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


  • Oliver brings years of international experience working in many different areas of natural building. As a passionate craftsman, he is dedicated to cooperating with and integrating each place's unique natural surroundings into his designs. After your week with us, you will look at the landscape in a whole new way!

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms

Omnivore Food

  • restaurant on site


  • fast: streaming video

Getting here.

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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