Join us in 2022 for a Natural Building course or join the full Natural Building to month internship to experience and learn about all aspects of sustainable building with natural materials. We will be building an extension to our straw bale community house with cordwood, earthbags, natural stone and wattle & daub.
2022 Natural Building Course dates
- Natural building internship in May & June 2022
- 2-week Natural Building Course May 2022
- 2-week Natural Building Course June 2022
What is included:
- Tour of our permaculture farm and natural buildings
- Three Yoga classes per week
- Three healthy meals per day, most of the produce coming from the farm
- Working on real-life projects using most of the natural building techniques from straw bales to cordwood
- Free camping (or option to hire a caravan, tipi or tent)
Facilitator: Laurence Manchee
Since starting Keela Yoga Farm and with the help of volunteers, the local community and course participants, Laurence has completed a straw bale house which he now lives in, the straw bale community house, a wattle and daub chicken house, a long drop compost toilet using stone and wattle and daub, a straw bale greenhouse and a cordwood & wattle and daub barn. Each time he builds he manages to decrease the carbon footprint of the build, use more natural materials and bring the cost down of the building.
Laurence is also on the Board for WWOOF Portugal, a writer for Permaculture Magazine UK and mages an agroforestry and reforestation program. He has been managed over 400 volunteers at Keela Yoga Farm and also runs Permaculture internships and Food Forest courses.
2-week Natural Building Course
2 weeks schedule
Daily weekday Schedule
- 8am Yoga (3 days per week
- 9am Breakfast
- 10am – 1pm Course
- 1pm lunch
- 1pm – 5 Course
- 7pm Dinner
Natural Building Internship
Interns will have longer at Keela Yoga Farm and so ill be able to practice the skills taught on the course and finish the building. This extra practice will help you develop your building skills.
Costs include all meals and classes and camping. You may also hire a caravan, tent and bedding at a small extra cost.
2-week Natural Building course €500
1-month internship including 1 natural building course €700
2-month internship including 2 natural building courses €1000
Tent: €50 (per person)
Tipi: €75 (Per person)
Caravan/Sheppards Hut: €150 (per caravan, max 2 people)