Category Archives: Past Workshop

Clay plasters over an earthbag dome

Various Workshops in Poland
Warsztaty w Polsce

Last years earth and clay plastering workshop in Poland

Last years earth and clay plastering workshop in Poland

Natural building clay plaster being applied to a wattle and daub wall

Sculpting and applying the smooth layer of clay plaster

Jarema Dubiel teaching some theory to last years straw bale workshop group

Jarema Dubiel teaching some theory to last years straw bale workshop group

Sculpting with clay and straw

Sculpting with clay and straw

Workshops in Poland for Summer 2015 taught by Jarema Dubiel

All the Workshops below are in Poland led and taught by Jarema Dubiel in Polish and English. 

For more information contact: Antony Dennis, info@earthhandsandhouses.org, or +44 7812 070 413.

Click here to read about food, travel and accommodation to the June workshops listed below,

Click here to read about Jarema

Zapraszam na warsztaty budowy z worków wypełnionych ziemią earth bag, superadobe

budowy z kostki słomianej /technologia litej sciany/ oraz tynkowania i malowania gliną i wapnem

Warsztaty prowadzone sa przez Jareme Dubiel sa one blisko Warszawy oraz w Przełomce na Suwalszczyznie w jezyku polskim oraz angielskim.

Click here to watch a Youtube video of one of Jarema’s workshops on Polish TV.

Workshops in June at Przełomka, near Suwałki.

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 the village of the first straw bale load-bearing house in Poland.

Click here to read about food, travel and accommodation for these workshops.

18-20 June 2015, Earthbag Building Workshop, Budowa z workow wypelnionych ziemią

This workshop will teach you how to build with earthbags and some of the things you will learn are:

  • Site preparation, drainage, foundation, construction of a wall,
  • Earthbag compression, how much to tamp the bags so they are solid
  • Earth bag wall stabilization, making an arch
  • Building a dome, plastering with clay and lime to protect from UV erosion.

Cost: 120 Euros

18-­20 czerwca, budowa z worków wypełnionych piaskiem,gliną lub żwirem.

  • 18-­przygotowanie teren ,wykonanie drenu ,poczatek sciany
  • 19-­ubjanie worków ,stabilizacja sciany ,wykonanie łuku/arch/
  • 20­-formowanie kopułki,zabezpieczenie wapnem ,gliną przed uv

koszt 120EU

22-24 June 2015, Straw bale building Workshop. Budowa z kostki słomianej

This workshop will teach you how to build with straw bales. Some of the things you will learn will cover:

  • Site preparation, making special foundations for straw bale walls.
  • Earthbag foundations
  • Building a straw bale wall
  • Stabilization using hazel sticks
  • Hemp rope compression
  • Making a wall plate and compressing the straw bale wall
  • Damp proofing windowsills

Cost: 120 Euros

22-24 czerwca, budowa z kostki słomianej.

22 czerwca

  • równanie terenu
  • montowanie prętów
  • przygotowanie kołków i prętów
  • podmurowka z workow wypelnionych ziemia /sandbag/
  • z warstwą oddychającą

23 ­czerwca

  • stawianie sciany
  • dzielenie kostki,wiązanie kostki,szycie rogów,

24 czerwca

  • przygotowanie i ułożenie drabinek
  • kompresowanie sciany,
  • p i wstępny tynk zabezpieczający

Koszt 120 EU

26-29 June 2015, Clay and Lime Plastering Workshop. Tynkowanie  gliną i wapnem

This workshop will focus on the clay plastering techniques: hands-on experience of the final stages in clay plastering a straw bale house:

  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation of clay plaster
  • Application of different layers of earthen clay plasters
  • Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • Clay paints
  • Adding pigments to clay paints
  • Preparing lime and lime plastering
  • Lime colouring, adding the pigments.

Cost: 150 Euros

Tynki gliniane i wapienne:

  • przygotowanie tynku glinianego
  • tynki wykończeniowe wewnętrzne i zewnętrzne
  • rzeźbienie sciany
  • tynkowanie slomianego domku,
  • farby gliniane,
  • robienie kleju z mąki,

W kolejnych warsztatach nauczymy się rozpoznawac gline i tworzyc właściwe mieszanki. Nakładanie tynku wstępnego, rzeźbienie sciany,  nakładanie tynku właściwego i koncowego. Uzywania rąk  i narzedzi.  Bedziemy tez przygotowywac klej naturalny, wykorzystywac klej do robienia tynkow koncowych i farby. 

