Learn by building

We propose you two different building projects in 2022.

This workshop is especially suitable for those who:

  • prefer to learn by practising
  • 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),
  • have already some earth building knowledge but need practise

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.

Project # 1: Building our new classroom

2022 Dates: 4 – 9 January

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In this 6 day workshop, you will join us to build our new classroom (55 sqm, non load-bearing walls). We will use two techniques: Adobe (sun dried earth bricks) and Wattle-and-Daub. You will practise several steps with the other participants, under the trainer’s guidance:

  • Testing the soil
  • Making the adobe bricks
  • Laying and leveling the adobe bricks
  • Wattle-and-Daub: preparing the wattle with bamboo, preparing the earth mix, applying the earth mix on the wall
  • Plastering: soil testing, finding the right ratio for the mix
  • Plastering: applying the earth plaster (by hand and with tools)

Project # 2: Building a small earth house

2022 Dates: 6 – 11 March; 15 – 20 March

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In this 6 day workshop, you will learn how to build a small earth house (30 sqm) by using two techniques: Adobe (sun dried earth bricks) and Cob. You will practise several steps with the other participants, under the trainer’s guidance:

  • Testing the soil
  • Making the adobe bricks
  • Laying and leveling the adobe bricks
  • Cob: preparing the mix and building the Cob wall
  • Plastering: soil testing, finding the right ratio for the mix
  • Plastering: applying the earth plaster (by hand and with tools)

General information

Workshop 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’.

Workshop 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 workshop 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

Fee

Stay at BaanDinDoi: 4,400 baht/person (about 115 euros, 130 USD), including instruction, accommodation in a tent, all meals during the course.

Stay in a nearby resort/home stay: 3,700 baht/person (about 100 euros, 110 USD), including instruction and lunches during the course. Price for additional meal, breakfast or diner: 100 baht/person.

Registration for more than one person: 250 bahts discount per person

For more information or registration, contact us at baandindoi@gmail.com