October 5, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

Learn how to make and apply your own natural plasters made with clay and lime. We will be working indoors on our straw bale structure. The course will cover scratch and finish coats, carvings, pigments and washes. Come and enjoy this primal and deeply satisfying art!




October 21st & 22nd, 2017 Red Pig Farm Fee covers tuition, materials, food & lodging

  • Up to 14K/year £150
  • 14K-20K/year £175
  • 20K upwards £200

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone with a interest working with earth and lime as a protecting and decorating medium.

What will the Natural Plasters course cover?

  • Mixing the plasters
  • Tools
  • Trowel techniques
  • Fibres and additives
  • Carving, fresco, pigments
  • The properties of lime and clay in building
  • Application on different surfaces

Learning methods and outcomes

We will have a go at applying scratch and finish coat of plaster to our straw bale structure. The outcome is not to finish our house, but to experiment and learn how to mix and apply the plasters so you feel confident in working with it at home. On top of that we will play with some more decorative elements.

Course Instructor

Sara Tommerup: Sara is a trained natural builder and she has learned and worked with natural plasters on many different projects. She uses her natural plaster skills for conservation work of old buildings as well as eco-builds and has developed a certain sense of mud which she would love to pass on to other enthusiasts.


Red Pig Farm is a 70 acre woodland on the western edge of the Brecon Beacons. Nestled below the iron age hill fort of Garn Goch in the foothills of the Black Mountain it offers a secluded and peaceful location for our course participants to learn and explore the potential of applying agroecology within a co-sufficient community settlement.

Accommodation is available for camping around our guest lodge, an A-frame wooden cabin with kitchen and dining/living space. We have running filtered spring water throughout the site, compost toilets and wash facilities.

We will email directions when you sign up to a course.


We endeavour to make our courses and events affordable to all. Unfortunately, we do not receive any external funding and rely on large amounts of voluntary input. Concessions are available for pensioners, unemployed and full-time students

See the cancellations and refunds policy.

Booking and Paying for your place

To book a place on the course contact us for a booking form. Please note that we ask for a 25% non refundable deposit to secure your place on the course.

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