3 Day Earth Shelter Workshop on Building with Straw Bales at Twin Oaks Community


3-day intensive workshop on straw bale construction .

October 23rd-25th.

Steve Kemble has been involved in the straw bale building revival from the beginning. Since 1991 he has produces several videos on straw bale construction and taught numerous workshops.

Mollie Curry got involved with natural building when she moved to Earthaven EcoVillage in 1996. She has taught natural building workshops since 1998.

Twin Oaks Community, 45 minutes east of Charlottesville, Virginia.

$325 for the full 3-day workshop. Food & lodging provided.

Register now through Pay-Pal for just $325.00

If you would like to pay by check or by phone, or If you have any questions, just email us: workshop@thefec.org

Learn how to build straw bale shelters in this hands-on workshop.

October 23rd - 25th

Twin Oaks Community would like to invite you to attend our three day earth shelter workshop. Come learn about straw bale construction from expert instructors while experiencing our legendary hospitality. Our workshop will be a fun and informative experience you won’t soon forget!

We will present both hands-on experience opportunities and “classroom” style learning while we build and learn together. We will give you the explanations you need to understand not only what you are physically working on, but will also help you grasp the wider perspective on how to build as a whole, with an emphasis on natural building and green design, including passive solar.

Our instructors, Steve Kemble and Mollie Curry, are professional teachers and experts in the field of natural building design and construction. Together. they form a team where your learning style is respected, your questions get answered, and you have a good time learning effective ways of building energy- and material-efficient, beautiful, connected-feeling shelters!

In this workshop. you will come away with a solid introduction to the basics of straw bale building construction, earth plaster application and passive solar design.

Workshop features include:

  • Comprehensive instruction on straw bale construction and earthen plaster application
  • Lessons and hands on instruction from professional teacher with over 3 decades of experience
  • A round table discussion on natural building and communal living
  • A full tour of Twin Oaks Community & Acorn Community
  • Demonstration of solar hot water heating
  • Delicious home cooked meals
  • Sleeping accommodations

    This workshop is sponsored by Twin Oaks Community and the Federation of Egalitarian Communities (FEC).

    Twin Oaks is an intentional community in rural central Virginia, made up of around 85 adult members and 15 children. Since the community’s beginning in 1967, our way of life has reflected our values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology.

    The Federation of Egalitarian Communities is a union of income-sharing communities which have joined together in a common struggle to create a lifestyle based on equality, cooperation, and harmony with the earth. All the communities have an open membership, and the association supports its communities with outreach, labor exchange, health care coverage, and other programs.

    Register through Pay-Pal now for our 3-Day Workshop with food and lodging included for just $325.00

    If you would like to pay by check or by phone, or If you have any questions, just email us: workshop@thefec.org

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