2 day Hands-On

Common Men Workshop

Note: Proceed to the payment link at the bottom after reading the entire terms & workshop details.

The two-day workshop will be followed by a 1-day plaster workshop, so people coming from long distances can attend both if they wish to study about plasters in deep. Link to One-day plaster workshop



One doesn’t have to be an Architect or an Engineer to be a Natural builder. Anyone can build a natural building with right knowledge about using Natural materials. This two-day initiative aims at introducing participants to the basics of Natural building. People from different walks of life can come together; and learn by doing hands-on work and observing existing projects in our campus. It can serve as a platform to share experiences with like-minded people and arrive at a living in harmony with nature.

The workshop will be a two-day hands-on course focusing on Natural building: techniques and materials. It will be held in our campus at the foot hill of Arunachala, Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu. It is open for all regardless of their age and profession.

The course consists of

  • Theory sessions with lectures and audio-visual presentation.
  • Hands-on sessions (for better practical learning about Materials & Techniques).
  • Prototype sessions (artisan will explain through doing a sample).
  • Question and Answer session.

Natural Building Techniques covered in the course:

  • Foundation using Stone.
  • Cob, a thick mono-lithic wall using Mud and Fibers.
  • Wattle & Daub, bamboo is weaved and mud is applied on top. Flexible to take any shape given.
  • Adobe, Sun Dried bricks of Mud and Fibers.
  • CSMB, compressed mud blocks using very less water.
  • Natural Plasters using admixtures derived from plants and animals.
  • Murals and Sculptures on Mud walls.
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Workshop Location:

Thannal campus, Tiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu


Nearest Railway Stations: Tiruvannamalai, Katpadi and Villupuram.

Nearest Airport: Chennai, Bangalore.


Accommodation is not available within Thannal Campus, so participants have to find and arrange a guest house for staying in Tiruvannamalai town. This expense is not included in the course fee. The daily commute to the campus (6 k.m. from Ramana Ashram, Tiruvannamalai) during workshop days also have to be arranged by participants.

Workshop fee:

We will announce the new fee amount when the workshop dates are fixed.

This fee includes lunch & refreshments during workshop days and excludes accommodation & site visit’s travel expenses.

*We function in a manner in which all our studies, documentations, travels and researches are funded with the money from workshops, not from any external funds, sponsorship and fellowships. Projects are done on gift culture, without any consultation fee, which are the results of our studies of Indian Traditional Natural Building techniques. We expect people who want to learn from us to understand this situation and kindly not ask for discounts in our workshops*

If you wish to sponsor any student for the course, kindly write to us. We have applicants waiting for sponsorship.


Participation is for limited participants only, depending on the specific course, in a first come first serve manner. Kindly use the payment link below to register for the workshop. Accommodation options and location of campus etc. will be shared after your registration is done.

We are seeking participants with all levels of experience. Most importantly, applicants should have enthusiasm, a deep willingness to learn, an appreciation for working with their hands and a good attitude!

Prepare for the day:

Please see the below links for details of things to carry and other matters of concern. Prepare for the workshop.

Cancellation/Refund Policy:

As per the policies of Thannal Mud Homes Trust, if you want to cancel your reservation, kindly let us know clearly 15 days before the workshop (It is difficult to find a replacement for the vacant seat on short notice). In case of cancellation, we will refund you 75% of the registration fee.

No refunds will be provided on cancellations done in a later stage, that is, within 15 days of the first day of the workshop.

If you are unable to attend the workshop you have booked for and wish to change to another workshop, your money can be adjusted into the fee of the workshop you are attending. You will be provided with only one chance of transfer, with a transfer request placed before 10 days of the workshop.

Transfer in workshop dates cannot be done within 15 days of the workshop. 

In case if you are unable to attend and it is within 15 days of the starting date of the workshop, you can nominate someone else on your behalf. Your registration fee can be transferred to the person nominated by you.

All penalties due to cancellation will be taken in as a donation for our upcoming publications or activities of Thannal Natural Building School.


