Author Archives: Paulina Wojciechowska

Natural Building Workshop Location: Weir Wood, Forest Row, near London Gatwick Airport, England.

The workshop is located in a farming field in Weir Wood, on the outskirts of Foret Row village and is situated a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport, in beautiful rolling English countryside.

Click here for a map of the precise location.

Accommodation – On Site Camping

You may camp or stay on a floor of the attic of a barn for £5/day within the workshop site. Facilities are quite good, with one toilet and warm water shower available.

There is room on the site to bring your own caravan or camper van. Please tell us on the booking form if you plan to do this. The farmer will also charge £5/day for the use of facilities.

We might also have basic mattress space on a floor of a disused chapel… or a nearby house.. for a small charge.  Details to be confirmed!

Other Local Accommodation

Here are links to other local accommodation possibilities on some of the best known web sites, centred around the workshop location. Change the dates and number of people to suit your needs:

  • Local Airbnb accommodationclick here
  • Properties on holidayletting.co.ukclick here
  • Bed and breakfasts on toprooms.comclick here
  • Bed and breakfasts on bedandbreakfastdirectory.co.ukclick here
  • Hotels on booking.comclick here
    (click on “show map” in the left column, and then move down to centre the map on the green area to the south of Crawley, which is where the workshop is located).
  • Google search “Bed and Breakfast Haywards Heath”click here
  • Google map “Bed and Breakfast RH17 5TJ”click here

Food

We organise for food to be purchased for the meals, and we take it in turns to prepare the food and wash up afterwards. In this way, we can keep the cost of the food to a minimum, typically around £10 per day. We have a simple breakfast, our main meal in the middle of the day and a light evening meal. The food is vegetarian and simple, but wholesome. You may want to buy a few other items yourself to supplement any particular food types that are important to you.

Things to Bring With You On the Workshop

We recommend you bring the following items:

  • Clothes to get dirty in
  • Strong shoes for working in can be very muddy.
  • A hat as you will be outdoors in the rain or sun all day
  • Pen and notebook to make notes
  • A memory stick with 16Gb of free space to store everyone’s photos taken during the workshop.
  • Phone / camera
  • Pounds .. cash to pay upon arrival for food and camping.
  • Supplementary food items
  • Toiletries and a towel, especially including hand cream.
  • All appropriate equipment if you are camping.
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Designing your Natural Home Workshop in Forest Row, East Sussex, UK.

Earth, Hands and Houses Straw Bale Workshop Leader, Paulina Wojciechowska

Building with earth: Paulina and her passion…

People having fun at a Clay Plastering Workshop run by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Workshops are always lots of fun!

A 2 day, weekend workshop on planning your natural home.
Taught by an architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska.

This workshop can be scheduled upon demand, dates to suit you.  It needs a minimun of 2 persons and is limited to a small group of 4.  It will be held in the countryside of East Sussex, 30 minutes drive from London Gatwick airport.

This workshop is a lecture and design work together with making a model of your design out of straw/clay and other natural materials and having some hands on with earthbag filling and mixing cob.

What You Will Learn

The workshop introduces areas of planning your house, from orientation of your building on site, through starting the process of design, to an awareness of what is involved in the building process so you can begin to plan your home.

Throughout the weekend, the workshop is 50% lecture and design and discussion, and 50% hands-on practical work… building a model of your design.

The topic areas covered are:

An overview of how to go about locating and approaching design of your house.

Technologies choices for the house structure such as:

  • foundation types.
  • Roof structures: types of roofs.
  • Walls: an overview of natural building wall technologies: straw bale, cordwood, earthbag, cob, rammed earth, adobe.

Book Your Place

The price of the two day workshop is £195 per person.

Numbers on the workshop will be limited to 4 to ensure a good learning experience.

Children from the age of 8 are welcome to accompany their parent(s) and may participate in parts of the workshop as they wish. No charges are made for children under the age of 16 years.

To book your place:

email earthhands@gmail.com or
call Paulina on (+44) 7787918184.

About your Workshop Leader

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 18 years of experience building with straw bales and  earthbags in communities all around the world.

Paulina worked alongside Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth in 1996 and is the author of “Building with Earth”, one of the leading earthbag construction books. She also worked with leading straw bale and clay plaster veterans Bill and Athena Steen in 1997-8 and has been involved in running straw bale and earthbag workshops and designing and building straw bale structures since then. Click here to hear Paulina talk about her experiences.

Food, Location, Accommodation

Vegetarian food will be available at an additional cost, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper, e.g soup…

The workshop will be held in the village of Forest Row, which is a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport. You may camp at a farm field 3 miles away for free (with no fascilities),.. CLICK HERE for Location Maps,  or stay in a house (location: RH18 5DB) on a matress on the floor for £15/night possibly in a shared room, or find your own accomodation in the village.

Workshop Timing

The workshop will run the following times:

Day 1: from 9:00 to 18:00.  Campfire in the evening, weather permitting.  You are welcome to arrive on the afternoon of the day before to set up camp and settle in before the workshop begins.

Days 2: from 09:00 to 16:00.

 

 

Learn more…

Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:

Watch people’s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses straw bale and clay plastering workshop:

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Straw Bale and Clay Plaster Workshop, Poland
Budowa z Kostki Słomianej Warsztaty, Polska

A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.

A larger straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October 2013.

Clay plastering the joints between bales...

Clay plastering the joints between bales…

Having fun in the sun...

Having fun in the sun…

The walls take shape... clay plastering the bale walls.

The walls take shape… clay plastering the bale walls.

Jarema Dubiel teaching some theory to last years straw bale workshop group

Jarema Dubiel teaching some theory to last years straw bale workshop group

People having fun at a Clay Plastering Workshop run by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Workshops are always lots of fun!

A straw bale and clay plastering workshop taught by Jarema Dubiel  – cost: 280 Euros
Budowa domku z kostki slomianej i tynkowanie glina – koszt: 280 Euros

9-15 Czerwca 2018, in  Przelomka, Poland
Budowa z kostki slomianej i tynkowanie glina 9-15 czerwca, PRZELOMKA

This workshop is set in a very wild and beautiful place, 200m from the cleanest classified lake in Poland, the 5km long lake Hańcza.  Here, the neighbours are beavers and storks.  This is also the site of a beautiful straw bale house and Przelomka is also the village of the first straw bale load-bearing house in Poland.
Warsztaty sa prowadzone w pieknym miejscu, na suwalszczyznie, nad jeziorem Hancza, do okola lasy i laki.

This workshop is taught by Jarema Dubiel, in both Polish and English.
Warsztaty prowadzone sa przez Jareme Dubiel sa one blisko w jezyku polskim oraz angielskim.

Click here to watch a Youtube video of one of Jarema’s workshops on Polish TV.
Tu mozesz zobaczyc film  Youtube video  w  TV.

Click here to read about food, travel and accommodation for the workshop.

Click here to read about more details about Jarema.

What You Will Learn

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of constructing and plastering a small straw bale structure.

Topics covered will be:

  • Site preparation and building of foundations for straw bale walls using earthbag, stone & lime, including the compression wires.
  • Learning about the qualities of straw bales
  • Straw bale wall raising
  • Hazel wall pinning
  • Installation of ventilation tubes
  • Deviding the straw bales
  • Cutting & tying straw bales
  • Sowing of corners
  • Wall compression
  • Preparation of compression wall plates
  • Preparation of clay plasters for protection of the wall
  • learning the sculpting layer plaster and the smooth plaster finishes

Poruszane tematy będą:

  • podmurówka z worków wypełnionych ziemia /sandbag/
  • z warstwą oddychającą
  • montowanie prętów
  • zabezpieczenie wapnem i obłożenie kamieniami podmórówki
  • rozpoznawanie jakosci slomianej kostki budowlanej
  • stawianie ściany
  • montowanie wentylacji
  • dzielenie kostki,
  • wiązanie kostki,
  • szycie rogów,
  • stabilizacja sciany zszywanie prętów
  • przygotowanie i ułożenie drabinek
  • kompresowanie ściany,
  • wstępny tynk gliniany zabezpieczający
  • dwie warstwy tynków glinianych

This straw bale workshop will be mainly hands-on, building a small temporary structure out of straw bales, and applying all the different clay plaster techniques.

Book Your Place

The price of the  workshop is 280€.

Numbers on the workshop will be limited to ensure a good learning experience, and we are expecting the allocated places to fill up before the workshop begins.

To book your place in english:
email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or
call Paulina on +44 7787918184 .

Aby zarezerwować miejsce w języku polskim:
Jarema Dubiel
Email: jaremadubiel@tlen.pl
Tel. + 48 (0) 504-340-261

Food, Location, Accommodation

Vegetarian food will be available at an additional cost, payable upon arrival. There will be a large free camping field for those people who have their own tent.
Zapewniamy: Darmove pole namiotowe, noclegi w namiotach wlasnych, lub lokalne kwatery,  obiady wegetariańskie, wieczorne ogniska.

Click here to read more details about food, travel and accommodation for this workshop.

Please note that consumption of alcohol and smoking on the site are not allowed.

Workshop Timing

The workshop will run from 10:00 to 18:00 on each day. If you are  camping, you are welcome to arrive any time two days before the workshop starts and to depart a day after the workshop ends, so staying a little longer then the workshop time in exchange for some clearing up help.

But there is more…

This will be more than just a straw bale workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

Learn more…

 

Hear Jarema talk about his work in this Polish language video:

Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:

 

Watch people’s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses straw bale and clay plastering workshop:

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Decorative Clay Plaster Workshop with Athena Steen, Sussex, UK

 

Happy plastering on our Spanish workshop last year…

Athena at work carving different layers of clay plaster to make a beautiful flower design…

Carving and colours – amazing possibilities!

Beautiful clay carving work from Athena's recent workshop in Scotland...

Beautiful clay carving work from Athena’s recent workshop in Scotland…

People having fun at a Clay Plastering Workshop run by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Workshops are always lots of fun!

A six day In-Depth Clay Plaster Workshop with our guest teacher from Arizona, Athena Steen.

26 – 31 May 2017.

Set on a beautiful estate of Michael Hall Steiner school in the East Sussex countryside in the village of Forest Row, UK.

Taught in English by Athena Steen of the Canelo Project, author of many straw bale books, and architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska.

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of all aspects of clay plaster on a real straw bale that will be used for an outdoor classroom, in the woods of the school. The structure and straw bale walls of this building were built 2 years ago by class 9 students and a workshop that we ran and is waiting to be finished off with many layers of straw clay, smooth plastering and carving.

What You Will Learn

The six day workshop is based around the real hands-on experience of using clay plaster on the walls of a real structure, supported by regular lectures to ensure you understand the theory and possibilities. Over the six days you will learn:

  • Recognising the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for creating clay plaster in construction
  • Preparation and application of the first 2 coats of clay plaster onto the straw bale wall
  • Application of a clay and straw “cob” mixture to straw bale walls
  • Preparation and application of the final layer of plaster
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • mixing different clay colours applying and carving the smooth plaster layers.
  • Methods of protecting clay plaster from the elements.
  • Preparation and application of clay paints for a beautiful natural finish.
  • The theory of how clay floors are built.

This clay plaster workshop will be mainly hands-on, with theory lessons on each day to back up the practical skills learned and provide the opportunity for more detailed questions to be answered.

Book Your Place

The price of the six day In-depth Clay Plaster and artistry with clay plasters Workshop is £535 per person, or a discounted price of £485 is available if booked by 15th March 2017.

Numbers on the workshop will be limited to ensure a good learning experience, and we are expecting the allocated places to fill up before the workshop begins.

To book your place
email: earthhands@gmail.com
call Paulina (+44) 7787918184.

About your Workshop Leaders

The workshop will be lead by our guest teacher Athena Steen, along with Paulina Wojciechowska.

Athena is considered one of the founders of the natural building revolution. In 1989, along with her husband Bill, she founded the Canelo Project, a non profit organisation with the aim of spreading their knowledge of natural building far and wide. Paulina gained her experience and wisdom in natural building while spending 6 months working with Athena and Bill, 20 years ago! Click here to read more about Athena and the Canelo Project.

Paulina Wojciechowska, is a qualified architect who has 20 years of experience building with straw bales and  earthbags in communities all around the world. Paulina worked alongside leading straw bale and clay plaster veterans Bill and Athena Steen in 1997-8 and has been involved in running natural building workshops and designing and building structures with natural materials since then. Click here to hear Paulina talk about her experiences.

Food, Location, Accommodation

Vegetarian food will be available at an additional cost, payable upon arrival. This is expected to be in the region of £10 per day. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper.

