Bamboo & Lime Construction workshop


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The Auroville Bamboo Centre, ‘Bamboo and Lime’ workshop aims at teaching the participants the basics of working with bamboo, a plant with amazing characteristics, and Lime. First, the students will learn how to harvest, treat, and work with bamboo using both traditional and modern techniques. After the brief theory, they will split into groups to get more hands-on practice. Over the years, in Bamboo Centre, students have built bridges, storerooms, showrooms, workshops, houses, toilets, domes and many eco-friendly cost affordable structures using a variety of techniques, which integrate bamboo, steel, jute, lime, and earth as their primary component.


  • Learning how to use bamboo as a building material along with lime which has been used in building construction for thousands of years to create durable mortar and plaster.
  • Applying the proper construction methodologies for the task at hand
  • Solving problems as they arise
  • Setting priorities and keeping work on schedule


We invite anyone with a sincere interest in learning Eco friendly construction techniques. All skill levels are welcome to participate (e.g. engineers, architects, technicians, supervisors, masons, students and laymen). This is a highly interactive workshop that requires active participation of all participants.


5 days Program with 4 sessions daily from 9 AM to 5 PM

Day 1:

08:00 – 09:00             Registration & Breakfast

09:00 – 12:00            ‘Introduction to bamboo’; the material and its properties,

 Its application and matters relating to its use in construction.

12:00 – 12:30            Tour of Bamboo Centre

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch

13:30 – 17:00            Visit to Sacred Grooves Project for seeing the preparation of

lime and also see the application of natural building materials

Day 2:

9:00 – 12:30              Introduction to Tools

Demonstration/Training sessions:
Fish mouth Joinery
Splitting bamboo
Bending-straightening bamboo

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch

13:30 – 16:45            Introduction to practical tasks & making teams,
1st task: Splitting bamboos
2nd task: Start work on the structure

16:45 – 17:00            Feedback Session

Day 3:

09:00 -12:30              Teamwork, Practical work hyperbolic dome/panel

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch

13:30 – 15:30            Practical work hyperbolic dome/panel (raising structure)

15:30 – 16:45            Preparation of Traditional Lime plaster

16:45 – 17:00            Feedback/Discussion session 

Day 4

09:00 – 12:30            Practical work hyperbolic dome/panel finishing the structure

skeleton (depends on the stage of construction)

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch

13:30 – 16:45             Practical work hyperbolic dome roofing/panel plaster

(lime plaster with jute)

16:45 – 17:00            Feedback/Discussion session

Day 5:

09:00 – 12:30            Practical work hyperbolic dome (Flooring techniques)

12:30 – 13:30            Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00            Rope joineries techniques

03:00 – 06:00            Wattle & Daub

16:00 – 17:00            Feedback session, Completion & Certification


Introduction to Bamboo

  • Structure and Growth System
  • Uses of Bamboo
  • Ecological Context


  •  Natural Treatments
  • Chemical Treatments

Basic Skills

  • Selecting
  • Splitting
  • Cutting
  • Bending
  • Straightening

Building Study

Construction (any one)

  • Wall
  • Roof
  • Panel

Breaks; Same Schedule Every day of Workshop

 08:00  –  09:00            Breakfast and Site Preparation

10:30 – 10: 45             Tea Break

12:30 – 01:30              Lunch Break

03:30 – 03:45              Tea Break

07:00 – 08:00              Dinner

Things to bring for the workshop, (Optional)

(If not, will be available at the Bamboo store)

1)      Working Gloves;

2)      Loose and comfortable clothes for Site Work;

3)      Pair of closed shoes or sandals;

4)      Air Mask;

5)      Earplugs;

6)      A Cap;

7)      Eye Protective Goggles;

8)      A Book and a Pen


** 18 % GST inclusive

Also Includes:

*            Workshop, Training & Materials for 5 Days

*            Stationery

*            Breakfast & Lunch for 5 days

*            Special BAMBOO TEA everyday

*            Special BAMBOO LUNCH on any one day

*            2 times Refreshments & Snacks for 5 days

*            Media & Documentation

*            Include in our Newsletter Mailing List & Facebook Page

*            Skill Certificate of Bamboo Craftsmanship

Auroville has a strict no alcohol or drugs policy. Anyone disregarding these rules will be requested to leave the community immediately and no refunds will apply. 


The Bamboo Centre, situated in Auroville was started in 2009 with the intention of developing a space for excellence in Bamboo Research. The Bamboo Centre is a training institute dedicated to teaching about Bamboo as a material and various application of Bamboo.  We are of firm belief, as Bamboo is the most sustainable material in the world, it can contribute in solving all the major challenges world is facing today, from global warming to Poverty, from housing crisis to energy scarcity, from Healthy food to Healthy products. Bamboo Centre is inviting students from all over the world and offering various types of workshop all year long. At Bamboo Centre it is possible to learn about Bamboo from farm to finishing, everything. And all the workshop modules are designed with complete hands-on training and experience. All Artists, Architects, Designers and Hobbyist are welcome to the Bamboo Centre to find a training that matches their requirement, Details of workshop and registration is available on our website www.aurovillebamboocentre.org

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Dec 04 2018 - Dec 08 2018


08:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Dec 03 2018 - Dec 08 2018
  • Time: 21:30 - 07:30




Auroville Bamboo centre


Bamboo Centre
0413 262 3394, 0413 262 3806
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