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  • Title: Hands-on Natural Building Workshops: Earth, Hands and Houses
    Descriptive info: .. Natural Building Workshops in Amazing Places.. Menu.. Skip to content.. Home.. Workshops.. Testimonials.. Projects.. Services.. Videos.. About.. Contact.. About Our Natural Building Workshops.. Natural building workshops teach how to use locally sourced materials such as wood, straw bales and the earth from under your feet, to create homes that are beautiful, sustainable, cost effective, and can be built with minimal expertise.. Earth, Hands and Houses run natural building workshops and provide natural building architect services based on the experience of the founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 17 years of experience natural building with earthbags, straw bales and clay plasters.. Paulina gave up her career as an architect in London in 1996 to follow her passion for building with natural materials.. She spent years working alongside the pioneers of natural building.. Her work with earthbag construction saw her spend months working alongside Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth, the inventor of the earthbag system.. A few years later she went on to write one of the first books on earthbag construction, “Building with Earth".. Her work with straw bale construction and clay plastering lead her to live and work with leading experts Bill and Athena Steen.. Her inquisitive mind ensured she pushed and tested everything that was possible with these natural building technologies.. It is that deep knowledge, along with her desire to bring people together in an atmosphere of fun and friendship, that is at the core of the natural building workshops run by Earth, Hands and Houses.. What  ...   Low Cost, Disaster Resistant Housing.. Read how communities in poorer, disaster prone areas can save lives by building their houses using earthbags.. I had a fantastic time and learnt so much in such a nice atmosphere.. The whole group was great and you were so resourceful.. Sophie Hunter, Earthbag and Clay Plaster Workshop, Poland 2012.. My second workshop building with Paulina.. I think I am becoming addicted!.. Su Lupasco Washington, Earthbag and Clay Plaster Workshop, Poland 2012.. I found the workshop great and it inspired me a lot.. The group was just wonderful and the workshop itself was really nice.. David, Earthbag and Clay Plaster Workshop, Poland 2012.. Thank you, Paulina, for the hot tub and for the beautiful atmosphere which unfolds around you when you teach people how to work with clay.. Nicholas Harris, Hot Tub and Clay Plastering Workshop, Sussex, England, May 2011.. It was surely a great experience, and thank you for the flexible approach that in your teaching so that I was able to understand both the good and the bad techniques in natural building.. Guro, Earthbag and Clay Plaster Workshop, Poland 2012.. I am missing you, the lake, the dome, the work, the land.. soo much! I loved our little dance to do the natural tampering.. Thank you for everything!.. Sirishanti Kaur, Earthbag and Clay Plastering Workshop, Poland, August 2013.. Hear the background and vision of Earth Hands and Houses founder, Paulina Wojciechowska:.. Watch people's experience of an.. Earth, Hands and Houses workshop:.. Proudly powered by WordPress..

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  • Title: Natural Building Workshops in Straw Bale and Earthbag Construction
    Descriptive info: Natural Building Workshops.. Earthbag Workshop Thailand:.. Building a Disaster Resistant Earthbag Home.. Leave a reply.. Learn how to make a disaster resistant home with earthbags from architect and earthbag author Paulina Wojciechowska.. Read more.. Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop in Sussex, England.. May / June 2014.. Come and make new friends on a fun and lively straw bale and clay plastering course in the south of England, constructing a beautiful school classroom with architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska.. Follow us on Facebook:.. Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop in Sussex, England.. Building a Disaster Resistant Earthbag Home.. 10th - 18th February 2014.. "I had a fantastic time and learnt so much in  ...   tub and for the beautiful atmosphere which unfolds around you when you teach people how to work with clay…".. "I am missing you, the lake, the dome, the work, the land.. Thank you for everything!".. "It was surely a great experience, and thank you for the flexible approach that in your teaching so that I was able to understand both the good and the bad techniques in natural building.. "I learnt a lot about all the building techniques and now I have enough confidence to start building.. Watch people s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses natural building course:.. Hear the background and vision of Earth Hands and Houses founder, Paulina Wojciechowska:..

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  • Title: Natural Building Course Reviews from Earth, Hands and Houses.
    Descriptive info: I am missing you, the lake, the dome, the work, the land soo much! I loved our little dance to do the natural tampering.. Haakan the Dentist.. I learnt a lot about all the building techniques and now I have enough confidence to start building.. Thank you, Paulina, for the hot tub and for the  ...   work with clay….. Guro, Earthbag Dome Workshop, France, October 2011.. Sophie Hunter, Earthbag and Clay Plastering Workshop, Poland, August 2012.. Su Lupasco Washington, Earthbag and Clay Plastering Workshop, Poland, August 2012.. My second workshop building with Paulina I think I am becoming addicted!.. "My second workshop building with Paulina.. I think I am becoming addicted!"..

