• Little Rock, AR 7 Day Workshop DEPOSIT

Little Rock, AR 7 Day Workshop DEPOSIT

$400 Deposit

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Over the years I have helped many people build their homes with workshop participants. This time, we are taking on a much bigger project and supporting people with a wonderful vision for green living and green community. Please take a minute to read about the Ferncliff project, located just outside Little Rock, Arkansas in the foothills of the Ouachita (pronounced watch a taw) mountains, in the host’s own words. I think you’ll be as inspired as we have been.

Thanks for considering joining us at our workshop. Our building is not a typical home.  It is a 4800 sq ft Eco Center that has meeting and lodging space for 26 people.  The Eco Center will become the home of Solar School and low carbon impact retreats and workshops.  The building will be primarily powered by solar panels and ventilated with a solar chimney.  While the building will be larger than a typical house build, the principles of this post and beam construction will be the same.

Our job site is on Ferncliff Camp, a 1200 acre camp and retreat center associated with the Presbyterian Church. We are working to become one of the greenest camps in the country. As an example of those efforts, most of the buildings on Ferncliff Camp use geo-thermal heating and cooling.  In addition, the camp conducts a Solar School twice a year that teaches volunteers how to install 1-6 panel solar energy systems in developing communities such as in Haiti.  The inclusion of the new straw bale Eco Center at Ferncliff Camp will add to our efforts to promote green living as we lead by example for our community.

Among the course participants will be a few Ferncliff staff, as well as a team of 10 college-age AmeriCorps volunteers who will remain for six weeks after the workshop to finish the work.  We believe participants will enjoy being at a beautiful camp setting only minutes from city conveniences and helping build an Eco Center that will help inspire thousands of youth and adults to care for our Earth.

The camp itself has two lakes where you are welcome to fish or canoe.  For recreation there are mountain bikes and mountain boards.  In close proximity to our building the camp has a garden/farm as well as a 10,000 sq. ft. national Disaster Assistance Center that ships disaster kits to sites around the country. The west edge of Little Rock is just 7 miles away and another 13 miles gets you to downtown.  In Little Rock you will find the Clinton Presidential Library, Central High School National Park and the Big Dam Bridge — the longest pedestrian bridge in the U.S.

There is a large field at the building site for camping and a bathhouse with 8 showers, toilets and lavatories.  There are two stackwood cabins (each sleeps 9 on bunks), two tree house cabins (each sleeps 9 on bunks) and a pavilion.  The cabins/treehouses have mattresses and participants are welcome to stay in them.  If want to make other housing arrangements directly with Ferncliff, options include summer camp cabins for $8/night (1/2 mile walk), retreat house for $12/night (5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths), and private hotel rooms for $50 per room/night – 2 double beds and bath.   Meals will be served in Ferncliff’s dining hall, which is a pleasant 1/2 mile stroll or ride Ferncliff’s 14 passenger solar powered shuttle.

We hope you will join us to create this vision and to help inspire our community to care for our Earth. Now more than ever, we need a world of inspired youth and adults. Please join us in that dream.

To View a Short Video of the Workshop Experience Click Below:


• Post and Beam Straw Bale DVD
• ALL Meals During the Workshop
• Use of Bathroom/Bathing Facilities
• All Instruction
• Camping Space


“This was a life changing experience”-Dana P, Tennessee
“Andrew is an outstanding facilitator” -Julie S, Saskatchewan
“One of the best weeks I’ve ever had”-Federico F, Buenos Aires
“Workshop paid for itself the 1st day” -Clint P, Manitoba


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