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

Earthbag Workshop Thailand:
Building a Disaster Resistant Earthbag Home

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

A similar dome we built in Zambia in 2012.

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

The Zambian dome takes shape 

Chiang Dao mountains in Thailand

Workshop location: the beautiful Chiang Dao mountains…

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

Taught by architect and earthbag author
Paulina Wojciechowska.

10th – 18th February 2014.
An 8 day workshop near Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.

Earthbag buildings offer a very low cost of construction and far greater resistance to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, making them an ideal building method to introduce into many regions in Asia.

Earthbag structures are:

  • Very low cost.
  • Do not require expensive materials such as wood, steel and cement.
  • Have thick, disaster resistant walls, making them ideal for areas prone to flooding, hurricanes or earthquakes.
  • Easily built with minimal skills, bringing together young and old in the community.

Earthbags are the perfect building technique for charities and community leaders to introduce into the world’s poorest disaster prone communities. Click here for more details of the benefits of earthbag building.

The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 17 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.

The workshop is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of all stages of constructing a large 4 metre diameter earthbag dome in a beautiful location in Northern Thailand, and will include:

  • Theory of earthbag stucture foundations.
  • Building an earthbag dome from an existing concrete 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.
  • The theory and some short practice of clay plastering techniques applicable to earthbag dome structures.


Earthbag Workshop cost (8 days) : 360 euros 

Other important practicalities:

  • This workshop is part of a series being run by our host, Maggie McKerron. Please click here for details of the other workshops Maggie is running which you may also wish to attend.
  • Food will be provided for an additional cost of approximately 6 euros per day with shared kitchen duties.
  • Free camping will be available on site.
  • The best way to travel to the workshop is to fly or take a train to Chaing Mai in Thailand and then travel one and a half hours by bus or taxi to the workshop site.
  • Please click here for more detailed practical information.

After this workshop there will be an opportunity to stay on as a volunteer and participate in finishing the dome.

This is more than just an earthbag workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an amazing 9 days of learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

Book Your Place

Places on the workshop will be limited to ensure a good learning experience for everyone.

For more details and to book your place please email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or call Paulina on +44 1825 713349

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.

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

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