The workshop will be held on the grounds of Michael Hall School, in Forest Row  on a large 6×10 metre straw bale structure built in previous years to be an outdoor classroom.

You may camp within 20 minute walk by Weir Wood reservoir on a camping farm field or on a floor of a un used storage barn for £5/day, which includes the use of a kitchen, with toilet and shower facility.

Click here for more details of the camping facilities, maps, travel information and other accommodation available.

Please note that consumption of alcohol and smoking on the site are not allowed.

Workshop Timing

The workshop will run approximately on the following times:

Days 1-5:  – 09:00 to 18:00
Day 6: – 09:00 – 16:00

If you are  camping, you are welcome to arrive any time from 15:00 on the day before the workshop starts and to depart the day after the workshop ends.

Booking Multiple Workshops in UK.

You are welcome to attend a combination of our other workshops:

Design Your Dream Natural Home + Earthbag dome workshop £675

Earthbag dome + Straw Bale + Artistry in clay and clay plastering (July dates), £855 if paid before 1st March, otherwise £975

Design Your Dream Natural Home + Earthbag dome + Straw Bale + Artistry in clay and clay plastering (July dates) £1245 if paid before 1st March, otherwise £1450

But there is more…

This will be more than just a clay plaster workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

Learn more…

Hear Bill and Athena Steen talk about their work:


Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:

 

Watch people’s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses straw bale and clay plaster workshop:

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Athena Steen from the Canelo Project

Beautiful carving in clay – Athena is a true artist!

Athena at work carving between layers of clay plaster to make a beautiful flower design.

Amazing colours are possible!

Clay plastered tipi designs…

Our world renowned guest teachers!

Athena Steen founded the Canelo Project, a non-profit natural building organisation with her husband Bill Steen in 1989.  Later they became authors of many books the best known being:

 

 

 

 

 

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Designing your Natural Home Workshop in Forest Row, East Sussex, UK.

Earth, Hands and Houses Straw Bale Workshop Leader, Paulina Wojciechowska

Building with earth: Paulina and her passion…

People having fun at a Clay Plastering Workshop run by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Workshops are always lots of fun!

A 2 day, weekend workshop on planning your natural home.
Taught by an architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska.

This workshop can be scheduled upon demand, dates to suit you.  It needs a minimun of 2 persons and is limited to a small group of 4.  It will be held in the countryside of East Sussex, 30 minutes drive from London Gatwick airport.

 

This workshop is a lecture and design work together with making a model of your design out of straw/clay and other natural materials and having some hands on with earthbag filling and mixing cob.

What You Will Learn

The workshop introduces areas of planning your house, from orientation of your building on site, through starting the process of design, to an awareness of what is involved in the building process so you can begin to plan your home.

Throughout the weekend, the workshop is 50% lecture and design and discussion, and 50% hands-on practical work… building a model of your design.

The topic areas covered are:

An overview of how to go about locating and approaching design of your house.

Technologies choices for the house structure such as:

  • Foundation types
  • Roof structures: types of roofs.
  • Walls: an overview of natural building wall technologies: straw bale, cordwood, earthbag, cob, rammed earth, adobe.

Book Your Place

The price of the two day workshop is £195 per person.

Numbers on the workshop will be limited to 4 to ensure a good learning experience.

Children from the age of 8 are welcome to accompany their parent(s) and may participate in parts of the workshop as they wish. No charges are made for children under the age of 12 years.

To book your place:

email earthhands@gmail.com or
call Paulina on (+44) 7787918184.

About your Workshop Leader

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 19 years of experience building with straw bales and  earthbags in communities all around the world.

Paulina worked alongside Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth in 1996 and is the author of “Building with Earth”, one of the leading earthbag construction books. She also worked with leading straw bale and clay plaster veterans Bill and Athena Steen in 1997-8 and has been involved in running straw bale and earthbag workshops and designing and building straw bale structures since then. Click here to hear Paulina talk about her experiences.

Food, Location, Accommodation

Vegetarian food will be available at an additional cost, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper, e.g soup…

The workshop will be held in a house in the village of Forest Row, which is a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport. You may camp at a farm field 3 miles away for free (with no fascilities), or stay in the house on a matress on the floor for £15/night possibly in a shared room, or find your own accomodation in or around the village.

Click here for more details, maps, travel information and other accommodation available.

