Tadelak and Clay Paint workshop – 14-19 October

Building with Straw, Earth , Wood and Dung


Finishes are giving the beauty of your building. As you build with natural materials for their healthy properties, we are proposing finishes that both respect your building and will last very long.

Tadelakt is a morrocan lime based plaster made totally waterproof by the addition of natural soap. It is used for floor and wall of bathrooms and even for making sink and bathtub. Clay paint are a beatiful way to change the color of your walls and give them different finishes either, smooth, bright or rustic accordingto the materials you add in.

During these 5 days, you will learn how to prepare and apply clay pant and tadelakt on different surfaces (natural materials and/or conventional materials). To be able to get experience large surface of plaster will be done for the maintenance of the houses of TezekEvleri.

Moreover, through presentation and hand-on exercises, you will leran how to determine the suitability of earth for plastering and how to test your mix.

Workshop fee: 300€ (+VAT)

Number of Participants: 10

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Workshop content

The workshop will last 5 days. The workshop time will be divided between theoritical lessons (1h per day) to understand the background of the work and practical work (5h per day) to be able to experiment. Evenings will be free with activities (movies, discussion, social activities) proposed on the farm. As the workshop is short we fully recommend you to arrive on time on the Monday.

  • Introduction to Ecological Architecture
  •  Introduction to Natural building Materials
  • Introduction to Earth Construction
  • Introduction to Natural Plasters
  • Important Construction Details for Natural Buildings
 Daily Program (Monday 8:00 am – Saturday 6:00 pm)
  • 8:00-12:30 Hands-on work
  • 12:30-15-00 Lunch Break
  • 15:00-16:00 Presentation
  • 16:00-18:00 Hands-on work

Important: As Tadelakt is a material that need constant attention while implementing, working hours can be switch during the evening and even the night not to miss the right time to finish.

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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