In this day long workshop, we will discover what are the different types of natural buildings and how they properties are important to create a healthy building.

During this day, the third of a long serie of 1-day long workshop, we will start discover natural materials such as straw-bale, rammed earth, slip-straw, mud bricks or cordwood. We will understand their differences and how to choose between a material or another. We will particularly focus on straw-bales and earth as they are complementary materials available all around.

 Workshop content

As a full day based on theoritical presentations, the workshop will be divide into 4 parts; 3 presentations and 1 visit of the TezekEvleri Project.



  • Introduction to Natural Materials
  • Earth as a Building Material
  • Straw as a Building Material



  • 9:30-10:00 arrival and tea/coffee/milk
  • 10:00-10:30 presentation of the workshop, introduction of the participants, presentation of 8100 project
  • 10:30-12:00 1st Presentation
  • 12:15-13:45 2nd Presentation
  • 13:45-14:45 Lunch break
  • 14:45-15:45 Tezekeveleri tour and building process presentation
  • 16:00-17:30 3rd Presentation
  • 17:30-18:00 Q&A, conclusion of the workshop
  • 18:00-18:30 tea/coffee/milk and departure

Our team

Betul Ergun is an architect and builder specialized in plastering. She has been involved in various workshops and construction projects across Turkey, including rocket stove building. She aims at working primarily with natural materials. She was a primary actor of the Tezekevleri project on which she worked over four months.

Matthieu Pedergnana is an architect and builder. Actually finishing a PhD in METU, he learnt how to build with natural building in different workshops in Europe. He has taught natural construction and ecological architecture in several places in Turkey. He is working now as a consultant for TezekEvleri project.

Aysun and Mehmet Sökmen will be our hosts on the Gündönümü dairy farm. They are on a transition phase from industrial to natural via permacultural principles and holistic management. Their new project called “8bin100” (8100) is about developing a healthy environment where a group of people can live together by combining complementary activities. The work done during our workshop will help show that such a project is possible.

Gündönümü Farm Hosting Conditions


Lunch meal will be provided by Gündönümü Farm. During the breaks, tea, coffe and milk will be served as well as snacks. If you have any allergy, please let us know in advance.

Toilets and Shower

You will find compost toilets and showers on the camp site


For reasons of security, we can unfortunately not host anybody less of 18 years old.


Unfortunately, you will not find any open internet on the farm.


For the security and the health of the cow and the farm team, it is forbidden to go on the farm area. We kindly ask you not to disturb the wellbeing of the animals.

What you should bring

  • a notebook and a pen,
  • clothes that can be dirtied,
  • working shoes/boots,
  • your good mood

Course fees: 250TL (+VAT)


Number of participants: 15

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