Mottingeramt, Austria!

I just got back from Mottingeramt, Austria! I was staying on MOA farm with 35 other people in their 20’s and it was possibly the most uplifting, eyeopening, and beautiful experience I have ever had.

My tent! good morning!

My tent! good morning!

I was there to take and give workshops, it was an exchange! X

I learned an array of things such as  how to heal yourself with wild and home grown herbs.  I got a nasty wasp sting and the peppermint oil, beeswax, olive oil and pine resin mix, along with plantain leaf stopped the throbbing in seconds!  Basket weaving and things about our stars I never new, to pointing old stone walls, and dry stone walling!  Also how amazing and wonderful people can be! I met many  awesome people from many places!

While I was there I sculpted this arch, here is it’s story in photos.

The space before any work had begun, notice wall heating.

The space before any work had begun, notice wall heating.

Reed mats are installed with straw clay to give support for cob

Reed mats are installed with straw clay to give support for cob.

Area is painted with slip before cob is applied.

Area is painted with slip before cob is applied.

Finished Arch!

Finished Arch!

 

I used a mixture of sand, clay, straw and earth. I did it in about five days with friends helping me make the mixture.

 

Here is a dome we also constructed- a most magical and perfect place for the evening activities such as dance therapy and discussion groups on the mental health paradigm and presentations on visits to Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture Farm. ( once covered)

 

Dome!!!

Dome!!!

 

A solar cooker….

Solar cooker!

Solar cooker!

The parabolic shape directs the sun’s energy to one spot which gets really hot!

A view through the field kitchen

A view through the field kitchen

… a clay brick oven named Sandy Clayton. ( in progress) The bricks were pressed by a machine welded on site with metal scraps.

 

clay oven 1

The inside is filled with sand for support till the clay is strong/ hard enough.

 

 

The inside is filled with sand for support before the earth and cali dry enough to remove.

A layer of soil is added for mass, to retain and radiate heat.

 

Notice the heat/ smoke tunnel getting ready to lead up to the oven chamber.

Notice the heat/ smoke tunnel getting ready to lead up to the oven chamber.

 

 

Sadly we had a series of massive rain storms and Sandy Clayton collapsed. Please email comments to juliannesota@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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