We're taking our Natural Building Courses to the next level with this collaboration between Atitlan Organics, Abundant Edge and Return to the Forest! With a cumulative 19 years in natural building, the founders of Abundant Edge and Return to the Forest are some of the best and most experienced teachers out there. This course goes in depth into the entire process of a build, from site design and planning to natural plasters and finishes. Over two weeks, participants will try their hand at framing, build a full wall integrating features such as doors and windows, connect hybrid wall systems, learn about appropriate technology, build a complete rocket stove, and much more! Perfect for first-time natural builders and those looking to refine and improve their skills.


A typical day looks something like this:

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00 Practical 1 (Rammed Earth/Wattle and Daub/Bamboo Joinery/Etc)
10:00 - 10:30 Snack Break
10:30 - 1:00 Practical 2 (Rocket Stove/Tadelakt/Plaster Lab/Etc)
1:00 - 3:00 Lunch
2:30 - 4:30 Review and Classroom Presentation (Ecological Design/Natural Building Materials/Appropriate Technology/Scale of Permanence/Plasters, Paints, and FInishes/Etc)
4:30 - 7:30 Free time, dinner
7:30 - 8:30 Optional Movie


  • Learn ancient and modern natural building methods!
  • Two week stay at the beautiful Bambu Guest House, with all meals and snacks included
  • Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Lake Atitlan
  • Dynamic classroom activities and fun hands-on practicals daily
  • Field trips and tours around the region to check out examples of natural building

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • restaurant on site


  • fast: streaming video

Getting here.

Coming from Antigua or Guatemala City, you must travel to Panajachel, which is one of the three big towns on the lake and takes about 3-4 hours by shuttle. To get to Panajachel, you can take a tourist shuttle from Antigua for roughly Q100 per person and for Q225 from Guatemala City. There are also private shuttle options that will you take you straight to our door in Tzununa. We can help make arrangements with any of this, so just let us know if you want some help.

From Panajachel, you take a boat (lancha) at the public dock. Tell the captain that you are going to the town of Tzununa (zoo-new-nah) which is three public stops from Panajachel. This costs roughly Q15-20 per person.

Get off at the public dock in Tzununa and take a tuk tuk (little three wheeled car), tell them you want to go to El Bambu. This costs Q5 per person.

When you get to El Bambu, go through the gate and up to the main building.

We are more than happy to help you book a shared or private shuttle, just write to let us know that you'd like our assistance! 


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