  • Koszt: 150 Eu.
  • 2 warsztaty: 250 Euro
  • 3 warsztaty: 330 Euro

Location: by Lake Hańcza, Przełomka, ( 30km from Suwalki). Poland.

nad Jeziorem Hańcza, w Przełomce.

Accommodation: there will be a large 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

Workshops in August at Kadlubowka.

This is 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 small straw bale house with a green roof and a superadobe earth bag dome covered in shingle.

3-5 August 2015, Straw bale building workshop. Budowa z kostki słomianej

This workshop will teach you how to build with straw bales. Some of the things you will learn will cover:

  • Site preparation, making special foundations for straw bale walls.
    Earthbag foundations
    Building a straw bale wall
    Stabilization using hazel sticks
    Hemp rope compression
    Making a wall plate and compressing the straw bale wall
    Damp proofing windowsills

Cost: 120 Euros

3-5 Sierpnia, budowa z kostki słomianej.

3 sierpnia

  • równanie terenu
  • montowanie prętów
  • przygotowanie kołków i prętów
  • podmurowka z workow wypelnionych ziemia /sandbag/
  • z warstwą oddychającą

4 ­sierpnia

  • stawianie sciany
  • dzielenie kostki,wiązanie kostki,szycie rogów,

5 sierpnia

  • przygotowanie i ułożenie drabinek
  • kompresowanie sciany,
  • p i wstępny tynk zabezpieczający

Koszt 120 EU

7-9 August 2015, Clay and lime plastering Workshop. Tynkowanie  gliną i wapnem

This workshop will focus on the clay plastering techniques: hands-on experience of the final stages in clay plastering a straw bale house:

  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation of clay plaster
  • Application of different layers of earthen clay plasters
  • Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • Clay paints
  • Adding pigments to clay paints
  • Preparing lime and lime plastering
  • Lime colouring, adding the pigments.

Cost: 150 Euros

7-9 sierpnia– Tynki gliniane i wapienne:

  • przygotowanie tynku glinianego
  • tynki wykończeniowe wewnętrzne i zewnętrzne
  • rzeźbienie sciany
  • tynkowanie slomianego domku,
  • farby gliniane,
  • robienie kleju z mąki,

W kolejnych warsztatach nauczymy się rozpoznawac gline i tworzyc właściwe mieszanki. Nakładanie tynku wstępnego, rzeźbienie sciany,  nakładanie tynku właściwego i koncowego. Uzywania rąk  i narzedzi.  Bedziemy tez przygotowywac klej naturalny, wykorzystywac klej do robienia tynkow koncowych i farby.

Koszt: 150 Eu.

2 warsztaty: 250 Euro

To book a place or find out more information, please email:
Antony Dennis
Email: info@earthhandsandhouses.org
Tel. + 44 7812 070413

Zgłoszenia:
Paulina Wojciechowska
Email: info@earthhandsandhouses.org
Tel. + 34 611345383

 

 

011-przelomka-462

Planning Your Dream Natural Building Home Workshop, 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!

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
THE NEXT TIME THIS WORKSHOP WILL RUN IS 2016 – THE DATES FOR THIS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN NOVEMBER.

A five day workshop on planning your dream natural home
Tuesday 11th – Saturday 15th August 2015.

Taught by architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska, and Antony Dennis.

The workshop will be held in a lovely farm set in rolling english countryside 15 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.

Paulina has designed a dream home which will be built from natural materials at the workshop site of Oaklands Farm over the next two years, and the design and site will be used as a real-life example to gain hands-on experience of the ideas presented in the workshop.

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 five 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.
  • Feng Shui – presented by Laurent Langlais. Click here for more details about Laurent.

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, cobb, 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:  building walls for the Oaklands Farm project from cordwood, earthbag and cobb.

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 project at Oaklands Farm.
  • Building with cobb
  • 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 five day workshop is £265 per person, or a discounted price of £235 is available if booked by 1st July 2015.

