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Sandbag Dome Building Workshop

August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

$99 – $245
Sandbag Building Workshop

A Natural Building Workshop of the Earth for the Earth

About the workshop

This workshop is for those who are interested in alternative sustainable low cost shelters and structures. Earth is abundant in our surroundings and used in bags  makes an excellent construction material that is cheap, sound proof, well insulated, and energy efficient. Structures, when built into the earth or rendered can look sensational and can last a very long time. Earthbag dome construction is a great way to build a dome easily and cheaply. Earthbag domes can be built with any most types of soil and is a highly sustainable form of construction. Earthbag domes are used as structures in India, Africa, the Middle East and other countries and are known for their strength, structural ability and their durability during earthquakes.

This workshop is for those who wish to design and build earthbag structures for their home, farm or community and become more self-reliant, energy efficient and sustainable.

Earthbag buildings can be used in many ways at your home or other environments. They are a renewable, environmentally friendly and sustainable. Earthbag structures can be used as:

  • Animal shelters – as they are cool and noise proof;
  • Landscaping – to create curves in walls or retaining walls;
  • Earthberms – to control water flow and
  • Buildings such as studios, carports, tool sheds, fire bunkers or even homes.

As part of this hands-on workshop you will get your hands dirty completing an earthbag dome while learning the basics.

Workshop Project & Outcomes

Over the weekend you will learn how to make a sandbag dome structure that will be used as a home for noisy turkeys. The dome is almost completed however you will learn about the design and construction of it from scratch – from footings to completion. The structure should be completed by the end of the day ready for rendering the following day Sunday 13th. The project demonstrates an array of techniques used in earthbag construction and provides participants with the knowledge and skills of earthbag building confidently and to be able to build their own structures. It will be fun day and at   completion will provide a great sense of satisfaction. It is very 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 building with sandbags. It covers all the important basics you need to know.

About the Trainer

Munir Vahanvati

MunirMunir 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 labor input to maximize 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 (final construction of the earthbag dome structure), providing hands-on experience, skills and confidence. Classroom sessions will also provide information and theory and will cover the following topics of:

  • Design process for earthbag construction (project, brief & design)
  • How to maintain earthbag constructions
  • Effective joinery
  • Required tools for earthbag construction
  • Earthbag books and resources
  • Evening slides, displays and discussion
  • Principles of building with Earthbags and earth
  • Various earthbag and earth building techniques
  • Design, layout and setting out the dome
  • Foundation and water proof course

Making doors and windows from earth

Note we highly recommend the rendering and finishing touches workshop to complement this course, which is the following day Sunday 13th August.


August 12, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
$99 – $245
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Bandusia Country Retreat
1056 Upper Macdonald Rd
Upper MacDonald (St Albans), NSW Australia
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(02) 4568 2036


Munir Vahanvati
Design or photos of your place to discuss your natural building or earthbag 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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uition, all course notes and materials, organic lunches and morning and afternoon teas