Workshop Timing

The workshop will run the following times:

Day 1: from 9:00 to 18:00.  Campfire in the evening, weather permitting.  You are welcome to arrive on the afternoon of the day before to set up camp and settle in before the workshop begins.

Days 2: from 09:00 to 16:00.

 

 

Learn more…

Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:

Watch people’s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses straw bale and clay plastering workshop:

Natural Building Workshop Location: Forest Row, near London Gatwick Airport, England.

The workshop is located in a  field, on the outskirts of Foret Row village and is situated a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport, in beautiful rolling English countryside.

Click here for a map of the precise location.

Accommodation – Camping

You may camp within the workshop site. Facilities are basic, with compost toilet and cold water for bucket washes.

There is room on the site to bring your own caravan or camper van. Please tell us on the booking form if you plan to do this.

Other Local Accommodation

Here are links to other local accommodation possibilities on some of the best known web sites, centred around the workshop location. Change the dates and number of people to suit your needs:

  • Local Airbnb accommodationclick here
  • Properties on holidayletting.co.ukclick here
  • Bed and breakfasts on toprooms.comclick here
  • Bed and breakfasts on bedandbreakfastdirectory.co.ukclick here
  • Hotels on booking.comclick here
    (click on “show map” in the left column, and then move down to centre the map on the green area to the south of Crawley, which is where the workshop is located).
  • Google search “Bed and Breakfast Haywards Heath”click here
  • Google map “Bed and Breakfast RH17 5TJ”click here

Food

Vegetarian/Vegan food will be available at a cost of approx. £10/day, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper, ususally leftovers from lunch or soup. This money covers the groceries only. To keep the food cost to the minimun the food will be prepared by ourselves.

Things to Bring With You On the Workshop

We recommend you bring the following items:

  • Clothes to get dirty in
  • Strong shoes for working in can be very muddy.
  • A hat as you will be outdoors in the rain or sun all day
  • Pen and notebook to make notes
  • A memory stick with 16Gb of free space to store everyone’s photos taken during the workshop.
  • Phone / camera
  • Pounds .. cash to pay upon arrival for food.
  • Supplementary food items
  • Toiletries and a towel, especially including hand cream.
  • All appropriate equipment if you are camping.
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Decorative Clay Plastering Workshop, W.Sussex, UK

Clay plastering the joints between bales...

Clay plastering the joints between bales…

The walls take shape... clay plastering the bale walls.

The walls take shape… clay plastering the bale walls.

Earth, Hands and Houses Straw Bale Workshop Leader, Paulina Wojciechowska

Building with earth: Paulina and her passion…

People having fun at a Clay Plastering Workshop run by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Workshops are always lots of fun!

A six day In-Depth Clay Plaster Workshop

29 June – 4 July 2019

Set on a beautiful field in West Sussex countryside on the outskirts of the village of Cuckfield, near Haywards Heath, UK. (13 miles North of Brighton and 25 minutes from Gatwick airport.)

Taught in English by architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska.

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of all aspects of clay plaster on a small straw bale wall.

 

What You Will Learn

is workshop is based around the real hands-on experience of using clay plaster on the walls of an earthbag structure, supported by regular lectures to ensure you understand the theory and possibilities. Over the six days you will learn:

  • Recognising the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for creating clay plaster in construction
  • Preparation and application of the first 2 coats of clay plaster onto the wall
  • Application of a clay and straw “cob” mixture to the walls
  • Preparation and application of the final layer of plaster
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • mixing different clay colours applying and carving the smooth plaster layers.
  • Methods of protecting clay plaster from the elements.
  • Preparation and application of clay paints for a beautiful natural finish.
  • The theory of how clay floors are built.

This clay plaster workshop will be mainly hands-on, with theory lessons on each day to back up the practical skills learned and provide the opportunity for more detailed questions to be answered.

Numbers on the workshop will be limited to ensure a good learning experience, and we are expecting the allocated places to fill up before the workshop begins.

To find out more
email: earthhands@gmail.com
call Paulina (+44) 7787918184.

About your Workshop Leader

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 20 years of experience building with straw bales and  earthbags in communities all around the world. Paulina worked alongside leading straw bale and clay plaster veterans Bill and Athena Steen in 1997-8 and has been involved in running natural building workshops and designing and building structures with natural materials since then. Click here to hear Paulina talk about her experiences.

