Saturday 9 – Sunday 10 October 2021
This two-day course runs from 9.00am to 5.30pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.
Please use the Make an enquiry button at the bottom of this page to be added to the waiting list for this course.
This hands-on course is for those who want to learn how to build with rammed earth and chalk and should be of value to designers, too.
What will the Building with Rammed Earth and Chalk course cover?
This course will cover the basics of rammed earth and chalk, from the benefits of building with rammed earth, finding the right earth, choosing a formwork system, different construction methods, design detailing, different approaches and the various tools used. There will be a large practical component to the course, with the construction of a section of rammed earth wall.
Watch a video taken on the course (opens in a pop-up window).
Who is the course for?
This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. It is for anyone thinking about building their own home and anyone interested in learning about rammed earth and chalk. It is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who are familiar with eco-building and want to know more.
Participants will learn what needs to be considered when building with rammed earth and chalk. They will also learn how to plan and construct with this low impact material, including detailing electrical conduits. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.
Rowland Keable began building earth structures in 1985 and has worked extensively in Africa and the UK. He has worked for public and private clients and published two books, including Rammed Earth: design and construction guidelines. Rowland is a founder and Project Officer of Earth Building UK and is working on a European Training Standard with 8 European countries. He is Director of Rammed Earth Consulting and Honorary Professor to the UNESCO Chair on Earthen Architecture.
Watch Rowland’s talk at Green architecture day 2015.
Mischa Hewitt will be assisting Rowland. Mischa was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton, is the author of the book Earthships in Europe, and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a building consultant, domestic and non-domestic energy assessor, and has worked on many eco renovation projects.
Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England
Get directions to Stanmer Park.
This course involves spending time in an indoor classroom. Please read our latest information about Covid-19 measures before booking.
If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.
Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.
Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.
- £275 – Sponsored/organisation rate
- £275 – Individual income more than 25k/yr
- £235 – Individual income 18-25k/yr
- £195 – Individual income less than 18k/yr
- £124 – Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility*)
* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.
We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.
See the cancellations and refunds policy.
Booking the Building with Rammed Earth and Chalk course
Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.
If you have completed the booking process but you haven’t received a confirmation email from us please contact us to check your booking has gone through.
If you are booking within two weeks of the event, or the event is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay by BACS. Instead, you will need to pay immediately using a credit/debit card or PayPal.
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"Rowland is an inspirational character and what he is doing/has done is tremendous. Overall I was very pleased with what I gained from the course."
"Having researched rammed earth for some time prior to the course, I was seeking to try a hands on approach under the guidance of an expert in the field. This is exactly what I received from the course and I'm very pleased with it."
"Its great to see how low/tech and high spec rammed earth building can be."
"The course was well constructed. The presenter was an expert. The food, we all shared, was very enjoyable."
"[I enjoyed] meeting a great set of people from different backgrounds. May have even made some friends for life with similar interests 🙂 Bonus!"
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