In partnership with Low Carbon TrustIn partnership with Rammed Earth Consulting

Building with rammed earth and chalk course

Saturday 5 - Sunday 6 October 2019
This two-day course runs from 9.00am to 5.30pm in Stanmer Park, Brighton.

This hands-on course is for those who want to learn how to build with rammed earth and chalk and should be of value to designers, too.

What will the Building with Rammed Earth and Chalk course cover?

This course will cover the basics of rammed earth and chalk, from the benefits of building with rammed earth, finding the right earth, choosing a formwork system, different construction methods, design detailing, different approaches and the various tools used. There will be a large practical component to the course, with the construction of a section of rammed earth wall.

VideoWatch a video taken on the course (opens in a pop-up window).

Who is the course for?

This course is open to anyone aged 16 or over. It is for anyone thinking about building their own home and anyone interested in learning about rammed earth and chalk. It is suitable for complete beginners, as well as those who are familiar with eco-building and want to know more.

Learning outcomes

Participants will learn what needs to be considered when building with rammed earth and chalk. They will also learn how to plan and construct with this low impact material, including detailing electrical conduits. Course participants who complete the entire course will receive a certificate, which will be sent via email after the course.

Course tutors

Rowland Keable began building earth structures in 1985 and has worked extensively in Africa and the UK. He has worked for public and private clients and published two books, including Rammed Earth: design and construction guidelines. He is a founder and Project Officer of Earth Building UK. He is working on a European Training Standard with 8 European countries. He is Director of Rammed Earth Consulting and Honorary Professor to the UNESCO Chair on Earthen Architecture.

VideoWatch Rowland's talk at Green architecture day 2015.

Mischa Hewitt will be assisting Rowland. Mischa was one of the project managers of Earthship Brighton, is the author of the book Earthships in Europe, and has an MSc in Architecture: Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies (Distinction) from the Centre for Alternative Technology. He is a building consultant, domestic and non-domestic energy assessor, and has worked on many eco renovation projects.


Stanmer Park (near University of Sussex)
South East England

Get directions to Stanmer Park.

If you intend to book accommodation, please check availability before booking a place, as accommodation in Brighton can be hard to find, especially over the summer months.

Get details on local accommodation and Brighton Permaculture Trust supporters who can provide accommodation in their homes.


Fees include tuition, handouts and refreshments.

  • £275 - Sponsored/organisation rate
  • £275 - Individual income more than 25k/yr
  • £235 - Individual income 18-25k/yr
  • £195 - Individual income less than 18k/yr
  • £155 - Individual, concessionary rate (check eligibility*)

* Concessionary places are limited. If places are not available check back two weeks before the course/event as more may be available then.

We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding for most of these and rely on large amounts of voluntary input.

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking the Building with Rammed Earth and Chalk course

Booking is essential, as most of our courses/events are fully booked weeks in advance. However, if places are still available, then bookings can be made until midday the day before the course/event. A place is not secured until we have received the requested payment.

Please do not book unless you are able to pay for your place.

Paying for your place

Please read this section carefully.

When you complete the booking process, you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you haven't received that email within the next few hours, please contact us immediately, as this email contains vital information regarding your booking.

You can pay when you book your place using a credit/debit card or PayPal, or you can tick the 'Pay later' box (in the Event Fee section), which gives you the option to pay by BACS or send us a cheque after you have booked. If you choose to pay later, you will have 7 days to pay for your place. Bookings that remain unpaid on our system for longer than that will expire. You will receive notification of this expiration by email. If you then decide you want to come, you will need to contact us to see if there is a still a place available for you.

If you are booking within two weeks of the course, or the course is nearly full, you will not have the option to pay later. Instead, you will need to pay immediately at the point of booking using a credit card or PayPal.

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Book the 5-6 October 2019 course


  • Katia
    "Having researched rammed earth for some time prior to the course, I was seeking to try a hands on approach under the guidance of an expert in the field. This is exactly what I received from the course and I'm very pleased with it."


  • Phil
    "Rowland is an inspirational character and what he is doing/has done is tremendous. Overall I was very pleased with what I gained from the course."

    Phil Christopher

  • Mike
    "Great people, great resource, great motive for action."


  • Louis
    "Fantastic balance between information and practical.  Great venue, good people."

    Louis Rutherford

  • Benjamin
    "[I enjoyed] meeting a great set of people from different backgrounds. May have even made some friends for life with similar interests :) Bonus!"


  • Aaron
    "Its great to see how low/tech and high spec rammed earth building can be."

    Aaron Andrews

  • Robert
    "The course was well constructed. The presenter was an expert. The food, we all shared, was very enjoyable."

    Robert Morgan


Contact us

For further information or if you have problems with your registration, please contact us.