Food, Location, Accommodation

Vegetarian/Vegan food will be available at a cost of approx. £10/day, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper, ususally leftovers from lunch or soup. This money covers the groceries only. To keep the food cost to the minimun the food will be prepared by ourselves.

CLICK HERE for Location Maps, more details of the camping facilities, maps, travel information and other accommodation available.

Please note that consumption of alcohol and smoking on the site are not allowed.

Workshop Timing

The workshop will run approximately on the following times:

day 1 starting at 11.00, middle days  09.30 to 17.30, last day we will aim to finish a little earlier to give you time to pack.

If you are  camping, you are welcome to arrive any time from 15:00 on the day before the workshop starts and to depart the day after the workshop ends, or stay longer and help out.

But there is more…

This will be more than just a clay plaster workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

Learn more…

Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:

 

Watch people’s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses straw bale and clay plaster workshop:

An Earthbag dome built by Earth, Hands and Houses in Zambia in 2012.

Earthbag Dome Workshop, West Sussex, UK.

An Earthbag dome built by Earth, Hands and Houses in Zambia in 2012.

A similar but larger dome we built in Zambia in 2012.

A dome being built at a Earthbag workshop in Zambia in 2012

The Zambian dome takes shape 

Lovely local food to start the day...

Lovely local food to start the day…

Earthbag dome participants learn how to position an earthbag.

Workshop participants practice the art of accurately positioning a tube of earth…

Happy attendees of an Earthbag workshop in Poland, 2012.

“The dome WE built!” – Poland, 2012

18-26 June 2019

An 8 day Earthbag  Dome Workshop.    (some call it Superadobe, except we keep our earthbag technology as natural as possible, built using mostly earth and a pegging system with no barbed wire..! cement and barbed wire used ONLY where absolutely necessary.)

Taught by architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska.

The workshop will be lead by Earth Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 20 years of experience building with earthbags in communities all around the world. Paulina worked alongside Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth in 1996 and is the author of “Building with Earth”, one of the leading earthbag construction books.

What You Will Learn

The workshop is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of all stages of constructing a 2.5 metre interior diameter earthbag dome with an arched entrances, in a beautiful location in W.Sussex, and will include:

Earthbag Dome Workshop

  • Theory of earthbag stucture foundations.
  • Building an earthbag dome.
  • Creating earthbag walls using both single bags and earthbag tubes.
  • Different techniques using arches and lintels to construct doorways and windows within the earthbag structure.
  • Ensuring the structure is stable through the correct use of buttressing and corbelling based upon the nature of the earth used to fill the bags.
  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building.
  • Preparation and application of the first coat of clay plaster onto an earthbag dome.

Book Your Place

The workshop prices is:

Earthbag Dome Workshop:
(the workshop is 8 or 9 days depending on the size of group, with the possibility for a day off in the middle if the workshop is running on schedule.)

Numbers on the workshop will be limited to ensure a good learning experience, and we are expecting the allocated places to fill up before the workshop.

Note that we are running two workshops at this time in W. Sussex, with the artistry with clay plastering and carving after this Earthbag workshop.

To book your place
email earthhands@gmail.com or
call Paulina on (+44) 7787918184.

About your Workshop Leader

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 19 years of experience building with earthbags in communities all around the world. Paulina worked alongside Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth in 1996 and is the author of “Building with Earth”, one of the leading earthbag construction books. Click here to hear Paulina talk about her experiences.

Food, Location, Accommodation

Vegetarian/Vegan food will be available at a cost of approx. £10/day, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper, ususally leftovers from lunch or soup. This money covers the groceries only. To keep the food cost to the minimun the food will be prepared by ourselves.

Location : The workshop will be held on a farm, outside of the village centre of Cuckfielf, 13 miles north of Brighton, 25 minutes drive from Gatwick in West Sussex, UK.

CLICK HERE for Location Maps, more details of the camping facilities, maps, travel information and other accommodation available.

Camping : You may camp on the workshop field for free if you have a tent, with simple camping fascilities… or talk to us about a space for a mattress under a barn roof.

Places to stay:  Cuckfield has a good airbnb selection of places to stay, or find a hotel nearby in Haywards Heath area.

