What other’s say about my workshops

“Thanks for all you taught me ,your patience ,kindness and understanding. ”


“Elke, thank you again for an amazing weekend. I’m still finding my way back into my life “out here” and integrating all the new ideas and energy from there. ”


“we were there learning from Elke! Amazing lady, stunning job! highly recommended”


Elke Cole worked for me as a Natural Building Trainer in Kenya. We did two 10 day workshops with 23 students. Further we did a small Plastering Workshop to finish the house including installing the Earthen floors. She is a very professional Trainer, keeping to schedules and deadlines and proved to be very innovative and a good problem solver.

Workshop Host

“The natural building course held at Porini Permaculture in Kenya was a fantastic experience to be part of. My partners and I took away a huge amount of knowledge and left the course feeling confident on the practical side of building with cob and straw bales. Elke did a great job in getting everyone on the course confident in the mixing, shaping, and building of cob structures. She kept everyone in the group motivated and made sure that everyone was on the same page, not leaving anyone behind. She has obviously done a huge amount of cob building, which is evident in both her teaching and practical engagement. Her assistant Daniel, was a fantastic addition to the teaching team and his endless enthusiasm for natural building kept everyone on their toes. Even though the course did not touch on every topic of natural building, it has left us confident as well as hungry for more experience in this beautiful art-form. We will be using the skill sets we learned during the course in future permaculture projects around East Africa. We are very much looking forward to getting our hands dirty again as soon as possible on another building site!”

Kenya participant 2016

I have attended Elke Cole’s 2 week Cob Building Workshop in Germany
in August 2017.
Right from the start I felt welcomed by Elke’s warm and caring personality.
Her love of Natural Building was clearly visible and quite infectious for me, as she gave us an enthusiastic tour of the land and little Hobbit House we were going to work on. Her easy going and humorous teaching style, mixed with her diligently working alongside us made me muddle long hours for two weeks and feel satisfied and content at the end of each
Her mixed teaching style of hands on learning and some evening theoretical summaries made
me feel well grounded in the solid basics of Cob building. We rotated duties, and I learned
about the correct ratio of mixing Cob, building up solid walls, integrating a Cobb bench, adding
Straw bales for insulation and, my favorite, creating a bottle wall.
The owner, who we were building for, worked with us, and I was quite impressed by Elke’s easy style to juggle all us eager Cobb novices, an expectant homeowner, incorporate beautifully intuitive designs and keep us all happily building and the owner awed by the results. No easy task!
I am looking forward to one of Elke’s next projects. I’m planning to be there to muddle some more.

Participant Germany workshop

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