Bamboo Workshops

Our Bamboo Workshops are focused on learning skills for bamboo design, carpentry and construction by working with bamboo and getting to know the material practically with Day Workshops to learn basic carpentry and crafting; Apprenticeship Courses to get Hands-On experience on Builds; and, Internship programs where you can work side by side with expert Bamboo Builders and develop your own design/individual project and get specialized training in your particular area of interest… We provide all tools, training and safety induction. Our programs are inclusive and designed to give you the skills to understand the fundamentals of bamboo design and knowledge of the nature of the material as well as experience in building something from bamboo.

Come and experience village life in Bali and learn about bamboo directly from the Balinese Bamboo Masters… with local craftsmen and builders is where we are developing sustainable affordable design techniques with Bamboo and Natural/Earthen Materials to make learning and inclusive spaces for sharing and preserving Traditional Arts and Techniques of Bali /Indonesia… and sharing knowledge through local programs to encourage environmental responsibility and best practice innovation when it comes to managing plastic waste from the home and recycling.

Bamboo for the future: Accessible for all the world’s people – means making it Affordable and Attractive to build with… Currently there are not many examples of Bamboo Structures that an average person could afford. Maybe we need to make Bamboo Building more of a Community-Orientated activity…. Bamboo is a material for the people – by the people and in many societies that have evolved WITH bamboo – as told in myths and folk-tales… with so many products, by-products and uses… the foundation of a sustainable society (WITHOUT PLASTIC) could be possible through re-harnessing craft practices and developing ways to instrumentalise bamboo for our modern society…. What can You make from Bamboo?

Fill out our enquiry form and let us know what you want to learn about with bamboo: https://app.bluecatforms.com/BEXZCi7Q/new-form

To sign up/register for this year’s (2023) Internship programs go HERE

Day Workshops

Family/Group Workshops

Day WORKSHOPS (also available on AirBNB experiences)…. and tailored one-on-one tutoring with our master-craftsmen – as well as for crafting anything from cutlery, jewellery, and kids toys, to a table or treehouse… We offer Introductory to Intermediate Carpentry & Joinery Practical Day Workshops via direct appointment:

See our Day Programs for building Bamboo Furniture, a Bamboo Model and Building Design with Seek Sophie

Bamboo Biasa – Carpentry and Construction

Join us for an introductory Day Workshop on basic Bamboo carpentry skills and construction where we share our experience building with bamboo and the design of our bamboo building…. Basic tool knowledge and techniques; joinery/carpentry styles will be demonstrated and then we work together to make a bamboo item of your choice; You will get to apply your new knowledge practically and be given the the tools to try for yourself… and take home your creation! Check Availability for Carpentry and Joinery Workshops – on Air BNB Experiences or enquire here about availability.

Price: Rp.750,000 (USD$50)

Where:

->Freyr’s Bamboo Sky Kubu (in Denpasar) which borders the Seminyak Green Belt of Urban Rice Fields… and

-> Belega (near Ubud) at our Bamboo School Collaboration with Balinese master-craftsmen.

Craft with bamboo

Learning bamboo skills to build with bamboo

Find your own Zen learning to Craft with bamboo… Bamboo and Small Craft, Weaving and Product Design Workshops

Bamboo Craft and Small Design Project Day Workshops offering courses in bamboo cutlery, weaving, bamboo jewelry and other groovy stuff as well as customised sessions for adults – and kids are welcome too. See AirBNB Experiences for our Craft Workshop Schedule

Longer program for Hands-on skills development through practical bamboo building experience aimed towards affordable renewable and practical bamboo design incorporating up-cycled materials.

On-line mentoring for building design and construction also available.

Bamboo Apprenticeship Program:

Our Bamboo Apprentice program offers group Hands-On building experience on our practical projects. After completing basic training in carpentry, our Apprenticeship program enables you to develop your skills and expertise alongside our bamboo builders. Join our community builds in Bali’s village of world-famous bamboo builders – where we aim to make bamboo-building programs accessible to everyday people, retain traditional skills and knowledge of Bali’s artisans, and uplift rural folk and collaboratively create meaningful enrichment by spending time in community… Contribute to our Outreach projects while developing your skill!

