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Mar
17-20

Straw Bale building (in Italian)

The theoretical part will cover the different construction techniques. The practical part we will work on a public building. We will learn to shape and adapt the bales of straw, their placement, pre-stressing of the walls, the preparation for plastering. We will analyze what are the details that lead to having a quality construction that lasts and that best expresses the positive aspects of a building with natural materials.

La Boa, Nr. Venice, Italy

300
       
  Courses you've missed in 2010 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
May
16-17

Build a Strawbale House

Have you ever had the desire to build your own strawbale structure from scratch? This popular course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to get started on your own project. 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.

You will help build a small load-bearing structure, including foundation and roofing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters.

Solar Lining
Hopland, CA, USA
$240
USD
May
16-17

Straw Bale Workshop

Learn how to turn a local renewable resource into an energy efficient home at this straw bale workshop in Linden. Participants will learn about straw bale construction and spend the day building a straw bale house. There will be a slide show on Saturday evening, and and a demonstration on earth plaster on Sunday. The workshop is being conducted by Howard Switzer of Ecoville ArchiTechs. Breakfast food will be served, and participants are welcome to camp on the property. To register for this event, please email: leopold@igc.org

Piedmont
Linden VA, USA
$75 USD
May 18-25

Strawbale wall raising in Bega

Building a sensible 2 bedroom family home, measuring about 70 square metres. Designed to be practical, comfortable, economical, sustainable, leaving the smallest possible footprint on the environment, wonderful! Facilitated by Frank Thomas from Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, Strawbale Construction.

Strawtec
Bega, NSW, Australia
Free
May
23-24

Straw Bale and Earth Plaster Workshop

Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$230
single
$420
couple
May
23-29

The complete straw bale workshop

This basic project incorporates most of the skills and techniques that you will need to tackle much bigger things (like building your own Earthship or building that dream mansion out of straw bales). But the scale of our project is small enough for a beginning “green builder” to learn without being overwhelmed

Blue Rock Station
Philo, Ohio USA

$545 USD

May
30

Sustained Straw Bale Construction Workshop

Beginning with a History of the Technique from its Nebraska 'sod-house' roots, we'll discuss Design, Foundations and Mechanicals of Power, Water & Sewage, then move into hands-on work with Bales - Their Quality, Stacking and Packing & Specialty Bales, then Mud Mixtures and their Application, wrapping up with Cob and Finish Plasters.

Namaste Hospice Art and Event Center
Denver, Colorado, USA
$125 USD

June 2-4

Straw Bale building

This three-day course is an introduction to straw bale building, with one of the country's leaders in the field, Amazon Nails, and will be a mixture of theory and practical. Higher Authorities willing, participants on the course will help to build a small (3m x 3m) single-storey load-bearing building, a loo for the local church. Course Tutor: Barbara Jones, Amazon Nails

Assington Mill
Assington, Nr Sudbury, Suffolk, UK

£270 GBP

June 5

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder.

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply
June
6-10

Straw Bale Workshop

So come and join us in Ganmain where you will visit and experience thirteen 13 straw bale buildings all nearly finished or completed now. You will witness most of the building methods that we promote on our web site.

Huff 'n' Puff
Ganmain, NSW, Australia
$500-605 AUD

June 12-14

Straw Bale Building

This is a practical building project, aiming to leave a permanent structure on the site. This will involve some carpentry and general building as well as handling straw bales. We will try to avoid power tools and people of all abilities are welcome. You will also learn about the environmental and practical benefits of constructing buildings using straw bales.

The course will be run by 'Chug' Tugby, who is one of the leading straw-bale builders in Britain today. Check out his website World of Strawbale Building

LILI
Redfield Community
Winslow, Bucks
UK

£130-190 GBP
June
12-14

Building with Straw bales workshop

Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Pupki, Olsztyn, Poland

€100
June
15-21

Straw Bale Construction - Intensive

The seven day intensive workshop is designed to teach participants everything they need to know to build their own straw bale structure. We work with structures that enable the participants to learn, hands on, about many facets of straw bale construction. Some of the topics covered in the construction of the structures are: Toe Up Installation; Bale Stacking; Bale Re-Tying and Alteration; Window and Door Installation; Box Beam Construction and Installation.

Follow links for more information.

Straw Bale Innovations
Willow Creek, California, USA
$750 USD
including all meals
June
19-21

Straw Bale Construction: Hands-On Weekend

Lots of theory and practical experience building a small straw bale cabin. (This will not include cement lime or earthen plastering. We recommend you take the plastering and finishing workshops set in July.)

