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During this fun 2-day workshop we dive into a wide range of options of how earthen walls can be finished, from high-performing simple surfaces to more creative textures and techniques. Clay speaks to the senses, has amazing health properties, and is cheap and forgiving to use. There will be a strong focus on hands-on work and practicing techniques, and you will leave with enough theory and recipes to be able to reproduce what you have learned.

  • Simple finishes for adobe and cob walls

  • Earthen Plasters

  • Decorative techniques (inlay, plaster cut and relief) 

  • Clay Paints and Alis

  • Breathable sealers

  • Ingredients and Tools

  • Tips for professional detailing

  • Printed Handout with Recipes

Hi! We are Verena and Scott...

With over 200+ completed projects since 2002 and many years of teaching experience in NZ and abroad, Solid Earth Ltd is one of the most experienced natural building companies and the longest standing Adobe Brick manufacturer in Aotearoa NZ.

Our focus is on creating beautiful, healthy living spaces that have minimal environmental footprint. We take pride in our state-of-the-art workmanship, extensive research and innovation in the field, as well as our contribution towards the NZ Earth Building Standards.


2-day workshop

Days run 9am to 5pm with an hour lunch break (lunch provided)

onsite camping

You can pitch a tent for $15pn and use facilities on site

certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance for your skills maintenance records (LBP)

Please get in touch if you have questions

For registration with credit card payment, please use the online form above. We operate on a first in first served basis and will cap this workshop at 12 participants.

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