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  • Title: Straw Bale Construction Project - Earth Hands and Houses
    Descriptive info: Earth, Hands and Houses Projects.. Earth, Hands and Houses have been involved in the construction of many natural building projects over the last 17 years.. For the best photo galleries of our work, please see the following links:.. Sand bag dome near Warsaw (2003 Present).. Working with sand taken directly from the site.. Straw bale house in Przelomka (2000 2002).. Tucked away in the northeasterly corner of Poland (which borders Lithuania) is what the city people call a small paradise.. Earthen Chapel at Krasnopol 2003.. Built by the local children in cooperation with.. Straw bale near Warsaw (2003 Present).. Sitting quietly in the countryside almost invisible.. Earthen Hot Tub near Warsaw (2003 Present).. An extraordinary experience.. Earth, Hands and Houses Projects on Facebook..  ...   first straw bale being laid to form a wall, which will be wrapped around the structure.. The straw bale wall being stacked.. Compression of the straw bale wall.. Compression of individual straw bale.. The first straw bale wall to be compressed.. The wall being plastered by volunteers with a thick external straw clay plaster mix.. The final layer of clay plaster being applied onto the rear elevation.. The porch under construction.. The main entrance.. The porch before the final plaster is applied.. View from the almost completed terrace onto lake Hancza.. Clay is fun for work and play.. The terrace welcomes you.. View of the terrace almost completed.. The straw bale house almost complete, the roof ready for the reed thatching.. The completed house!..

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  • Title: Natural Building Architect Services - Earth, Hands and Houses
    Descriptive info: Natural Building Architect Services.. We have 17 years of experience as natural building architects with extensive experience of natural materials for building and styling homes.. In particular, we use straw bale, earthbag, cordwood, cob, timber, clay and lime techniques and other natural materials like bamboo for interior and exterior styling and finishes.. Much of our work has been written about in many European style magazines.. Our services include:.. Natural Building Architectural Design.. We are a certified architectural practice in the UK and Poland and can produce architectural drawings for your natural building project from an entire eco-house to a low-impact extension to your existing home.. Interior design.. Natural materials add style to your home which are healthy, inexpensive and have a low environmental impact.. We provide designs including anything from clay paints to a sculpted clay oven.. We use natural materials such  ...   as a lecture(s) or as one to one consulting.. The consulting services include:.. Healthy Homes.. Natural building, using any of the natural building technologies we specialise in.. Toxins around the home.. Survival school: how to live a healthy life in a contaminated society.. We have been building with natural materials for many years.. All of our buildings have been built via workshops by people with little or no experience of building, all of which gain the practical experience necessary to make informed decisions about using natural materials for their own homes.. We can run workshops at your location, on your project or you can attend any of our regular workshops in Poland.. Our workshops include:.. Building with strawbale, cordwood, rammed earth, earthbag, cob and timber.. Earthen plasters.. Earthen floors.. Clay and other natural paints,.. Building and sculpting clay ovens and hot tubs..

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  • Title: Natural Building Course Videos from Earth, Hands and Houses.
    Descriptive info: Watch people s experience of an Earth, Hands and Houses natural building course:..

