Natural Building Workshop

Lets build our home with the mud beneath our feet!

OVERVIEW

Come and learn with us, to build our home with mud beneath our feet. Join us in the month of Feb as we sculpt a small structure made of Cob (Earthbags), Straw, Bamboo and all reasonable Natural materials. Excursions, Presentations and discussions will cover design basics, foundation laying details, roofing systems and more. Spend a night under the canvas and get back to nature at a location you are sure to give your heart to.

Trip Inclusions

Meals

2 breakfast | 2 lunch | 2 dinner

Accommodation

Camping

Transport

Get in touch if required

Information

Learn about Natural Building by hand sculpting mud walls, solely comprised of earth stabilized with lime and natural ad mixtures. Get comfortable with natural materials by engaging in hands on work at 1:1 scale on our project site in Panshet. Get up-to-date with the study of contemporary building to widen your insight about natural building materials within our campus. We will walk away from these engagements with the techniques and principles needed to begin natural building by ourselves.

ITINERARY:

  • Reach the site on Friday evening according to the respective batch
  • After High Tea and Introduction we will brief you about the workshop
  • Friday night is for Interaction and Ice breaking with the Team 
  • Saturday morning we will start with the workshop where you will get hands-on experience while we complete our workshop objectives listed in below accordion.
  • Breakfast timing- 10.00 – 10.30 am
  • Lunch timing- 01.00- 02.00 pm
  • Dinner time- 08.00- 10.00 pm
  • Post Dinner an interactive session with visual presentation on the respective topics will be held, discussed and debated
  • We cover the remaining goals of the workshop till lunch on Sunday
  • Relax and enjoy yourselves besides the lake with the friends you made during the workshop
  • Post High Tea Say final goodbyes to the team and friends and get back to the grind.

 

Batch 01: Mud Construction (4-5 April)

Objectives:
– Learning how to replace brick construction by Earthbags.

– Preparing Cob and Slurry– Plastering earthbags and learning Watle & Dob technique

– Making arches using earthbags

– Flooring technique using Mud, Stone, lime and admixture

– Making small household chimney using cob

– Preparation of admixture

– Interacting with local worker technicians for in situ problem solving 

Benefits:

– Mud construction is a primary feature of Indian vernacular architecture, since it is a great thermal insulator

– Buildings constructed with mud cost around 3 times less than a standard brick and RCC structure 

– Earthbag construction provides the structural stability of an RCC building without the need for concrete. 

– The learning from this workshop will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and experience to confidently build in mud on their own. 

– The act of community building strengthens social ties and will add to your network of like minded practitioners in the field.

Batch 02: Bamboo Construction (11-12 April)

Objectives:
– Get to know about Harvesting, treating Bamboo and critical theory about Bamboo and its usage

– Learn how to use bamboo as a structural material

– Learning how to use the tools and technologies used for bamboo building

– Hands- on experience Bamboo cutting, spliting, bending, straightening and joineries

– Experience how to work and design with bamboo

– Learn how to design with bamboo

– Interacting with local worker technicians for in situ problem solving

Benefits:

– Get well versed with the local species and their applications

– Learn techniques for treatment, which you can use in bamboo buildings

– Knowledge of the wide uses of bamboo from structural applications to weaving and furniture

– Details designed by you will be included in the building to build ownership

– Get first hand experience which will give the confidence to start building with bamboo on your own!

Batch 03: Contextual Site Development (18-19 April)

Objectives:
– Water Management

– Waste Management

– Landscape and plantation planning

– Understanding the way to identify materials available in Nature using the current technology

– Interacting with Technicians for Problem Solving

Benefits:

– Come to grips with the basics of ecological systems and their interactions

– Get your hands dirty with  practical experience of site development

– Knowledge about design strategies for symbiotic service systems for buildings

Things Included

  • Workshop, Training and Materials
  • All Tools Required during the workshop
  • All Meals from Friday High Tea to Sunday High Tea 
  • Stay in Tents (With Pillows and Blankets)
  • Skill Certificate from CNBP

Things To Carry

  • Working Gloves, Tape, Stationary including Pens, Pencils, Sketch books, Graph Paper
  • 1 lit Non recyclable water bottle (ideally not plastic)
  • Loose and comfortable clothes for site work
  • Pair of close shoes or sandals
  • Cap & Sunglasses
  • Snacks you wish to carry
  • Extra blanket for those who are not used to cold nights
  • Personal medications (if any)
  • Torch with extra batteries
  • Government ID proof

Things Excluded

  • Travelling to and fro Panshet (Get in Touch if required)
  • Mineral Water
  • Anything not mentioned in the things included list.
 

Note

ACTIVITIES

WORKSHOP & TRAINING | CAMPING 

DURATION

2 Days/ 2 Night 

DATE

BATCH 1- 4 & 5 April

BATCH 2- 11 & 12 April

BATCH 3- 18 & 19 April

AGE LIMIT

MIN 16

ADVANCE AMT

Rs. 1750

per person

PRICE

Rs. 3750

per person

CANCELLATION POLICY

If cancellation is done by the participant prior to 3 days of the Event, 50% of total price will be refunded. No refund would be provided if cancellation is done within 3 days of the event.

CONTACT US

Kothrud, pune

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