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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.

Natural Building Workshop Location: Przełomka, Poland

The workshop site is on the edge of a small village in eastern Poland, and just 500m from the beautiful Lake Hanza. The nearest town is called Suwalki. The area is quite remote, and is part of a lovely national park, with cycling, swimming and kayaking the main local activities for visitors.

If the map appears just grey, then click the zoom out [-] button – Google Maps is playing games! You can zoom around with this map to see our exact location.

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The co-ordinates of the site are 54.255589, 22.795434.

Travel

There are three airports you can fly to, and then travel by bus or train to Suwalki. You can then either be collected by car, or take one of two buses per day for the 45 minute journey to the workshop site. Most flights are either with Ryanair or Wizzair.

  • Warsaw, Poland – and then you take a 6 hour train journey to Suwalki
  • Vilnius, Lithuania – and then take a 3 hour bus journey to Suwalki
  • Kaunas, Lithuania – and then take a 3 hour bus journey to Suwalki

The trains and busses only go a few times per day, so you are advised to allow two days for your journey. Click below for the bus and train details:

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 5-8€ per day. We have a simple breakfast, our main meal in the middle of the day and 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.

Access to Shops, Bars

The site is a 45 minute walk to the nearest village which has a small shop and a bar and restaurant. All major shops are found in the large town of Suwalki, which is 45 minutes drive by car.

Accommodation – Free On Site Camping

You may camp for free within the workshop site. Facilities are basic, with outdoor composting toilets, and cold water available for washing and showers.

Accommmodation – Caravans and Campervans

There is limited space to park caravans or campervans – please let us know if you plan to stay in one!

Other Local Accommodation

Here are links to other accommodation available around the workshop site:

  • Bożena’s Hostal (1 minute walk)
    This is across the road from the workshop site, with rooms available for around 40zl (approx. 10€) per night The owner does speak english.
    Contact: Bożena Danowska, phone +48-516-460-447, email przelomka@tlen.pl.
    Click here for their facebook page.
  • Galeria Wiejska (15 minute walk)
    Has camping for 10zl per person (approx. 2.5€) with hot water, and hostel for 25zl  (approx. 7-8€) per night per bed.
    The owners do not speak english, so you are best to email us if you would like to stay there.
  • Hancza hostel (25 minute walk)
    This hostal has with beds for 15zl (4-5€) per night.

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 rough terrain
  • A hat as you will be outdoors in the sunshine all day
  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • 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
    (Phone enabled with “roaming” to work in Spain)
  • Euros
  • Supplementary food items
  • Toiletries and a towel, especially including lip balm and hand cream.
  • All appropriate equipment if you are camping.

Lugar del Taller sobre Construcción con Balas de Paja España: La Murta, Tarbena, Alicante

El olivar, situado en La Murta se encuentra a dos kilómetros al sur del antiguo pueblo de Tárbena, al norte de Alicante, en España.

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Tárbena está a 30 minutos en coche de Benidorm y Altea, y a una hora de Alicante y Denia.

Información sobre La Murta

La Murta es una bella finca rural española. Debes, sin embargo, estar informado de lo siguiente:

  • Piscina no recintada – tenemos una piscina de 2 metros de profundidad que no está recintada, por lo tanto ten en cuenta que no es adecuada para niños pequeños, a menos que estén constantemente bajo supervisión.
  • Riesgo de incendios – el clima es muy seco, lo que ocasiona riesgos de incendios sin control. Por lo tanto, no está permitido fumar o realizar fuegos al aire libre.
  • Terrazas con desniveles – estamos en la ladera de una colina empanada, con terrazas altas construidas sobre piedras, y muchos desniveles, lo cual no es adecuado para niños pequeños.

Cómo llegar desde el Aeropuerto de Alicante

El aeropuerto internacional más cercano es el de Alicante, con vuelos regulares desde toda Europa. Desde el aeropuerto, hay autobuses de línea que llegan a Benidorm (con salidas cada hora en punto, como las 08:00, las 09:00…, y un precio de unos 10€); después, tomar otro autobús de Benidorm a Callosa d’en Sarriá (costo 2€). Ver www.alsa.es. Desde allí, podemos recogerte y llevarte en 15 minutos en coche a nuestro lugar. Puede que tengamos que añadir un pequeño costo adicional por este viaje, en caso de que se tenga que encargar otra persona en nuestro lugar.

Comidas

Nos organizaremos para comprar alimentos, y haremos turnos para cocinar y lavar los platos después de cada comida. De este modo, podemos mantener el precio de la comida bajo, en el orden de unos 8€ diarios. Ello incluirá un desayuno sencillo, una comida principal y más copiosa a mediodía, y una cena más ligera. La comida será vegetariana y sencilla, pero completa y nutriente. Puedes adquirir o traer alguna comida adicional que estimes necesaria para completar tu dieta.

Acceso a tiendas y bares

Estamos a 45 minutos a pie (colina arriba) del pueblo de Tárbena, donde hay varios bares, restaurantes, un supermercado y una farmacia. El bar más cercano se encuentra tan sólo a 10 minutos a pie del lugar del taller.

