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Roundhouses are an ancient building method dating back to as early as the Bronze Age. These structures are quick, easy and cheap to set up and are a perfect building option to create a guest room, shed space or a studio.

 This workshop will be led by Dan Harris-Pascal who has studied natural building and Bio-construction in Australia, New Zealand and Chile. The wattle and daub roundhouse emerged by blending a range of natural building techniques.

Over the weekend we will study the different components of a building and construct a foundation, roof and walls using non-toxic, accessible natural building methods and techniques. We will also discuss natural render and give you the skills to start your own at home.

What you’ll learn:

  • Site selection for Buildings
  • Understanding Insulation and Thermal mass
  • Soil testing for suitability in mud bricks, earth render and light-earth construction
  • Principles of Reciprocal Roof Construction
  • Building Earthbag Foundations

Practical activities:

  • Laying Earthbag Foundations
  • Reciprocal Roof Construction
  • Soil testing and assessment
  • Wattle and Daub wall construction

Dan is an experienced educator who has both taught and learnt about natural systems in Australia and Internationally.

Don’t miss out on this great weekend course which will give you the confidence you need to build your own structures.

This workshop supported by and based at Canberra City Farm

Book online or email education@southernharvest.org.au for an invoice.

Learning outcomes:

Ability to construct a Wattle and Daub Roundhouse

What you’ll need to bring

  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Notepad and pen
  • Water bottle


$180 Southern Harvest and Canberra City Farm Members

$220 General Admission


9AM-4PM both days


The course will be fully catered with a wholesome morning tea


30 available
Roundhouse Practical$220.00

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30 available
Roundhouse Practical - Canberra City Farm or Southern Harvest Member$180.00

Please fill in all required fields