'Learning the Long Way' is a non-profit, social enterprise that provides womxn & LGBTQIA+ folk access to practical learning opportunities in areas of sustainable building, making and design.
We specialise in working with recycled, reclaimed, foraged & found materials, underpinned by a philosophy of site-specificity and sensitivity.
Our ethos considers ‘sustainability’ in a holistic manner to encompass our community's health & wellbeing within this work.
We believe in collective, peer-led, intergenerational learning and exist to create opportunities for those least represented within traditional trades.
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We are working on designs for an Earthship inspired rooftop storage & grow space! The space will need to handle the coastal weather conditions & strength of the supporting structure below. As well as providing optimal growing conditions for edible plants. We'll be doing an intergenerational community build to achieve this - full details coming soon!
We worked with lime plasterer Jue Sota to complete the plastering of the attic conversion. Jue led a team of 5 LGBTQIA folk through the process from preparing the space to the finish coat.
In autumn 2020 we helped master builder Matthew French on his rammed earth chalk house construction. During this period we organised a series of sessions for local women & LGBTQIA+ folk to assist with the construction of walls.