10 day Natual Building Workshop July 2018

  • Start Date: July 14, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
  • End Date: July 23, 2018, 6 p.m.
  • Venue: Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu.

Thannal Natural Building School’s half yearly 10-day course is planned for people who want intense learning in natural materials, techniques and processes through hands-on work (1:1 scale) on our project. Every aspect of Natural Building from foundation, wall systems, roofs, flooring and finishes is practiced and grasped. Basics know-how of every ingredient used like different types of mud, lime, bamboo, herbal mixes and natural gums is explained. Participants are made familiar with how to identify different properties of material, source it, prepare it and different technique of using it. Various treatments for natural materials for termite resistance and how to repair mud structures is also covered.
Enhanced with Rural Study through site visits to indigenous & contemporary mud buildings. Inferences from such experiences can strengthen your confidence in building with Natural Materials.
Observe and learn from wide range of experimentation done in our campus:
• The Singing Dervish Studio, using cob.
• Earth bag studio.
• Learning Center, using Cob, Adobe, Wattle & Daub.
• Water tanks made with Mud and Lime.
• Sensing Natural living.
Aspects of Natural Building explored:
• Lime preparation and usage.
• Different forms of stabilization and admixtures.
• Treatments using native plant and animal derivatives.
• Natural gums.
• Alternative energy in building using solar panels.
• Grey water management using Natural filtration.
Participation is limited to 15-20 participants and will be on a first come first serve manner. We are seeking participants with all levels of experience. Most importantly, applicants should have enthusiasm, a deep willingness to learn, an appreciation for working with their hands and a good attitude!
Workshop Location:
Thannal, Tiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu – 606603.
Nearest Railway Stations: Thiruvannamalai, Kattpadi and Villupuram.
Nearest Airport: Chennai, Banglore.
We will be suggesting various guest houses near to site, where inquires can be made by the participants for accommodation. Accommodation is not included in workshop fee.
Workshop fee:
The workshop fee is Rs.25500/- (Indians) and USD 495/- (foreign nationals) which includes lunch and excludes accommodation and site visit’s travel expenses.

We function in a manner in which all our studies, documentations, travels and researches are funded with the money from workshops, not from any external funds, sponsorships and fellowships. Projects are done on a gift culture, without any consultation fee, which are the results of our studies of Indian Traditional Natural Building techniques. We expect people who want to learn from us understand this situation and kindly not ask for discounts in our study programmes. As we do not have any scholarship available right now, you can find a sponsor for yourself to study with us (you will be supporting us this way).

Prepare for the day:
Please see below links for details about how to prepare, accommodation etc for the workshop .
Cancellation/Refund Policy:
If you want to cancel your reservation before 15 days of workshop, we will refund you remaining amount after reducing taxes, if we are able to fill the vacancy with a replacement. Otherwise we will refund you 50% amount paid. You can also retain the amount as credit with us and use for our future workshops.
• We don't entertain non participants at workshop site during workshop hours, unless it is unavoidable (please let us know in advance).
• Do respect privacy of others when you go visit any nearby sites.
• Participants are advised to get their own head gears and gloves.
After payment, kindly fill up the form so that we can know you & help better.
• The itinerary is subjective to change as per the site conditions and local weather.
• For queries: <thannalroots@gmail.com>
• Workshop Videos : CEPT 10 days Winter School Workshop : https://vimeo.com/250551626
Mud Age: https://vimeo/15757236

Course Detail

Introduction To Natural Building_______________________(Theory)

Introduction To Materials_____________________________(Theory)

Earth – Sampling/Testing_____________________________(Prototype)

Lime – Cycle/Slaking/Bagging_________________________(Prototype)

Bamboo/Wood – Treatment___________________________(Hands On)


Stone____________________________________________(Hands On)

Earth Bag_________________________________________(Prototype)

Beam System______________________________________(Prototype)

Wall Systems

Cob_____________________________________________(Hands On)

Wattle And Daub__________________________________(Hands On)

Adobe___________________________________________(Hands On)

CSMB___________________________________________(Hands On)

Earth Bag_________________________________________(Prototype)

Lintels and Beams__________________________________(Prototype)

Sculptures & Murals________________________________(Hands On)

Roof Systems______________________________________(Prototype)


Mud Plaster________________________________________(Hands On)

Lime Plaster_______________________________________(Hands On)

Mud + Lime Plaster_________________________________(Hands On)

Flooring Methods and Treatment_______________________(Prototype)

Alternative energy in building using solar panels___________(Prototype)

Grey water management using Natural filtration___________(Prototype)

Rural Study – Indigenous And Contemporary Mud Buildings_____(Site Visit)

Presentation On Natural Building-
People And Places__________________________________________(Theory)