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17 OCT - 29 OCT 2016

  Koh Phangan Villa Rental


Questions? Comments? Great ideas? Here’s how to get them to us:


Julien +66 (0)83 393 90 21

If you must contact us by snail mail, please direct your inquiries or materials to:

58/10 M. 8
Koh Phangan
Surat Thani 84280

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earthbag workshop on koh phangan, thailand

>> click on the image above to download the A3 poster (354 KB)

Popularized by Iranian architect and builder Nader Khalili since the 1970s, natural building in general and earthbag building (EB) in particular are becoming more and more relevant in a world where housing becomes less and less affordable. Building with earthbags allows the use of local, natural materials for the filling which substantially lowers the embodied energy commonly associated with the manufacture and transportation of building materials. Using earthbags results in extremely durable and strong structures (in a whole range of climates), for a minimal amount of money (compared to conventional construction methods).

Participants will learn the basics of EB, and by the end of the weekend feel ready to begin a small structure by themselves. We will inspect existing buildings, do hands-on demonstrations on how to fill bags, how to lay them, and how to tamp them, and engage in Q & A sessions. Supplemental slide shows and film screenings will complete this full-immersion experience. Freshmen welcome, earthbag experience not required.

Dates: Saturday 12 March and Sunday 13 March 2016;
Workshop hours are 08.00 - 12.00 and 13.30 - 17.30

Where: On our jungle hillside property in the hills above Sri Thanu village, Koh Phangan, Surat Thani 84280, THAILAND.
Email us to ask your questions or to reserve your space today, or call Julien +66 (0)83 393 90 21.

Price: THB 4’000 (ca. 100 EUR), with an early-bird discount of THB 500 for full payments prior to 15 January 2016.

The number of participants is limited to 30 people, first come first served.

Teacher: This introductory workshop will be taught by phanganearthworks co-founder and owner Julien Balmer. After extensive study of alternative building methods in general, and earthen construction techniques in particular, Julien began conceptualizing the earthworks project in 2008. Over the past 5 years he has built five earthbag structures, including two darkroom meditation domes and a spacious and rather luxurious 70 sqm house. For images, please access our galleries on this site.

Click here to download the A3 workshop poster (PDF, 354 KB).


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