About the Natural Building Course (NBC), in Thailand At Daruma
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Our Earth & Natural Building courses at Daruma are focussed on the need to reduce our environmental impact on our planet.
It may be impossible to build a house with zero environmental impact, but it is our responsibility to minimize and localize our footprint. By choosing local and sustainable materials adapted to local climate and geography, we will minimize our impact and protect the health of our local ecosystem.
While building your eco-home, you are also building a different kind of social structure, where people depend on themselves and each other to meet their needs as a community, to a greater degree than in modern housing development projects for example.
We can build our own homes, without being a professional builder, by using local, unprocessed, or minimally processed materials, and techniques that rely on pooled human labour and creativity, inherently producing a different social dynamic.
“The power in our ideas and collective action is capable of influencing the way our society thinks, talks, and acts regarding building and resources use”
MICHAEL G. SMITH
The Daruma Natural Building Course is a holistic learning process about more sustainable lifestyles, reducing human impact, using natural and local resources, community, shared experiences and about actively participating in our own lives.
We will cover topics including Cob, Adobe, Rammed Earth, Poured Earth, Bamboo, Clay Plasters and Straw Bale construction. Each of the primary materials can be discussed & learned about in more detail depending on your interests & goals before getting some hands-on (and/or feet-on!) practice.
At Daruma you can see on-site living & working examples of Straw Bale, Earthen Plastering, Rammed Earth, and Poured Earth walls, which have been in continuous use in parts of the Mosaic School buildings, and other areas of Daruma EcoVillage in the accommodation blocks & teaching venue, including all the bricks used in the boundary wall at Daruma which are compressed, stabilized earth & have been in place for a decade or so.
The Natural Building Course (NBC) Syllabus
During the course we will learn about Natural Building methods with two different approaches: the Theoretical, and the Practical.
The workshop will cover, from these approaches, the different building stages.
Starting with the appropriate design for each case and its relation to Permaculture, going through site preparation and foundation, the different techniques of Natural Building walls and partition walls and the importance of plaster styles and mixes to protect them, ending with an approximation to the most common Natural Building roofs.
- NATURAL BUILDING INTRODUCTION AND
- NATURAL BUILDING I: TECHNIQUES AND
- NATURAL BUILDING II: DESIGN AND
- PERMACULTURE CONTEXT
- WATTLE &DAUB
- POURED EARTH & RAMMED EARTH
- STRAW BALE
- WATTLE & DAUB:
- BAMBOO PREPARATION AND WATTLE
- DAUB MIX AND APPLICATION
- ADOBE BRICKS MAKING
- POURED EARTH
- WOOD FORMWORKS
- MAKING MIXES AND RAMMING
- MEETING CLAY AND LIME
- TESTING MIXES
- APPLYING COATINGS
Days With No Class
As a visitor, you are welcome to use the natural pool when class & practical activities are over. To discover the facilities and wider area around Daruma such as the nearby lake, reservoir, Bang Saen beach, and Siracha, take a look at our About pages.
Daruma features many interconnected systems such as the natural pool, many koi & catfish ponds, rice paddy and chinampas all interconnected with canals, integrated animal systems, vegetables, fruit trees and of course many buildings and structures that provide shelter for humans & animals as well as learning facilities.
Daruma has an extensive library with literally (pun intended) thousands of titles about permaculture as well as many topics associated with permaculture, natural building techniques, design and what might be called the permaculture lifestyle. LibraryThing (an online library resource) lists over 800 works (less than half) of our print books. Feel free to see what is available: https://www.librarything.com/catalog/DarumaEcoFarm
Taking Your Natural Building Course in Thailand
Of the many places to take your natural building course in Asia, Thailand has always been a popular destination.
Natural building courses near Bangkok Thailand
Here at Daruma we are firmly in the tropics, however the climate in Thailand can be as varied as in any country that rises in elevation from sea level at the coast to mountainous ranges and is classified as wet/dry tropical.
The theory, and practical experience you learn whilst here at Daruma, can be applied and adapted to your own projects and those you may be involved with in the future. If you would like to discuss a specific project you have planned for the future, we’re always interested in exploring ways to tailor your experience here during your course, so do tell us any information you think may be relevant when you contact us.
We feel our all inclusive price delivers excellent value to you, covering all meals, accommodation, use of the extensive library & other study areas including 20 computer cubicles in the Learning Resource Centre, super fast internet, the natural pool, sauna and FarmLab™ to name a few of the facilities at Daruma which are at your disposal during your stay.
Updated as & when they become available, hit the link to see all our courses here, and all our permaculture courses in thailand here.