We start with getting to know each other and the Eco-project El huerto de Faustroll, where we observe examples of Eco-construction. Then we sit down to listen to the theory behind: How to get to know your earth, different cob building techniques, their advantages, properties and laws of Eco-Construction. Then we get our hands on the dirt, preparing a batch of cob together. We get back to a short theory section about wall finishes, plasters and sculpturing before we finally start to plaster our own wall. At two pm, we interrupt for a traditional vegetarian lunch made with love by my father-in-law, shared with all the family and visitors. In the afternoon we return to finalize our wall, and finish off with some knowledge about natural wall painting to complete our experience of natural construction.
Traditional Vegetarian Lunch
Fresh fruit Juice
Ten years when exploring the world I got passionate about Eco-construction: a sustainable way of creating a healthy home. After having been part in different building projects in South America, me and my partner started 5 years ago our own projects in Venezuela and Peru. The project "El huerto de Faustroll" wants to state an example of sustainable construction, we practice recycling, urban gardening and other environmental guidance - my dream is to pass on this consciousness to people of our city and fellow travelers. That's why I have decided decided to set up a Eco-construction workshop to be able to share experiences and the passion of mud-building, after 4 years of guiding volunteers in eco-building.
The workshop is taking place in our Eco-project el Huerto de Faustroll which is located in the oldest part of Arequipa, the ancient villages. In this green suburban Area we count with great environmental issues, such as missing garbage and recycling facilities. This gave birth to our Eco-project, constructed merely by natural (cob) and recycled materials.
Eco-Construction: Basics of Cob-building