Hempcrete Build Experience & Festival

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Hempcrete Build Experience & Festival

4 days of education, healing arts, & entertainment! Learn to source the materials, mix the recipe & install the hempcrete. Let's celebrate!

By Permatours Planet

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Date and time

June 7 · 4pm - June 12 · 10am EDT


Diggers Compost Cooperative 845 Garvin Rd Acton, ME 04001

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Hempcrete Build Experience & Festival

4 days of education, healing arts, & entertainment! Learn to source the materials, mix the recipe & install the hempcrete. Let's celebrate!

Do you have a desire to learn more about natural building?

Would you like to be involved in co-creating a remarkable, sustainable structure?

Are you looking to enter the natural building industry?

Join us for a multi-faceted week of education and entertainment centered around building with hempcrete - from sourcing the materials to mixing the recipe and installing it - you’ll apply your newfound learnings, meet people who share a common interest, celebrate the epic structure we’ll create together, and leave with skills to build your own structure or business! 

We will be casting hempcrete & installing it onto a wall of a Solviva greenhouse, located on a beautiful 26-acre forested property - home to Diggers Compost Cooperative and the Guzman Family Farm, a 50 min drive from Portland, ME, and 2 hours from Boston, MA.

People of all ages over 18 and of all abilities are welcome to attend, including building professionals, natural and green building advocates, and anyone else excited to partake in this special, one of a kind, training and opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills. 3 healthy meals per day (Thursday, June 7th - Sunday, June 11th) are included in your ticket price!

Join a movement focused on creating healthier living spaces that can reverse the damaging effects of CO2 emissions!

More on what you’ll learn: 

  • Hemp/lime recipes, mixing & application
  • The history of hemp and its many potential uses for our modern society - in materials, science, and technology.
  • How to forage, harvest, and prepare fresh salads with veggies picked from the garden and with edible plants thriving in the forest around where we’ll be building. 
  • A unique shuttering / forming system designed by John Patterso
  • Retrofitting
  • Planning a hempcrete build
  • Foundations, framing & roofing
  • Permitting structures using natural material
  • Permitting for tiny houses
  • Fitting into the construction schedule
  • Cost of materials and how to source them
  • Application methods and scaling up tools for larger projects
  • Current opportunities in the natural building industry sector
  • The natural building economy!

Join us if you’d like to:

  • Start your own hemp construction company or other kind of hemp business that serves a sub-sector or supplier niche
  • Become part of global network of hemp builders & entrepreneurs
  • Learn to build your own home
  • Learn about starting a small hemp farm
  • Learn about hemp processing on a small scale
  • Get ready for the up-and-coming hemp building workforce

Note: This workshop is designed for up to 25 attendees.  

What you’ll also get:

  • A gift bag with assorted nutrition products
  • A hempcrete workbook
  • A certificate of completion printed on hemp
  • Nutritional meals
  • Connections in the natural building and hemp industry sector
  • 3 healthy meals per day (Thursday - Sunday)

Benefits of a Hemp/Lime Construction:

  • More comfortable
  • Cleaner indoor air
  • Fire resistant
  • Energy efficient
  • Money savings
  • Less maintenance
  • No mold or mildew
  • No pests
  • Sequesters carbon
  • Reduced illness

Featured Speakers:



~ WEDNESDAY, June 7th ~

4 PM: Check in, set up your camp and get ready for fun. 

6 PM: Opening Circle, followed by dinner

7 PM: Campfire

~ THURSDAY, June 8th ~

9 AM: Breakfast

12 PM: Lunch

1 PM - 5 PM: This will be our first official build day where we’ll focus on getting our build site ready and we’ll install our first few batches of hempcrete. We’ll also learn about safety, the history of hemp building, and the background of the movement to use more hemp. Naturally, we’ll begin to get to know each other, too. 🙂

6 PM: Dinner

7 PM: Campfire

~ FRIDAY June 9th ~

9 AM: Breakfast

10 AM to 1 PM: On day 2 we’ll learn the process of building the forms, preparing the recipes, mixing and installing.

1 PM: Lunch

1 PM to 5 PM: By now, you will have learned about all of the different jobs involved in building with hempcrete.  We will hone our skills as we work on the wall application system.

6 PM: Dinner

7 PM: Campfire

~ SATURDAY, June 10th ~

We will study the many ways and places to install our system, including installing floors and ceilings.

9 AM: Breakfast

12 PM to 1 PM : Lunch

1 PM to 4:30 PM: Plaster and finishing, Learn how to mix and apply the finish plaster to our wall

4:30 PM: Closing Circle 

6 PM: Festival Opening Circle, followed by dinner & music

9 PM: Music & Song by the Campfire + Fire Spinning


9 AM: Breakfast

10 AM: Opening Circle, followed by Sound Healing & Meditation w/ Cacao to start the day

11:30 AM: Hempcrete 101 & hands-on learning to install, by hemp industry professional & educator, John Patterson

12:30 PM: A Consent Workshop

1:30 PM ONWARD: Lunch, LIVE Music, & Vendors, including a Tea Lounge

2 PM ONWARD: A Permaculture Action / gardening project

4:30 PM: Authentic Relating Workshop

6 PM: Acro Yoga

6:45 PM: Closing Circle, followed by dinner

8:30 PM: DJ & Ecstatic Dance

(Guests are invited to camp out Sunday night and to depart Monday morning).

