Atitlan Organics is proud to host this week-long Introduction to Natural Building. This course is hands-on with practicals ranging from foundation and walls to plasters, finishes, and functional design. Course is led by course facilitator and natural builder Oliver Goshey, the founder of Abundant Edge! We're stoked to now be offering this immersive experience, in which you'll learn the basics of several different natural building techniques such as stone foundations, building with cob, and natural plasters. Over the week the group will build a fully functional super efficient lorena rocket stove in a local household.
The price includes the course, field trips, food, snacks, and shared lodging at the Bambu Guest House in Tzununa, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala.We can accommodate all dietary needs, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten- or dairy-free and more. All animal products are sustainably produced and harvested on our farm, by ourselves.
The week's program will typically look like this:
Day 1: Orientation & Group introductions
Day 2: Explanation of Rocket ovens and lorena stoves, Stone foundations, Intro to cob, Cob mixing, and Wall systems
Presentations: Site design, Intro to foundations
Day 3 : Stove construction, fire stove, and check ratios, Intro to adobe
Presentation: Intro to wall systems
Day 4: Intro to plasters, Plaster stove
Presentation: Plaster lab, Natural paints and finishes
Day 5: Finish plastering stove, Earthen floors
Presentations: Intro to roofs, Intro to flooring
Day 6 : Floor Demos, Roofs, Cook on Stove with Family, Myth busting, Planning and prepping for a natural build project
Field trip with Charlie Rendall
Homework: Design your own natural build project
Day 7: Recap, Project, Course conclusion
- shared rooms
- communal kitchen access
- restaurant on site
- over 80% locally sourced
- fast: streaming video
Coming from Antigua or Guatemala City you would go to Panajachel, which is one of the three big towns on the lake and takes about 3 hours to arrive.
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.
Get off at the Public Dock in Tzununa and take a Tuk Tuk or little three wheeled car and tell them you want to go to El Bambu. It costs q5 per person per tuk tuk and should be around q15 to q20 per person for the Lancha ride.
When you get to El Bambu, go through the gate and up to the main building. Someone will show you your room.
As noted, we are in the little town of Tzununa, quiet and still ‘undiscovered’. From the guest house you are less than 10 minute walk to the lake and less than 20 meters from beautiful rivers. You are a 45 minute walk or a 10 minute tuk tuk ride away from the town of San Marcos la Laguna. This has many places to eat, drink, practice yoga, etc.
Again, we can help you get to the lake from Antigua or the airport, or from anywhere. Just let us know and we can arrange a shuttle for you.
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