Our Apprenticeship program runs by request and according to our project schedule. Programs can be attended flexibly to suit your schedule.

1 week (6 day) program: USD$170 / Rp.2,500,000

2 week (12 days) program: USD$325 / Rp.4,800,000

3 week (18 days) program: USD$450 / Rp.6,900,000

4 week (24 days) program: USD$550 / Rp.8,500,000

Internship Program:

Internships are individualized programs where you receive theoretical and practical knowledge and training in all aspects of the bamboo-building process: Tutoring for groups and individuals with our master-craftsmen to develop your skills and also to assist on technique/design aspects of building a bamboo structure and making a miniature/model of a bamboo design. From harvesting and treatment of the bamboo to designing structures, making foundations, carpentry, joinery, building and finishing and maintaining a bamboo structure. We offer daily, weekly and monthly programs for you to learn bamboo skills for small-scale to larger construction projects, bamboo art, traditional techniques and methods for design and crafting, interior design and furniture along with earth-building programs.

Come and learn from the best and become an unbeatable bamboo builder!!

February-April 9 week Internship:

DateWorkshop Topics
Feb 15, 16, 17, 18Internship: Day 1-4
Basic Bamboo Carpentry and Simple Furniture Workshop
Introduction to tools and joinery techniques with bamboo: Fish mouth join, T-join, Rabrab, Lis and Lidi; using string and bamboo nail to secure joins.
Feb 20, 21, 22, 23, 24Internship Day: 5 – 9
Bamboo Model-Making
Foundations for Bamboo Building: Frame/Truss Design, Temporary and Permanent Supports, Ukuran/Spacing-Measurement, Penjapit (pinching beams), Metal Bolts and Bamboo Nails, Design Requirements/ Specs, Visualizing Construction process, Project Costing.
Feb 27, 28,
Mar 1, 2, 3
Bamboo Internship Day 10 – 14 | Online Course – Day 1-5
Harvesting, Treatment, Temporary Structure Joinery, Site Preparation Workflow & Layout, Tool Safety, Machinery options, Site visits and Inspo excursions.
March 6, 7, 8, 9 Bamboo Internship Day 15-18 : Installing Central beam (langit langit), Roof Supports, Making Lidi, Roofing Usuk (Rafters) – Split/Whole, Splitting Bamboo.
March 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18Bamboo Internship Day 19-24 &
Apprenticeship Week Onsite training
March 27, 28, 29Bamboo Internship – Day 25-27: Install Flooring Beams, Make Bamboo Flooring & Individual Internship programs
March 30, 31, April 1Bamboo Internship – Day 28-30: Bending Bamboo, Making Arches & Individual Internship programs
April 4, 5, 6, 7Bamboo Internship Day31-34: Construction Training – Roofing & Individual Internship programs
April 10, 11, 12, 13Bamboo Internship Day 35-38: Construction Training – Stairs & Individual Internship programs
April 17, 18, 19, 20Bamboo Internship Day 39-42: Interiors, Wall Panels, Decorative Elements & Individual Internship programs
April 24 – May 62 week Personal Project Design and Review Workshop
May 8 -13
Basic Bamboo Carpentry and Furniture Workshop
Introduction to tools and joinery techniques with bamboo: Fish mouth join, T-join, Rabrab, Lis and Lidi; using string and bamboo nail to secure joins, lamination, creative bamboo & weaving.
May 15-20Bamboo Model-Making
Foundations for Bamboo Building: Frame/Truss Design, Temporary and Permanent Supports, Ukuran/Spacing-Measurement, Penjapit (pinching beams), Metal Bolts and Bamboo Nails, Design Requirements/ Specs, Visualizing Construction process, Project Costing, Pillar and supports, Spacing, Foundations.
May 22-27Harvesting, Treatment, Temporary Structure Joinery, Site Preparation Workflow & Layout, Tool Safety, Machinery options, Site visits and Inspo excursions, All Ages – Bamboo Construction Workshop – Wattle & Daub
June 5-10Roof Supports, Making Lidi, Roofing Usuk (Rafters) – Split/Whole, Splitting Bamboo, All-Ages – Bamboo Construction Workshop – Ecobrick Building, Cob and Bamboo
June 12 – 17 Install Flooring Beams, Make Bamboo Flooring, Bending Bamboo, Making Arches
June 19 – 24Construction Training – Roofing
July 3-8Construction Training – Stairs, Interiors, Wall Panels, Decorative Elements
July 10-15Personal Project Design and Review
July 17-22Personal Project Design and Review
July 31- Aug 5Basic Bamboo Carpentry and Furniture Workshop
Introduction to tools and joinery techniques with bamboo: Fish mouth join, T-join, Rabrab, Lis and Lidi; using string and bamboo nail to secure joins, lamination, creative bamboo & weaving.
Aug 7-12Bamboo Model-Making
Foundations for Bamboo Building: Frame/Truss Design, Temporary and Permanent Supports, Ukuran/Spacing-Measurement, Penjapit (pinching beams), Metal Bolts and Bamboo Nails, Design Requirements/ Specs, Visualizing Construction process, Project Costing, Pillar and supports, Spacing, Foundations.
Aug 14-19Harvesting, Treatment, Temporary Structure Joinery, Site Preparation Workflow & Layout, Tool Safety, Machinery options, Site visits and Inspo excursions, Bamboo Construction Workshop – Wattle & Daub
Aug 28- Sept 2Roof Supports, Making Lidi, Roofing Usuk (Rafters) – Split/Whole, Splitting Bamboo, Bamboo Construction Workshop – Ecobrick Building, Cob and Bamboo
Sept 4-9Install Flooring Beams, Make Bamboo Flooring, Bending Bamboo, Making Arches
Sept 11-16Construction Training – Roofing
Sept 25-30Construction Training – Stairs, Interiors, Wall Panels, Decorative Elements
Oct 2-7 Personal Project Design and Review
Oct 9-14Personal Project Design and Review

