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Renders & Rendering Workshop

August 13, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rendering Workshop

Natural building and earth care workshop

About the workshop

This workshop is for those who are interested in alternative sustainable low cost shelters and structures.

Various rendering techniques are required for a variety of situations and climate and this workshop will run through a range of different renders and rendering techniques used throughout the world. As part of this hands-on workshop you will get your hands dirty rendering earthbag and bamboo domes while learning the basics. Different renders will be applied on each giving you a chance to experience making and applying each of them from mud and clay renders, to lime renders and more.

This workshop is for anyone interested in natural building and wish to create creative, sustainable natural building and structures. for their home, farm or community and become more self-reliant, energy efficient and sustainable in the process.

Workshop Project & Outcomes

Over the weekend you will completly render to natural building structures a bamboo duck dome and an earthbag turkey dome . The project demonstrates an array of techniques used in rendering and provides participants with the knowledge and skills of mixing and applying clay, lime and other renders. You will leave with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make your own renders for your own projects. It will be fun packed, informative, hands on and very practical. Don’t miss it!

The workshop is a great opportunity to learn about alternative building techniques with like-minded people. The workshop caters for all level of skill and age groups and no prior experience is required. This practical hands-on workshop will cover the practical aspects of rendering. It covers all the important basics you need to know.

About the Trainer

Munir Vahanvati

Munir is an architect and co-founder of Giant Grass with more than 9 years of experience in sandbag dome construction. He has worked on sandbag projects in India and is passionate about using the natural form to create beautiful structures. Since then his main focus has been on design innovation, creating designs that are efficient and attractive and minimise labour input to maximise productivity. He has designed many and constructed many structures and likes to get others involved in the hands-on process. Munir has facilitated community workshops and short courses at the universities of NSW, Adelaide and Canberra. He is a fabulous trainer.

For more information on Munir & Mittul’s work and projects please visit the Giant Grass website: www.giantgrassdesign.com

Workshop Program

The workshop program is largely practical (rendering two different types of natural building structures – an earthbag sand dome and a bamboo dome providing hands-on experience, skills and confidence. Classroom sessions will also provide information and theory and will cover the following topics of:

  • Different types of renders
  • How to mix and match renders
  • How to maintain rendered constructions
  • Required tools for rendering
  • Rendering books and resources
  • Evening slides, displays and discussion
  • Principles of rendering and different types and techniques.
  • Foundation for renders
  • Water proofing,
  • Rendering around doors, and difficult places.
  • Rendering the dome with lime and cement
  • And more

Please also note Sat 12th the 1 day sandbag dome building workshop is on which complements this rendering workshop.



August 13, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
(02) 4568 2036


Munir Vahanvati
Design or photos of your place to discuss your project ideas; work shoes; gloves; hat; sun glasses; insect repellant; camera; water bottle. All other materials will be provided and included in the workshop fee. If you are staying at Bandusia, you may wish to bring some refreshments to supplement those available locally but in limited supply at the St Albans café and pub.
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All course notes and materials, organic lunches and morning and afternoon teas.