z-Kingston, WA 2019 Straw Bale Workshop


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straw bale workshop with andrew morrison


  • 7 Days of Hands-On Experience
  • NO Previous Construction Experience Required
  • All Meals Provided
  • On Site Camping and Facilities Provided
  • Over $400 in FREE BONUSES


In the Host’s Own Words: 

Puget Sound ducksDuring this workshop we will be building the beloved Applegate Cottage! The project is near Kingston on Washington state’s Kitsap peninsula nestled between the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges. Located a 30 minute ferry ride west of the Seattle/Everett Metropolitan area, the small town hosts the Edmonds/Kingston ferry and offers a quiet place to grab a bite and enjoy the views.

There are endless things to see and enjoy before and after the workshop, from the farmers markets, beach walks, SCUBA diving, shell collecting, bicycle paths and hiking trails, to Pike’s Place Market, the Space Needle and all downtown Seattle has to offer. Kitsap’s towns have opportunities to engage all types of interests. The N. Kitsap Heritage and Port Gamble Parks are both just a few miles away and offer extensive trail systems. The Cascade and Olympic mountains offer challenging hikes for all levels that are rewarded with spectacular mountain views.

Applegate Cottage straw bale house

The beloved Applegate Cottage will be baled during this workshop!

The building site is located about 1 1/2 miles west of Kingston on a dead end road off SR 104. Although small, Kingston boasts a grocery store, a hardware store, a bakery, several coffee shops and a couple great restaurants. Tent camping is available adjacent to the workshop along a small stream or up in the woods under the cedar trees. Arrangements will be made to accommodate RV campers at Kitsap Memorial Park about 15 minutes away.

At this workshop we will bale the 843 square foot, non-load bearing Applegate Cottage! I first became interested in straw bale construction about 10 years ago. It just felt “right” on so many levels. I attended a workshop with Andrew in Colorado about 4 years ago and loved the camaraderie. When a group of strangers come together to build a home, amazing things can happen! During that time, I was feeling pretty settled in my life and thought that a straw bale home was something to look forward to in the far off future.

Well, life has a way of taking completely unexpected turns sometimes and mine went really sideways a year and a half or so ago! I’ve turned the situation into a new beginning where I’ve begun a new career as a 911 Telecommunicator and adopted a new puppy. I’m really looking forward to living in my small, efficient, eco-friendly, economical straw bale home. Life is good!

I’ve been a teacher, backcountry trip leader, Peace Corps Volunteer (Liberia: precivil war), non-profit business founder, small business owner, search and rescue dog handler and a refugee mentor. I’ve travelled extensively throughout the US and not as much as I would have liked in Europe, Africa and Asia. I’m so looking forward to hearing your stories as we share meals and build a beautiful home together!

To View a Short Video of the Workshop Experience Click Below

For Information About What Is Covered In Each and Every Workshop, Please Click HERE.


• Post and Beam Straw Bale Instant Download Video

• Load Bearing Straw Bale Instant Download Video

• Concrete Slab Instant Download Video

• Framing for Straw Bale Instant Download Video

• Plastering with Natural Hydraulic Lime Instant Download Video

• Be Your Own Contractor Training Instant Download Video Series

• A Modern Look at Straw Bale Construction E-Book

• Straw Bale Specific Construction Details Booklet

• Three Healthy Meals per Day During the Workshop

• Use of Bathroom/Bathing Facilities

• 7 Days of Instruction and Hands-On Learning

• 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