Everdale
Hillsburgh, ON,
Canada
$325 CND
June
27-28

Build a Strawbale House

Have you ever had the desire to build your own strawbale structure from scratch? This popular course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to get started on your own project. 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.

You will help build a small load-bearing structure, including foundation and roofing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters.

Solar Lining
Hopland, CA, USA
$240
USD

July
3-5

Straw Bale Building

This is a practical building project, aiming to leave a permanent structure on the site. This will involve some carpentry and general building as well as handling straw bales. We will try to avoid power tools and people of all abilities are welcome. You will also learn about the environmental and practical benefits of constructing buildings using straw bales.

The course will be run by 'Chug' Tugby, who is one of the leading straw-bale builders in Britain today. Check out his website World of Strawbale Building

LILI
Redfield Community
Winslow, Bucks
UK

£130-190 GBP

July 4

Building with Straw

Discover the theory behind straw-bale building - construct a comer of a load-bearing straw-bale building and plaster it with lime render. If you want to understand more about self build methods - this could be the course for you. Tutor: Nick Parsons

College of the Peak
Hallyard House, Bakewell Road,
Over Haddon, Derbyshire, UK

£36 GBP

July 6

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

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Jul
6-12

Straw Bale Building (Load Bearing)

The seven day intensive workshop is designed to teach participants everything they need to know to build their own straw bale structure. We work with structures that enable the participants to learn, hands on, about many facets of straw bale construction. Some of the topics covered in the construction of the structures are: Toe Up Installation; Bale Stacking; Bale Re-Tying and Alteration; Window and Door Installation; Box Beam Construction and Installation.

Follow links for more information.

Straw Bale Innovations
Florence, Oregon, USA
$750 USD
including all meals

Jul
9-12

Straw Bale Construction Selfbuilder

Learning to recognize the ideal bale; the basic building systems; advantages and disadvantages of each system; how to design a straw bale house; Organization of the work; Resolve construction details; Using clay, with clay to make furniture; Introducing projects in other countries and using the Straw Bale Construction Network.

Talleres prácticos de construcción con balas de paja: Aprender a reconocer una bala de paja ideal; onocer los sistemas básicos de construcción; Ventajas y desventajas de cada sistema; Como diseñar una casa de balas de paja; Organización de una obra de balas de paja; Resolver detalles constructivos; Revocos de arcilla; Como hacer mobiliario con arcilla; Conocer proyectos en otros países; Puesta en contacto de Redes de Construcción de Bala...

Details on the Spanish website and German website
Contact: Maren autoconstruccin@yahoo.es or Oliver info@casa-tatu.org (both speak English)

Taller de Palla
Plana de Llofriu, Girona, Spain

€150
July
10-12

Straw Bale Workshop

During this two and a half day, hands-on workshop we’ll assess and install the straw bales into a wall system and detail and prepare the bale walls for the plastering stage. On Friday evening, we’ll cover structural issues, design of bale wall systems and answer common questions associated with choosing straw bale homes, and see a slide show of bale homes. Over the weekend, we’ll put that theory into practice by assessing, cutting and retying, stacking, and stuffing straw bales for a small writing cabin.

Wholearth
Hastings, ON,
Canada
$350 CND
July
10-12

Straw Bale Construction

This "Hands-On" workshopworkshop is for the curious beginner or for the professional looking to learn more about "green" building options. Learn about the history of straw bale construction and other sustainable building practices. Get the ins-and-outs of straw bale construction and then get your hands dirty and tweak your muscle tone. Students will work with straw stacking, stitching and plastering.

Mr EA
Minneapolis, MN,
USA
$275 USD
July
17-19

Straw Bale Construction

This "Hands-On" workshopworkshop is for the curious beginner or for the professional looking to learn more about "green" building options. Learn about the history of straw bale construction and other sustainable building practices. Get the ins-and-outs of straw bale construction and then get your hands dirty and tweak your muscle tone. Students will work with straw stacking, stitching and plastering.

Mr EA
Minneapolis, MN,
USA
$275 USD

Aug
1-2

Straw Bale Building

This course is run by Amazonails, the top straw-bale building company in the UK. The course covers the fundamental principles of building with straw bales. Participants will have the opportunity to get involved in building a mobile straw-bale building to be used as a permanent demonstration structure. Straw bales are an excellent non-toxic, breathable construction material with a great insulation value, and they are good fun to work with too. Everyone can be involved and no previous building experience is necessary. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask about your own projects and to get the basics of straw-bale building.

