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What: Earth Architecture Workshop with Guivi Djakeli(specialist in earth Archetecture at Komli Farmhouse in Guria
When: Friday July 9 - Monday July 12
Where: Komli Farmhouse, Tsitelmta, Guria
Join us for a one of a kind weekend workshop in Georgia! We at Komli are interested in creating an alive home in Guria for now and for the future. Therefore we care about sustainability, health, and beauty. But we need your help!
Are you a hard worker? Do you like to have fun? Do you care about sustainability? Have you dreamed about building your own house? Do you have experience with earth building? If you have experience or no experience but are interested and will be around any part of this weekend reach out!.
WE HAVE LIMITED SPOTS ACCOMMODATIONS IS CAMP SITE SO REACH OUT
EARTH ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP PROJECTS:
Imagine a floor that washes as easy as tile but is made completely out of earth! It’s energy efficient and beautiful and oh it’s even a technique that our ancestors used and knew but that we need to rediscover in Georgia. Participants will learn the technique and help build a small test floor in our nalia (clamping renovated corn cob)
You can build your own structures with your own hands from your own earth and straw and have it last hundreds of years and be more energy efficient than concrete! In Georgia and all over the world we used to build this way: Why don’t we do it anymore? Because we don’t teach each other the technique! Come help us and in exchange we will teach you the technique so that you can use it in the future.
ABOUT US GENERALLY:
Our house is located in the village Red Mountain (Tsitelmta, Western Georgia, South Caucasus) exactly on a hilltop where the Chitaishvili or the Children of the birds, have lived for centuries and just like birds they have flown away and returned.
Our story is the story of three challenges and three returns; three times where the fires of the hearth were extinguished and then rekindled.
At the beginning of the 20th century, all of the children of the family had moved away and our great-great-great grandfather Lazare Chitaishvili found himself alone, after the loss of his wife, in our house at the top of our hill surrounded by tea bushes, vineyards and fruit trees. Lazare to preserve the house and estate decided to gift the house and estate to encourage his granddaughter, Marta. It was a rather brave and extraordinary decision to give household to a woman of the family! Almost 100 years from this time, Lika, my mother has decided to move back to her historical, wooden house from overcrowded Tbilisi.
Komli in Georgian means a family(or group of people) living in a village.
We love people, good conversations, good food and some wine along with the music!
We have a historical house with 1 hectare (10,000 square meters) farm that includes a kitchen garden, indigenous vines, hazelnut plantation, bamboo trees, tea bushes and even a small rivulet Kikvata.
We plan to grow much more!
We are building various glamping places in the yard.
We want to create a home for:
•Recreational Activities (Yoga Tour, pilates, exercise)
• Folklore/singing courses
• Offer local organic products (Farm to table)
Help with Eco Projects
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You will have an opportunity to learn about Georgia and our culture. Guria is one of the least known regions of Georgia for tourists, that has subtropical nature, our house is on a hill with beautiful views, the climate is mild and it is only 30 min drive away from the Black Sea. There is a beautiful mountain river nearby where u can relax in the hot days.
We need help with
• camping sight construction
• Organizing yard for better holding master classes, and farm tour
• Setting up of organic garden and vegetable garden
• Development of authentic varieties of vines
• Arranging the cellar
• Tea tours - Increase family tea production (quantity, packaging)
This host offers a language exchange
This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
You can contact them directly for more information.
For June-July 2021 only camping is available. After July 17th we will have two glamping rooms inside or renovated corn cob. We will share food with you, we are vegetarian-friendly. You can cook your own food too. Free wifi and bonfires!
the closest city is Ozurgeti, 5 min drive, where you can find public transportation to all main cities of Georgia. Kutaisi airport is 1 hour and 20 min away.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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