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.