Eco-construction and sustainable living

There is nothing like getting your hands dirty to learn what it takes to build your own house.

From a practical building point of view the internship will consist of the building of interior walls using earth-bag and adobe brick; the construction of a small Superadobe complete with windows and doors; the making and sculpting from cob of furniture and bathrooms; the mixing and application of a wide variety of natural lime, clay and Tadelakt plasters; the laying of natural lime concrete floors; the making of adobe bricks; as well as an introduction to basic plumbing and electric installations.

The theoretical part of the course will focus on sustainable architecture; the analysis of different earths and materials; the many functions and chemical processes of lime; the possible uses of recycled materials in construction; and the design and drawing of houses.

Students will participate in the planting and maintenance (well…. and eating) of the vegetable patch and fruit trees; learn to design and implement self-sustainable permaculture systems; learn basic and functional grey water treatment systems; as well as building a self-composting toilet. We hope all students will enjoy looking after the chickens and milking the goats, and we will learn food preservation techniques, the making of creams and fresh cheese and the collection of wild herbs for natural medicines.

With a maximum of only 6 students (although more will join for the weekend courses) we hope that the 6 week internship allows for a personal and complete course for those thinking about embarking on the adventure of living a sustainable life. There is a real beauty when like-minded people come together to help, to build and to share their enthusiam and we hope that you will enjoy your time here at Finca La Tierra.

Upcoming internships

Autumn Internship 19th Sep - 1st November 2015 (6weeks)

An immersion in sustainable building techniques and ideas for self sufficiency.

Participants will live and work at Finca La Tierra over the course of 6 weeks learning from top to bottom what it takes to build their very own sustainable house. Students will participate in the building of a reciprocal roof and green roof, the building and sculpting of exterior walls and interior furniture using earth-bag, cob and adobe brick techniques, the laying of lime concrete floors and the making of adobe bricks. They will also participate in a week long intensive Superadobe course, a 3 day Tadelakt course, a weekend bio-composter course, a four day ‘Rocket Stove’ course as well as a 3 day introduccion to Permaculture course.

Also included is an introduction to the principles of Permaculture, tips and advice on organically growing fruits and vegetables, on the keeping of chickens and the plants and mushrooms that can be foraged from natures abundance for food and natural medicines. The treatment of grey water and the building of self-composting toilets will also be taught.

Accommodation is on the beautiful grounds of Finca La Tierra, either in tents or in the finished domes themselves, with a self-composting toilet and an outdoor shower with stunning views provided (until we finish the bathroom inside). Breakfast and lunch are provided and everybody is expected to chip in with cooking and washing dishes as well as working in the vegetable patch and looking after the animals.

If you want to get your hands dirty, work with like-minded and relaxed people and play your part in creating and building a place of beauty then this internship might just be for you.

Maximum number of participants – 6

Cost – €750

Courses run by Sam Baxter, Helena Maristay,  Paloma Folache & Alfonso Zavala, David Garcia Garcia and Pablo


Call Sam on +34 689 840072 to discuss a rental or course