One week training on traditional building
19. – 25.9.2022
Our last traditional building activity for this year is offering an opportunity for 10-15 young people from Kosovo who are interested in cultural heritage and sustainable practices in rural areas to take part in a one week training.
The training will be about natural building techniques with the focus on working with earth and wood. It will have theoretical and practical sessions about traditional knowledge and traditional building crafts: earthen plasters, adobe bricks and woodwork. During the sessions the participants will get to know the crafts(wo)men, and how to use hand tools, natural materials and practice diverse techniques.
The training language will be adjusted, mostly in English, but also in Albanian and Serbian.
The training will take place in Boževce/Bozhefc, from 19th till 25th of September. Most of the previous workshops and training took place in this small, traditional village situated close to Kamenica/Kamenicë, situated in the hills of Ranilug/Ranilluk municipality. Since 2017, GAIA is present in the village and runs a permaculture program, where each year educational and volunteering activities are being organized.
The main trainer will be Katarina Živković, an architect with a special focus on earthen architecture and building with natural materials. She participated in various regional and international workshops where she gained knowledge regarding traditional building techniques and their usage in a contemporary context. She is also a member of Club of fine crafts, an organization dedicated to promotion and education on environmentally sustainable building and use of traditional crafts.
One day of the training will be reserved for a gathering of participants, crafts(wo)men and other interested public to present the work that was realized throughout the project.
If you are interested in taking part in this training, fill in this application form by 10th of September. We will inform you about the selection and send you an info sheet by 12th of September.
*Once you are selected, please take it seriously and don’t cancel your participation. This is an opportunity to experience something valuable and it would be a pity to not have a full group.*
The travel costs, accommodation, food and material for the workshop will be covered by the project. The accommodation will be in shared rooms, the food will be environmentally friendly and vegetarian/vegan, and the living and working space will be shared by the whole group. At the property, there are many animals – dogs, cats, chicken, geese, goats, bees, so you need to be okay with their presence. At the end of the activity, the participants will receive a GAIA participation certificate.
This activity is part of a project “Traditional knowledge for sustainable future”, which aims to bring youngsters from all across Kosovo together to discover cultural heritage and traditional building skills. It will be an opportunity to experience something new and different, meet people with similar interests and create something together.This project is part of the financial grant “Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Intercommunity Dialogue and Social Cohesion” project implemented by UNDP Kosovo and funded by the European Union’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).