After practicing primitive living and building for several years, Natalie Bogwalker turned her attention to teaching. Bogwalker teaches many natural building techniques at her school, Wild Abundance. But what is natural building? There are so many different techniques, and Natalie helps us focus on practicality when it comes to choosing a natural building method. Natalie also has a strong background in permaculture and will give us a primer on how it intersects with the tiny house movement. Natalie is here to share the message that learning to build is a gateway to self-empowerment.

In This Episode:

  • How a school that was intended to teach permaculture also came to teach building
  • What happens during the ten day tiny house class?
  • Learning how to meet your basic needs is empowering
  • What does Wild Abundance do with all the builds?
  • Description of the round log cabin
  • Tips on materials for mobile tiny houses
  • Natalie's advice to women builders
  • What does “a focus on practicality” mean regarding natural building?
  • Sometimes you need help

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Guest Bio:

Natalie Bogwalker

Natalie Bogwalker

Natalie Bogwalker teaches Women’s Basic Carpentry and Tiny House building at her school, Wild Abundance, near Asheville, NC. Natalie loves building and has done so since building birdhouses with her dad as a small child. She has a strong background in, and also teaches permaculture, and weaves permaculture principles, as well as a passion for using local materials and natural building into her work and classes. Empowering women to build for themselves is especially near and dear to Natalie’s heart.

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Instagram @wildabundance 

Twitter @wildabundance


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More Photos:

Wild Abundance sign

The sign

Natalie building

Natalie building


Teamwork makes the dream work

They look like they're having fun!

You have to make time for pictures

What great smiles!

Space-saving shelf under the stairs

Wild Abundance in the winter

The round-log cabin

Charlie's Angels?

More of the round-log cabin

Measure twice; cut once

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