Welcome to my humble attempt at ‘having a web page’.  I am not very active in cyber-space, as i am often getting my hands muddy building things with clay, sand, and whatever else happens to be around.   And if i am not busy doing that, I am off coaching soccer, or practicing Qi gong.


I am, at heart, a youth worker, process facilitator and wilderness guide. I might also pass for a building biologist, building scientist, designer, artisan, or craftsman.  I even have a fancy set of initials (M.A. Ed) attachable to my name when I am hoping to impress some folks.

I build dwellings via natural processes because natural building is a great way to nurture personal, community, and environmental health.  If you are interested in discovering more about this, please click the tabs: ‘Why Natural Building’ and ‘A Confluence of Remedy’.

When not building natural houses, I am usually crafting wood-fired masonry heaters and rocket stoves for all kinds of dwellings.  Being able to gather around a good (h)eart(h) helps us feel deeply at home, and there is nothing like the gentle far-infra-red warmth these heaters provide.  Furthermore, their ‘real-world’ efficiency is waaay beyond that of any ‘slow-burn’ metal box stove.  For more about wood-fired heating click: ‘Masonry Heaters – a Piece of the Sun’.

And i you are curious discover even more efficient heating techniques.  check out: Annualized Geo-Solar Heating.

I hope you enjoy  🙂


12 Replies to “Hello”

  1. Hi Pat,
    I spoke to you a few weeks back about Masonry heaters. Since then you’ve met my partner Angie at the Cowichan Community block party. Angie works at Warmland and was enthralled with your work- wish I could’ve been there! Anywho, I’m working on a strawbale structure that I’d love you to have a look at. Early stages and I’m having trouble getting engineering work done for it to proceed. I’m in Shawnigan at the Beach Estates and would like to have you over for a look-see.
    Kind Regards
    Brent Harrison
    (250) 246-8581

  2. I will right away snatch your rss feed as I can’t to find your email subscription hyperlink or newsletter service. Do you have any? Please let me understand so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    1. Hi Keli,
      Sorry for the slow response. I have not checked these messages in a while. I do not have newsletter service or the like. Best way to contact me is to email at: [email protected]

      thanks 🙂


    1. Hi Patience,
      Thanks for your post. I will be updating and adding information form time to time. Especially photos (worth a thousand words…)

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