Natural Building Bamboo and Furniture Workshop, July 2019

Natural Building Bamboo and Furniture Workshop, July 2019

Dates: July 1st – July 6th
(arrive the night of June 30th and leave morning of July 7th after breakfast)
Location: Bamboo School Costa Rica – Turrubares, San José, Costa Rica
Meals: 3 meals a day and 1 night before the course. All vegetarian or vegan meals.

Dates: July 1st – July 6th
(arrive the night of June 30th and leave morning of July 7th after breakfast)
Location: Bamboo School Costa Rica – Turrubares, San José, Costa Rica
Meals: 3 meals a day and 1 night before the course. All vegetarian or vegan meals.

We warmly invite you to our first big course at Bamboo School Costa Rica. This is our inaugurating course and we will be thrilled to have you here and become part of our growing family!

Thematics

  • Learn about bamboo varieties, harvesting, processing, treatment, and curing methods.
  • Select the proper bamboo right from the plantation and cut it.
  • Practice the cleaning and curing method.
  • Demonstration of tools and how to make a special knife.

Practice Sessions:

  • Choose together with the instructor a small project to take home
  • Proper use of tools
  • How to split, bend and lash bamboo
  • How to make a fish mouth
  • Make bamboo nails
  • All kinds of holes
  • Split panels
  • All possible joinery techniques.
  • A lot of valuable advice from one of the most experienced bamboo artisans in Costa Rica

After the course there is the possibility to extend your stay and practice even more, receiving extra individual instructions and guidance. You can extend your stay for 1, 2 or more weeks (ask for special prices for long term courses) until you feel you dominate completely all the techniques.

You can as well extend your stay for vacation and take advantage of the central location of Bamboo School. There are hiking trails close by, National Park Carara is at 40 minute drive away and we are 1 hour drive from the beach.

Schedule

Arrival: June 30th afternoon/night
Lessons start July 1st and end July 6th
Departure: Sunday 7th after breakfast

7.30 a.m. – Breakfast
8.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. Workshop
12.30 p.m. – Lunch
1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. – Siesta
2.00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Workshop
6 p.m. – Dinner

We serve delicious vegetarian and vegan meals with fresh ingredients. Fresh fruits, tea and coffee will be available during the whole day, for free.

Artisan ginger beer for sale.

There will be at least one guided meditation evening.

Further on you can ask for a massage, a Reiki session or a guided personal healing session.

Additional information and travel instructions will be emailed upon registration.

Instructor

Rodolfo Saenz began his career as a craftsman, furniture maker, and builder over 30 years ago. He first learned to work with wood and later received training in a variety of techniques with bamboo from a Taiwanese Master, which led him into bamboo furniture design combined with hardwoods and various other materials.

Originally trained in conventional construction, he switched gears to natural building methods and design with a concentration on bamboo, cob, and earthen plasters. Rodolfo is passionate about sharing his skills and knowledge by teaching sustainable building and design and has over a dozen years of experience teaching courses.

Besides his career and experience with bamboo building and craftsmanship, he has cultivated his healing gifts in the form of Reiki and massage therapy.

Location

The course will take place in the beautiful property of Rodolfo Saénz where he currently lives and built his amazing home. This will be the first big course here where we are inaugurating Bamboo School Costa Rica with this course.

The first student to reserve the course will have the opportunity to sleep on one of the rooms within the house. The rest will have the option to stay at a tent, or pay extra to stay on one of the nearby cabin locations that have partnered with us for the accommodations.

Pricing and accomodation options







What to bring

For the workshops:

  • half-inch chisel
  • pencil
  • hammer
  • 5-feet measuring tape.

For your accommodation:

  • clothes for warm weather and a light sweater for the evening
  • umbrella or cape (in July it rains in the afternoons)
  • closed shoes for work
  • mosquito repellent.
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