Construction Course with Straw Bales Granja Huitzilin and Viventierra: Self-Construction Laboratory Organized by Permaculture, Support and Sustainability PAS


SKU: CCSB-220323-1 Category:


Date: March 23 – April 2 (11 days)

Cesar Ortiga
Togar Luna
Moises Huerto

Duration: 10 days of course with one day off in between
Capacity: 16 people maximum

Recovery Fee:
With Lodging:
$13,000 (6 places – Sharing)

Camping/No Lodging:

Special price for locals, please contact us.
(students interested in scholarship please apply)

Lodging or Camping
Digital memories
Certificate of participation

Alice Boyriven Moreira de Souza
José Dib Gómez

Telephone numbers: 442 – 628 – 3912
468 – 689 -6934
468 – 104- 8021
415 – 151 – 0417 (For English only)



San Luis de la Paz – El Chupadero Highway km 5+230 right margin
San Luis de la Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico

Get closer to the world of bioconstruction with the collaborative workshop between Rancho Úha, Granja Huitzilin and Viventierra: Self-Construction Laboratory learning the versatile and efficient technique known as bioconstruction with straw bales. You will obtain the basic knowledge to self-construct buildings in a fast and environmentally friendly way.

The workshop will be developed with the sequential stages of the adequacy of the walls, assembly of wooden enclosure, erection of load-bearing walls, placement of a roof for rainwater harvesting and the application of the first protective mud cover.

The straw bale workshop is designed to share with the attendees a self-constructive technique characterized by its speed of implementation, adaptability, simplicity and extremely accessible cost.

The straw bale technique is a method that uses the residues (stalks) of cereals such as wheat, sorghum and rye. The bio-constructions made with this method are seismic-resistant as well as fire-resistant due to a high compaction of the material and the applied coverings. The basic principles for self-building are learned in a few days and being a highly adaptable technique, it allows to encourage creativity to create both beautiful and very comfortable houses.

We will build on the knowledge and experiences of different individuals and collaborative relationships, all of whom are committed to the application, development and dissemination of bioconstructive techniques capable of providing decent housing while caring for the environment.

What you will learn

We will build an L-shaped straw bale building in Rancho Úha in the State of Guanajuato. At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to erect structural walls made of straw bales, as well as design the necessary elements for a lightweight roof.

They will be provided with the necessary elements to self-construct straw bale buildings that are efficient in self-construction time, rational use of natural materials as well as being extremely comfortable due to their insulating capabilities (they retain heat inside the rooms in cold areas and are cool in hot areas by insulating us from the outside).

It is a workshop in which we will spend most of the time learning theoretical concepts while applying them with a multidisciplinary team.
The day to day teaching will be done through theory sessions covering a different topic until the complete syllabus is covered and the rest of the day will be spent working on the implementation of the design. There will be break periods and one hour for lunch.


Complete Agenda

Day 1 . – Introduction to Bioconstructions (Presentation, Introduction, Self-construction with straw bales, Walls and Enclosures).
– Practice: Foundations with filled sacks
– Beginning of the construction of the enclosure

Day 2 . – Wooden enclosure
– Practical: Continuation of the construction of the enclosure.

Day 3 . – Lightweight roofing
– Practical: Completion of the assembly of the enclosure
– Beginning of roof frame assembly

Day 4 . – Roof and enclosure
– Practice: Structural assembly of the roof at ground level.
– Free day Optional visit to bio-constructions in the region.

Day 5 . – Laying of bales of the Library Building in “L” shape.
– Practice: Laying of bales for load-bearing walls.
– Cutting of straw bales

Day 6 . – Laying of Library Building “L” and COB Bales
– Practice: Continued placement of bales for load-bearing walls.
– COB pouring

Day 7 . – Placement of the enclosure
– Practice: Finish with the placement of bales for load-bearing walls.
– Placing the enclosure, strapping and placing the COB

Day 8 . – Laying the roof
– Practice: Laying the roof (2 sections)

Day 9 . – Laying the roof
– Practice: Finish laying the roof

Day 10 . – Mud cover
– Practice: Apply a protective layer of mud.
– Filling the spaces between the bales that have been placed


What’s Included

– Training
– Meals during the workshop
– Lodging
– Digital memories
– Participation certificate
– Work material.
– Didactic material, presentations, information and manuals.
– Sharing experiences!
– Drinks bar, coffee, tea, rain water.

