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Natural Plasters and Finishes

 hands-on training with Elke Cole

Two weekends

February 3-5  and February 10-12, 2017

  near Nairobi

Treat yourself (or a friend) to one or both inspiring programs hosted by Porini Permaculture

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What are natural plasters?

clayworks example Natural Plasters are fine finishes for living- and work spaces. Based on ingredients like clay and sand, we can bring natural, non-toxic beauty into our homes with simple, easy to repeat recipes.Around the world people are discovering the superior indoor climate that results from clay plasters. High end products are available in some countries and Natural is a growing trend in interior finishes. Check out Clayworks UK to see examples of professional products.

What is covered in the program?


natural plaster pigment

1. Prepare:

Identify materials

Learn to develop recipes

Select tools and make your own!


natural plaster colours2. Mix & test

Before we mix a recipe for a room or wall, we will prepare mixes and put samples on the wall. We observe and adjust our recipe if needed.






applying natural plaster3. Mix and apply

Once the color and recipe are set we’re ready to get to the application stage.

Pick up a trowel and get into the rhythm of troweling. Learn the stages of plaster by observing and touching.

Add patterns or small decorative pieces for special places.



plaster finishing4. Give a good Finish

There are various ways to finish your surface. We will show options and methods for best performance.


plaster 5. Taking care

Living with natural plasters- like any other material choice- requires occasional maintenance.

What to do and what not to do to kep your plaster beautiful for a long time will be presented.



This is not a classroom event!

We will be working on a small cob house that was built in recent cob workshops and will be ready for this final stage. This gives real experience of application and result on large surfaces.

You’ll be able to take what you’ve learned and transform your own space after this training. You don’t have to have an earthen house to use these recipes. We’ll teach how to prepare surfaces for plaster, and which plaster ingredients to use.

The first weekend will focus on Natural Plasters, and the second weekend on special effects and paints. Both workshops can be taken separately.

Daily routine:

9 am start – this allows for our commuting participants to have time to get to the site.

We’ll offer tea/snacks during the morning session.

12:45-1:30 Lunch break

1:30 -4:00 Afternoon session

Registration and cost of program

Each weekend course is limited to 8 participants.

Cost per weekend/ person: 15 000 KES  or $150 US

Fees for the program include daily snack and nutritious lunch.

To register please pay a 5000 KES registration fee via Mpesa  to 0727381911 (Porini Permaculture)

Non residents of Kenya or those who do not use Mpesa please contact us.

If you need accommodation please email Joannah at Porini Permaculture.

Please use the contact form below for other questions regarding this workshop. We’ll get back to you as fast as possible!

Here’s a short video of our last natural building workshop at Porini Permaculture:

Natural Building Course – Porini Permaculture from Barefoot Soulutions on Vimeo.


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