Shared Core Values of Integrity, Experience, and Natural Living


Work with what’s available, conservation, innovation


Respond in real time, not attached, go for what’s best for all


Doing with ease, leverage, creating the best-case-scenario


Decades of experience, a network of experts


Practice, discipline, wisdom, training, teaching


Communication, support, appreciation: Connection

Hi, I’m Elke

I enjoy this life as it unfolds every moment and believe in the mystery that we share. Right now you are looking at what I do and who I am.

That’s part of the magic already!

If this sounds flaky to you that’s not how I am. I build houses, help people make dreams come reality. With 20+ years of natural building experience I feel that you can get reliable answers from me. If we have some face-time or real face-to-face experience, I’ll be listening carefully to your questions and give you honest answers. If I don’t know, I will tell you. If I’m excited I tell you.

I love working with people who are keen to practice what we’re talking about. Theory is easy…doing it is where the courage is. I have taught hundreds of people like you to build with earth. Some have gone on to become professional builders, others have built their own house. Some just had a fun adventure away from their day-job. I’ve called my design service “Houses that love you back” – because that’s how natural homes feel. Join me for a tour and feel it for yourself. No two buildings look the same- they emerge from conversations about dreams, and become clearer as we explore your needs and limitations.

It doesn’t matter where you live- I have experience working in different climate regions and different cultures. Working together builds bridges. I speak English, German, some French and a little Kiswahili. Sketches and hand-signals do the rest.

Here’s a wordcloud of what matters to me…

My Happy Place

Working with the earth to create living, breathing, natural buildings is my happy place and passion. Let’s create real sustainability together

natural clay selections

Many hands make light work

When we can work together, things just get easier – the power of relationship. We can bring my classes and workshops to your area or project. Get in touch

earthbags as foundation

Worldwide Support

I travel around the world when called, to bring natural building skills and resources to where they are needed. Ask me more