Alojamiento

Se puede acampar sin coste entre los olivos durante nuestros talleres. Las instalaciones son básicas: baños secos al aire libre, y agua fría para lavarse y ducharse. Debido al riesgo de incendios por ser una zona muy seca, no está permitido fumar.

Para llegar al lugar hay una carretera estrecha y en pendiente, que no es adecuada para las roulottes o las caravanas. Si quieres venir con una caravana o roulotte, háznoslo saber y buscaremos un lugar en la zona donde te puedas instalar durante la duración del taller.
También podemos enviarte los contactos de otros lugares cercanos para alojarte.

Otros Alojamientos

 

Natural Building Workshop Location: Oaklands Farm, near London Gatwick Airport, England.

Oaklands Farm is situated a 15 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport, in beautiful rolling English countryside.

Click here for a map of the precise location.

Accommodation – Free On Site Camping

You may camp for free within the site for Oaklands Farm. Facilities are basic, with outdoor composting toilets, and cold water available for washing and showers.

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 5TJclick 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 £7 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 rough terrain
  • A hat as you will be outdoors in the sunshine all day
  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • 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
  • Supplementary food items
  • Toiletries and a towel, especially including lip balm and hand cream.
  • All appropriate equipment if you are camping.

Natural Building Workshop Location: La Murta, Tarbena, Alicante, Spain

The olive grove at La Murta is 2km south of the ancient village of Tarbena, to the north of Alicante in Spain.

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Tarbena is 30 minutes drive from Benidorm and Altea, and 1 hour drive from Alicante and Denia.

You can zoom into this map to see our exact location with respect to the village, a 45 minute walk away.

Travel from Alicante Airport

The nearest airport is at Alicante where there are frequent flights from around Europe. There are regular buses from Alicante airport to Benidorm (leaving on the hour, e.g. 08:00, 09:00, cost about 10€), and from Benidorm to Callosa d’en Sarria (cost 2€). See www.alsa.es for more details. From there, we will arrange for a neighbour to collect you for the 15 minute car journey to our site, for which the charge is usually around 15€. Expect the whole journey to take around 4 hours from when you land at Alicante.

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 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.

Access to Shops, Bars

The site is a 45 minute walk (up hill!) to the village of Tarbena, where there are multiple bars, restaurants, a supermarket and a pharmacy. The nearest bar is just a 10 minute walk from the workshop site.

Accommodation – Free On Site Camping

You may camp for free within the olive grove during our workshops. Facilities are basic, with outdoor composting toilets, and cold water available for washing and showers. Due to the fire risk in this very dry and warm area, smoking is not permitted on the site.

Accommmodation – Caravans and Campervans

Access to the workshop site is down a very narrow and steep track that is not suitable for caravans or camper vans. You can either stay at a local camp site around 15 minutes drive away, or keep your campervan at one of the off-road parking areas that can be found in the surrounding countryside near the workshop site. The local local camp site is at Fonts de l’Algar: click here for their web site and booking details.

Other Local Accommodation

Here are links to other accommodation available around Tarbena.

  • La Murta – Cabaña de Olivos 
  • (this is on the workshop site and rented out by us! Note the chalet Casita de Montaña is already in use during the workshop time)
  • A Friend’s House Nearby
    (5 minutes walk from the workshop site – sleeps 6, reasonable rent, please email us for more details)
  • Sally Freeman’s bed and Breakfast
    (separate rooms available to rent in the village, 45 minutes walk away.
    Email: sallyfreeman@yahoo.co.uk or call +34 965884361)
  • Oliver’s House
    (in the mountains, 30 minute walk away, separate rooms to rent)
  • AS Tunel
    (house for rent, in the village, 45 minute walk away)
  • Hotel de Tarbena
    (in the village, 45 minute walk away)
  • Can Sueno Appartment
    (Too far to walk – a 10 minute car drive away)
  • Can Sueno Cabana
    (Too far to walk – a 10 minute car drive away)

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 rough terrain
  • A hat as you will be outdoors in the sunshine all day
  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • 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
    (Phone enabled with “roaming” to work in Spain)
  • Euros
  • Supplementary food items
  • Toiletries and a towel, especially including lip balm and hand cream.
  • All appropriate equipment if you are camping.

Other Things to Know

The site at La Murta is in a beautiful rural Spanish location, but you should also know:

  • Unfenced Pool – we have a 2m deep swimming pool which is unfenced, so the site is not suitable for young children unless they are constantly watched.
  • Fire Risk – the climate is very dry which creates a risk of wild fires. Smoking and open fires will therefore not be permitted on the site.
  • Steep Terraces – the site is on a steep hillside with some high stone wall terraces and uneven land, so the site will be unsuitable for young children.
  • Parking Is 500 Metres Away – the site is down a steep narrow access road which has limited parking and can only be used by small cars. Most cars will need to be parked by the road, 500 metres from the workshop site.