Women’s Natural Building Workshop May 2019

Women's Natural Building Course

May 20-25, 2019

Hosted at IWP retreat center, Chiang Dao, Northern Thailand

This workshop is for women by women.  It’s a chance to learn how to build your own earthen home through doing it together.  It’s a chance to get hands-on experience in a supportive environment and learn from other women the incredibly empowering experience of building with earth.

For the past several years we have been hosting women’s natural building workshops together with the International Women’s Partnership for Peace and Justice (IWP).  IWP is a feminist organization working with grassroots activists on sustainable strategies for social change by integrating feminism, nonviolent action and spiritual practice. IWP and Pun Pun are a perfect match for women’s building courses, bringing together feminism and natural building, as well as a belief that work and play should always integrate the building of community.

The purpose of these workshops is to create a space where women can learn together with and from other women and empower themselves to realize they can create their own homes and spaces together.  This will be our 13th all women’s build, as we’ve now done seven other workshops in Northern Thailand, two in Burma and one in the Philippines.

The workshop will be hosted at IWP’s gorgeous site in Chiang Dao and this workshop’s project is to build together their new storage space and finish up the meditation hall we built with the January women’s build workshop.  Through this experience of building together, you will learn to make your own natural, affordable, and beautiful home from this flexible and readily available material, earth.

Join us! And bring your mother, your lover, your sisters, daughters, and friends!

Open to women of any age in any physical condition who have a desire to get muddy and build something spectacular and learn from others, supported by other women.

Techniques and Topics:

The whole workshop will be very hands-on and focus on allowing participants to experience every topic themselves.

  • Site selection
  • Basics of earthen building design
  • Selecting soil for building
  • Making adobe bricks
  • Building with adobe
  • Making and applying earthen plasters
  • Homemade natural finishes including clay paints

Community living:

Evening activities and exchanges will also be included. A large aspect of the course also includes the experience of living in community with other participants. We have found this element to be a major contributor in the experience of the course for participants.


General Schedule

Morning and afternoon sessions will be held with an extended break after lunch in the hot part of the day.  We will pick up participants on the 20th at 10am from Chiang Mai city and provide transportation back to the city by the evening of the 25th.

The Project

The building site will be held at IWP’s land and center, on which we have built already 3 buildings through other courses.  IWP hosts a training center in Mae Rim and they wanted to expand to being able to host individuals looking for longer retreat stays when they found this beautiful piece of property at the base of Chiang Dao mountain.

Teaching team

Various community members from Pun Pun farm and IWP center

Living situation

Since the site is not ready to host all participants, accommodation will be hosted offsite, about 3 km away at our friend’s guesthouse.  This guesthouse is also a beautiful site with great views of Chiang Dao mountain and clean and simple accommodation.  Accommodation is shared rooms with beds, hot showers, and screens.  We will provide transportation to and from the worksite daily.

All meals will be shared and eaten in the communal kitchen.  Vegetarian and fish options will be available.  Food will be simple Thai food with brown rice.  We try to use as much of our own produce and other seasonally available produce as possible so we tend to focus on a primarily vegetable and whole grain diet with added protein from eggs, fish, or tofu.

7,000 baht/person.  This fee includes pick-up and drop-off in Chiang Mai on the first and last day of the course, all food during the course, accommodation and instruction.  All proceeds go towards supporting IWP to grow and continue with their work with communities.

Community living aspect

Each course will have approximately 15-20 participants.


1) Email your participant survey to gingernorwood@gmail.com. (see below for details).

2) Once you have sent your participant survey and have been confirmed, a non-refundable deposit is due to secure your spot. Please understand we cannot hold your spot until we receive your deposit.

We ask you transfer this to our Thai account of which we will send you the details.  The remainder will be collected on the first day of the course in Thai baht or if you chose you may transfer the whole amount beforehand.

For more information

Contact gingernorwood@gmail.com

Pun Pun Participant Survey:

Please write us a short letter introducing yourself. Please include where you’re from and a bit on why you want to join the course, what you are hoping to get out of it and how you hope to use it later. This will help us to prepare the program for your needs.

Please also include any special dietary needs causing for any adjustments from the food offered as specified above. Please wait for acceptance before making travel arrangements.

Please send your email to gingernorwood@gmail.com.