Note that immediately after this workshop, we will run a five day workshop on how to build with straw bales, and a further two days on 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 18 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 founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 17 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 at Oaklands Farm, which is a 15 minute drive south of London Gatwick airport. You may camp at the farm for free.

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 2-4: from 09:00 to 17:00.

Day 5: 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:

Natural building clay plaster being applied to a wattle and daub wall

Clay Plastering Workshop, Warsztat tynkowania gliną, near lake Hancza, Poland

A two day Clay plastering workshop held in beautiful North-Easterly region of Poland near Lake Hancza.

The walls take shape... clay plastering the bale walls.

The walls take shape… clay plastering the bale walls.

Taught by Paulina Wojciechowska and Jarema Dubiel.
in both Polish and English

5-6 August 2014
5-6 Sirpnia 2014

Cost: 150Pounds + food,  possibility to stay longer to be a volunteer for another 4 or 5 days for an additional cost of £5 per day + the cost of food and accomodation.  Children FREE.

-camping free

-food- possibility of cooking together for £6 per day for morning porridge, + lunch.

straw bale at MH

This workshop will focus on the clay plastering techniques: hands-on experience of the final stages in clay plastering a straw bale house:

  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation of clay plaster
  • Application of different layers of earthen clay plasters
  • Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer and making clay paint
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • Clay paints

Tynki gliniane i wapienne:

  • przygotowanie tynku glinianego
  • tynki wykończeniowe wewnętrzne i zewnętrzne
  • rzeźbienie sciany
  • tynkowanie slomianego domku,
  • farby gliniane,
  • robienie kleju z mąki,

W kolejnych warsztatach nauczymy się rozpoznawac gline i tworzyc właściwe mieszanki. Nakładanie tynku wstępnego, rzeźbienie sciany,  nakładanie tynku właściwego i koncowego. Uzywania rąk  i narzedzi.  Bedziemy tez przygotowywac klej naturalny, wykorzystywac klej do robienia tynkow koncowych i farby. 

Timings and Location

The workshop will run from 10am on Tuesday 5th of August untill 6pm Wednesday.  All participants are welcome to stay on as volunteers to work on the plastering and painting of the house.

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The workshop location is within 30 minutes drive of Suwalki and is served by trains from Warsaw, Poland and busses from Kaunas in Lithuania.

nad Jeziorem Hańcza, w Przełomce.

Lake Hancza is only 200 metres away with clean water for swimming

Lake Hancza is only 200 metres away with clean water for swimming

Accommodation: there will be a large camping field  for FREE or those people who have their own tent.
Zapewniamy: Darmove pole namiotowe, noclegi w namiotach wlasnych, lub lokalne kwatery,  obiady wegetariańskie, wieczorne ogniska

To book a place or find out more information please email:
Paulina
Email: earthhands@gmail.com
Tel. + 44 (0) 1825713349
www.ehah.org

But there is more…

This will be more than just a clay plastering workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

mixing the 1st coat of earthen plaster on a straw bale workshop

mixing the 1st coat of earthen plaster on a straw bale workshop

 

 

 

 

 

straw bale workshop leaflet

Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshops
Warsztat budowania z kostki słomianej, tynkowania gliną
Poland

straw bale workshop leaflet

straw bale workshop leaflet

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The straw bale house that will be plastered during the clay plastering workshop

The straw bale house built last year during a 4 day workshop

Last years earth and clay plastering workshop in Poland

Last years earth and clay plastering workshop in Poland

Clay plastering a straw bale wall

Clay plastering a straw bale wall

 

mixing the 1st coat of earthen plaster on a straw bale workshop

mixing the 1st coat of earthen plaster on a straw bale workshop

This workshop is split into two parts

5-7 June/czerwic, Straw bale workshop, cost: 100 Euros.  Budowa z kostki slomianej

10-12 June/czerwiec, Clay plastering workshop, cost: 100 Euros. Tynkowanie glina

both workshops are Taught by Jarema Dubiel.
in both Polish and English

Straw bale workshop:

hands-on experience of all the stages in straw bale wall construction:

  • Raising straw bale walls with hazel pinning
  • 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

The Clay plastering workshop

This workshop will focus on the clay plastering techniques: hands-on experience of the final stages in clay plastering a straw bale house:

