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Natural Building Course Thailand

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Natural Building Course Thailand

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(NBC)

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About the Natural Building Course (NBC), in Thailand At Daruma

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(follow these links if you are looking for our PDC, Intensive PDC, or our Agile PDC courses)

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.

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The Natural Building Course (NBC) Syllabus

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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.

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THEORETICAL CONTENTS

  • NATURAL BUILDING INTRODUCTION AND
    CONTEXT
  • NATURAL BUILDING I: TECHNIQUES AND
    MATERIALS
  • NATURAL BUILDING II: DESIGN AND
    PLANNING
  • PERMACULTURE CONTEXT
  • FOUNDATIONS
  • WATTLE &DAUB
  • POURED EARTH & RAMMED EARTH
  • STRAW BALE
  • ADOBE
  • ROOFS
  • PLASTER

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PRACTICAL CONTENTS

  • FOUNDATIONS
  • WATTLE & DAUB:
    • BAMBOO PREPARATION AND WATTLE
      PANELS CONSTRUCTION
    • DAUB MIX AND APPLICATION
  • ADOBE
    • ADOBE BRICKS MAKING
    • WALLS
  • POURED EARTH
    • WOOD FORMWORKS
    • MAKING MIXES AND RAMMING
  • PLASTERS
    • MEETING CLAY AND LIME
    • TESTING MIXES
    • APPLYING COATINGS

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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.

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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.

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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

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Taking Your Natural Building Course in Thailand

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Of the many places to take your natural building course in Asia, Thailand has always been a popular destination.

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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.

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Natural Building Course Dates, 2019

November 18th – 23rd
December 16th – 21st

Natural Building Course Dates, 2020

January 20th – 25th
February 17th – 22nd
March 16th – 21st
April 20th – 25th
May 18th – 23rd
June 15th – 20th
July 20th – 25th
August 3rd – 15th
September 21st – 26th
October 19th – 24th
November 2nd – 14th
December 7th – 19th

Course Open for Bookings.
Closed for Bookings.

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Effort: 30 to 40 hours

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Accommodation: Included, see FAQs

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Meals: Included, see FAQs

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Wifi Access: Included, see FAQs

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Venue: Daruma Eco Farm, 335/10, Bang Phra, Si Racha District, Chon Buri 20110, Thailand

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Category: Earth & Natural Building Courses

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Level: Any Level

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Price: $350 USD

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Online Course: Coming Soon

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Student Testimonials

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Meet The Facilitators

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The Venue

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The venue for your Natural Building Course is Daruma Eco Village, a functioning Ecovillage based within the culture & education domain of the permaculture flower.  Hit the video below for a quick tour.

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Established in 2007 on an abandoned farm with nothing growing above head height, Daruma Eco Village comprises many elements including Daruma Eco Farm, an alternative English-based school for children aged 3 years and up called Mosaic Learning Center, as well as volunteer & intern programs in addition to hosting permaculture design courses.

You can see in the video above, shot in 2015, how things are blooming there, with many trees now firmly established and well over three storeys high.

Daruma is an ecologically designed facility with the purpose of providing an environment geared towards lifelong learning.

You can read more about Daruma Eco Village here.

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A passage from RetroSuburbia: The Manifesto by David Holmgren:

“This essay is based on an earlier version that was first published by the Simplicity Institute in 2012. It was written before RetroSuburbia and focuses on the rational for retrosuburbia as way for society to sensibly address a host of sustainability, economic and social issues. It challenges academics, urban planners and policy makers to think more creatively about urban sustainability, and debunks the orthodox view of the urban planning profession that higher density development is more sustainable. The roll out of retrosuburbia should enliven urban planning debates! This essay uses the statistics of Aussie St to illustrate the potential of a larger-scale transformation of suburbia, and similar low density residential landscapes, into dynamic, productive and engaging communities. It is a good starting point for those promoting retrosuburbia as good for society.

I first came across term “retrofitting” in the 1970s reading the Whole Earth Catalogue to describe the creative responses to make American homes more energy efficient in the first oil crisis. Retrofitting is generally associated with changing the built environment and technology to make it fit for new purpose.

Similarly a “permablitz” makeover of an existing yard, or any other permaculture design process, reshapes the existing plants, structures, soil and water resources of the biological domain for abundance and resilience, tomorrow and into the future neither of these processes involve blank slate planning that completely replaces existing assets.

While our fossil fuelled culture constantly focuses on changing the environment to meet our needs and desires, in a world of less, we will find that it is often simpler to modify our behaviour, habits and attitudes. Thus the retrofitting process can be similarly applied to transforming personal, household and community behaviour and organisation. My own lifelong experience with self reliant living, informed by permaculture ethics and design principles, has taught me that behaviour change is the “low hanging fruit”. This reflects the aphorism “change the world by changing yourself”.

In a world of less, we will find that it is often simpler to modify our behaviour, habits and attitudes reflecting the permaculture aphorism that “the problem is the solution.” In the right conditions behaviour can quickly shift compared the physical and natural realities that govern the built and biological domains.

On the other hand, entrenched dysfunctional habits can be stumbling blocks that lead to family and community break ups, failure to tale advantage of good design and action in the built and biological domains and resignation that a more self reliant and low footprint way of life is too difficult. For these reasons, a substantial part of the book focuses on the patterns of adaptive behaviour at the personal and household levels that can be the springboard for adaptive community level change.

Retrofitting is a step between the slow incremental organic processes by which traditional peoples modified their living environment and the typical processes of the modern world where fossil fuelled debt finance quickly wipes away old patterns and ways with brand new projects. I see retrofitting reflecting the ideas of Christopher Alexander’s Timeless Way of Building (1975) and his Pattern Language (1977) by which we recognise what already exists as wholes that can evolve, differentiate and be renewed and revived in response to a world of change.

While the retro style of the hipsters maybe could be nothing more than fashion, maybe there is a link between this fashion and the revival of the energy and enthusiasm for DIY tech, food growing and self reliant living not seen since the 1970s when permaculture last showed the promise of a grass roots transformation suburbia. In any case I think RetroSuburbia captures the ambiguity of a radical transformation for the future and the easy recreation of the best from the past.

While the suburban retrofit concepts have national and global application, the book is focused on Melbourne, Victorian regional towns and more generally southern Australia for several reasons;

  • In this home territory I can show the strategies, technique and designs that work without the demands of publishers for universal solutions to sell to the largest market.
  • Permaculture designers everywhere can readily adapt the solutions beyond this bioregion.
  • If we can help trigger an order of magnitude jump in the number of household retrofitting projects that succeed on home territory, that could generate both positive and negative responses from academics, policy makers and corporations that might lead to media and broader public interest.
  • If we succeed at that scale then the retro suburbs movement at home, will help inspire similar action around Australia and beyond.”

For further reading see the website at https://retrosuburbia.com/reading/retrosuburbia-the-manifesto/

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