Incredible Straw Bale Home and Compound For Sale: Trail, OR

The Elk Creek straw bale home has actually been featured in our photo gallery in the past and is one we have personally visited and love. Located in desirable southern Oregon, this gorgeous straw bale home offers the ultimate in peaceful seclusion yet is close-in to all services, shopping, and cultural events. There’s even an […]

BIPOC Straw Bale Workshop Scholarships

To the Black, Indigenous, and people of color in our straw bale community, I recently received a very powerful message from an African American woman educator in which she shared how important it is for us to clearly state that Black, Indigenous, and people of color are “welcomed and wanted” at our workshops. It became […]

Dream Straw Bale Home For Sale on Whidbey Island, WA

Whidbey Island is one of our favorite places in the Pacific Northwest; picturesque, quiet, and magical. The only thing better than living in the area is doing so in a beautiful straw bale home! For sale is a truly stunning and spacious 3,440+/- sf home situated on 7.5+/- sunny and private acres with fenced paddocks […]

Stunning Straw Bale House for Sale in Ashland, OR

This stunning straw bale home is one of our favorites and was actually baled during one of our previous workshops! The owners are relocating to the east coast for work, which leaves you with an opportunity to perhaps buy one of the most beautiful and unique straw bale houses out there! Elegantly constructed post and […]

Affordable Straw Bale Retreat Opportunity!

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Andrew and I were recently in Eugene, OR getting our kids settled into the University of Oregon (go Ducks lol!). During our week up there, we had the pleasure of staying in the Dharma Suite at Dharmalaya and can we just say “WOW!!!”? We are sharing some information about this incredibly affordable straw bale retreat […]

Everything You Need to Know About Straw Bale DESIGN

straw bale cabin floor plan

If there’s one thing I’d like to gift you, it’s knowing how to design a beautiful, safe, and cost effective straw bale home. A sound design is paramount for a successful build and I have personally seen a poor design literally cost the owners the entire cost of their house. Fortunately, designing a straw bale house […]

Rogersville, MO Workshop Hosts

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We are delighted to introduce you to the hosts of our 7 day straw bale Rogersville, MO workshop coming up May 30-June 5, 2016. This beautiful family is so dynamic, gracious, loving, and kind that we are thrilled they are hosting our midwest location! To say that they are used to large groups is a […]

Trivia Contest: Winner Receives $200 Off 2015 Workshop

Walsenburg straw bale workshop Group Photo

**THE SUBMISSION PERIOD FOR THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. TO READ THE ANSWERS PLEASE REFER TO EACH QUESTION BELOW** Gabriella and I have been busy the last couple of weeks preparing for the upcoming launch of our 2015 Straw Bale Workshop reveal (9am PST, Fri. Nov. 28). Just this morning as we were finalizing some […]

What square footage is best?

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We received a great email from a reader this week speaking to the topic of what square footage is best, human scale and the tiny house movement so we thought this would be a great topic to bring into a larger conversation with all of you. In the quest to achieve a simpler and more […]

May Free Workshop Winner

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World, meet Rebecca… Rebecca is a Colorado native who currently resides in Carbondale, Colorado.  Her wide-ranging administrative support roles in education recently led her to a 9-12 experiential learning based boarding school in Carbondale, where she serves as the Executive Assistant to the Headmaster. She became captivated with straw bale home construction after visiting and staying […]

Tiny House Homesteading (Part 1)

Tiny House Cabin

I spent last week on the piece of land that my wife and I purchased this past February.  This is the first raw piece of land that we have ever owned together with the intention of creating our forever homestead. My intention was to meet with county officials, engineers, the power company, and two of […]

Community Building For A Community

Arkansas straw bale workshop Group Photo

It’s not everyday that people come together and build with each other. Not in these “modern times” at least; however, that is precisely what happened this last week outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. More than 40 people came together to learn, connect, have fun, and share in the experience of building a 5,300 SF Eco […]