Connecting people, culture and nature
April 9-16, 2016 *
Over the years we have evolved what we consider to be a unique hybrid system of integrating straw bale walls with clay and lime plasters. It combines the best of what were called “load-bearing” walls and other “in-fill” methods where different types of structural supports are used. It is a very effective and practical utilization of the best of both worlds. At the same time, the same components can be utilized in combination with any “in-fill” wall system. It is highly flexible in all respects.
This week long course is intended for anyone seriously considering a straw bale house that incorporates a large percentage of clay in the building process. The course is well suited to owner-builders, professionals or those who would like to supervise the construction of their home so that they can be well informed to make good decisions during the design and build process. The course will help each person define a practical and realistic approach that is uniquely based on his or her skill level, available time and resources. Participants are welcome to bring their floor plans for group design discussions and comments.
We encourage small, handcrafted and artistic buildings that are uniquely personal in character and at the same time, energy efficient and matched to local climatic conditions primarily through passive conditioning.
Workshop projects vary from year to year. A straw bale home tour in Patagonia and Sonoita is also included as part of the course.