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  • Title: About Us - Natural Building Workshops from Earth, Hands and Houses.
    Descriptive info: About Us.. Paulina hard at work.. Paulina Wojciechowska.. An Architect (qualified from Kingston University in the UK), as a child spent a few years in Afghanistan and India where she saw for the first time earth architecture.. Paulina studied earth building in CAL-Earth Californian institute of earth art and architecture in the Mohave Desert, where she built an earth dwelling out of Earthbags.. She later studied with the Canelo Project.. Amongst others worked on a project with the Yaqui Indians close to Hermosillo in Northern Mexico, building a community house out of Earthbags, then worked on ‘Casas de Cantan’ project, building houses for poor women living in the slums of Cuidad Obregon in Mexico.. Later worked with Sioux Indians (Oglala) at Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, and teaching Earthbag construction to construct an Earth House.. Paulina has recently taught the Technology and Development module on the MSc.. Programme in CENDEP (Centre for Development and Emergency Practice) at Oxford Brookes University in Oxford.. From the year 2000 she has focused her natural building activity mainly in Europe, mostly Poland and UK although there have been some activity in Hungary, France, Zambia and Sierra Leone.. Her design of the small house in northeasterly Poland was mentioned in the main newspaper ‘Polityka’ as one of the most interesting ecological buildings in Poland.. She is also an author of a book on Earthbag construction ‘Building with Earth a Guide to Flexible-Form Earthbag Construction’ and Alternative Construction entitled “Earth Hands Houses Earthbag and Other Alternative Construction Methods”.. She has also written contributions to books such as:.. Alternative Construction- Contemporary Natural Building Methods.. Edited by L.. Elizabeth and C.. Adams.. On Earthbag technology.. The Lemonade Stand.. , Exploring the unfamiliar by building large-scale models.. By Maurice Mitchell.. Sandbag Construction, The Art of Natural Building.. , Edited by J.. Kennedy.. Paulina founded ‘Earth Hands And Houses’ in 1997.. Below are some of the alternative building methods Paulina experienced during her travels;.. Earthbags.. Pumice filled bags.. Sandbags.. Straw clays.. Adobe.. Cob.. Straw bales.. Cordwood.. Pumice-crete.. Stone.. Rammed earth.. Rammed Tyres.. Paper-crete.. Jarema Dubiel.. Jarema has held many courses with Earth Hands and Houses since 2002 in both Polish and English.. He is a well known environmentalist in Poland with many radio and television appearances.. He is often one of the first to be called on by communities all over Poland when environmental issues threaten the environmental health of a region.. Jarema has also given key-note lectures in English on toxic materials at the Natural Building Colloquium in Czech in 2004 and in Oxford Brookes University in 2002.. An Ecologist, Teacher and Journalist, who did his Masters Degree in the field of Sociology at University of Warsaw.. In 1990 He initiated the project ‘Green Telephone’ (an environmental help line), for the Polish Environmental Centre in Warsaw, which he then run for the next 10 years.. He was the co-ordinator of several projects.. Such as:.. Anti-nuclear power plants (thanks to this campaign there are still no nuclear power stations in Poland),.. Anti waste incineration campaign and.. Anti pvc and polyurethane campaign.. He runs lectures and workshops for children and youth on how to identify and avoid toxic elements in our surroundings.. Since 2001 he represents ‘Earth Hands And Houses’ In POLAND.. Amongst many things he has been focusing on survival workshops for children and youth, lecturing and running workshops on natural building, clay painting and clay plastering.. Articles Written By Paulina.. Article  ...   teach us the fundamental principles of each invention, thereby showing the possibility of taking another path.. Most primitive anonymous buildings were constructed in response to such conditions as climate, orientation, and the easy availability of building materials.. As the building material dictated the form of the dwelling, the builders were sensitive to it.. They worked with their materials, not against them as in so much of today s architecture.. During the summer of 1996, I finally embarked on my long awaited journey to discover indigenous materials and techniques.. One of my earliest and most exciting discoveries was the arch.. Here was a form that occurs all around us in nature.. The arch allows us to be free of the need to use wood, and materials such as concrete and steel, which are high in embodied energy.. All naturally occurring structures use the arch form as their structural element.. I first learnt about Earth Architecture from the Iranian-born visionary architect, Nadr Khalli, during an internship at his school of Earth Art and Architecture, Cal-Earth.. The islamic influence wasn t new, due to my prior years spent in Afghanistan, but the materials and techniques were.. However my passion for the arch had noting to do with dome or vault or any type of symmetrical islamic architecture.. It has to do with nature.. I didn t want to necessarily imitate nature.. I wanted to feel the freedom that nature appears to posses.. I had experienced so many constraints in the world I came from; I wanted to escape it.. I wanted to become free.. I wanted to explore my strength.. To understand and celebrate the possibilities of the earth in my hands.. As I worked with this totally fluid materials, I felt its lack of constraints, its freedom.. I wanted it to lead me, to allow the earth that freedom.. I didn t want to make it do something which imitated another material.. I wanted to set it free, to listen to it.. I believe that all buildings should be designed and built with sensitivity designing and building are to me like sculpting.. When a sculptor carves in to the rock he listens to the rock telling him what it should become.. Creating a dwellings the same to me; its about understanding the material, the need of the inhabitant, the climate, being in harmony with the environment and, most of all, feeling passion during the process.. At the moment, my ideal house is one which lives in such harmony with its environment, a house that is difficult to notice, like an animal that blends into its surroundings.. So many houses appear like warts on our landscape.. When you drive in the countryside, how much nicer it would be if you couldn t see the houses, if they harmoniously blended in, like the houses in Afghanistan that climb the hillsides and are made of the same earth as the hillside.. Only at night, when the lights come on, do you see the extent of development.. In my Earthmother Dwelling that I built at Cal-Earth, these are some of the things that I aimed to achieve.. The Earthmother Dwelling was built in a close dialogue with the essence of the site.. Listening to the elements, letting the earth tell me what it wanted to become.. Being from the architectural icons of traditional cultures.. Listening openly to my inner voices, letting them guide me to achieve coherence and happiness..

