The Mora Valley, NM 2019 Straw Bale Workshop$800
In the Host’s Own Words:
Far away in time and place, down a winding gravel road and clear mountain stream, amidst a forest clearing, lies a dream in the making -as a straw bale home begins to emerge from the landscape.
It beckons your presence.
Northern New Mexico is a truly unique place. Called the ‘Land of Enchantment’, it is a terrain of great beauty, where its people have lived close to the land for centuries, blessed by abundant natural resources. Clean mountain air, fresh spring water, towering ponderosa pines, and crystal blue skies are but a few of these precious resources. The area maintains a rich cultural history and heritage. Influences from a convergence of Native Americans, Spanish settlers, Mexican immigrants, and European traders heading West still remain; and set the stage for a one-of-a-kind experience.
The property upon which the house is being built is part of an alluvial fan within the lush Mora Valley of Northern New Mexico. Nestled on the eastern slope of the Southern Rocky Mountains, the altitude is approximately 7,700 feet. The land is verdant and heavily forested. Vegetation consists primarily of ponderosa pine, fir, spruce, aspen, alder, cottonwood and gamble oak. The Rio de la Casa river meanders through the property. It is especially spectacular in late September, when the surrounding mountains are ablaze with golden autumn color. Fall days are typically sunny and warm with crisp, cool nights.
To meld with the local vernacular, the style of the home is that of an old Northern New Mexico adobe farmhouse. It is L-shaped with two stories: approximately 1000 SF of living space downstairs and an additional 700 SF upstairs. There is also approximately 1000 SF of covered portal space for outdoor living. The first floor of the house has an open floor plan with a living/dining area, kitchen with pantry, bathroom and office. The second floor contains a bedroom, studio and full bath.
There is an 11’ x 11’ opening in the first-floor ceiling that exposes one level to the other. The home will have straw bale walls on both stories within a hybrid timber-frame, box column construction system. It incorporates a lot of locally sourced, rough-sawn lumber for the exposed posts and beams. The steeply pitched roof will be covered with traditional, corrugated metal. Eventually, the house will utilize solar power, be grid-optional, and feature many low-tech and Permaculture principles. The home is oriented North and will overlook edible gardens, a food forest, a root cellar, a honey bee sanctuary and a chicken coop.
Thanks to the generosity of my closest neighbors, we will have the use of their beautiful retreat center campground. There are many lovely tent sites hidden below ponderosa canopies, along the river, and in close proximity to a large camp fire ring. There’s a large dining tent to retreat to for dinners, a solar bath house and composting toilets. If camping is not your preference, there are single and double occupancy rooms available for rent within walking distance. Fresh, healthy food is a high priority and will be served daily. Conditions permitting, an evening campfire gathering will close each day of the workshop.
If you have extra time before or after your visit, there’s a plethora of historic, cultural and recreational opportunities within a stone’s throw. Both the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests are just minutes away. There are too many amazing opportunities to mention: national parks and monuments; historical sites; Anasazi cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and ancient ruins are all readily accessible. Santa Fe, NM is less than 2 hours away if art, culture, museums, and restaurants interest you. Just an hour northeast, Taos, NM is home to the Taos Pueblo, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and the Earthship Biotecture Community. Even closer to the project, the Hummingbird Transformational Living Center is next door! We are blessed to find ourselves in this incredibly peaceful place, surrounded by such natural beauty. We look forward to sharing this time, place and workshop with you!
Please come! Have fun! Learn new skills! Create life-long friendships!
Know that your involvement is appreciated and makes a difference in other’s lives!
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OVER $400 BONUSES INCLUDED IN TUITION:
• 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