Are you excited about the idea of living in a straw bale house but unsure of how to make your dream a reality (or are flat out terrified to even get started)? Join us at our Eugene, OR seven-day, hands-on workshop!
Our workshops are designed to meet the needs of both the novice builder and experienced contractor. Andrew’s grasp of construction technology, with over 20 years as a professional builder, comes through in his ability to explain each detail in a way that benefits all participants. Our goal is to prepare you with a truly well-rounded educational experience so when it comes time for your build, you have the confidence to handle anything that comes up from construction hiccups to personal stress management.
So, come and join us…we would love to have you with us! Our workshops are rewarding, engaging, highly informational, and an absolute blast! Truly, much, much more than just a workshop!!
IN THE HOSTS’ OWN WORDS:
We invite you to life changing experience and to help us build our straw bale dream home!
Does spending a week camping, playing, and working in a 50 acre wooded glen sound appealing? If you like the idea of learning new skills, meeting new people and enjoying the camaraderie of pulling together as a team and creating something special, all in the breathtaking outdoors of Oregon, then this workshop is for you.
The workshop will be located just south of the city limits of Eugene, OR. The city lies at the Southern end of the Willamette Valley adjacent to the beautiful Willamette River. Eugene and its surrounding areas offer a wide variety of both cultural and outdoor attractions. Eugene’s Saturday Market and Farmers Market, numerous hiking and biking paths, kayaking on the Willamette, and visits to local wineries are just some of the attractions to enjoy in and around town before and after the workshop.
The majestic Cascade Mountain Range and Oregon’s spectacular coastline are just an hours drive away and offer plenty of camping, backpacking, and sight seeing. There are several nearby grocery stores and restaurants in town that offer organic, locally sourced food if you want something special; however, we will be providing all of the meals during the week, so no need to shop unless you want to. If you plan to fly in, Eugene Mahlon Sweet Airport (EUG) is located just 20 minutes North of town and is serviced by Delta, United, American, Alaska, and Allegiant Airlines.
The lot is situated right next to the Spencer Butte Park trailheads. It’s comprised mainly of majestic oak, ash, douglas fir, cottonwood, and ponderosa pine with a small creek running through it. We also have apple, pear, and blackberry on the property that will be ripe for the picking at the time of the workshop! There is plenty of room for camping in a meadow adjacent to the building site that offers a spectacular view of Spencer Butte. We will also have limited space for RV parking; however, we are not able to provide hookups, sorry. There are local options nearby if you need those services.
Our dream home is a 1,900 square foot, slab on grade, shed roof design. It will have plenty of South facing windows to take advantage of passive solar heating in the winter and large overhangs to protect the bale walls from the abundant Oregon rain and to provide shade from the summer sun. We’ve designed a veranda that wraps around the West and South sides of the house that offers a shady place to sit and gaze out at the Butte in the summertime.
The house will be powered by a hybrid solar/on-grid power system and supplied by well water allowing us to be a bit more self-sufficient. There are an abundance of farms in the Eugene area providing baled straw, giving us the ability to source our material locally.
Our master plan is to design a permaculture community food forest surrounding the house and on other sections of the property that we hope will provide much of the food needs for its contributors.
We were fortunate enough to attend both Andrew’s 2019 Medford and 2020 Mt. Hood workshops. Both provided an abundance of knowledge and we’re really looking forward to helping Andrew provide you with the same! We really look forward to meeting you and making memories together. See you all in September!
-Britt and Rebecca
What’s Included in Your Tuition?
All workshop participants receive the following with their registration…
TOP NOTCH INSTRUCTION FROM ANDREW (Priceless!!!) PLUS…
• 3 HEALTHY MEALS/DAY
• CAMPING SPACE
• SHOWER AND BATHROOM FACILITIES
“BE YOUR OWN CONTRACTOR” INSTANT DOWNLOAD VIDEOS ($34.99 Value)
22 PAGE STRAW BALE DETAILS INSTANT DOWNLOAD BOOKLET ($20 Value)
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Is This Workshop Right For Me?
It is if…
You don’t want to be that person that says “How hard can it be?” and then becomes the cautionary tale amongst your friends and family.
You’re an experienced builder but want to learn all the nuances & ins and outs of straw bale construction.
You’ve already designed your home, or even started to build. Now you’re running into a lot of questions and challenges and aren’t sure how to move forward.
You want to save money by building your own straw bale house but also want to make certain that you avoid costly mistakes.
You’ve never built anything before and don’t know if you’re insane for even considering building your own straw bale house.
Bale Stacking Details
Create strong and durable walls by learning the techniques used by master balers.
Retying and Resizing Bales
Master the fastest knot tying system to save time and money on your project.