  • We welcome families taking part in the workshop together. Children below 10 years can attend the workshop for free with their parents. Children from 10-18 years of age have to pay 50% of the workshop fee.
  • We don’t entertain non-participants at the workshop site during workshop hours unless it is unavoidable. Please let us know in advance if you want to invite your relatives or friends to campus during workshop days.
  • Do respect the privacy of others when you go visit any nearby sites.
  • This is exclusively a hand-on workshop so get ready to stretch and twist your muscles.
  • Do wear light comfortable cotton clothes, preferably old, to beat the heat. There are very few chances of your clothes not getting soiled.
  • The sun can be a bit harsh here so carry sunscreen and headgears.
  • Do keep yourself hydrated to avoid any discomforts. You can also carry Electoral & Glucose for that extra boost of energy.
  • Wear footwear that you can slip in and out of easily. Our Natural Cob Gym will need the use of your bare feet!
  • At times, working with hands can get a little rough; you can get a pair of work gloves along!
  • Please carry your emergency medicine if and when required.
  • Keep your cell phones away while working, this is a no selfie zone. Video recording during the workshop is also prohibited, notes can be written down.
  • The itinerary is subject to change as per material availability, site conditions and local weather.
  • For queries: thannalroots<@>com

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29 thoughts on “Natural Building Camp for Common (Wo)Man”

  1. வணக்கம் ராஜநாராயணன்,
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  2. செ. ராஜநாராயன்

    நான் என்னுடைய விவசாய நிலத்தில் பண்ணை வீடு அமைக்க ஆர்வமாக உள்ளேன் மேலும் நான் கட்டிடப் பில்டராக சென்னையில் தொழில் புரிந்து வருகிறேன். மேலும் இயற்கை சார்ந்த மண் வீடு கட்டுவது பற்றி பயிற்சிப்பட்டறை மூலமாக அறிந்து கொள்ள ஆர்வமாக உள்ளேன்.

  3. Hello.. My name is Anand. I wanted to check if the workshops have begun? If so would love to understand more details..I tried to join your whatsApp group but the group size restricts me from joining. Have dropped you an email to understand more.

    Thanks and look forward..

  4. Iam Sreerag from Thrissur Kerala.
    Eco psychologist.
    I like to join with you for more learning and experience and teach others.

  5. I would be interested to learn about Natural Building Techniques in 2 days workshop followed by 1 day plaster workshop during 17-18 Sep 2020.
    Even my dream is to buy a small piece of land in Chennai and build such Natura Home in Harmony with Nature.
    Seeking for your support, please consider my registration.

  6. Hello Thannal. I am Geetha, from Chennai. My husband is from Tandarampet, Tiruvannamalai. We have a small piece of land at Tandarampet. We are planning to settle down at Tandarampet and live with mother nature. Seeing the mud house with jute bags, i have fallen in love with the house as i have been dreaming to build a mud house. kindly keep me informed about the next date of workshop. Both of us would like to participate.

  7. Vanakkam, basically workshop class language will be in English, coz from different states participants will be there, if you have doubts we can try to clarify in your mother tongue also. If you have any inquiry please write to thannalroots@gmail.com

  8. Suganya Asokan

    Vanakkam, i could like to participate for the upcoming workshop in November 2020. but i have one doubt.
    In which languages are you taking the classes??
    Please reserve our participation and let me know the further procedures to confirm the booking..
    Suganya Chandru

  9. Hai. Myself and my wife would like to participate for the upcoming workshop in september 2020. Please reserve our participation and let me know the further procedures to confirm the booking..

    Rajasekar G
    9659069965 .

  10. Shailesh Bandiwadekar

    I would like to register for the upcoming workshop in the month of March 27 nd 28th. With my daughter nd wife.kindly let me know if any slots are available. Thank you.

  11. I want to enroll for the workshop but unable to make a payment, please help me out to be a part of workshop – March 27 & 28
    Thanks and Regards
    Syed Bilal

  12. Hello, I am in tiru and really want to come. Payment website won’t accept international card, can I pay another way? I can come out to the campus, no worries. Thanks

  13. @Suparnaji we received your payment thanks, before one month of workshop date we will start a whats app group to coordinate with the participants, thanks 🙂

  14. Suparna bhatnagar

    Have you received my payment for March workshop. I need confirmation. Suparna bhatnagar. Delhi.

  15. I would want to attend the course with my wife for learning it and doing in our agricultural land.

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