• z-Twisp, Washington 2017

z-Twisp, Washington 2017



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I met Bob and Janet a couple of years ago at my straw bale workshop in New York. They have been working hard on a slightly modified version of the Applegate Cottage ever since and are now ready to host a workshop for the baling of their home. I’d say the first thing you’ll learn about Bob and Janet when you meet them is that they are very kind-hearted people. Their down-to-earth, simple, and kind approach will likely rub off on you, inspiring you to bring as much love and connection into your own life as possible. I look forward to sharing time in this beautiful location with you.




We’ve been searching since we were married in 1999 for a place to create a retirement home far from an increasingly stressful life in Seattle. We were drawn to the dry, sunny climate of the Methow Valley, with mixed pine forests, abundant birds and wildlife, snow, lakes, and rocky desert landscapes. The sight of the Milky Way in the night sky with the sound of the Twisp River in the background made it clear: this was the spot. We imagine that you’ll agree when you see the photos, but to really experience the magic of this place, you’ll have to come visit for yourself. We hope you choose to do just that.

Our five acres, just outside of town, fronts the River and is about 200 miles from Seattle. Across the river are views of a forested hillside, along with valley views to the east and west. We enjoy climbing the rocky bluff behind us, up towards the Okanogan National Forest. The forest service road at the top of this bluff leads to hiking trails and Patterson Lake, home to part of Sun Mountain Lodge facilities closer to the tourist town of Winthrop.

Forest fireThe Methow Valley region is a mix of farmers, builders, and artists with a vibrant community spirit that really shone during the forest fires of the last two years. Despite the burned areas, the dominant ponderosa pines are fire resistant and – like the community – the forests and wildlife are springing back. There are opportunities for hiking, fishing, biking, birding, star gazing, swimming, horseback-riding, and just lounging throughout the Twisp-Winthrop area. (For more information: www.twispinfo.com)

houseOur design is a 950 square foot home based on the Applegate Cottage. Although small by today’s housing standards, the structure provides a lot of learning opportunities for details such as two-story bale walls, window shaping, electrical work, and all the usual suspects. The frame is already up, including rough plumbing and wiring, and now we’re preparing the site for all of our wonderful workshop participants.

Bob has a series of autoimmune diseases that started in childhood and he’s had a couple of serious health setbacks over the years. As a result, we’ve had to pace ourselves on this project and are so grateful for all of your help, as workshop participants. Two years ago we attended the straw bale workshop in Montgomery, NY as we began our own build. We both found the workshop to be a life-changing experience and we look forward to hosting such an experience for others, making our space comfortable and inviting for everyone participating.


To View a Short Video of the Workshop Experience Click Below


• Post and Beam Straw Bale Instant Download Video

• A Modern Look at Straw Bale Construction E-Book

• Be Your Own Contractor Training Instant Download Videos

• 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