Low Impact Building Course at the Lammas Project
Simon Dale just sent this report on progress at the ground-breaking Lammas Project in West Wales, and details of the exciting Easter learning opportunity there:
'We are now 7 months into our planning permission at the Lammas project, making gardens and generally very busy having fun. You may know that in the autumn we built a small low impact house
with the help of 50 volunteers and moved in at the start of December. Some pictures are up on
We've been inundated with requests for info and visits so have decided to run a low impact building course this Easter that will combine practical experience, theory and a chance to ask any questions about low impact building and general ecovillage issues. We hope this will accommodate all the queries and be a great chance to network and perhaps get your own projects off the ground and on the land!
What to expect: over 5 days we will provide a taster of all aspects of making a low impact home, working on finishing our house (see the above link for pictures and info). there will be planty of opportunities to discuss your own plans and answer questions on building and planning policy. The main activities and skills you will learn will be lime plastering; earth bag construction; turf/reciprocal roofs and passive solar design. There will also be some woodwork and cob making as well as optional evening activities, such as a film and easter celebration round the campfire. We'll start each day about 930am, with plenty of tea breaks and cake; finishing around 530pm.
Where: the course will be on our plot, at the Lammas ecovillage, in West Wales, Glandwr. The week is full bed and board with the marvellous Marcie cooking you delicious organic meals. Accommodation is in the adjacent farmhouse of the previous owners, as it is still a bit bleak for camping, with all bedding provided, hot showers, open fire ( 3 double rooms and 5 single beds in 3 rooms). Everything is provided to keep you warm and well fed so we hope you can use public transport where poss. The nearest station is Clunderwen (past Carmarthen) and we'll pick you up from the station.
When: Easter week, arrival Tuesday 30th of March (evening meal and welcome intro starts at 6pm)until Sunday the 4th of April (leave after lunch).
Who: Simon Dale and wifelet, Jasmine, will be teaching you all we know, and learning lots no doubt from you all; and there should be opportunity to see how other folk in the project are doing their builds.
How much: £290 per person, will include all food, tuition, board. Please ring if you need a concession or want to bring children.
What to bring: waterproofs, wellies, old clothes to work in, musical instruments, notepad, pictures/info about your own interests/projects/plans.
So,we look forward muchly to meeting you and sharing our experiences and dreams. Please ring us on 07773372280 to book your place, get direction, ask for more detail and so on.
Lots of love Simon and Jasmine!
ps there is still one place for sale in the Lammas project, more detail on Lammas website. this is an excellent opportunity to visit, see if this is the thing for you and gain the skills to build a low cost eco house.'