LILI
Redfield Community
Winslow, Bucks
UK

£120 GBP

Aug
6-9

Straw Bale Building Selfbuilder

Learning to recognize the ideal bale; the basic building systems; advantages and disadvantages of each system; how to design a straw bale house; Organization of the work; Resolve construction details; Using clay, with clay to make furniture; Introducing projects in other countries and using the Straw Bale Construction Network.

Details on the Spanish website and German website
Contact: Maren autoconstruccin@yahoo.es or Oliver info@casa-tatu.org (both speak English)

Taller de Palla
Plana de Llofriu, Girona, Spain

€150
Aug
7-9

Building with Straw bales workshop

Contact Paulina on Tel: +44 (0)1932 352129

Earth Hands and Houses
Nr Warsaw, Poland

€100
Aug
3-7

Straw Bale Workshop (pdf)

Designed for children, youth and adults on climate change, renewable energy technologies, ecology, and sustainable living and land use, several educational projects have thus far been initiated by the Craik Sustainable Living Project.


Craik ecovillage
Craik, SK, Canada
$250 CND

Aug
10-15

Introduction to Strawbale building

The straw bale is a one-week course designed to teach all aspects of straw-bale building, working alongside a leading practitioner in the field. Weather permitting, we aim to complete a small building over the course of the week. The curriculum includes:

  • basic techniques for straw-bale construction.
  • handling and cutting bales
  • construction of walls
  • splitting walls for stability
  • green timber carpentry for building the roof
  • introduction to clay and lime render

Another Greener World
St Foy le Grande, France

€675
Aug
10-16

Straw Bale Construction

The seven day intensive workshop is designed to teach participants everything they need to know to build their own straw bale structure. We work with structures that enable the participants to learn, hands on, about many facets of straw bale construction. Some of the topics covered in the construction of the structures are: Toe Up Installation; Bale Stacking; Bale Re-Tying and Alteration; Window and Door Installation; Box Beam Construction and Installation.

Follow links for more information.

Straw Bale Innovations
Scipio Center, New York, USA
$750 USD
including all meals

Aug 19

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply
Aug
29-30

Straw Bale and Earth Plaster Workshop

Course fee includes lunches.

Landerland
Kingston, New Mexico, USA
$230
single
$420
couple

Aug 29
Sep 6

Working with straw bales and cob plaster

Construct a strawbale therapy room. Price includes vegetarian food and camping or basic strawbale domitory. Contact Richard or Staci on 01267 275960

Gwendraeth Environmental Education
Blaen Y Wern Wood,
Llangyndeyrn,
Nr Carmarthen, Wales

£200
Aug 31
Sept 4

Straw Bale Construction & Natural Plasters

Straw bale building utilizes the traditionally wasted resource of straw to construct highly insulated buildings that are both beautiful and eco-friendly. While it is true that straw bale buildings are versatile in size and aesthetics, there are specific design parameters that must be considered in order to ensure strength and durability. This 5 day workshop offers an in-depth look into the different building techniques, construction and detailing considerations of straw bale homes, including the role and application of earthen plasters. Participants will gain hands-on experience with different techniques, discuss and experience different construction and detailing ideas, and try their hand at sample plasters. Students in this workshop will build a small straw bale structure from the foundation to the roof assembly.

Solar Energy
Lamborn Valley School,
Black Bridge Rd.
Paonia, CO, USA
$745 USD
Sept 2

Strawbale Building - A one day introduction through practice and theory to this innovative sustainable building method. You will spend most of the day erecting a strawbale building, please dress appropriately. The event will cover:

  • Different methods and techniques
  • Planning and Building Regulation Issues
  • How to do it and applications in the UK climate

Womersleys
Walkley Lane,
Heckmondwike,
Leeds, UK

£65

Sept 4

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply

Sept
4-6

Straw Bale Building

This is a practical building project, aiming to leave a permanent structure on the site. This will involve some carpentry and general building as well as handling straw bales. We will try to avoid power tools and people of all abilities are welcome. You will also learn about the environmental and practical benefits of constructing buildings using straw bales.

The course will be run by 'Chug' Tugby, who is one of the leading straw-bale builders in Britain today. Check out his website World of Strawbale Building

LILI
Redfield Community
Winslow, Bucks
UK

£130-190 GBP
Sept
7-13

Straw Bale Construction seven day intensive

The seven day intensive workshop is designed to teach participants everything they need to know to build their own straw bale structure. We work with structures that enable the participants to learn, hands on, about many facets of straw bale construction. Some of the topics covered in the construction of the structures are: Toe Up Installation; Bale Stacking; Bale Re-Tying and Alteration; Window and Door Installation; Box Beam Construction and Installation.