  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation of clay plaster
  • Application of different layers of earthen clay plasters
  • Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer and making clay paint
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • Clay paints

Tynki gliniane

  • przygotowanie tynku glinianego
  • tynki wykończeniowe wewnętrzne i zewnętrzne
  • rzeźbienie sciany
  • tynkowanie slomianego domku,
  • farby gliniane,
  • robienie kleju z mąki,

W kolejnych warsztatach wykorzystując sciany budowane w poprzednich latach nauczymy się rozpoznawac gline i tworzyc właściwe mieszanki. Nakładanie tynku wstępnego, rzeźbienie sciany,  nakładanie tynku właściwego i koncowego. Uzywania rąk  i narzedzi.  Bedziemy tez przygotowywac klej naturalny, wykorzystywac klej do robienia tynkow koncowych i farby. 

To book a place or find out more information please email:
Jarema Dubiel
Email: jaremadubiel@tlen.pl
Tel. + 48 (0) 504-340-261
www.ehah.org
Zgłoszenia:
Jarosław Jarema Dubiel
Email: jaremadubiel@tlen.pl
Tel. + 48 (0) 504-340-261
www.ehah.org

 

 

 

 

 

Clay plasters over an earthbag dome

Clay Plastering Workshop
Warsztat tynkowania gliną
near lake Hancza, Poland

Last years earth and clay plastering workshop in Poland

Last years earth and clay plastering workshop in Poland

Natural building clay plaster being applied to a wattle and daub wall

Sculpting and applying the smooth layer of clay plaster

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAn earthbag dome with a smooth plaster

Jarema Dubiel teaching some theory to last years straw bale workshop group

Jarema Dubiel teaching some theory to last years straw bale workshop group

Sculpting with clay and straw

Sculpting with clay and straw

A three day Clay plastering workshop held in beautiful North-Easterly region of Poland near Lake Hancza.

Taught by Jarema Dubiel.
in both Polish and English

22-24 June 2014
22-24 czerwca 2014

Cost: 140 Euros + 20 Euros food

This workshop will focus on the clay plastering techniques: hands-on experience of the final stages in clay plastering a straw bale house:

  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation of clay plaster
  • Application of different layers of earthen clay plasters
  • Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer and making clay paint
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • Clay paints
  • Theory of building with straw bales

Tynki gliniane i wapienne:

  • przygotowanie tynku glinianego
  • tynki wykończeniowe wewnętrzne i zewnętrzne
  • rzeźbienie sciany
  • tynkowanie slomianego domku,
  • farby gliniane,
  • robienie kleju z mąki,
  • teoria budowy ze slomy

W kolejnych warsztatach nauczymy się rozpoznawac gline i tworzyc właściwe mieszanki. Nakładanie tynku wstępnego, rzeźbienie sciany,  nakładanie tynku właściwego i koncowego. Uzywania rąk  i narzedzi.  Bedziemy tez przygotowywac klej naturalny, wykorzystywac klej do robienia tynkow koncowych i farby. 

Location: by Lake Hańcza, Przełomka, ( 30km from Suwalki). Poland.

nad Jeziorem Hańcza, w Przełomce.

 

Cost: 140 Euros including food, Possibility to stay longer to be a volunteer.
Koszt: 140 Euro z wyżywieniem, można zostac kilka dni dluzej jako wolentariusz.

Accommodation: there will be a large 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

To book a place or find out more information please email:
Jarema Dubiel
Email: jaremadubiel@tlen.pl
Tel. + 48 (0) 504-340-261
www.ehah.org
Zgłoszenia:
Jarosław Jarema Dubiel
Email: jaremadubiel@tlen.pl
Tel. + 48 (0) 504-340-261
www.ehah.org

 

 

A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.

Straw Bale Workshop, Spain

A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.

A similar, but 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!

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF OUR NEXT STRAW BALE WORKSHOP, IN ENGLAND IN AUGUST.

 

A five day straw bale and clay plastering workshop

Friday 1st May – Sunday 3rd May and

Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th May 2015.

Set in a beautiful olive grove in the rugged mountains near Tarbena in the Costa Blanca region of Spain.

Taught in English and Spanish by architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska, and Antony Dennis.

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 visitor accommodation, in the beautiful surroundings of our olive grove set in a lush green valley in the mountains north of Alicante.

