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Necessary Traditions: Earth Building Workshops

Necessary Traditions: Earth Building Workshops

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  • Mon 12 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tue 13 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Wed 14 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Thu 15 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Fri 16 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sat 17 Nov ’18, 9:00am – 3:00pm


Avebury House, 9 Eveleyn Couzins Avenue, Richmond, Christchurch


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Workshop cost: $140.00

Two-day Earth Building Workshops with Kerry Mulligan are being held on 12 and 13 November, 14 and 15 November, and 16 and 17 November 2018.

These workshops are part of the inaugural Necessary Traditions festival, a celebration of resourcefulness, craft and the re-invigoration of traditions vital to the sustainability of our people and planet.

Kerry Mulligan has collaborated with Richmond Community Garden to make this workshop series possible. Learning these skills will give you a strong sense of earth-building and the variety of techniques involved. We here at Rekindle love this work as it doesn't get more directly resourceful than creating a building from the ground up with clay and sand, and other natural materials like straw and lime.

Through this workshop, Earth Building Techniques and Practice, Kerry will share with you how to use natural materials for building beautiful and practical shelter. You'll leave knowing how these techniques use low embodied energy, local materials and hands and feet as tools to build a human scale building.

Earth buildings use unprocessed and untreated materials for building so the air quality in an earth building is very high, and this type of construction also regulates the humidity in the air so these buildings typically do not have moisture issues. The unprocessed nature of the materials minimises carbon emissions as no or little machinery is used.

Kerry is offering three workshops and each runs for two days:
Workshop 1: Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 November 2018, 9.00am to 3.00pm
Workshop 2: Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 November 2018, 9.00am to 3.00pm
Workshop 3: Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November 2018, 9.00am to 3.00pm

A map is here: http://www.ccga.org.nz/garden-directory/richmond/

There workshops are not suitable for children aged under 12, and children aged 12 to 15-years-old will need an adult with them, please.

Huge thanks to the Arts Centre, Te Matatiki Toi Ora, for supporting the festival and this workshop.

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