Since Thannal is a non-profit organisation, we cannot offer any stipend to our apprentices. We assure that our aspiring natural builders will gain a lot of enriching experiences working with earth and like-minded people. We offer a lot of prospective opportunities to our apprentices to continue as a Project Coordinator with us on our future projects. You can later chose projects from Thannal’s upcoming platform, and start up on your own with the assistance from the Thannal team, so that you spread the message of the natural building far and beyond.
We are not interested in hybridization of materials and strive towards working purely with natural materials, studying, and experimenting with local technologies.
The projects that we undertake are mostly located in remote settings with very basic amenities. Moving away from the consumerist lifestyle is also a learning experience in a holistic approach towards a sustainable living. The applicant could present a documentation of a house, village or a street, to experience and understand natural buildings. To get a clearer idea of what we are expecting; you may refer to the ageless village documentation series.
Who can apply?
Only those who have attended our workshop or courses can apply.
We are open to everyone who is enthusiastic about building the natural way. A formal education isn’t needed to work with us. College drop-outs, Designers from any fields, artists, writers, are all welcome. Architects may apply for this apprenticeship as well.
What are the minimum requirements?
Your full presence of mind, body and soul is essential. A will to learn, explore and experiment with a keen observation and an eye for detail are the prerequisites to be a part of our team.
Where to start or apply?
Nice question. The best thing for a quick start is to attend a workshop or a course, where we understand your hands, mind, soul and attitude.
Do I need prior experience and knowledge of natural building?
Sure, you could share your experiences with us. If not, then we will help you make some.
What is the minimum duration of Apprenticeship?
Every person has their own pace of understanding which is a beautiful human quality. Spending at least a year and a half with us or working with us on two complete projects is an ideal duration to understand the working of a natural building. You will be growing with the building, and even learning from your mistakes!
What is the minimum duration for an internship ?
One year ( after 6 months you have to resume your internship).
Will there be an interview?
You will never know! We do not believe that a portfolio or an interview is enough to understand someone. And working with Thannal is not in any way like the conventional working system. We work together as a team, respecting everyone’s space and opinions.
Who is a good apprentice?
Learning is a slow process and patience is what we are looking for. We would love to have someone who will readily involve with the work on site, and simultaneously document the ongoing works. But most important of all is a good sense of humour.