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  • Title: Contact Us - Straw Bale and Earthbag Workshops and Courses
    Descriptive info: Contact Us.. Contact in the UK.. Paulina Wojciechowska.. Call: +44 01825 713349.. During some of July August she might be away on building projects, so try calling:.. +48 798685200.. Email: earthhands@gmail.. com.. Contact in Poland.. Jarema Dubiel.. Polish mobile: 0504 340 261.. Email: jaremadubiel@tlen.. pl.. Polish Facebook Group:.. Domy z piasku, gliny, slomy.. Jarema s blogs:.. mamaziemia.. blogspot.. rakstop.. engo..

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  • Title: Earth Hands and Houses › Log In
    Descriptive info: Earth Hands and Houses.. Username.. Password.. Remember Me.. Lost your password?.. Back to Earth Hands and Houses..

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  • Title: Earthbag Workshop in Thailand : 10-18 Feb 2014
    Descriptive info: A similar dome we built in Zambia in 2012.. The Zambian dome takes shape.. Workshop location: the beautiful Chiang Dao mountains.. Lovely local food to start the day.. Workshop participants practice the art of accurately positioning a tube of earth.. The dome WE built! Poland, 2012.. Taught by architect and earthbag author.. An 8 day workshop near Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand.. Earthbag buildings offer a very low cost of construction and far greater resistance to natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, making them an ideal building method to introduce into many regions in Asia.. Earthbag structures are:.. Very low cost.. Do not require expensive materials such as wood, steel and cement.. Have thick, disaster resistant walls, making them ideal for areas prone to flooding, hurricanes or earthquakes.. Easily built with minimal skills, bringing together young and old in the community.. Earthbags are the perfect building technique for charities and community leaders to introduce into the world’s poorest disaster prone communities.. Click here.. for more details of the benefits of earthbag building.. The workshop will be lead by Earth, Hands and Houses founder Paulina Wojciechowska, a qualified architect who has over 17 years of experience building with earthbags in communities all around the world.. Paulina worked alongside Nader Khalili at Cal-Earth in 1996 and is the author of Building with Earth , one of the leading earthbag construction books.. The workshop is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience of all stages of constructing a large 4 metre diameter  ...   workshops Maggie is running which you may also wish to attend.. Food will be provided for an additional cost of approximately 6 euros per day with shared kitchen duties.. Free camping will be available on site.. The best way to travel to the workshop is to fly or take a train to Chaing Mai in Thailand and then travel one and a half hours by bus or taxi to the workshop site.. Please.. for more detailed practical information.. After this workshop there will be an opportunity to stay on as a volunteer and participate in finishing the dome.. This is more than just an earthbag workshop it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an amazing 9 days of learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!.. Book Your Place.. Places on the workshop will be limited to ensure a good learning experience for everyone.. For more details and to book your place please email.. info@EarthHandsAndHouses.. org.. or call Paulina on +44 1825 713349.. Earthbag Homes in Disaster Regions.. to read more about why earthbag homes are a great construction method to introduce into the world s poorer, disaster prone communities.. Hear Paulina talk about her experience and vision for Earth, Hands and Houses:.. This entry was posted in.. Workshop.. on.. September 23, 2013.. by.. Antony Dennis.. Post navigation.. Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop: Building a Round House in Turkey.. Su Lupasco Washington, Earthbag and Clay Plastering Workshop, Poland, August 2012..

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  • Title: Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop in Sussex, England | Earth Hands and Houses
    Descriptive info: A similar straw bale structure we made at our Turkey workshop in October.. Clay plastering the joints between bales.. Having fun in the sun.. The walls take shape clay plastering the bale walls.. Dates to be decided in May/June 2014.. In the beautiful village of Forest Row, Sussex in the south of England.. Taught by architect and author Paulina Wojciechowska.. A wonderful opportunity to gain hands-on experience of constructing a real straw bale building in beautiful grounds of a school set in the heart of the Ashdown Forest in East Sussex, England.. In a two part workshop we will learn:.. Straw bale construction techniques.. Raising straw bale walls with hazel pinning..  ...   Techniques:.. Making clay plaster.. Recognizing the clay found on our land and understanding how to use it for building.. Preparation of clay plaster.. Application of three different layers of earthen clay plaster.. Preparation of wheat paste for stabilizing the final layer.. Sculpting with clay plaster.. Painting with clay paint.. Making light straw clay insulation.. This will be more than just a workshop it will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy learning and relaxing amongst like minded people, some who may become your friends for life!.. For more details email info@EarthHandsAndHouses.. org or call Paulina on +441825713349.. September 3, 2013.. Straw Bale and Clay Plastering Workshop: Building a Round House in Turkey..

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