Program Details

Building with Hemp


with Steve Allin
July 22 / 9:00 AM - July 25 / 5:00 PM

Please note above prices include all meals


Tuition fee is payable to Steve Allin upon arrival.


Hemp-lime masonry, or “hempcrete,” is a cutting-edge natural building material. It is attractive, has great thermal and acoustic insulation properties, is carbon-negative, with no toxic elements, while being affordable and extraordinarily simple to build with. This can be used to build walls or as an in-fill for roofs, floors or as a plaster. It uses industrial hemp, a crop already widely grown in Canada and renowned as a fiber, food crop and biomass.


Participants will learn both the theory and practice of using hemp-lime masonry in green buildings.  This workshop is appropriate for individuals interested in green building as well as professionals looking to broaden their expertise. 






Steve Allin, a pioneer of the use of hemp in building, is the author of Building with Hemp 2005/2012, and director of the International Hemp Building Association. He lives in the South West of Ireland, from where he works internationally as a hemp building consultant and teacher.


A residential program centre nestled in the hills of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Dorje Denma Ling is committed to fostering applied mindfulness, environmental engagement, and social transformation.


Program tuition: $360


(payable upon arrival to Steve Allin)


Please Note:  Above prices include meals but not accommodations.  For summer programs, we offer three lodging options:


Bring your own tent and set up on one of our tent platforms: free


Hut/cabin/dorm tent:     $20 per night,   $80 for the program


Gyatso Lodge:                $45 per night,   $180 for the program


Gyatso Lodge has double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms.  The huts, dorm tents and cabins have 2 - 8 occupants and share an outdoor bath-house.


 All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. With either of the tuition choices above, we can provide a payment plan of up to 6 months, and we also match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centers grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact us at 902-657-9085 or via email at accounts@dorjedenmaling.com at least two weeks before the program begins. Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.


To register please click on the "Registration" button below or call us at (902) 657-9085

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