Our Internship programs run 6 days a week (Monday to Saturday) 9am to 4pm and can be adapted to a part-time schedule of 3 days/week over a double time-period.

One Week Program: USD$330 / Rp.5,100,000 (includes one on one basic training and mentorship for Bamboo Construction)

Two-week Program: USD$650 / Rp.9,800,000 (includes one-on-one basic training and construction mentorship)

Three-week Program: USD$845 / Rp.12,000,000 (includes training and mentorship in bamboo construction, on-site build and construction experience program)

One-month Program: USD$990 / Rp.14,000,000 (includes training in bamboo and construction and design mentorship for individual construction project)

Accommodation/Meals:

Nightly rate: USD$10 / Rp.150,000 (basic room and breakfast)

Monthly rate: USD$200 / Rp.3,000,000 (basic room and breakfast)


Outreach Programs

At Bamboo Creative, it’s not just about bamboo – but also up-cycling to prevent unnecessary waste and to re-utilise resources – co-creating projects which facilitate community and environmental well-being and education through enabling PRACTICAL skills and innovations to be applied in Local Communities through upcoming special workshops and collaborations.

Our regular programs create a framework to seed/enable the development of our Outreach projects  where you may attend our Apprenticeship Programs. Internships are more intensively involved in the design process and are intended to be more specialised experiences for those with a particular area of interest they’d like to develop.

You can support our Outreach Projects by pre-purchasing your program and attending at a later date. We offer special discounts and bonuses for our Outreach supporters!- You can attend now or at a later date – and your contribution helps towards building our Bamboo Bank which is a fund that local projects can borrow from interest-free to be able to build their own sustainable Home-Stay/Bamboo Guest House – where our students can come and stay… Helping to build our network and diversify income options for locals that enable them to maintain knowledge of traditional crafts and artisan practices such as carving, weaving, musical instrument creation, natural medicine, painting and art/drawing techniques,

We offer VIP programs for developing specialist knowledge in the possibilities of bamboo and connect people with projects and families to create specialised products and to explore individual interests while getting to know the Bali culture and staying alongside local families.

