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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 five day straw bale and clay plastering workshop taught by Jarema Dubiel  – cost: 200 Euros
5 dni, budowa domku z kostki slomianej i tynkowanie glina – koszt: 200 Euros

24-30 August 2017, in  Przelomka, Poland
Budowa z kostki slomianej i tynkowanie glina 24-30 sierpnia, 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 five day workshop is 200€.

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.
25-26th February, 11-12March 2017.
Taught by an architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska.

The workshop will be held in a lovely field in the english 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.

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:

  • Site orientation, starting the process of design.
  • 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 ensure a good learning experience, and we are expecting the allocated places to fill up before the workshop begins.

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.

The workshop will be held on a farming field, close to Weir Wood reservoir, in Forest Row, which is a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport. You may camp at the farm for £5/night.

Click here for more details of the camping facilities, 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 17:00.

 

 

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: 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 – £5/day 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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Decorative Clay Plastering Workshop, 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

26-31 May 2017, with Paulina and guest Teacher Athena Steen

14-19 July 2017. with Paulina

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 architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska and Athena Steen.

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 run and is awaiting finishing 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 in July is £345 (TBC..?) per person, or a discounted price of £295 is available if booked by 15th April 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 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 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:

day 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, £855 if paid before 1st March, otherwise £975

Design Your Dream Natural Home + Earthbag dome + Straw Bale + Artistry in clay and clay plastering £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 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, East 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

A 6 day Earthbag  Dome Workshop.    (some call it Superadobe, except we keep our earthbag technology as natural as possible, built using mostly earth and no barbed wire..! cement and barbed wire used ONLY where absolutely necessary.)

10th – 15th May 2017,   or
25 June – 3 July 2017 (including 2 extra days of earth plastering)

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 18 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 metre interior diameter earthbag dome with an arched entrance, in a beautiful location in E.Sussex, and will include:

Earthbag Dome Workshop (6 days)

  • Theory of earthbag stucture foundations.
  • Building an earthbag dome from an existing base.
  • 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 2 coats of clay plaster onto an earthbag dome.

Book Your Place

The workshop prices is:

six day Earthbag Dome Workshop:
£345 per person, or £295 if booked by 1st March 2016.

a six day Earthbag Dome Workshop with an option to saty for 2 more days of plastering £385:

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 a series of workshops at this time in E. Sussex, a Straw bale as well as the artistry with clay plastering and carving after this Earthbag workshop, as well as Design Your Dream Natural Home before this 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 18 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 food will be available at an additional cost of £10/day, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper.

The workshop will be held on farmland, 1mile outside of the village centre of Forest Row. You may camp on the field for £5/day.

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

Workshop Timing

The earthbag dome workshop will run from 9.30am to 5.30pm on each day. You will be welcome to arrive the day before the workshop and to leave the day afterwards.

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.

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:
18th – 23rd May,  or  6-11th July.

followed by
A 6 day In-depth clay plastering and carving, the artistry of clay workshop.
26-31 May,  or 14-19 July 2017.

Taught by architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska.

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of constructing and plastering a real straw bale building that will be used for storage.

The straw bale workshop will be held in a lovely farming field set in rolling english countryside 30 minutes drive from London Gatwick airport.

What You Will Learn

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)

  • 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 (6 days)

There is an opportunity to stay on for a further six days, working on a poject at the local Woldorf Steiner school, a 6×10 metre straw bale building, to gain an in depth, hands on experience of a wide range of clay plastering techniques, including:

  • Sculpting with the second straw clay based plaster layer.
  • Preparation and application of the final smooth layer of plaster.
  • Types of smooth plasters, including those that are prepared with and without lime.
  • Experimenting with different types of natural plant based stabilisers, for example wheat paste and cactus.
  • 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.

Book Your Place

The workshop prices are:

Five day Straw Bale Workshop UK:
£415 per person, or £365 if booked by 15th March 2017.

Six day In-Depth plastering carving Clay Plastering Workshop:
£295, (TBC) per person.

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 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 food will be available at an additional cost of £10/day, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper.

The straw bale workshop UK will be held at Weir Wood, Forest Row , which is a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport. You may camp at the farm for £5/day.

