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: