24th and 25th of August 2019
All ages
Early Bird by 15/7/2019

The Journey begins

Theme Natural Building
Style Giving Back
Intent Adventure

Your Footprint

  • Positive


Ok here is a question:

If you feed your 60-plus children on less than 40 cents per meal,

And as a special treat on each of their birthdays, they get a special dinner.

What do you do when you cannot afford the number one request of:



Well, we are going to build them a beautiful pizza oven.


By joining this workshop, you will make a positive contribution to the children living in residential care at Borey Komar, one of the facilities supported by Enfants d'ASIE in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
If you have always wanted to learn natural building, or just make a difference this two-day course, this workshop is a great introduction.

The team from Plan-T Natural Building want to inspire and teach people how to build things naturally. Participants will also make a meaningful difference in the lives of over 60 Cambodian children living in the Residential Care facility.

When: 24th - 25th August 2019
Where: Borey Komar
Address: Tuol Sleng School, Street 173 - Phnom Penh Cambodia
Early Bird: USD $80 before 15 July 2019
Full price: USD $100
Maximum participants: Only 15 places available at what will be an amazing experience.


At this hands-on natural building workshop, students will not only build a natural pizza oven, but will also learn:
- Natural building theory and practice
- How to identify suitable soil for natural building
- Hands-on building with different techniques:
Cob | Light clay | Earth bag | Adobe bricks
We also cover the design and form of the oven to create the perfect pizza.
Learn the secrets that includes mixing thermal cob & natural insulation.
Building the foundation and a perfect door


Is this workshop for me?

COURSE STYLE Both theory and hands-on construction --- perfect for couples, families, friends or the solo adventurer.
SERVICE LEVEL Workshop only --- daily from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on the first day and 9.30 pm to 3:00 pm on the second day, including lunch and refreshments
PHYSICAL RATING Great for people of all ages, but be prepared to get your hands dirty as you participate in the construction of the oven.
WORKSHOP TYPE Natural Building Course

What's Included?

  • Two lunches
  • Tea, coffee and water
  • Expert teacher
  • A lot of fun!


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Day 1: Introduction

Phnom Penh > Borey Komer

The course commences at 9 30 am with an introduction to the principles of  Natural Building.

Then you get your first hands on experience of natural building techniques.

After lunch at the school with the other workshop participants, we continue construction and finish with an end of day re-cap.


Day 2: Hands on building and Theory of Natural Building

Phnom Penh > Borey Komer

Today again starting at 9 30 am, Ambra will take you through the types of natural building techniques and then some of these will be applied to building the Pizza oven.

As a team the students will practise their techniques as you learn what are in fact ancient forms of building.

Again you will enjoy traditional Khmer food for your lunch.

After lunch the team will work to complete the stage one of the oven as it needs to stand for one month before firing. Ambra will provide you with an overview and final run through of the techniques you have learned  and simple projects that you can continue to develop your skills with.

During this day an activities based day camp will be happening with the children of Boray Komar and other children of the communities. You re most welcome to stay beyond 3 pm and even for a small charge stay and enjoy a pizza dinner with everyone. Just not from our new oven

End of  Course - 3pm

Ambra Ruffini

Ambra studied Architecture at Università degli studi di Firenze, she did her Erasmus at Istanbul Teknik Universitesi and  her master degree in International cooperation with Universidad Santo Tomas in  Bucaramanga, Colombia.

Her studies focused on international cooperation in architecture and natural buildings, that lead her to a thesis on  earth building restoration and participated requalification in Colombia.

Her first professional years were in Italy and involved restoration of ancient built patrimony, mostly in Tuscany and Rome. Later she had the chance to work for a renowned architecture studio in Milan dealing with projects worldwide.

This made her aware of how the major architecture and building industry was unsustainable for the environment. She started spending her free time with professionals from different  fields studying and participating in projects to enhance green urban renewal in various cities throughout Italy.

2016  saw a dramatic change  in Ambra's career: her parents, visiting Burma, met a Thai architect who specialized in bamboo building. The young professionals connected sharing their passion for natural construction and she was offered the opportunity to learn this bamboo technique . Thinking this was a once in a lifetime opportunity she left her job and moved to Asia.

Since then she has been based  and worked in Thailand and Burma , volunteered on various social projects and continued to build her natural building  knowledge. She has dealt with with different earth techniques, bamboo and recycled materials, trying to make the building industry , the first  polluter in the world, a cleaner industry.

She has just designed and built a project in Chiang Miain in collaboration with 'The Little Urban Farm' and has formed a new collaborative partnership "Plan T Natural Building' for which which she has become the  lead architect.

Ambra  specialises in the design and construction of small to medium scale  buildings using natural and recycled materials. Dealing with professionals and volunteer workers through both her architecture work and workshops her aim is to bring natural building knowledge  to people and in the future bring more awareness on those techniques to western countries to spread the use of renewable resources in the construction industry.

Enfants dAsie

Recognised as a public service and certified by IDEAS, Enfants d’Asie is an organisation founded in 1991 with the aim of supporting disadvantaged children in South East Asia towards a better future.

Currently, with a presence in Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Vietnam, it supports almost 10,500 children from very poor families. Enfants d’ASIE provides comprehensive support: from education to professional integration, through the management of basic needs and moral support.

Borey Komar

A residential care facility providing a home for over 60 children. In the heart of Phnom Penh and sitting in the grounds of a public school. The children receive 3 meals a day, after school care and lessons and a loving caring environment. These children are a range of orphans, parents in prison or simply unable to support the children due to financial or other issues.

As part of their support Efants d'ASIE have a second home where the children can move to attend university or transition into the workforce once they have finished school and are to old  for Borey Komar.

We are excited that some of these young adults will also join us for our the 25th August 2019 for a day of learning and celebration,

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