What to bring
– Necessary to take notes such as: notebook, pens, pencils, ruler, etc.
– Cup, glass or thermos to drink liquids.
– Pants and T-shirts with the ability to get dirty and possibly torn.
– Hat or cap for the sun.
– Boots (capped is best) or safe working shoes.
– Tent (only if applicable).
– Flashlight.
– Seeds for an exchange among participants.
– Good music, camera, instrument that you know how to play.
– Participants must be in good health and give notice if any specific considerations need to be taken into account, as the practice requires intense physical exercise.
– DO NOT BRING GARBAGE. Avoid bringing plastic bottles and bags, cans, toxic repellents (insect repellents), batteries, any type of garbage you bring will be returned with you.


Food will be cooked on site and completely vegetarian.
All food will be provided by the Nuhu Cooperative (

They ensure that the producers do not use chemicals in their production and that they treat their employees fairly.



Rancho Úha
*The first ones to register have the possibility to choose the first lodging places.

In Dome Dome 1 – 2 people
Domo 2 – 3 people
Cob House – 2 people
In Bodega In common room – 8 people
In camping area.


Options outside the ranch:
*For these options transfer to Rancho Úha is not included.
The payment will be directly with the places to stay.


– Posada Valerio – Room with 2 single beds $3,000 per person (10 nights).
Phone: 55-3334-7496
Street: Guanajuato Neighborhood: Centro
City: San Pedro de los Pozos, State: Guanajuato
Located 20 Km. from Rancho Uha.

– Hotel San Luis – Shared room with 2 single beds = $3,450 per person (10 nights)
Phone: 468-688-25-68
Street: Rayon No: 519, Colonia: Centro,
Municipality: San Luis de la Paz, State: Guanajuato
Located 8 km from Rancho Uha.

Other Options:

– Casa de la Luz – $350 pesos per night.
Only if more than 10 people get together – This requires a minimum of one month in advance.
In San José del Jofre.
Located 20 Km. from the site.

San Luis de la Paz:

– Parras Hotel
Phone: 468-688-2626
Street: Rayon No: 521, Colonia: Centro,
City: San Luis de la Paz, State: Guanajuato CP: 37900

– Hotel La Paz
01 468 688 4229
Highway #57 Km. 87 S/N, Entronque (in front of OXXO), 37900 San Luis de la Paz, Gto.

– Hotel Las Villas
01 468 688 4152
Carretera #57 Km. 308, el entronque and/or el crucero, 37900 San Luis de la Paz, GTO

Mineral de Pozos:

– El Secreto de Pozos
01 442 293 0200
Jardín Principal 6, Centro, 37910 San Pedro de los Pozos, Gto.

– Posada de Las Minas
01 442 293 0213
Manuel Doblado Numero 1, Centro, 37910 San Pedro de los Pozos, Gto.


All participants are encouraged to travel during the day.
We also encourage those who are attending the course and are able to, to organize a carpool, a discussion will be created on Facebook for this purpose.

By CAR take highway 57, approximately halfway between Querétaro and San Luis Potosí, you will find the entrance to San Luis de la Paz.
A few kilometers ahead you will find a detour to the left (where the San Luis Potosi and Victoria sign is), this will take you to Boulevard Sierra Gorda.

By BUS, The bus station is located on Boulevard Sierra Gorda #115, there are daily services from Mexico City, San Luis Potosi and several places in the State of Guanajuato and other states, there are also multiple daily services from the city of Queretaro. The main companies with service to San Luis de la Paz are: Primera Plus ( or Chihuahuenses ( 

By PLANE: The following airports are located closest to San Luis de la Paz:
1) Querétaro International Airport (1.5 hours)
2) Guanajuato International Airport (2 hours)
3) San Luis Potosi International Airport (2 hours)
4) Mexico City International Airport (4 hours)

Once there, you can make arrangements with someone else who will be attending the course. If this is not the case, you will need to get to San Luis de la Paz and we can pick you up from the station. Further information will be provided upon confirmation of registration.

Additional information

Recovery fee

No lodging, With lodging