Free Natural Building Course – applications are now open

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Many thanks, the Hartwyn team

We are very pleased to announce our Summer 2018 free course build program is now open to applications.

We are looking for long term volunteers who will be with us for the whole duration of the build. In return for your hard work and dedication, you will receive:

  • A practical hands on education of how to build a straw bale house from foundations to finishes. You will learn: Roundwood framing, stone foundations, green roofs, straw bale installation, clay plaster, lime plaster and earth floors
  • Educational discussions on each stage of the build, including: materials science, design details, natural materials & everything else that comes up. This has been factored into the the build time. It is our upmost commitment to educate in return for your hard work.
  • Meals will be provided.

Please note that this is 5 days a week, 9 til 5. We only want people who will give their all and can commit to the entire build.

No building experience necessary, just the right attitude.

This build, we have two types of course available:

  • 10 places for build interns.
  • 1 organisational intern position.

Click here for the build intern application form

Click here for the organisational Intern application form

More information on the program is available here. Scroll down for specific details for this build.

Deadline for applications for this build is May 13th 2018.

Summer course Build info

Dates: Monday June 18th – August 31st 2018 (These are estimated as best as we can, but may move slightly)

Location: Aberlour, Scotland

Build Details: The build is an 8m Straw Bale roundwood framed roundhouse.

You will learn:

  • Foundations – Rubble trench, stone laying with lime mortar
  • Roundwood timber framing – including reciprocal roof frame
  • Green roof
  • Straw bale infill walls
  • Earth floor
  • Clay plasters
  • Lime plasters

Accommodation: Camping on site. Covered communal spaces with showers and toilets.

Food: On work days lunch and dinner will be cooked for you with a help yourself breakfast. Basics provisions provided on Weekends with access to cooking equipment.

Age Requirements: 18+

floor plan roundhouse

Roundhouse elevations

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  • Clive

    The plans for this look awesome! if only it was next year, I might have been able to apply! :/

  • Fernando Luiz

    I cannot make it this summer, but would lI’ve to do sth like this in the summer next year! Could you please let me know of any opportunities arising? Many thanks and good luck with the project! Sounds wonderful!

  • Corrina

    This has shown up on my newsfeed late in 2018, but my partner and I would be interested if anything comes up in the future. We are based down south on the Isle of Wight, and it is my dream someday to build something similar on my mothers land.

  • Lewis Thornhill

    The plans for this summers project looks exellent.

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