Students and Instructor usually camp near the building site so they don’t require extra transportation. So when you host a Natural Building Workshop you need to provide some kind of communal space as well as (compost-) toilets and showers. You don’t need to cook on site, but it is more efficient to eat there, so we don’t loose precious building time over lunch. In order to get everyone and tools cleaned up, we need a washing station, often a tub filled with water and a faucet to rinse the finer clay is enough. Tables and chairs for all the students as well as shade and rain cover must be provided for the dining area.
As we are working all day outside, we need shades to work under, either provided by trees or by tarps. A space of 4 m x 4 m must is required for at least half of the students, so we can alternate.
Depending on the kind of construction we might need road access for delivery of materials like rocks, wood, sand, clay and straw bales. If we are building with clay we also need a lot of water, expect an average of 1000 l per day including showers. Please also see our Resources section for suggested reading.
It is also a plus to have ideas for after the work/learning day activities like sitting around a fire, playing music, games, yummy treats, etc.