Speaker Series Oct. 2: Place-Based Natural Building in Central America


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 7:00pm


Yestermorrow Design/Build School


7865 Main St, Waitsfield VT 05673

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Since 2012, Liz Johndrow and the TERRA Collaborative (Pueblo Project) have partnered with local communities in Central America to offer hands-on workshops and training in the construction and renovation of homes and community buildings. Liz will join Yestermorrow for an evening to share stories of this work.

TERRA Collaborative’s mission is to promote community resiliency, environmental regeneration, and social justice by providing hands-on training in natural building to women and others historically under-represented in the trades.

Using locally-sourced, low-carbon materials and capitalizing on traditional knowledge and skills, TERRA updates building with modern adaptations for improved safety and health.
The organization offers introductory and advanced hands-on trainings and community projects to provide points of entry for participants to expand their skills; improve their employment opportunities; and promote building techniques with a low environmental impact. By empowering participants to develop construction expertise and teaching/leadership skills, TERRA ensures that knowledge becomes rooted in the community. And by hosting fairs, making presentations, and networking at local, regional, and national levels, the group shares their expertise and vision for a resilient, sustainable future for communities and our natural environment.

Liz Johndrow has taught for several years at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in the Natural Building Certificate Program. She founded her business, Earthen Endeavors, in 2009 and launched the TERRA/Pueblo Project in 2014, formalizing the work she had been doing in Nicaragua since 2011. Liz works on homeowner building projects large and small, teaches natural material-based building skills in workshops and apprenticeships throughout the US and Central America, and is a frequent presenter at international development and natural building conferences.