Learn and Build

Learn by working on a real building project for 2 weeks

We need to construct several buildings on our new land to host workshops, guests and for all of our future activities. Consequently, we are offering ‘Learn and Build’ workshops for people who are more interested in practising and learning by doing. Participants will work on several steps of a real project over 2 weeks. The objective is not to complete the building in 2 weeks, but to give enough time and opportunity to practise, observe and reflect on different aspects of the construction. The building will be fully completed later by local workers and volunteers. Prior experience or a background in construction is NOT required.

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What is the difference between a Course and a “Learn and Build workshop’?

Our courses (e.g. ‘Earth Building in Practise’) usually combine classroom and hands-on sessions. They are suitable for people who want to learn some simple theory, discuss several relevant topics (thermal mass, passive cooling etc), and are available for less than one week. They include practising the learned techniques on demonstration walls.

Build the new Sala

Dates: 10-20 October 2019 (15th: day off)

During this 11-day workshop, we will build a round-shaped, earth and bamboo building (8 meter in diameter) by ourself using earth, sand, straw, wood, stones, and gravel. You will have the chance to practise several steps with other participants, under the trainer’s guidance:

  • Assembling the bamboo structure and roof (4 days)
  • Starting to make earth walls (Cob, Wattle and Daub) (2 days)
  • Starting to cover the roof with thatch (2 day)
  • Building an eco-friendly foundation for another building (2 days)

Explanations and information will be taught before each step.

Fee: 10,600 baht/person (approximately 305 euros, 340 USD) including instruction, accommodation, all meals during the workshop, pick-up and drop-off at the Chiang Rai airport or bus terminals.

Build a yurt out of bamboo and earth

Dates: 18 – 28 November 2019 (23rd: day off)

You will start this 11 days workshop by building a ‘flex-yurt’, normally designed to be foldable and transportable. As we want to use it as a permanent building, we will cover the walls with earth. You will use only ropes and natural materials: bamboo, earth, sand, straw and rice husk. You will practise several steps with the other participants, under the trainer’s guidance:

  • Assembling the bamboo ‘flex-yurt’ (5 days)
  • Making the door and windows frames (1 day)
  • Starting to make earth walls (Wattle and Daub) (2 days)
  • Starting to cover the roof with thatch (2 days)

Explanations and information will be taught before each step. Topics covered:

• Introduction to bamboo: the material and its properties
• Bamboo treatment against fungi, termites and insects
• Cutting, sawing, drilling bamboo (use of machete, hand saw, electric drill)
• Joining techniques
• Preparing earth mix
• Building earth walls (Wattle and daub)
• Earth plastering

Fee: 10,600 baht/person (approximately 305 euros, 340 USD) including instruction, accommodation, all meals during the workshop, pick-up and drop-off at the Chiang Rai airport or bus terminals.

Build a Adobe & Cob house

Dates: 15-25 February 2020 (20th: day off)

This 11 days workshop will help you to build a round-shape earth building by yourself by using two techniques: Adobe (earth bricks) and Cob. The load-bearing walls will support a green roof. You will practise several steps with the other participants, under the trainer’s guidance:

  • Making cob walls (4 days)
  • Making earth bricks (Adobe) (2 days)
  • Laying Adobe bricks (1 day)
  • Doors and windows (1 day)
  • Plastering walls (1 day)
  • Plastering walls (finishing coat) on another building (1 day)

Explanations and information will be taught before each step (1 or 2 hours).

Fee: 10,600 baht/person (approximately 305 euros, 340 USD) including instruction, accommodation, all meals during the 11 day workshop, pick-up and drop-off at the Chiang Rai airport or bus terminals.

General information

The ‘Learn and Build’ workshops 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’.

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

We will make efforts to avoid working during hot hours, and – most of the time – work in the shade, and often have breaks.

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.

Living situation

We will provide you with:

  • a simple accommodation in a tent and a comfortable mattress (or a mattress and mosquito net in our dormitory)
  • an area with hammocks and mats to relax in the shade
  • 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.

For more information or registration Contact baandindoi@gmail.com