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Over the 4 days we will cover many way to incorporate earthen and natural materials into existing buildings, and why it is awesome to do this. The workshop has a strong hands-on focus, and we will throw in enough theory to give you confidence to go off and use your own local materials for your retrofitting projects.

  • Instant access to our online masterclass "Retrofitting with Natural Materials"

  • Developing and testing mixes

  • Making Adobe Veneer Bricks and Floor Tiles

  • Installing a Poured Earth and Adobe floors

  • Laying Adobe Veneer Bricks (seismic design)

  • Installing a Daubed Earth wall panel

  • Applying Earthen Plaster over a range of substrates

  • Finishing and sealing earthen walls and floors

  • Creative options with Earth

  • Printed Handout 

Hi! We are Verena and Scott...

With over 200+ completed projects since 2002 and many years of teaching experience in NZ and abroad, Solid Earth Ltd is one of the most experienced natural building companies and the longest standing Adobe Brick manufacturer in Aotearoa NZ.

Our focus is on creating beautiful, healthy living spaces that have minimal environmental footprint. We take pride in our state-of-the-art workmanship, extensive research and innovation in the field, as well as our contribution towards the NZ Earth Building Standards.


4-day workshop

Days run 9am to 5pm with an hour lunch break (lunch provided)

onsite camping

You can pitch a tent for $15pn and use facilities on site

certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance for your skills maintenance records (LBP)

Please get in touch if you have questions

For registration with credit card payment, please use the online form above. We operate on a first in first served basis and will cap this workshop at 10 participants.

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