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

Workshop Timing

The Straw Bale workshop UK will run the following times (these are approximate as they might change) :

  • day 1: from 12:00 to 17:30. You are welcome to arrive any time after 9am.
  • day 2-5: from 09:30 to 17:30.
  • day 6: from 09:30 till luch.

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:

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Planning Your Dream Natural Building Home Workshop, 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 six day workshop on planning your dream natural home
Friday 16th – Thursday 22nd June 2017, (with one day off in the middle)
Taught by Antony Dennis and an architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska.

The workshop will be held in a lovely field in the english countryside 30 minutes drive from London Gatwick airport.

This workshop is a combination of lots of hands on experience combined with lectures and discussion to help you plan your dream home made from natural materials.

What You Will Learn

The workshop covers all areas of planning your home, from choosing a site, through planning the design, to an awareness of what is involved in all aspects of the build so you can plan what you can do and what will require the help of others.

Throughout the six days, the workshop is 50% presentation and discussion, and 50% hands-on practical work.

The topic areas covered are:

An in-depth look at all aspects of planning the design of your natural home, including:

  • Choosing your site
  • Preparation of a site plan
  • Dealing with the site’s characteristics such as earth types, ground topology, etc.
  • Creating a house design to suite your lifestyle
  • The balance of costs: money, time, quality.
  • How to find your balance point and cost your project in a realistic way
  • Working with architects, builders and volunteers
  • Fitting the project into your life.
  • A design example: the amazing 5 bedroom house being built at Oaklands Farm.

Technologies choices for the house structure:

  • Foundations: types of foundations, pros and cons, which to use in different site situations, relative costs and effort involved.
  • Roof structures: types of roofs, pros and cons, how to choose the best roof structure for your project, relative costs and effort involved.
  • Insulation: a discussion of different solutions and their relative effectiveness.
  • Walls: an overview of natural building wall technologies: straw bale, cordwood, earthbag, cob, rammed earth, old tyres.
  • Floors: an overview of the different technologies, their pros and cons.
  • Guidelines for designing wall structures using different technologies
  • Balancing your idealogical ideas with your building inspector’s logical, legal ones.
  • Hands-on experience:  on straw bale, earthbag and cob and wattle and daub.

An overview of planning and installing services, with an emphasis on specific considerations for houses built from natural materials:

  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Heating systems.
  • Waste water drainage systems
  • Rainwater drainage systems
  • Internal shelving and structures.

Review and Presentation of up to Three Design Plans
Many people come to our workshops with plans and ideas for their house and site design. We will select up to three design ideas from participants to be reviewed by Paulina during the workshop and presented to the group on the last day for further discussion. Many of our attendees have specialist knowledge on particular areas of design, construction or permaculture, and it can be a valuable experience to share that knowledge. Please let us know with your workshop application if you would like your design ideas to be reviewed and presented.

Hands-on Experience – 50% of Workshop Time

This would be a very boring workshop if it were 5 days of lectures – and you would never be able to retain and use all the details. This workshop will be around 50% hands-on, based around the building aspects of a natural home. The hands-on work will be a brief introduction to the technologies involved, and will include:

  • Constructing some of the foundations on the straw bale project that follows this workshop.
  • Building with cob
  • Building with earthbags
  • Building with cordwood
  • Building with straw bales
  • Constructing part of a rainwater drainage system.
  • Working with electrical wiring, sockets and lights.
  • Working with plumbing and waste water parts.

Book Your Place

The price of the six day workshop is £445 per person, or a discounted price of £395 is available if booked by 1st March 2017.

Note that immediately after this workshop, we will run a five day workshop on how to build with earthbags, domes and arches, then a 5 day straw bales workshop followed by a further 6 day course on artistry with clay, more in-depth clay plastering techniques.

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.

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 info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or
call Antony on (+44) 7812 070413.

About your Workshop Leader

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses Antony Dennis and 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.

The workshop will be held on a farming field, close to Weir Wood reservoir, in Forest Row, which is a 30 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport. You may camp at the farm for £5/night.

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

Workshop Timing

The workshop will run the following times:

Day 1: from 10:00 to 18:00. You are welcome to arrive on the afternoon of the day before to set up camp and settle in before the workshop begins.

Days 2-5: from 09:00 to 17:00.