Follow links for more information.

Straw Bale Innovations
Grants, New Mexico, USA
$750 USD
including all meals
Sept
12-19

StrawBale Comprehensive

This week long course is intended for anyone seriously considering building a straw bale house. It is appropriate for those who want to do most of it by themselves or who would like to be well enough informed to make intelligent decisions during the design and build process. It will help each person define an approach that is uniquely based on his or her skill level, available time and resources. Taught by Bill & Athena Steen

Canelo Project
Elgin, AZ, USA
$795 USD

Sept 16

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply
Sept
19-20

Build a Strawbale House

Have you ever had the desire to build your own strawbale structure from scratch? This popular course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to get started on your own project. 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.

You will help build a small load-bearing structure, including foundation and roofing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters.

Solar Lining
Hopland, CA, USA
$240
USD
Oct
3-7

Straw Bale Workshop

So come and join us in Ganmain where you will visit and experience thirteen 13 straw bale buildings all nearly finished or completed now. You will witness most of the building methods that we promote on our web site.

Huff 'n' Puff
Ganmain, NSW, Australia
$500-605 AUD

Oct 14

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply
Oct
17-18

Build a Strawbale House

Have you ever had the desire to build your own strawbale structure from scratch? This popular course will introduce you to the fundamental concepts and skills needed to get started on your own project. 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.

You will help build a small load-bearing structure, including foundation and roofing. In addition, you will have the opportunity to mix and apply various plasters.

Solar Lining
Hopland, CA, USA
$240
USD

Nov 4

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply

Nov 18

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply

Dec 15

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

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  Courses you've missed in 2009 but they are keep here so that you can browse around the various organisations    
       
Apr 27 - May 15

Straw Bale Building with Greenbuilders.com

Polly Bart is building a three bay garage and screened porch with solar hot water radiant flooring, an incinolet, grasstrac access road, green roofs. She needs help stacking bales and plastering. This is an opportunity to learn from a LEED approved straw bale builder. You gain her experience in exchange for your work. The green roof planting will be done in the fall. Volunteers can contact Polly at pbart@greenbuilders.com. Renovation Nation is filming the project during the first week.

Greenbuilders
Reisterstown MD, USA

FREE
work exchange

May 7

Introduction to Strawbale building

A 1 day course that covers strawbale building history and it’s place in contemporary design and build, introduces the environmental and health benefits of strawbale buildings, and will give you practical knowledge of how strawbale is used in design and construction. It also includes an overview of the next steps to becoming a strawbale builder

Amazonails
Todmorden, West Yorkshire, UK

Apply
May
8-9

Build it with Bales

During this two-day workshop, we will cover basic design principals, as well as a variety of styles and techniques used in the evolving field of straw bale construction. Participants will gain hands-on experience assessing a good straw bale for construction and prepping bales for wall construction. This course is designed for future homeowners, architects, builders, designers who want a foundation in the principles and guidelines of straw bale construction. No prior building or design experience is required and people of all skill levels will benefit greatly from the information in this workshop.

Solar Energy
520 South Third St.
Carbondale, Colorado, USA
$250 USD
May
10-15

Straw Bale Design-Build

Have you always wondered about straw bale construction? Heard it is only for hot and dry climates? Think again! With their combination of insulation and thermal mass, plastered straw bale walls can be perfect for cold - and even wet - climates if they are designed and built according to a set of time tested principles. This course balances sessions in the classroom and on site so you will learn to think your way through a bale house while gaining a feel for the nature of straw, clay and lime as building materials. (The January offering will complete a demonstration project in our heated shop.) All Levels.

Seven Generations Natural Builders
189 Vt Route 100, Warren, VT, USA
$750
USD
May
11-17

Intensive Straw Bale Construction

The seven day intensive workshop is designed to teach participants everything they need to know to build their own straw bale structure. We work with structures that enable the participants to learn, hands on, about many facets of straw bale construction. Some of the topics covered in the construction of the structures are: Toe Up Installation; Bale Stacking; Bale Re-Tying and Alteration; Window and Door Installation; Box Beam Construction and Installation.

Follow links for more information.

Straw Bale Innovations
Williams, Oregon, USA
$750 USD
including all meals
       
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