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Intensive Natural Building with Holi Celebration

And finally here’s a very special workshop by Team Geeli Mitti, especially designed to guide you through all steps of designing and building a magical healthy energy-efficient ecological mud home for yourself.
3 weeks of immersion into natural building and life… in the hills of Nainital within a bird sanctuary with gurgling streams and forests and birds and butterflies all around.
You don’t need any prior experience or training. Suitable for all fitness levels and age.
Whether you want to get started with building your dream home or are just curious to know more, maybe you want to meet like-minded friends or get some Geeli Mitti dose of inspiration and fun… this is for you!
There will be detailed theory sessions and hands-on work daily.
The Course will include :
– Clearing the concept of natural buildings and different popular techniques with their applications and limitations.
– Working with different soil types for building. Learning to do own soil tests.
– How to use Permaculture principles and concepts of sectors and zoning to decide siting of your home.
– Understanding designing and using solar passive design principles for an energy efficient home.
– Understanding how to build a foundation and plinth and why – dry stone masonry, stone with mortar, rubble trenches.
– Detailed theory, hands-on work to understand by doing, tips and tricks, live tour of real homes of below techniques :
: Earthbag
: Cob
: Wattle and Daub
: Adobe
– Brick laying patterns – differences and applications.
– Plastering : recipes, techniques, finishes, tools and application.
– Building utilities into your design – electricals and plumbing.
– Roofing options and hands-on live build demonstration for Living Roof, Slate Roof, Clay Tile Roof, Thatched Roof.
– Exploring Flooring options for a Natural Home.
– Clay sculpting, murals, mosaic and more.
– Creating and using Clay Paints and Pigments.
– Preparing and using Lime Wash.
– Making Natural Pigments to use.

Multiple options available for varying budgets and preferences. Shoes/slippers need to be opened outside living areas.

1. Dormitory-style with shared bathroom block.

Comfortable large bamboo and mud loft aka Adda, with dorm style sleeping on 5 different levels.
Mattresses, Pillows, Sheets and Blankets are all provided.

Rs.700/day/person, inclusive of food.

2. Pitch your own tent.

If you have your own tent, we have space for pitching as well, though we can tell you with experience that everyone falls in love with the Adda and doesn’t want to stay in a small tent.

You would need to bring your own bedding, sleeping bag, light etc.

Common bathroom block available for use.

Rs.550/day/person, inclusive of food.

3. Safari tent, with shared bathroom block.

Two spacious safari tents are available with option of double bed set-up or twin beds.

All linen and blankets are provided.

Rs.1800/day for 2 people, inclusive of food.

4. Luxurious mud cottages with private bathroom.

Three of our exclusive cottages are available, for families or on twin sharing basis. It is an experience to remember.

Cottages have their own hot water kettle, bedding, towels.

Rs.4000-5000/day for 2 people, inclusive of food.

Meals are common for all residents, buffet style. Vegetarian.
– Morning Tea
– Breakfast
– Mid day Tea/cooling drink
– Lunch
– Evening Tea
– Dinner

Fruits and eggs can be made available on prior order, on extra charge basis.

Rs.29,000 for the 3 weeks intensive training workshop. There will be a rest day in between and a Jungle Ecology reconnecting-with-self guided walk as well. Plus Holi celebration together.

All funds, post direct costs, go to support our community initiatives. We do not ask for donations and believe sustainability of any initiative also means financial sustainability.

** Registration amount to reserve your place is Rs.10,000 plus GST.
Balance training fees to be paid in Feb.2022.

You will receive a confirmation email along with a welcome letter with dos and don’ts.

Registration amount will be non-refundable. Incase of course cancellation mandated by the Govt., all paid amounts will be adjustable.

Training Fees does not include stay and food. Please refer to ‘Accommodation’ section for that.

#If you are truly financially challenged and cannot raise the full fees, you can apply for a 50% partial scholarship on both training and stay charges. We have 4 seats for this. Decision of our committee will be final on selection.
To apply, send an email to with your CV and cover letter specifying your family background, education, skills, interests, why do you want to do this course and why should the scholarship be given to you.

Add this location to your Google maps and you’re good to go! If you need any assistance in deciding the modes of transport available to reach us, check out our Get In Touch page where we have a detailed guide.

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    P.S. - We have 3-4 super friendly dogs on site so incase you don't like dogs or are super scared, this might not be the right place.

    We will help with the logistics coordination, car pooling and taxi bookings for those who need it. So do not worry about that. Just ensure that you register soon.

    Check out the place at :

    Write to us at to confirm your seat.

    Calling/WhatsApp number : +91 9540937144. Please call only between 10am to 5pm.

    Due to the volume of calls and mails and it not being our favourite thing to do, responses can get missed. Please don't take it personally and just try and connect again. You will understand why it is so difficult once you are here!

    Registrations on first come first serve. We do tend to get full pretty soon and that's not a marketing pitch 🙏🏻

    Please read about the experience of other participants here -

    Geeli Mitti Farms
    095409 37144


Mar 11 - 31 2022


9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Ticket Price

INR 29,000




Geeli Mitti
+91 95409 37144
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