One day on earth building and self-reliance

Dates: 12, 13, 19, 20 December 2020

This 3 day workshop will help you to better understand the characteristics and advantages of a well-designed natural building. The workshop combines classroom learning with hands on building.

The objective of these 4 days is mainly to give you an introduction to building with earth and other natural materials. We also propose activities to allow you to ‘taste’ self-reliance by learning, observing, reflecting and discussing.

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Day 1 (Saturday 12 Dec. 9 AM – 5 PM)

Learning session: Understand how a house made of natural materials can be cool in hot climates but warm in cold climates with low or no energy consumption. Classroom sessions will give an overview of passive cooling/heating techniques, natural insulation, efficient energy design etc. and you will learn further by observing and then commenting on Earth Home buildings.

Activity: Visit to Pun Pun, an organic farm and self-reliance learning center (seed saving, low technology systems, natural buildings). Tour at Earth Home (food production, earth buildings).

Price: 1,300 bahts (includes lunch and tea breaks)

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Optional: Stay overnight in a earth house. Relax after diner and/or watch together short films on natural building, simple living, self-reliance. Price: 800 bahts (diner and breakfast included).

Available on request: Thai massage (400 baht for 2 hours)

Day 2 (Sunday 13 Dec. 9 AM – 5 PM)

9AM – 12 PM Soil testing – Making sun-dried earth bricks (‘adobe’), make a wall with adobe bricks

12 PM – 1 PM lunch

1 PM – 3 PM Cooking class (2 dishes) and herbal tea making

3 PM – 5 PM Practise earth plastering

Price: 1,700 baht (includes lunch and tea breaks)

Day 3 (Saturday 19 Dec. 9 AM – 5 PM) 

9AM – 12 PM What is Cob building? Making the mix – making Cob walls

12 PM – 1 PM lunch

1 PM 4 PM Activity: Learn how to make hand-made natural kaffir lime shampoo, and natural soap

4PM – 6 PM Earth Plastering (1)

Price: 1,800 baht (includes lunch and tea breaks)

Optional: Stay overnight in a earth house. Relax after diner and/ or watch together short films on natural building, simple living, self-reliance. Price: 800 bahts (diner and breakfast included).

Available on request: Thai massage (400 baht for 2 hours)

Day 4 (Sunday 20 Dec. 9 AM – 5 PM)

9AM – 12 PM What is wattle-and-daub? Make the mix, make a wattle-and-daub wall

12 PM – 1 PM lunch

1 PM 3 PM Earth Plastering (2)

3PM – 5 PM Overview of other earth building techniques

Price: 1,300 baht (includes lunch and tea breaks)