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Start with Natural Building

3 days of immersion into natural building and life… in the hills of Nainital within a bird sanctuary with gurgling streams and forests all around.

Natural Building includes a variety of building techniques that focus on creating sustainable buildings which minimize their negative ecological impact. Natural Buildings often rely on non-industrial, minimally processed, locally available, and renewable materials and can also utilize recycled or salvaged materials.

Some questions that will no longer remain questions after this workshop include :

– What are natural buildings, different popular techniques of natural building?
– Which one would be right for me?
– Advantages and limitations of each technique like Cob, Earthbag, Stone, Bamboo, Wattle and Daub, Rammed Earth, Strawbale…
– What if I live in a high rainfall area or snow or the desert?
– How much does it cost? What if my budget is very little?
– Do I need to be an architect or hire one? Will Geeli Mitti build it for me?
– Can I use the soil at my place to build?
– How do I test soil at my land and use it?
– Where should I build on my land?

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

Geeli Mitti is the only place in the country where you will get to actually touch, see, walk-in and experience homes built with all the below techniques including a step by step detailed walkthrough on how each one was built, learnings, what can go wrong, what always goes right:

— Earthbag construction
— Cob construction
— Bamboo construction
— Wattle and Daub construction
— Adobe construction
— Timber frame construction
— Stone construction
— Thatching
— Slate roof
— Living roof
— Reciprocal roof
— Earthen flooring
— Wooden flooring
— Plastering techniques
— Lime as mortar or plaster
— Wood fired rocket stove oven

There are also documentary and movie screenings.

Shared spaces (one of these will be allocated to you by the Geeli Mitti team):

Large bamboo and mud loft aka Adda, with dorm style sleeping on 5 different levels.

Cosy wooden attic aka Atariya, with dorm style sleeping and magnificent views.

Spacious full height army tent with dorm style sleeping.

See video here :

Mattresses, Pillows, Sheets and Blankets will be issued so don’t need to bring any bedding linen.

If you have your own tent, we have space for pitching as well though we can tell you with experience that everyone enjoys the shared spaces and community living.

Flush common toilets with plumbing, Indian and Western style. Shower with hot water facility.

Charge : Rs.1100/day/person for shared accommodation / self tent pitching with all meals included.

Private Cottages:

3 luxury mud cottages with private bathrooms, are available on a first booking basis.

Check out #GaadiGhar #TokriGhonsla #JodTodQila on Instagram.

Charge : Rs.5500-6500/day, with all meals included for 2 people.

Meals are vegetarian and local cuisine cooked with love.

1 day prior evening arrival ie on 8th June and 1 day later morning departure ie on 12th June, is included complimentary.

Rs.11,000 for the 3 days intensive workshop. You will develop a solid clear understanding of what Natural Building is and what it entails.

This does not include the accommodation charges.

You will receive a confirmation along with a welcome letter with dos and don’ts, post registration.

Registration will be non-refundable. If you cannot make it due to an exigency, you can however send someone in your place.

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.

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 also help with the coordination for car pooling and taxi bookings from Delhi. Participants flying in internationally and domestically are advised to fly in to Delhi itself.

  • More Information:

    Certificate of completion will be provided.

    Please note that 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 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.

    Calling/WhatsApp :
    +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!

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

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Training Fees ₹11,000

For the 3 days training workshop.

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Jun 09 - 11 2023


All Day

Ticket Price

INR 11,000




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