Natural Building Workshop At Acorn

Acorn will be the work site of a 3-day intensive workshop on straw bale construction the week-end of  October 23rd-25th organized by Twin Oaks.

Twin Oaks Community would like to invite you to attend a 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
  • 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.

    The workshops are being organized and hosted by Twin Oaks Community, 45 minutes east of Charlottesville, Virginia and 7 miles from Acorn.

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

    Register before July 1st and pay only $285!

    Register now through Pay-Pal for just $285.

    If you would like to pay by check or by phone, or if you have any questions, just email us:

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