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

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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

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**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)

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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

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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 […]

The House That Jack Built

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THE HOUSE THAT JACK (AND NANCIE, AND THE KIDS, AND THE FATHER, AND THE NEIGHBORS) BUILT “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” –Paulo Coelho Jack has always had a strong desire to use his own hands to build his and his wife Nancie’s […]

Ferncliff Straw Bale Eco Center

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Ferncliff Camp is a special place. Located just a few miles outside of Little Rock, Arkansas, this beautiful 1,200 acre learning center has been a gathering place for youth and adults for decades. At the helm of this amazing mecca for sustainability, outreach work and 130 or so retreat groups per year is David Gill, […]

Another Straw Bale Workshop Graduate Builds Their Home!

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Like many of us, Ryan (a 7 day straw bale workshop graduate) held a deep desire to build his home using his own two hands. After all, growing up in a family in which his father had built three (the last of which Ryan was heavily involved in), the concept was familiar and natural. While […]

November Free Workshop Drawing Winner

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Erin is our most recent winner in our Free Workshop drawing. Congrats…we are really looking forward to meeting you in person! World, meet Erin, a cowgirl poet… I am a farm girl by default, born and raised on a homestead in Nebraska, but given to the beauty of the mountains.  College took me west in […]

Living SMALL In A big World

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Grab your favorite mug, fill it with delicious tea or coffee and enjoy this video interview we just created on the topic of “Living SMALL In A big World”. In it, a lot is covered from how we converted our closet into a master bedroom, to living in a 125 sqft pop up tent trailer in Baja with our 12 […]

ModCell and LILAC Straw Bale Cohousing Project

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Hi everyone! This is Gabriella writing. While Andrew is teaching our last 7 day workshop for this year in NY (which sounds like it’s going awesome), I wanted to let you all know about a truly amazing straw bale cohousing project that our friends at ModCell are working on in Bramley, England. One of the […]

Straw Bale Tipi Village

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Debbie, a reader of ours, has entered the Aviva Community Fund challenge with a great idea of creating a Straw Bale Tipi Village. In order for this project to win the challenge, it needs to receive the most votes. Below is a description of the project as well as a link for you to vote […]

Don’t Find Your Opportunities Stuck In Spam Filter

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Every month, during our workshop season, we have the very fun task of selecting a winner to receive one of our free 7 day straw bale workshops.  The idea of the workshop giveaways sprung about four years ago and it’s been an enormous success since.  We calculate that we have been able to provide free […]

Kangaroo Pie with a Dash of Straw

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When I arrived at the Perth straw bale workshop site in Calingiri, Western Australia last week, I was amazed. Before me stood our workshop home, a beautifully built, roughly 5,000 sqft structure, surrounded fully by 10’ verandas, and capped by perhaps the largest residential roof I’ve ever seen. What the hosts had been able to […]

Free 7 Day Workshop Winner for July

Free 7 day straw bale workshop winner

This month’s winner of a free 7 day workshop is Susan B.! Congrats Susan! We are really glad that you’ll be joining us. Here is a little bit about the Free 7 day workshop winner in her own words “I am a design consultant in the mid-Willamette Valley.  My specialties are lighting, aging in place, […]

Hopes of Bringing Straw Bale Construction to Kenya

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We often hear from people all over the world that are looking at straw bale construction as a solution for creating healthy, affordable, safe and beautiful housing.  For many of the people we hear from, this type of housing is not an easy option so we love the sense of excitement people feel once they […]