Day 6: from 09:00 to 16:00. If you are camping, you are welcome to stay on until the following morning if you wish.

But there is more…

This will be more than just a natural building 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:

Clay plastering a straw bale wall

Wattle and daub, clay and lime-clay plastering workshop, Poland
Warsztaty wattle and daub i tynkowania gliną i wapnem

The straw bale house where we will lay the earthen floor...

Clay plastering on a straw bale house built at our workshops in Spain in 2015…

Clay plaster sculpturing at our 2014 straw bale workshop...

Clay plaster sculpturing at our 2014 straw bale workshop…

Plastering is fun...

Plastering is fun…

Immerse yourself in the beautiful, natural clay...

Immerse yourself in the beautiful, natural clay…

Lovely local food to start the day...

Lovely local food to start the day…

A 3 day  workshop, 10th – 12th June 2016.
10-12 czerwca 2016.

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

This workshop is held in a beautiful place surrounded by pine forest. The site is near the town of Nowe Miasto, and just 30km from the Warsaw Modlin airport.
On this workshop site there is a superadobe earth bag dome covered in shingle and a small straw bale house with a green roof.
60km od Warszawy, w lesie niedaleko Nowego Miasta, Plonska.

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 for more details about Jarema.

What You Will Learn

This workshop is a wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of constructing and plastering wattle and daub inside walls.

Na warsztatach własnoręcznie zbudujemy i otynkujemy ścianki działowe.

Workshop will include:

  • Learning about the qualities of clay and clay-lime mixture
  • Weaving the branches construction of a wooden frame
  • Preparing the clay mixture
  • Filling the construction with the clay mixture
  • Preparing and applying successive layers of clay and clay-lime plaster
  • Different types of decorative finishes, including installation of skylights, creating niches, sculpting in clay
  • Experiments with clay in different colours or aromatic plaster with wild herbs

This workshop will be mainly hands-on. The theory lessons will back up the practical skills learned and provide the opportunity for more detailed questions to be answered.

Warsztaty obejmować będą:

  • Właściwości gliny i mieszanek gliniano-wapiennych
  • Montaż konstrukcji z gałęzi w istniejący szkielet drewniany
  • Przygotowanie mieszanki z gliny
  • Wypełnianie konstrukcji ścian mieszanką z gliny
  • Przygotowanie i nakładanie kolejnych warstw tynku glinianego i gliniano-wapiennego
  • Różne rodzaje dekoracyjnych wykończeń, m.in. montowanie świetlików, tworzenie nisz, stemple w tynkach glinianych, rzeźbienie w glinie
  • Eksperymenty z gliną w różnych kolorach, tynki zapachowe z dodatkiem ziół

Warsztaty będą przede wszystkim praktyczne. Część teoretyczna będzie dopełnieniem zajęć praktycznych oraz okazją do zadawania szczegółowych pytań.

Book Your Place

The price of the three day workshop is 100€.  Number of participants will be limited to ensure a good learning experience.

Koszt trzydniowych warsztatów: 400zł. Ilość miejsc jest ograniczona, aby zapewnić dobre warunki pracy i nauki.

To book your place in english:
email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or
call Paulina on (+34) 611 345 383.

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

Food, Location, Accommodation

There will be a free camping field for people with their own tent. Vegetarian food is included in the workshop cost. It is possible to book accommodation in nearby farms at an additional cost (reservation required in advance. We will send you a list of available places).

Zapewniamy: darmowe miejsce do rozstawienia własnego namiotu na terenie gospodarstwa. W cenie warsztatu wliczone jest jedzenie wegetariańskie. Jest możliwość zarezerwowania noclegów w pobliskich gospodarstwach agroturystycznych za dodatkową opłatą (konieczna wcześniejsza rezerwacja. Listę miejsc doślemy zainteresowanym osobom).

Workshop Timing

The workshop will run from 10:00 to 18:00 on each day (10-12.06). You are welcome to arrive the day before the workshop starts and to depart the day after the workshop ends.

Zajęcia warsztatowe zaczynają się 10 czerwca o godz. 10.00 i trwają do 12 czerwca do 18.00, najlepiej więc przyjechać w dniu poprzedzającym warsztaty i wyjechać po ich zakończeniu 13.06.

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!

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: