We keep it wildly-disciplined, refined and unexpected...

How to gain deeper meaning in your life through your creative practice.

We offer a human centred approach to sculptural design and architecture,
through top quality masters courses in South Africa (Cape Town, Johannesburg), Brazil and Chile.


We also produce bi-monthly discussions and insights with creative people from around the globe,
inspiring you to re-vision how you work and live.

Here we uncover the personal biographies of exceptional innovators, artists and architects...revealing their feelings, their inner and outer landscapes and their challenges. And also how their different disciplines can influence one another.


They won't give you a blue moon hairstyle, or change your eating habits, but tehy can tocuh your inenr rdduer lihgtly wcihh will get you into dpeeer waters...

The 4 themes' weaving through our full roast flavoured courses and bi-monthly's are:

  • Who you are as an individual colours how and what you design.
    Your development as a creative designer and as an individual are inter-dependent.
    To make any real creative progress you need to school and nurture both in tandem.

  • What's alive during the architectural process directly influences the inhabitants.
    Comprehending the creative process itself is often the unobserved element in our design process.
    Through being aware of this you can begin to fashion your designs in the best interests of others.

  • Meaningful works dance seamlessly between individual expression inspired by the universal
    Our individual capacities can gradually evolve, whereas universal archetypes are alive and eternal
    By recognising both influences in our own creativity we can intentionally refine our contribution to culture

  • Increase your range of expression to include refined sculptural forms.
    Your palette of expression becomes unlimited when creating with both curved and flat surfaces. By working
    hands-on with physical models, actual surfaces and with computers, your designs become uniquely lively.

Our insightful and innovative courses are directly related to your creative practice and everyday life.

... it's a chance to up-skill yourself. To freshen up your design abilities
so you can find new ways to produce genuinely original works,

...to see yourself from a different place, another place, a unique place,
to share, be expressive, laugh freely, and to come to a deeper understanding,

We have a host of deeply satisfied participants who have joined our growing community of creative designers.

‘ I can strongly recommend this module. It opened my mind to a new way of thinking about design and the way I respond to my clients, family and personal life. It will bring you to a totally new level of thinking about the way you do things now ‘ Pieter van der Walt , Architect, Jo’burg, South Africa'

THE START

After two decades of working with sculptural architecture around the world it was time to share. My learning was hard won, and I'm eager to give others a well prepared path into this fast emerging movement in design.

I started evening courses for qualified professionals in 2003 in my studio in Cape Town, South Africa. They're ideal for designers looking to expand their repertoire and deepen their practice. They were everything I had hoped for and more. Unexpectedly, a community of like minded creative designers started emerging.

In 2010 Shannon Flynn joined Naturals Cool. We've laughed, reflected, burned rice and travelled widely as Naturals Cool has gradually expanded. We now have a team in Brazil and Chile and are keen to keep growing. So if you want us to come to your place contact us.

And as Julie, the lady who encouraged me to start giving courses said the other day, "If you are not going over your edge, you're taking up too much space!'

The South Africans

Living and working in the picturesque Cape Town.

I juggle many hats at Naturals Cool

Shannon Flynn

I studied architecture in Cape Town, practised as a designer and draughts-woman at Natural Architecture for 5 years and since 2013 I've been busy with Naturals Cool full time. I'm passionate about how the spaces we inhabit affect the quality of our lives and how to develop our sensitivity to this. I juggle many hats at NaturalsCool and am constantly 'Going over my own edge' ...
Preparing educational content, workshop facilitation, loads of admin and the production and editing of our exciting audio interviews with creative people from around the world.

Teaching juggling on a street in Rio, Brazil

Keith Struthers

I’ve been busy with sculptural architecture since 1984. This includes working in the UK, Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, Ukraine, Brazil, Namibia and presently in Cape Town, South Africa.
I offered evening courses on sculptural design in my studio in Cape Town, South Africa in 2003. My first victims are still close friends...
I currently also practice as Natural Architecture, write, give public talks, paint and swim long distances in the deep blue sea. My focus is on architecture as a reflective practice; a path of outer and inner spiritual development.

The Brazilians

Living and working in and around São Paulo. NaturalsCool first touched Brazilian soil in 2013 and has been growing ever since. We now have regular events either in the city or as residential retreats on the island of Ilhabela. Check out our Brazilian blog for more info.

Gabriel Barbosa Lima

Gabriel is our Brazilian go-to right hand man. Passionate about design and facilitation of collaborative learning processes and social change, he grew up between the forest and the sea of Ilhabela. He's lived and worked in South Africa, Netherlands, United States, São Paulo and Paraíba Valley. With a background in psychology, he now works with the transformation of complex social systems with business, government and civil society. His latest project is a merging of two passions. Social, environmental change and water.

Sofia Antonio

Sofia promotes and coordinates the courses in Brazil. She's a graphic design, social media, marketing, programming wizcat.

The Chileans

While facilitating a course in Brazil in 2014, we met Katherine. An architect with a fine aesthetic sense and deeply warm heart. She immediately connected with the intent of NaturalsCool. To find out more about courses in Chile, write to naturalscoolchile@gmail.com or call (+56) 98189655.

Katherine Sepúlveda Epple, Angela Zerega Sarrocchi & Camila Swart Hameau

I'm Katherine (standing in the middle of the pic) and I am the founder of 'Habitar Arquitectura'. A studio dedicated to the study of organic architecture and the nature of the human being in connection with the physical space that surrounds them. Searching for my own path in architecture I met Keith and Shannon in wonderful Brazil, were I was totally fascinated by the content of their courses and what they offered. I decided to bring them to Chile. In doing so, I invited Angela (a young person who works with art in many ways) and Camila, (a Political Scientist with an international background), to collaborate in the preparation of these courses in Chile. With joy and kindness they accepted the challenge. For all of us, the knowledge that NaturalsCools offers is extremely necessary for our inner energy and also to rediscover our own creativity. With this empowerment we can build a more beautiful, healthy and happy society.