Introduction to Earth Building

2019 Dates: 30 March – 1 April

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Note that a 3 day workshop ‘Build a Flex-Yurt in Bamboo’ will be held on 26-28 March (4,800 baht). If you wish to join it and join the ‘Introduction to Earth Building’ workshop, we offer you a discount (8,400 7,200 baht/person, approximately 200 Euros, 230 USD).

This 3 day workshop will help you to better understand the characteristics and advantages of a well-designed natural building. The workshop combines classroom learning with hands on building.

Topics covered:

  • Overview of design (site selection, orientation etc)
  • Introduction to passive cooling and heating
  • Introduction to thermal mass and insulation
  • Building practise using earth through  the technique of earth bricks (Adobe)
  • Plastering practise

Prior experience or a background in construction is NOT required.

You will be given a USB memory stick containing a summary of the training materials including additional documents (PDF files, Videos) and useful links if you wish to learn further.

General information

The course will be held at our centre, 25 kms south of Chiang Rai, and will have a maximum of 6 participants.

Trainer: Alain Madec, natural builder and founder of ‘Baan Din Doi’.

Course schedule:  8.30 to 18.00 with several breaks; Lunch break: 12.00 to 14.00

We can pick up participants the day before the workshop begins at Chiang Rai airport or at the bus station and will give you more details by email. To know how to get to Chiang Rai, click here.

tent3-s-redLiving situation

We will provide you with:

  • a simple accommodation in a tent and a comfortable mattress,
  • a hammock, a chair and a small table
  • an area to play volley-ball or badminton

Wifi and 220 V electricity are available.

All meals will be vegetarian food with some meat and fish options.

We ask all participants to refrain from any illegal drug use or excessive drinking in our centre.


3,600 baht/person (100 euros, 115 USD). This fee includes instruction, accommodation, all meals during the course, pick-up and drop-off at the Chiang Rai airport or bus terminals.