Stone Restoration Workshop

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Join us for the 2016 Trullo Restoration Workshop in Ceglie Messapica, Puglia, Italy! Our workshop project will be to restore a trullo roof under the guidance and instruction of local master trullo builder Mario Santoro and USA- based stone mason and sculptor Thea Alvin. In addition to the workshop project we will explore the area through a series of excursions observing and discussing how stone has been used over the centuries to create human habitation.

A trullo is the most common example of vernacular architecture in the Valle d'ltria and has become the signature building type of Puglia. A trullo is built of stones collected and quarried on site, and constructed without mortar. This ancient form and building typology is found across the Mediterranean and places in Europe and the Middle East where the stone was suitable to this type of construction. The trulli are particular interesting because they are still inhabited and being restored for modern day use.

While we highly encourage participating in the full workshop we understand that this option is not available to everyone. There are three options:

FULL WORKSHOP OPTION: 2450€, 26 Sept - 8 Oct 2016
WEEK 1 OPTION: 1225€, 26 Sept - 1 Oct 2016
WEEK 2 OPTION: 1575€, 1- 8 Oct 2016

Accommodation is at Casa Cilona, a countryside bed and breakfast of stone buildings and trulli, nestled among centuries-old olive trees and just a short walk to the project site. Workshop fee includes instruction,dorm-style lodging at Casa Cilona, three delicious meals a day, and excursions. An excursion to the UNESCO city of Matera in the neighboring province of Basilicata will be October 1st, therefore available to all participants.

The workshop is limited to 8 students. Deposit of 500€ by August 1, 2016 is required to secure your place.

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