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Intensive Natural Building Workshop

The special Annual workshop by Team Geeli Mitti, designed to guide you through all steps of designing and building a magical healthy energy-efficient ecological mud home for yourself is here.
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.900/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.

Common bathroom block available for use.

Rs.900/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.2400/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.4500-5500/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.30,000 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.

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 as per email communication post-registration.

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

Registration amount will be non-refundable. There is no cancellation permitted.

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!

For more information on the modes of transport available to reach us, check out our Get In Touch page where we have a detailed guide.

We will help with the coordination with other participants for car pooling and taxi bookings from Delhi. This will be done few days prior to workshop.

Participants flying in internationally and domestically are advised to fly in to Delhi itself. Please plan to arrive at Delhi by latest by 9:00am on 9th Apr.’23 if you need a taxi. That way you should be able to reach Geeli Mitti by evening same day.

Those coming directly, can plan for arrival to the Geeli Mitti centre by 5:00pm latest on 9th Apr.’23 or else before 8:30am on 10th Apr.’23 and for departure post 1:00pm on 30th Apr.’23.

  • More Information:

    Certificate of Completion will be provided to all attendees who attend the full course.

    Please note that we have 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 also help with the logistics, coordination, car pooling and taxi bookings post registration. So do not worry about that. It is helpful though to book early, for planning.

    Check out the Geeli Mitti COE (Centre of Excellence) at :

    Please read about the experience of other participants here

    Write to us at to confirm your seat or for specific queries.

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

    You can pay and register online by filling your details below and checking out.

    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!

    "Changing the world, one magical home at a time". - Geeli Mitti.

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Apr 10 - 30 2023


All Day

Ticket Price

INR 10,000




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