Introduction to Natural Buildings

Building with Straw, Earth , Wood and Dung


Natural buildings are made with local and renewable materials gathered around the working site. But they are also designed according to the climate and the occupant’s life style to be energy efficient and healthy.

During this practical 9 days workshop, participants will discover several techniques of construction by buulding small demonstration on the project area. Earth construction such as cob, mud brick or rammed eart will be used, straw-bale walls, cordwood walls or log walls will also be done. Along this practical work, participants will also learn about the theoretical background of natural buildings (building sciences, material sciences, bioclimatique architecture, solar passive design…)

As an introduction to natural buildings, this workshop is especially designed for students in architecture, interior design or civil engineering as well as for masons or carpenters that want to get knowledge on natural building techniques.

As the fees for the workshop is deliberately low, it means that a large part of the workshop time will passed in practical work to that will be useful for the project and it is expected to the participants to work 7 hours a day.

Workshop fee:

students :300€ (+VAT)

others: 500€ (+VAT)

Number of Participants: 20

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Workshop content

The workshop will last 9 days. The workshop time will be divided between theoretical lessons (1h per day) to understand the background of the work and practical work (7h per day) to be able to experiment. Evenings will be free with activities (movies, discussion, social activities) proposed on the farm. As the program is very condensed, we will also have 1/2 day free in the middle ofthe week.

  • Introduction to Ecological Architecture
  •  Introduction to Natural building Materials
  • Introduction to Earth Construction
  • introduction to Straw-bale Construction
  • Introduction to Timber Construction
  • Introduction to Natural Plasters
  • Important Construction Details for Natural Buildings
 Daily Program (Saturday 10:00 am – Sunday 6:00 pm)
  • 8:00-12:30 Hands-on work
  • 12:30-15-00 Lunch Break
  • 15:00-16:00 Presentation
  • 16:00-19:00 Hands-on work

Important: As this is really a hands-on workshop, we are really expecting long working days in order to finalize a construction. Working hours can be extended if needed in order to finish what has been started.

Gündönümü Farm Hosting Condition:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 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.

Toilet and bathroom

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:
  • Old/working clothes that can get dirty
  • working shoes or at least closed shoes (no sandlas and open shoes)
  • a notebook,
  • thermos or water bottle
  • your gears if you stay on the camp area
  • your good mood
Included in the workshop
  • 5 days of theritical and pratical education
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Toilet and shower
Not Included in the workshop
  • Tent, mat and sleeping bag
  • Guest-rooms

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.

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