simple living, home grown food, clean air

Summer 2016 Natural Building


Following good feedback from the participants of last year’s internships, we have decided to repeat the course again this year, we will be building a new two room structure somewhat similar in size to the one we built last year and which is now almost completed. Some photos below.


We will run three weekend courses (in Thai and English) on these dates:

July 28- Aug 1,  Aug 11-15,  Aug 25-29

The program is as follows:

Day 1    pm        

introductions & course schedule

garden tour

getting to know the materials

soil mixing knowledge

Day 2 am

soil mixing

brick making

Day 2 pm

basics of construction, different styles and techniques

basics of management, site preparation

brick laying (straight walls)

Day 3 am

brick laying techniques for arches and corners

Day 3 pm

first coat plaster practice

preparation of various plastering materials

Day 4 am

electrical first fix

setting windows and doors

Day 4 pm

plastering basics

final coat plaster practice

using lime and colours

waterproofing for bathrooms

Day 5 am

final coat plaster practice



Cost for the course is 2500B including all meals and shared accommodation. For those who would prefer more private accommodation we can assist in booking rooms in a local guest-house. Each course is for a maximum of six people.



We also welcome longer stays of at least two weeks, to help with all aspects of the project. For further info check last year’s post here, the internships will run from August until job completion, which is expected to be some time in November.

For further information call Marco on 093 1848650 or email



Author: marco

growing food and making do with less

3 thoughts on “Summer 2016 Natural Building

  1. Love what you’re doing here. Really changing the world in some positive ways.

    • Thank you for visiting the blog and for your words of encouragement. I do find that what we are doing resonates with many people who are looking for more peaceful ways of living their lives, we feel very fortunate to be able to live like this and are always happy to meet like minded people and share our experiences.

  2. Hi James and Marco! Marco sent me a message on fb re meeting up, so I am forwarding it to your email so you guys can speak directly! N x

    Hi Natalie, hope all is well with you both. We will be coming to the city for the day on Thursday to take back our Vietnamese volunteers and visit some friends. Would you have time to meet for a coffee somewhere? Nok and Serena will also come and I wanted to have a quick chat with James about some internet stuff and get some advice. No problem if you are not free, we can always try another time. Thanks Marco

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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