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:

  • 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 5 x 3 metre building which will be used for visitor accommodation at our olive grove site. Theory lessons on each day will back up the practical skills learned and provide the opportunity for more detailed questions to be answered. The foundations will be mainly built when the workshops starts. When completel, the straw bale walls will support a simple roof structure. Depending on the size and speed of the group, we may also have time to work on the roof structure – and we will definitely have time to discuss how it is designed.

On the following three days, there will be a more in-depth workshop on clay plastering techniques – please contact us for more details if you would also like to attend this.

Book Your Place

The price of the five day straw bale workshop is 230€ per person, or a discounted price of 195€ is available if booked by 1st March 2015.

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 info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or
call Antony on (+34) 633 012 477.

About your Workshop Leader

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 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, payable upon arrival. The food will comprise a self service breakfast, full cooked lunchtime meal, and a light supper.

The workshop will be held in an olive grove, 2km south of the village of Tarbena. You may camp within the olive grove for free.

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 from 09:00 to 17:00 on each day. 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.

You will notice that the workshop runs over two weekends: this is to meet the needs of our local Spanish attendees. If you are travelling to the workshop from further away,  you are welcome to stay camping on the workshop site in the 5 day gap. We will be running an earthbag workshop during that time on the same site, and we have another little straw bale project you would be able to work on to practice your skills. We are in the mountains, so you can hike, and we have a swimming pool. If a group of you wanted to go out for the day, we can find a local person to give you a ride somewhere interesting and you can share the cost. We have 70km of coastline very near!

Booking Multiple Workshops in Spain

You are welcome to attend a combination of our Spanish workshops:

Straw Bale and Clay Plaster + Earthbag and Clay Plaster (1-10 May)
345€ if paid before 1st March, otherwise €395.

Straw Bale and Clay Plaster + Earthbag and Clay Plaster + In-Depth Clay Plaster (1-14 May)
495€ if paid before 1st March, otherwise €545.

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:

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

Earthbag Dome and Clay Plaster Workshop, Spain

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

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS OF OUR NEXT EARTHBAG WORKSHOP, IN POLAND IN JUNE.

A 5 day Earthbag Dome Workshop
4th – 10th May 2015.

followed by
A 3 day In-depth Clay Plaster Techniques Workshop
11-14th May 2015.

Taught by architect and earthbag author
Paulina Wojciechowska, and Antony Dennis.

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.

What You Will Learn

The workshop is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of all stages of constructing a 3 metre diameter earthbag dome in a beautiful location in Spain, 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 the earthbag dome.

In-Depth Clay Plastering Workshop (3 days)

There is an opportunity to stay on for a further three days 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.
  • Application of smooth finishing plaster onto a conventionally built, concrete or brick wall.
  • 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 Earthbag Dome Workshop:
290€ per person, or 250€ if booked by 1st March 2015.

Three day In-Depth Clay Plastering Workshop:
150€ 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.

To book your place
email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or
call Antony on (+34) 633 012 477.

About your Workshop Leader

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. 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 at our olive grove, 2km south of the village of Tarbena. You may camp within the olive grove for free.

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 due to the remote and mountainous nature of the workshop location.

Workshop Timing

The earthbag dome workshop will run the following times:

  • 4th May: from 13:00 to 18:00. You are welcome to arrive at any time from 10:00 in the morning to set up camp and settle in before the workshop begins.
  • 5, 6, 7th May: from 09:00 to 17:00.
  • 8th May – rest day – earth building is hard work your body will need a rest by this time.
  • 9th May – from 09:00 to 17:00.
  • 10th May – from 09:00 to 13:00.

The following clay plastering workshop will run:

  • Day 1: from 13:00 to 18:00.
  • Days 2-3: from 09:00 to 17:00.
  • Day 4: from 09:00 to 13:00.

Booking Multiple Workshops in Spain

You are welcome to attend a combination of our Spanish workshops:

Straw Bale and Clay Plaster + Earthbag and Clay Plaster (1-10 May)
345€ if paid before 1st March, otherwise €395.

Straw Bale and Clay Plaster + Earthbag and Clay Plaster + In-Depth Clay Plaster (1-14 May)
495€ if paid before 1st March, otherwise €545.

