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Previous Hands-on Workshops

LanderLand Building Workshops, Kingston, NM
Our neighbors Satomi & Tom Lander offer excellent hands-on workshops. Through demonstrations and question/answer sessions, learn how to build basic earthen plastered straw-bale walls, and earthen floors

Build Here Now - Natural Building, Permaculture and Sustainable Lifestyles Convergence -- Taos County, New Mexico.
Build Here Now is the 9th annual Natural Building, Permaculture and Sustainable Lifestyles convergence. A dynamic week of hands-on workshops, classroom theory, discussion, slide presentations, and networking with dedicated practitioners of natural building, permaculture and sustainable lifestyles - set amongst the stunning beauty of Lama Foundation. Tuition includes everything; you will have no extra costs during the program. We accommodate people in prepared tenting sites, with limited dorm-space (small extra fee) and car camping sites (no fee) by reservation. Hotel-type lodging is available in Taos or Questa at additional cost. All meals are vegetarian. Families are welcome - please inquire for details.

Hands-on Workshops WORLDWIDE:

The Natural Building Network is an organization supporting and promoting sustainable, renewable living worldwide. NBN is a member-supported non-profit organization. Visit their website for human resources and workshops.

The Last Straw, the International Journal of Straw Bale and Natural Building is an information-sharing journal and web-site committed to expanding and sharing the knowledge, experience and techniques of straw-bale construction and natural building, and promoting ecological building world-wide. Visit the website for a large calendar of events, articles, human resources, and to subscribe.

Solar Energy International (SEI) promotes renewable energy for a sustainable future, and provides on-line and hands-on educational opportunities at their training facility in Carbondale, Colorado, across the U. S. and in other countries. Classroom and laboratory work is complemented by case studies, field tours and professional installations with real equipment in real settings. They recently inaugurated a new Eco=Campus in Workshops include:

Texas Bioregional Natural Building Gathering, Kerrville, Texas (Near Austin)
The 1st Texas Natural Building Colloquium will be hosted at Quiet Valley Ranch, home of the world-famous Kerrville Folk Festival. Austin's Sustainable Building Coalition and other natural building leaders will work with colloquium participants to improve facilities used by Kerrville Folk Festival artists, staff and visitors. Details on registration, costs, speakers, schedules, and other colloquium details will be posted at Potential topics/projects include straw bale construction, cob construction, earthen and lime plasters, earthen floors, natural building theory and practice, owner-builder project presentations and more. Colloquium planning committees are formed but not full. Anyone interested in supporting this event with time or other resources should contact Kindra Welch

Builders Without Borders is an international network of ecological builders advocating local, natural, and affordable construction materials.  BWB creates books, videos and workshops to educate and empower owner-builders.  The new BWB Straw Bale Construction Curriculum is a workshop manual for low-tech building methods, including the use of local ecological and salvaged materials.



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