Andrew’s framing system speeds your construction and lowers your budget.
Learn how to simplify the incorporation of electrical wiring in your bale walls.
Create gorgeous curves and sexy transitions to create an inspiring home with the art of bale shaping.
Windows, Doors, and HVAC
Keep your house moisture & mold free with proper ventilation and window/door installations.
Include pockets of beauty in your home with the installation of straw bale niches or “nichos”.
Cabinets & Special Installs
Master effective strategies to install cabinets, partition walls, and other special installations.
Plaster Prep Techniques
Build a strong foundation for your home’s plaster and ensure years of protection for your investment.
Learn the art of plastering in order to create a beautiful and durable finish for your home.
Financing and Insurance
Navigate the confusing world of paying for and insuring your straw bale home.
Endless Q & A
Ask me anything related to your personal project or general straw bale construction. ANYTHING!
Your Mentor is Andrew Morrison
Andrew has over 20 years of professional construction experience and in that time has done everything from design and build his own house, work as a licensed contractor and developer, give a TEDx talk (and numerous other presentations), co-author a national building code, to host several step-by-step instructional videos on contracting and building houses, and much more.
His greatest passion is teaching others how to build their own dream home and inspiring them to reach the highest level of their own greatness. Since 2006, Andrew has personally taught over 3,000 participants at his workshops. Through his kindness, sense of humor, and ability to teach complex concepts in easy-to-understand terms, his workshops are a mega-hit amongst his graduates. Make sure to bring your questions, curiosity, instruments (if you play any), and let’s have some fun while we build with bales!
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Here is what fellow workshop attendees are saying…
Karen Pope says…
“You truly are an inspiring teacher. All who are lucky enough to be your students receive the great gifts of your expertise, your humor, and your belief that we can all make a difference one home at a time. It was such a great pleasure to meet you and to be guided by you. I hope to be able to repeat the experience in the future.”
Mary Bushman says…
“Based on the information on the website and in the resource materials at strawbale.com I came to the Corvallis workshop with very high expectations. After a week of fabulous instruction and wonderful fellowship I am happy to report that my expectations were far EXCEEDED. Andrew is a teacher of rare talent. I will carry the lessons forward and am excited for the opportunity to use the new information to build our own straw bale heaven!”
Sharon Waldie says…
“GO TO THIS WORKSHOP! I’ve been learning about straw bale buildings for years, and I can honestly say that Andrew is a natural teacher. He deals with real issues that any home builder might encounter, and handles it with actual how-to answers. Great motivation to continue in my quest to become a resident of a straw bale home! Thank you so much.”
Reid Heimbeck says…
“What an awesome experience. It was truly hard to leave and go back home. I realize that this workshop was so much more than just learning about straw bale construction. I met 40 amazing people and gained several close friends from it. You personally are an inspiration to me, a role model as someone who has intentionally created a fun and fulfilling life. Thank you greatly for that. All my best my friend.”
Joy Wagner says…
“It truly was a wonderful week of hard work, hands on learning, and infectious fun. I so enjoyed being a part of the process: making new friends, learning additional skills, and experiencing camaraderie which strengthened as the week progressed. I treasure the overall experience and look forward to having a building workshop on our 5 acres someday. Thank you for being our cheerful and fearless leader!”
Theresa Coleman says…
“It is not only your experience that makes these workshops successful but your spirit and outlook on life. I was so impressed by how you can get a group of people to work so smoothly on a construction site, then at the end of the day still want to be around each other laughing and sharing. Once again thank you for such a great experience. Best Regards.”
Jim Ogden says…
“Andrew Morrison is an extraordinary teacher, a trusted leader, and a pioneer. It is through his passionate and enthusiastic approach, that he is setting new standards and raising the profile, credibility, and the global appeal of straw bale construction. All while sharing his love of life and his humor with us, the workshop participants.”
Leslie Arellanes says…
“Wow where do I even start? That was one of the best weeks of my life. I think Danielle and I are going to be your Straw Bale groupies. Thank you so much for creating such a magical workshop. Cheers!!!!”
Doss Palmer says…
“I have you to thank for the monumental shift in my life and honestly attending your workshop has been the best decision I’ve ever made to better myself.”
Clint Pinder says…
“This class literally PAID FOR ITSELF in the first day. The amount of knowledge that Andrew shared along with his ability to explain complex details in simple, easy to understand language made the educational aspect of this workshop amazing. AND, we had a blast!!!”
Jen Paulson says…
“A 10 day break from media and glowing screens, unplugged, submerged in a community of love and support is a life changing event. I am so fortunate to have had the privilege to experience this twice. Thank you.”
Robert Roach says…
“We would not have had the confidence to try this project or to plan our house build with knowing and learning from you.”