Oops! Sorry!!

This site doesn't support Internet Explorer. Please use a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox or Edge.

Over the 5 days we will cover a range of techniques for earth and lime based finishing plasters, building skills as we progress. The workshop is a mix of lectures, sampling and ample time for hands-on practice on a beautiful little building.

  • Make and apply interior earthen finish plaster

  • Make different natural paints from scratch

  • Learn how to extract wild pigment from rocks

  • Learn a variety of art techniques (scratching, inlay, relief, stencils)

  • Make and apply exterior lime finish plaster

  • Learn two traditional lime art techniques (Al Fresco painting and Sgraffito)

  • Lear how to apply Tadelakt, a water-proof polished lime plaster that can be used in wet rooms

  • Make a selection of plaster samples that you can take home

  • Receive a workshop hand-out with notes on everything covered

  • Receive a Japanese finishing trowel and a polishing stone to keep

Hi! We are Verena and Scott...

With over 200+ completed projects since 2002 and many years of teaching experience in NZ and abroad, Solid Earth Ltd is one of the most experienced natural building companies and the longest standing Adobe Brick manufacturer in Aotearoa NZ.

Our focus is on creating beautiful, healthy living spaces that have minimal environmental footprint. We take pride in our state-of-the-art workmanship, extensive research and innovation in the field, as well as our contribution towards the NZ Earth Building Standards.


5-day workshop

Days run 9am to 5pm with an hour lunch break (lunch provided)

onsite camping

You can pitch a tent for $15pn and use facilities on site

printed handout

You will receive a handout covering all the techniques and theory

tools provided

We supply all required tools.

Japanese trowel and 

Tadelakt polishing stone to keep.

bonus online class

We will give you access to our online Tadelakt class in case you need a refresher demo for later

certificate of attendance

We can provide a certificate of attendance in case it is useful for your skills maintenance records

Please get in touch if you have questions

For registration with credit card payment, please use the online form above. We operate on a first in first served basis and will cap this workshop at 10 participants.

Copyright © 2022 Earthbuildingschool T/A Solid Earth Adobe Buildings Ltd.

All rights reserved.