Womens Natural Building Workshop

October 8th - 16th 2022

Lameiros, Sao Luis, Portugal

We are excited to invite you for a week long, womens only, natural building workshop on a beautiful 25 hecter farm in Southern Portugal. Lead by the Womens Natural Building Collectives four core builders you will gain a deep understanding, and hands on experience, of the ancient world of natural building in a safe and supported environment.

What is Natural Building?

Natural building is so much more than just building with natural materials; it is about reconnecting with our ancestral roots and our natural environment. It’s about building beautiful, durable, healthy and spiritually uplifting buildings as well as building relationships with people and the planet along the way. It’s about observing and respecting the world around us, consciously using local, renewable and sustainable materials to creating buildings that work in harmony with our mind, body and soul, and the environment they inhabit.


Building a structure with natural materials is an empowering, humbling and inspiring experience, and building with only women creates a sacred, safe and supported sisterhood. We will connect with the earth, with ourselves, with each other and with these ancient building techniques which are silently ingrained in all of us. Together we will tap into this hidden knowledge and bring to life the skills and magic to create your own home.

What is The Womens Natural Building Collective?

The WNBC is a collective of experienced women builders living and working in Southern Portugal. We build unique natural structures that respond to their environment whilst also creating job opportunities and a training programme to empower women with the skills to build. We share a passion for building but also a deep passion for our planet and in creating a more balanced and beautiful future. Check out our website to learn more about us; https://www.womensnaturalbuilding.org facebook page www.facebook.com/TheWNBC



Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is for women of any age and physical ability; no one is excluded from building with earth, we embrace our diversity and differences, our strengths and weaknesses; we can all play an important role in the building process no matter how big or small. This workshop is for your personal development, inner growth empowerment and is designed so that every individual walks away feeling inspired and confident to continue to build with earth and with the ethics of ecological house design.



What will you learn?

During this workshop you will be connecting with the earth from day one; gaining experience, trusting your intuition and learning through doing. You will be guided by our experienced and passionate team of women builders with many years of experience and a wealth of knowledge and skills. We will be working on different ongoing building projects on the land of one of the WNBC core builders, through doing this you get to experience many different building methods and applications to give you a wide range of new skills.

You will learn how to;

  • Test clay sub-soils and use the results to create the perfect earth mix

  • Learn about ecological house design and implementation

  • Make adobe bricks

  • Learn about the stages of construction; foundations, walls, roof

  • Mix and work with cob in many different forms

  • Mix and apply slip straw

  • Work with power tools

  • Learn about woodwork and carpentry

  • Create beautiful artwork and sculptures with earth

  • Mix and apply natural plasters

There will be some theory sessions too;

  • Ecological House Design – how to design energy efficient homes in connection with your climate

  • Natural Building Theory – How it all works and why

  • Building techniques across the globe – what techniques are being used, where and why?

  • Earth floors and reciprocal roofs



Alongside all of this we want to integrate and celebrate the feminine energy between us, to share, laugh, dance, cry (if we want to) and explore the different layers of ourselves. We will have additional (optional) morning and evening activities; yoga, women's circles, meditation, dance, singing to celebrate all that we are and all that we can be.



More about the host!

We will be staying at Lazuz, a beautiful 25 hectare farm owned by one of our WNBC core Builders, Tati. Tati brought the land with her partner Eran in 2016 and has dedicated the past years to developing the site, building houses and gardens, planting trees and also welcoming their baby daughter. The farm is a great example of how to start from scratch and the work and skills needed to create a regenerative homestead.


Lazuz is located in the rolling hills of Alentejo, surrounded by cork trees and wild nature. 1km from Lazuz is a small village with a little cafe (which has a stone baked pizza event every week) and grocery store. a further 5km from this village is the bigger town of Sao Luis which has lots of amenities, pharmacy, bank, bakery, restaurants etc. 20km from the site you are on the beautiful beaches around Vila Nova De Milfontes

Food

We will be eating fresh, local, vegetarian (always vegan options) meals 3 times a day which will be lovingly prepared by Tati and our support crew. If you have any allergies please let us know in advance so we can accommodate your needs


Accommodation

We can offer accommodation in either dorm style bell tents or smaller camping tents. participants are also able to bring their own camping equipment or camper vans onto the site.

Price

The fee for the workshop is €680 this includes all meals and refreshments, transportation to and from the site, the course tuition and materials.

We ask participants to arrive before 13h00 on Oct 8th for a welcoming lunch. Info regarding transportation etc will be sent after registration


Deposit:

We ask all registrants to make a deposit of €100 to secure their spot, and the remaining fees be paid on arrival. Please email us at womensnaturalbuilding@gmail.com to register

Please Note:

In the unlikely event of us cancelling the course, your deposit will be refunded in full; additionally, we will not be held responsible for any other financial losses accrued. Deposits are non-refundable if you choose to cancel. We will accept late bookings if there is space available.

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Contact information:

Please feel free to email us with any questions or enquiries on womensnaturalbuilding@gmail.com