Join our Facebook group for updates on our current builds. The group is free; www.facebook.com/groups/5443799475664816/?ref=share

A percentage of funds are used to collate course content and videos to be made available online and accessible… see our Facebook page for updates. Our programs are available for people of all abilities and neurodiversity.

Join us as a VIP Intern to develop your bamboo skill and contribute to our Outreach project aims... Get in touch and we'll keep you informed about upcoming programs.... find the latest updates on our BLOG

Kids Workshops

Working with bamboo, making toys and up-cycling materials; We offer in-house and mobile workshops for regular in-house programs with local schools/ homeschoolers by appointment and also one-off events. See our Kids Club Page for more information – we have topics suited for age groups: 3-6 and 7-12 years with in-house and mobile workshops for regular programs with local schools/ homeschoolers by appointment and also one-off events. … All our programs are Inclusive with special needs support available for groups and individuals.

DateWorkshop Topics
Mon 3 June
12pm – 5.30pm
Kids Bamboo Workshop: Craft & Construction – Bamboo Toys & Weaving
Rp.850,000 per person / Rp.650,000 group/siblings – Ubud
Tues 4 June
12pm – 5.30pm
Kids Bamboo Workshop: Craft & Construction – Bamboo Furniture Crafts
Rp.850,000 per person / Rp.650,000 group/siblings – Ubud
Wed 5 June
12pm – 5.30pm
Kids Bamboo Workshop: Craft & Construction – Carving & Painting
Rp.850,000 per person / Rp.650,000 group/siblings – Ubud
Sat-Sun 10,11 June
10am – 3.30pm
Kids Nature Program – Craft & Weaving Bamboo (Astunkara/Anguntaka)
(Rp.450,000 per pax per day)
Sat-Sun 17,18 Jun
10am – 2pm/7pm
Kids Nature Program – Craft & Bamboo Music (Anguntaka)
(Rp.450,000 per pax/Rp.850,000)
Sat-Sun 24-25 Jun
10am – 2pm/7pm
Kids Nature Program – Craft, Weaving & Bamboo Music (Anguntaka)
(Rp.400,000 per pax (half day)/Rp.850,000 (full day)
Sat/Sun 1-2 July
10am to 5pm
Kids Bamboo Adventure Playground Model Design (location TBA)
(Rp.650,000 per pax per day)
Sat-Sun 8-9 July
10am to 5pm
Kids Bamboo Adventure Playground Model Design (location TBA)
(Rp.650,000 per pax per day)
Sat-Sun 15-16 July
10am to 5pm
Kids Nature Program (Abiansemal) with Astunkara Way
(Rp.650,000 per pax per day)
Fri 21 – Sun 23 July
10am to 7pm
Kids 3 day Bamboo Camp – Anguntaka/Sibang
(Rp.1,900,000 3 days or Rp.850,000 per day)

Specialised Day Workshops and Custom Events:

Bamboo, Eco-brick & Cob Workshops:

We host special group workshops for natural building with cob (mud mixture of clay, sand and dry grass) and ecobrick (empty plastic bottles stuffed with plastic trash) to promote the sequestration of plastic waste from our oceans and natural environment. See our Zero Waste page for more details. We’d love to host a workshop at your place and assist you in designing and implementing your own cob and ecobrik construction! Suitable for kids and adults 🙂 Invite us to facilitate a Eco-workshop/eco-event at your school or community centre… or come to our Bamboo House Project in Denpasar. We deliver a 3-part bamboo, ecobrick and cob hands-on contact workshop for learning skills in natural building with bamboo and cob, and incorporating responsible disposal of soft-plastic trash and building with it! We can cater for up to 20 people at our project site in Denpasar (or mobile). Learn skills in natural building with bamboo, cob, bottle/eco-bricks and recycled materials and craft/design: with sliding scale options for in-kind/financial contribution.


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