Stay tuned for our lineup of featured artists, practitioners, producers, & services providers!





Apply here for a Scholarship.

Apply here for work trade opportunities.


RV Accommodations

If you're planning to join us in an RV, please note that we do not have 220 V electrical hook ups (just 120 V extension cords). We can support up to 6 RVs so please let us know early if you'd like to reserve a spot.


Learn more about our workshop guide & educator, John Patterson:

Industrial Hemp: The Future of Green Building

Hempcrete Fire Test

This Guy Makes Houses From Hemp

Colorado builder envisions hemp in commercial buildings

John Patterson’s Bio:

John is an internationally recognized thought leader and speaker who educates on living more holistically and building healthier homes with natural materials, including agricultural hemp.  He is a product developer for building materials using more natural materials. John creates experiences centered around building with hemp for better health, comfort and efficiency. “We not only build houses using hemp, we connect people.” John Patterson

John is also the founder of Tiny Hemp Homes, whose mission is to encourage healthier, more comfortable and efficient homes, work and play places through cultivating a more natural built environment. “Through mindfully crafted multiple day experiences we aim to connect people from around the globe to initiate significant global transformation for the better of the people and the planet. We encourage people to have a deeper relationship with mother earth and fellow inhabitants leading a more vibrant and sustainable life.”

A carpenter and furniture designer by trade he has been researching sustainable living methods since the 70's. In 1997 John designed and built his own off-the-grid home complete with its own solar-based electricity plant. John is currently helping several groups plan and design holistic, self-reliant and affordable living communities.

John speaks about improved building systems, getting permission to build, land use restrictions, holistic income opportunities, community gardens, problem solving, preparedness and more affordable living. He also teaches about the benefits of cannabidiol, hemp foods and nutrition, and the many other uses and applications of bio-based materials and how industrial hemp is bringing back family farms around the globe.

Further accomplishments, experiences, and speaking gigs include:

  • Steve Allin’s Hemp Building Course June 2012
  • Ignite Fort Collins Hemp - Little Johnny Hemp Seed
  • Testifying on behalf of industrial hemp at the Colorado State Capitol
  • Hood Lab Hands on Hemp hempcrete demonstration
  • Speaker at the Fort Collins Library Hemp Rope not Dope
  • Speaker at the Fort Collins Sertoma Club explaining hemp for building
  • Speaker at Hemp Seed Revival Festival
  • Jared Polis Hemp Symposium educational vendor
  • Arise Festival Loveland Colorado 1 and 2 Hempcrete seminar
  • Hosted Steve Allin author of “Building With Hemp” in my home
  • Tiny House Project Build for Steve Allin’s 3 day course in Colorado
  • Taught 2 day Hempcrete workshop
  • NOCO Hemp Expo 1 and 2 educational demonstration
  • Doug Fine's Sante-fe New Mexico Carbon Economy Series
  • Colorado Hemp Awards Festival
  • Taught 2 day hempcrete workshop with 25 attendees.
  • Opening Day Speaker at the US Cannabis Expo
  • East Coast Hemp History Week Tour and Washington Lobbying for Hemp
  • Industrial Hemp Field Tour with NE legislators
  • Hemp Building Workshop with National Hemp Association, Denver, CO
  • Hemp building workshops in Pennsylvania, Grand Rapids Michigan, & Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Hemp Building in Poland: Featured speaker November 2015
  • National Hemp Association Speaker January 2016
  • NOCO Expo 3 Keynote Workshop Presenter
  • University of North Texas Engineering Department- February 2016
  • NOCO Hemp Expo 4
  • 2 day hemp building Experience- Left Hand Hemp
  • 2 day Hemp Building Experience- Left Hand Hemp
  • 3 day Hemp Building Experience-
  • Living Simple- Tiny Houses festival
  • Consulting a school bus to tiny house conversion
  • Consulting for quonset hut hemp retrofit
  • Consulting in Wishart, Saskatchewan Canada
  • 2 day hemp building experience- Hemp Today West Office
  • 2-day Hemp building experience- Nipton, California
  • Sustainable Living Fair Speaker
  • Earth Day Fort Collins Speaker
  • NOCO Hemp Expo 5
  • SLV Hemp Symposium Panelist
  • Earth X- Dallas Earth day celebration
  • EDTX Talk
  • Self-reliance Expo- Dallas Texas
  • Consultant at the Quonset Hut Hemp Farm
  • Leader for Tour de hemp


About the event organizer, Permatours:

Permatours produces transformational, community-driven events focused on permaculture action and natural building to foster food sovereignty and housing justice.

Permatours empowers people to forage, grow, & otherwise sustainably source their own food through educational workshops & connection to hyperlocal networks that exist outside of corporatized food systems.

Another major component of Permatours is the network it is building of land owners & non-land owners aligned around principles of sustainable living, natural construction, & community, thereby empowering people to navigate housing opportunities for themselves through peer-to-peer support. Learn more here.

About the organizer

Organized by
Permatours Planet

We “organize” by designing & facilitating permaculture action & natural building-focused events (held in-person or digitally) via:

● Developing the agenda & the program in collaboration with the host and others who can add value to the event

● Designing marketing collateral and promoting the event via email & social media marketing

● Setting up ticketing and registration pages

● Hosting the event including setting up and breaking down, & facilitating the opening & closing ceremonies

● Managing a “project lead” or internally managing the project(s) at hand

$475 – $555