENT LIVING, PROPERTY SELECTION & HOME ENERGETIC BALANCING, Ingrid is also a highly sensitive, intuitive empath and can read and sense body, building & earth energies. 


Ingrid has moved out of the city to the country, an hour northeast of Toronto, over 2 1/2 years ago, and has started to live self-sufficiently due to her passion to be more connected with Nature as well as her own chemical and food sensitivities.  Ingrid has built her own small straw & clay studio office space, chicken coop, mini-cold cellar and organic garden on her property.

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