Earth Building: Design and Practise (Chiang Rai)

2022 Dates: 13 – 18 January; 26 February – 3 March; 4 – 9 June

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Note: Another workshop ‘Earth Building: Design and Practise’ is organised in Chiang Mai: The objectives are the same, here are the only differences:

Earth Building: Design and PractiseChiang MaiChiang Rai
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Course content(as described)extra topics: Light Earth (building technique practise); Foundations
AccomodationPrivate room (made from earthen bricks)Tent (or stay in a nearby resort/home stay *)
Price9,8009,600 bahts (* 7,600 bahts)

This 6-day workshop will help you to understand the advantages of a well-designed earth building: simple, natural, (in some case) affordable, healthy, long lasting and energy saving. The course is especially suitable for those who:

  • want to gain a basic understanding of how an earth building provides thermal comfort and energy savings (in any climate)
  • have a plan to build an earth home (or any small-sized building such as a guest room, meditation/yoga/music room, outdoor kitchen etc),
  • are curious about building with earth


  • Experiencing the satisfaction, effort and time involved in building by yourself. This will help you to find the right strategy for your future project (using machines, getting help from friends or volunteers, hiring workers or a contractor etc…)
  • Reflecting on your building project and making a draft design of your home that will be discussed with the group and the instructor.

The course combines classroom  learning including lectures, discussions, case-studies and exercises as well as hands-on sessions. It covers the following topics:

  • Thermal mass and insulation
  • Passive cooling and heating
  • Elements of design (orientation, layout of interior and exterior spaces, natural shading etc…)
  • environmentally friendly foundations
  • Four building techniques: Cob, Wattle and daub, Adobe and Light Earth (practise)
  • Earth plastering (practise)

And … You will also learn by observing and commenting our buildings, and through several short videos.

We will use only natural materials such as earth, sand, straw, rice husk and bamboo. Beginners welcome! prior experience or a background in construction is not required.

After this course

  • You will be given printed handouts and the digital version of the training materials including additional documents (PDF files, Videos) and useful links if you wish to learn further
  • You will be invited to participate in our building projects (maintenance, extensions or new buildings) in our land (Chiang Rai), for a reasonable fee. This will allow you to get more practise and learn other skills

General information

Course in English. The course will be held at ‘Baan Din Doi’, 30 minutes from Chiang Rai city and will have a maximum of 6 participants.

Trainer: Alain Madec, natural builder and founder of ‘Baan Din Doi’.

Course schedule:  8.30 to 18.00 with several breaks; Lunch break: 12.00 to 14.00

Living situation

Participants will stay in a tent (one or two people). We propose this simple accommodation to help making the workshop price more affordable to people. We plan to have rooms for guests in the near future and we hope you will enjoy simplicity for now ! However, if you prefer to stay in a nearby resort/home stay, you will need to have your own transportation to come to the course every day.

All meals will be vegetarian food with some meat and fish options. Wifi available.

We ask all participants to refrain from any illegal drug use or excessive drinking while staying at our centre.

Safety/sanitary measures (covid 19)

We want to provide a safe environment for us and every participant. We organised the workshop and our place to ensure safety:

  • Outdoor classroom sessions (natural ventilation)
  • Practise sessions in separate outdoor areas (a few meters distance from each other). Use of individual equipment (tarp, trowel etc)
  • Available hydroalcoholic gel
  • Cleaning before, during and after the workshop


Stay at BaanDinDoi: 9,600 baht/person (about 260 euros, 290 USD), including instruction, accommodation in a tent, all meals during the course.

Stay in a nearby resort/home stay: 7,600 baht/person (about 205 euros, 230 USD), including instruction and lunches during the course. Price for additional meal, breakfast or diner: 100 baht/person.

Registration for more than one person: 500 bahts discount per person

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