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Upcoming Natural Building Workshops!
by Katy Purviance on 06/13/10 @ 02:55:07 am
Categories: Events | 229 words | 1218 views

The Solar Living Institute will be offering its two most popular natural building workshops back-to-back around the Summer Solstice. Celebrate the beginning of summer by learning how to build structures using natural materials from the earth!

Build a Strawbale House: June 19-20
Solar Living Center, Hopland, CA.

This popular course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to build your own strawbale house. The course will cover: successful strawbale design, proven construction techniques, foundation systems, framing doors and windows, interior details, building to code, and other important topics. Students will help to build a small load-bearing structure - including foundation and roofing - and will have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters.

Natural Building Intensive: June 21-25
Magruder Ranch, Potter Valley, CA.

This workshop is designed for both first-time builders and professional builders and contractors who want to delve more into building with natural materials. The course focuses on earthen building, offering hands on experience with cob, light straw clay (slip straw), adobe block, and wattle and daub. Students will learn how to smoothly integrate various natural building materials to create the best possible building solution for each individual situation. This workshop will be held at Magruder Ranch in Potter Valley – a 5th generation family ranch that raises 100% grass-fed beef and acorn-finished hill hogs.

See the complete list of all Sustainable Living workshops in 2010.

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