International Treehouse Building Workshop

A hands-on workshop at Permaculture Center Kamimomi
Okayama, Japan

International Treehouse Building  Hands-on Workshop


Treehouse Frame Design and Build
September 4-10, 2019 (Seven Days)

Treehouse Finishing with wood, bamboo and earth
September 14-15, 2019 (Two Days)


Permaculture Center Kamimomi
863 Kamimomi, Kumenan-cho, Kume-gun, Okayama 709-3621, Japan


Theoretical and practical training in the design and construction of treehouses by one of the world’s foremost treehouse builders, Mark Korzeniewski. During the first week, September 4-10, students will design and build the main frame of the treehouse. The design process follows a participatory, co-creation process.  During the following weekend course, September 14-15, students will finish the treehouse with natural materials such as wood, bamboo and earth.

The course content includes:

● Architectural design of treehouses
● Participatory, co-creation design process
● Building in forested areas and care for trees
● Introduction to forestry and felling and pruning trees
● Principles behind milling trees
● Using bamboo as a building material
● Creating bamboo lattice and earth plaster walls
● Earth as building material, off the ground!
● Instruction in hand tool and electric tool use

Language: English with Japanese interpretation

Participation Fee

Frame Design and Build, September 4-10 (Seven Days) 75,000JPY
Finishing with wood, bamboo and earth, September 14-15 (Two Days) 25,000JPY

The participation fee includes instruction, meals and housing in a traditional Japanese folk house. Participation limited. Full payment reserves your spot. Airport pick-up from Okayama International Airport available.


Supporting Organizations: Ecology ArchiScape NPO, Japan Straw Bale House Research Association, Tokyo Urban Permaculture

About the Instructors:

Mark Korzeniewski

Visionary builder and artist, Mark was featured in the 2018 episode of “Why did you come to Japan” Born in California, Mark has been an artisan carpenter and creator his entire life. He specializes in local and recycled materials and won prestigious awards in landscape shows for his outdoor installments in Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza in Southern California. Known for his prolific artistic abilities, in recent years Mark has turned his attention to building treehouses for all generations, young and old alike. He works around the world creating magical and natural places for living, spiritual enhancement and appreciating life!

Kyle Holzhueter, PhD.

Kyle works as a builder, researcher and educator specializing in natural building materials and sustainable systems such light rice husk lime insulation, natural plasters and energy efficiency. He is a graduate of the Kyoto Plastering Institute and the first westerner in Japan to pass the level one Japanese National Plastering Exam. He also has a PhD in Bioresource Sciences from Nihon University where he researched the hygrothermal environment of straw bale walls and building practices to control moisture. In 2017 Kyle founded Permaculture Center Kamimomi, a Permaculture demonstration and education site in Okayama, Japan..