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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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: