Natural Building Course

About us

Everybody is able to build magnificent and unique buildings using only natural materials.

This course will teach you all the steps in the process of adobe brick building and give you the knowledge to create your very own buildings. The bonus is that these buildings cost a fraction of the price of conventional buildings and work with nature rather than against it. This 2 week workshop is a huge step towards self-reliance and freedom.

Join one of the most inspiring communities in Thailand and become part of the beginning of the construction of an eco-village!


Event Highlights

  • You will learn how to:
  • - Learn different techniques to create foundations and drainage systems.
  • - Create the perfect ratio of clay and sand mixtures from your sub-soil using simple testing methods.
  • - Make your own bricks from scratch.
  • - Build beautiful structures using very popular and durable Adobe techniques.
  • - Learn how to build magnificent arches and dome buildings, knowledge unique to our course.
  • - Apply natural plasters and paintwork to your structures.
  • - Learn how to make your buildings durable and secure, by learning the basics of stability studies.

Venue Highlights

The Mindfulness Project is a revolutionary system that will improve the possibilities of sustainable living. We are a German Non-profit organization with a spiritual foundation, dedicated to planting 100% of our donations straight into the ground.

We use a combination of modern scientific methods with ancient philosophies to promote personal development and healthy living. So we combine yoga, meditation, and spirituality, with nutritional guidance, psychology, and talking therapies.

We also use this combined approach in the fields of integrated agriculture, green building, alternative energy and recycling.

We are trying to create an example of environmental and social utopia to show the world another way of living. While the Mindfulness Project is already planting seeds of change in the minds of volunteers and community members alike, we aim to grow this impact exponentially.

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free

Menu/Cuisine

We serve large and tasty vegetarian meals. The Mindfulness Project is known for it’s extremely delicious and healthy food. This will boost your immune system, give you the energy you need for all the mud mixing and brick making, and put you on a path to re-invigoration!

We can accommodate most food intolerances. Please let us know in advance.

Accommodations

Here at the Mindfulness Project we have beautiful open but rustic style dormitory accommodation. You will be part of the very beginning of the first eco-village in the poorest part of Thailand!
We can provide you with all you need for a comfy night’s sleep including a floor mattress, mosquito net, Thai pillow, sheets and a blanket. If you have any special desires you are welcome to bring your own gear such as a tent, hammock or extra bedding. Note that we have composting toilets and open showers. So this is for nature lovers!

Directions

The closest airport to us is Khon Kaen (KKC). It is a short 30 min drive from there to the Mindfulness Project. If you are coming from Bangkok, you can also get the bus. The bus terminals are a short regular or bike taxi trip from the Mo Chit BTS sky train station. We recommend the company Chan Tours (Counter 45 on the first floor), which offers a VIP bus ticket for around 420 baht to Khon Kaen. Cheaper alternatives are also available. There are buses nearly every half hour. This journey will take about 7 hours. Tickets can be bought at the terminals, or booked in advanced through: http://www.thaiticketmajor.com/bus/ttmbus/index.php?la=en

Trains that travel from Bangkok are also available and take between 8-13 hours depending on the time of day.
From Chiang Mai there are several buses to Khon Kaen every day. We prefer the company Sombat-Tours but they do not run every day. Buses from Chiang Mai take about 10 hours and cost around 680 Baht. It is best to travel overnight.

You will arrive at the Central Bus Station outside of Khon Kaen where you can then take a short taxi ride to the Project.

If you feel unsure of how to get here from the airport, your hotel, or the bus station, you can call our taxi driver Coke to pick you up. He speaks great English and is always happy to help: +66 98 159 7742

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