The bamboo school with Rodolfo Sáenz as owner and teacher presents his next course: building with bamboo and cob.

The objective of this course is to offer knowledge and practice of the basic techniques of building in bamboo and cob.

It is for anyone, over 18 years, who wants to learn : first how to select, cure and assemble the GUADUA, make split panels and prepare the walls to cover them with cob.

Secondly recognize the quality of the clay, make cob mixtures, different techniques of cob walls, blocks, plasters and natural paintings and a living roof.

It is not necessary to have previous knowledge or skills of carpentry or similar. All demonstrations and practice will be on 1/10 scale.

The course begins on Saturday, August 10 and ends on the following Saturday, July 17. The arrival is scheduled for Friday, August 9 at night. The departure will be on Sunday 18, after breakfast.


The focus of this course will be on the cob.

Course topics:


  • Learn about bamboo varieties for adobe walls
  • Harvesting, processing, treatment and curing methods.
  • Demonstration of tools and how to make a special knife
  • Proper use of manual and electrical tools
  • All possible assembly techniques.
  • How to make a fish mouth
  • Make bamboo nails.
  • Make a bamboo blanket
  • Prepare walls before application of adobe


  • Collect clay
  • Test the% clay and recognize the quality of the clay
  • Tests of clay cookies to measure resistance
  • Different techniques of walls with clay
  • Make adobe mixes
  • Make blocks
  • Make walls
  • Plasters with clay and natural materials
  • Clay paint
  • Plasters with hydraulic lime
  • Painting with hydraulic lime
  • Tuning walls
  • Creation of a living roof

Course program

Arrival: Please arrive on Friday 16th during afternoon/evening. Classes start Saturday 17th and end Saturday 24th.
Departure: Saturday 24th after lunch.

7:30 am


8:00 am – 12:30 pm


12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 4:00 pm


6:00 pm


We serve delicious vegetarian and vegan meals with fresh ingredients. Fresh fruits, tea and coffee will be available throughout the day, free of charge.

Artisan Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic) available for sale.

There will be at least one night of guided meditation.

You can request a massage, a Reiki session or a guided personal healing session.

Additional information and travel instructions will be sent by email upon registration.

You can extend your vacation stay and take advantage of the central location of Bamboo School. There are hiking trails nearby. The Carara National Park is 40 min. by car and we are 1 hour by car from the beach.


Rodolfo Saenz began his career as a craftsman, furniture maker, and builder over 30 years ago. He first learned to work with wood and later received training in a variety of techniques with bamboo from a Taiwanese Master, which led him into bamboo furniture design combined with hardwoods and various other materials.

Originally trained in conventional construction, he switched gears to natural building methods and design with a concentration on bamboo, cob, and earthen plasters. Rodolfo is passionate about sharing his skills and knowledge by teaching sustainable building and design and has over a dozen years of experience teaching courses.

Besides his career and experience with bamboo building and craftsmanship, he has cultivated his healing gifts in the form of Reiki and massage therapy.

What to bring

For the workshops:

· half-inch chisel

· pencil

· hammer

· 5-feet measuring tape.

For your accommodation:

· clothes for warm weather and a light sweater for the evening

· umbrella or cape (in July it rains in the afternoons)

· closed shoes for work

· mosquito repellent.


  • Lots of hands on experience
  • amazing amount of information
  • Beautiful and quiet envirnmont

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room


  • fast: streaming video

Getting here.

The directions to arrive:

By car.

 If you use GPS. Put first OROTINA and then San Juan de Mata Turrubares. If not, it will take you down a longer and more difficult path.

I suggest to follow my explanation with precision and it will come well.

First you go to OROTINA. If you are coming from San José, take the Orotina exit and turn immediately left under the bridge, to Turrubares. Or if you come from the Pacific, take the Orotina / Tigre exit and then turn right.

You will go through the Tiger first. Following the street, you will have to cross the Tarcoles Bridge, then follow the street until you reach El Llano. This is the point where the road ends in a T. There, take the road to the right and continue for +/- 2 km. At that point, you will see a small church on the right and in front of a grocery store. And in the corner between other posters, there is one that says: bamboo house. From there it is 300 meters to our house, following the right path (slightly left), going down the hill. The house is on the right side and has a long entrance of 50mts. At the beginning of the entrance, you will notice the poster: Bamboo School.

By bus

Take the bus to Turrubares at the Orotina Terminal. Get off at the Casona or ask the driver or the people about the bamboo house. From the Casona are 100 meters following the street. You will see the sign to your right: School of bamboo. Bus schedule on Sunday; 1:00 pm, you arrive at 1.30 pm. Cost: C600

You can also take a taxi in Orotina (by C4000 or C4500). Address: El Barro de Turrubares. From the church of Barro 300mts south. On your right you will see the poster of Bamboo School


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