Over a decade ago there was an active Natural Building Network that maintained a website with a membership directory where natural builders could find each other and communicate. There was a board of directors that coordinated the organization as a non profit membership association promoting natural building principles, materials and practitioners worldwide. They supported ecological regeneration, social justice, the building of community and economic opportunity, and the recognition of indigenous wisdom as essential in creating healthy, beautiful, and spiritually-uplifting habitation for everyone.Founded in 2005, the charter members included pioneers in the Natural Building movement who were interested in seeing Natural Building become a safe, beautiful, renewable and common sight in our modern landscape.
The Natural Building Network provided a place where people could gather with others to share ideas, announce events and opportunities, and find skilled help and accurate and up-to-date information. This work was funded through the support of its members.
I was very saddened when this organization ceased its operation around 2015. I think that the management became too much of a burden for those charged with carrying on.
I was reminded of the Natural Building Network when I received an email from Andrew (who I recently blogged about here), stating:
“I am a fan of training Muay Thai for fitness, sport and as self-defense. There are some great video instruction series called Warrior Collective on Youtube, that would make a great model for Natural Building. Individual coaches submit videos on some of their favorite techniques, so you can get a short tutorial in each video on a specific part of the overall sport. I think this would work great for Natural Building, because so many ideas about individual aspects of the build process would get shared around. Maybe this could just start off as a sort of technique blog round-table? Part of what works for Warrior Collective is that coaches supply free material to students but also get exposure for their gyms (I think they’re primarily in the UK and Ireland), so it remains a win-win.”
So here is a seed of an idea that could supplant some of what the Natural Building Network was about. I would love to see something like this happen; do any of you readers share this feeling or have a notion of how to make it happen?