Straw House / Natural Building Intensive Course

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In this 10 day intensive workshop we will learn how natural, unprocessed materials such as wood, straw, clay and sand can be transformed into a beautiful, fully functional, healthy, safe, affordable and durable house, designed to offer an exceptional living environment.
While giving special emphasis on building with strawbales, living (green) roof construction and clay rendering, we will explore other natural building techniques and their appropriate application. Straw bale construction is an excellent building method that provides great benefits in terms of saving on financial and environmental resources both during the building process and during the building’s human use. Besides hands on practice with these materials we will also cover topics such as bioclimatic design, foundation construction, appliances installation, water management and remediation and of course, permaculture. For a further information on this course please contact  workshop@ecoart.gr

Workshop dates and locations:
July 29 to August 7, 2016, Lefkas, Greece
Book Now ! Course participants  limited to 12 persons. Please book early to ensure your place.

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What to Expect:
Be prepared for anything. That includes rain, sun and of course, getting muddy.  Much of the work will require at least some physical exertion, but we strongly encourage participants to only work as much as they are comfortable. As much as possible, we will work to provide relaxed, comfortable accommodations. Basically, prepare yourself for a working camping trip that’s going to be loads of fun!

Daily Schedule:
In our experience, a somewhat unorthodox daily schedule works very well for building courses due to the physical nature of the coursework. Here’s the proposed schedule, which may change somewhat if we collectively decide to modify things:
8-9 am –breakfast
9-10:30 am – early morning work / lecture session
10:30-11 – morning break
11-12:30  – morning work 2
12:30-3:00– lunch
3-4:30 pm – afternoon work / talk session
4:30 -5:00  pm – afternoon break
5:00  -6:30  pm – work
6:30   – dinner
Evenings may include lectures. slide shows, videos, music, etc.  If you have anything (a song, skill, talent, etc.) you would like to share with the group, please do bring it along

Accommodation / Food:
Three delicious vegetarian meals per day are offered to course participants free of charge. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary preferences/restrictions so that we may cater to them. Camping is also available free of charge. If you don’t plan to camp you have to arrange your own accommodation. A list of nearby rooms for rent will be provided upon request. As far as camping amenities go, we’ll be well set up.

Arival / Deparure:
Students are encouraged to arrive one day earlier so as to have time to set up before the commencement of the workshop. Departures are scheduled early on the day after the workshop concludes or as arranged with host.

What to Bring:
Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
Sturdy shoes & rubber gloves
A good hat
Any tools you think may be useful – we’ll be prepared though
Interesting books

If you are camping, plan to bring all of the basic things you’d take with you on a camping trip:
Tent
Sleeping bag/sleeping pad or inflated mattress
Headlamp/flashlight
Sunscreen
Toiletries and towel

Course pricing / bookings:

100 euros (Deposit to lock in booking)
300 euros (Total price for the workshop)

Discounts offered to the unemployed, students, and farmers. Please contact for details.

Interested in hosting a workshop?
If you want to have an experience of a lifetime and host a workshop too, contact: workshop@ecoart.gr