Workshop Timing

The earthbag dome workshop will run from 9.30am to 5.30pm on each day. with a day off after day 4,  if we are running on schedule. We will aim to be finished by approx 4pm on the last day to give you time to pack etc..

But there is more…

This will be more than just an earthbag dome workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

Earthbag Homes in Disaster Regions

Click here to read more about why earthbag homes are a great construction method to introduce into the world’s poorer, disaster prone communities.

Learn more…

Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:

 

Watch people’s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses straw bale and clay plastering workshop:

Paulina's first straw bale house, built in 2000 by the shore of Lake Hancza, Eastern Poland.

Straw Bale Workshop, East Sussex, UK for 2018.

A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.

A  larger straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October 2013.

Clay plastering the joints between bales...

Clay plastering the joints between bales…

Having fun in the sun...

Having fun in the sun…

The walls take shape... clay plastering the bale walls.

The walls take shape… clay plastering the bale walls.

Earth, Hands and Houses Straw Bale Workshop Leader, Paulina Wojciechowska

Building with earth: Paulina and her passion…

People having fun at a Clay Plastering Workshop run by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Workshops are always lots of fun!

A five day Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop:
12th – 16th May 2018.

followed by
A 5 day In-depth clay plastering and carving, the artistry of clay workshop.
18-23 May 2018.

Taught by architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska.

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of constructing and plastering a straw bale building.

The straw bale workshop will be held in a lovely farming field set in rolling english countryside on the otskirts of the village of Forest Row, 30 minutes drive from London Gatwick airport.

What You Will Learn

Setting out of the building, making foundations and walls and plastering. Hands-on experience of all the stages in straw bale wall construction, and an introduction to the plastering of a real structure:

Straw Bale Workshop UK (5 days)

  • Setting out and foundations
  • Raising straw bale walls
  • How to tie the straw bale walls together
  • Making a wall plate and compressing a wall
  • Installation of door and window frames
  • Managing the use of bales to maintain wall strength
  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation and application of the first 2 coats of clay plaster onto the straw bale wall

This straw bale workshop will be mainly hands-on, working on a small building which will be used for storage. Theory lessons on some days will back up the practical skills learned and provide the opportunity for more detailed questions to be answered.

In-Depth Clay Plastering and carving, the artistry of clay Workshop (5 days)

There is an opportunity to stay on for a further six days, working on an existing straw bale structure to gain a more in depth, hands on experience of a wide range of clay plastering techniques, including:

  • Sculpting with the second straw clay based plaster layer,
  • making your own wooden trowels
  • Preparation and application of the final smooth layer of plaster.
  • Types of smooth plasters, including those that are prepared with and without lime.
  • Application of plaster with a natural plant based stabiliser such as wheat paste.
  • Experimenting with and undestanding how to mix different plasters and stabilisers.
  • The different methods of applying smooth plasters to a wall.
  • An introduction to carving techniques of smooth plasters.
  • Mixing and application of clay paints
  • Use of straw and clay as insulation.
  • An introduction to clay plaster mixes used in cob ovens and earthen floors.
  • Mostly hands on but some theory lessons.

Numbers on the workshop will be limited to ensure a good learning experience, and we are expecting the allocated places to fill up before the workshop begins.

To find out more:
email: earthhands@gmail.com or
call Paulina on (+44) 7787918184.

About your Workshop Leader

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 18 years of experience building with straw bales and  earthbags in communities all around the world. Paulina worked alongside leading straw bale and clay plaster veterans Bill and Athena Steen in 1997-8 and has been involved in running straw bale workshops and designing and building straw bale structures since then. Click here to hear Paulina talk about her experiences.

Food, Location, Accommodation

Vegetarian/Vegan food will be available at a cost of approx. £10/day, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper, ususally leftovers from lunch or soup. This money covers the groceries only. To keep the food cost to the minimun the food will be prepared by ourselves.

The straw bale workshop UK will be held in Forest Row , which is a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport. You may camp at the field for Free.

CLICK HERE for Location Maps, more details of the camping facilities, maps, travel information and other accommodation available.

Workshop Timing

The Straw Bale workshop will run between 9.30am-5.30pm Each day.  The plastering workshop will start at 12noon on the first day and finishing after lunch on the last day.

But there is more…

This will be more than just a straw bale workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

Learn more…

Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:

 

Watch people’s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses straw bale and clay plastering workshop: