Habiter la Terre

Habiter la Terre is the passion project of Louise McKeever and Mathieu Munsch, based in the village of La-Grande-Fosse in the Vosges Natural Regional Park. Habiter la Terre aims to promote autonomous living practices rooted in an understanding and respect of nature. Through sharing the knowledge and skills acquired through sculpting their home and carving a life out of the land around them, Louise and Mathieu aim to empower others to take steps towards regaining their own autonomy.

Stone masonry with lime mortar

This workshop will aim to give you some practice at using a lime mortal to build a wall with local stones. In the course of this workshop you will learn how to: Mix and apply lime mortar Understand the lime cycle and its implications for building Find and select stones for building Build a solid …

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Load-bearing straw bale wall

This workshop will give you a practical introduction to building walls with straw bales. In the course of this workshop you will learn how to: Select good building bales Resize and reshape a bale Stack up bales to form a wall Compress and maintain compression on a straw bale wall Prepare bales for an earth …

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Reciprocal roundwood roof

This workshop will teach you how to design and erect a reciprocal roof with hand-carved logs. In the course of this workshop you will learn how to: Use trigonometry to calculate the dimensions of each rafter and the position of each notch Move and work heavy logs safely Use hand tools to carve joints on …

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Earth plaster

This workshop will give you a practical introduction to using your local earth to build and plaster a wall. In the course of this workshop you will learn how to: Find and identify earths suitable for building Build a durable earthen structure using only your own hands Make a good earth plaster mix Plaster with …

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