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:

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:

The structure for the Straw Bale Workshop, Turkey, October 2013 being held by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop: Building a Round House in Turkey

 

People having fun at a Clay Plastering Workshop run by Earth, Hands and Houses.

Workshops are always lots of fun!

The structure for the Straw Bale Workshop, Turkey, October 2013 being held by Earth, Hands and Houses.

The wooden framework takes shape

Reciprocal roof being built for the Straw Bale course.

Early stages in the reciprocal roof build…

Food served at an Earth, Hands and Houses natural building workshop

Tasty and healthy food at the end of a hard day

22 – 29th October 2013
A 7 day workshop in the Taurus mountains of Turkey
Taught by Paulina

A wonderful opportunity to gain complete hands-on experience of constructing a real straw bale house in a beautiful location with wonderful hosts.

A straw bale and clay plastering workshop – this is a rare opportunity to learn how to build straw bale walls around a wooden hexagonal structure that supports a reciprocal roof. In a two part workshop we will learn:

  • Straw bale construction techniques
  • Raising straw bale walls with hazel pinning
  • How to tie the straw bale walls together
  • Making a wall plate and compressing a wall
  • Installation of door and window frames

Clay Plastering Techniques:

  • Making clay plaster
  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation of clay plaster
  • Application of three different layers of earthen clay plaster
  • Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer
  • Sculpting with clay plaster
  • Painting with clay paint
  • Making light straw clay insulation

Workshop cost (7 days) : 395 euros

Other practicalities:

  • 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.
  • There will a rest day in the middle of the workshop dates
  • The best way to travel is to fly to Antalya airport in Turkey and then take a one hour bus journey to the workshop location

This is more than just a workshop – it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an amazing 8 days of learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!

For more details email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or call Paulina on +441825713349

A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.

Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop in Sussex, England

A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.

A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.

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…

 

Location of the straw bale workshop at the Michael Hall Steiner School in Forest Row

The beautiful grounds of our workshop location the Michael Hall Steiner school.

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 workshop held between
Tuesday 27th May and Sunday 1st June 2014.
In the beautiful village of Forest Row, East Sussex in the south of England.
Taught by architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska.

A wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of constructing and plastering a real straw bale building that will be used as an outdoor classroom, in beautiful grounds of the Michael Hall Steiner school set in the heart of the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England.

What You Will Learn

In a two part straw bale workshop you will learn:

Straw bale construction: hands-on experience of all the stages in straw bale wall construction of a real 10m x 7m structure:

  • Raising straw bale walls with hazel pinning
  • 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

Clay plastering techniques: hands-on experience of all stages in clay plastering our straw bale classroom structure:

  • Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building
  • Preparation of clay plaster
  • Application of three different layers of earthen clay plaster
  • Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer
  • Sculpting with clay plaster

This straw bale workshop will be mainly hands-on, working on a 7 x 10 metre building which will become and outdoor classroom for the school. Theory lessons on each day will back up the practical skills learned and provide the opportunity for more detailed questions to be answered.

Book Your Place

The price of the five day straw bale workshop is £230 per person, or an early bird discounted price of £195 is available if booked by 1st May 2014.

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.

To book your place email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or call Paulina on +441825713349.

About your Workshop Leader

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 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 and Accommodation

If you travel to the workshop, there will the option of free camping within the beautiful grounds of the Michael Hall Steiner school. Facilities will be basic, with composting toilets and running cold water available at two hand basins.

Consumption of alcohol or being under the influence of alcohol while on the school site will be prohibited.

If you would prefer a more luxurious stay then these links take you to lists of local hotel,  bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation.

A cooked vegetarian midday meal will be available at an additional cost, payable at the start of the workshop.

Timings and Location

The workshop will run from 2pm on Tuesday 27th May through to 1pm on Sunday 1st June. Campers may arrive from midday on the Tuesday, and will need to have left the school site by 3pm on the Sunday.

The workshop will be held at the Michael Hall school in Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JA, England  – click here for a map of the location.

The workshop location is within 30 minutes drive of Gatwick Airport and is served by trains from central London to East Grinstead, about 3 miles north of Forest Row.

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!

For more details…

For more details email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.org or call Paulina on +441825713349

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: