Inspire your audience | Elke Cole

By: Elke Cole  09-12-2011

It is my pleasure to share stories, insights and images with your audience: schools, public events and university classes will gain insight and inspiration.

I will be traveling in Europe during the Fall of 2011, and in Tanzania during the winter 2011/2012 and welcome opportunities in these areas!

Selection of topics:

  • Natural Building, including Earth building and Straw bale construction

  • Permaculture,

  • Community living

  • Working abroad

  • Women in construction


Past engagements include:


Writing and Publications

Other products and services from Elke Cole


Natural Homes designed by Elke Cole

Is a hybrid building featuring dry stone foundation, cob and straw bale exterior walls, light clay interior walls, earthen floors and natural plasters. Recycled materials compliment the natural choices: reclaimed 2×6 T&G boards for the floors, 1×6 ceiling boards and galvanized metal siding. This home is situated on a steep south facing slope which became key to the design. The Art Studio has three distinct components.


Your natural home | Elke Cole

We are trying to bring family together and teach our children and grandchildren that a big house filled with expensive stuff does not make a home and we’re hoping that these next two generations and many to follow will realize the beauty of a simpler life, of family, friends and community.


Project Support for you | Elke Cole

This is a good time to call for a site visit to explore the design possibilities and realities of your site. You are considering the purchase of a piece of land and need help evaluating good building sites. Advice on materials, detailing and scheduling, answering how-to questions and what’s next. You have your plans and you are ready to go into the construction of your natural home.


Services | Elke Cole

Could your project benefit from a handful of enthusiastic learners. Does your school or organization teach about sustainability. Are you looking for team building in a fun and engaging way. Are you building a natural home.


Natural Homes by Elke Cole

2010Natural Home and B&B, Mayne Island, BCNatural Family Home Errington, BCCob Bath House, O.U.R.Ecovillage, Shawnigan Lake, BCEagleyew, Shawnigan Lake, BCKitchen building for Baobab Home, Bagamoyo Tanzania. 2006Residential Development plan, O.U.R. Ecovillage, Shawnigan LakeBrocklehurst Residence, hybrid, Gabriola IslandStraw bale residence, Pender Island.