• Wichita, KS 2018 SALE

Wichita, KS 2018 SALE


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In the Host’s Own Words: a project description

Forty years ago, two teenagers, Richard and Sarah, attended Monache (Moe-NA-chee) High School in Porterville, California. They became friends when they were both on the swim team and while he was the basketball team manager and she was a statistician. They rode a lot of school buses, had interwoven friends, participated in some clubs together and were friends, even though they didn’t date. After graduation, they went their separate ways, but kept in touch.

Turning the clock forward finds the divorced Richard and the widowed Sarah reconnected on social media. Although many miles lay between them, they found a love for each other very quickly. It was easy for them to see a big part of their joining would be the design and construction of a new house. He has been a straw bale aficionado for decades, even writing pro straw bale opinion pieces for the local newspaper, and she is committed to a Green lifestyle.

Feeling almost a guiding hand, they discovered a vacant lot, online, near Wichita and became its owners in about two weeks. Richard hadn’t even seen the lot in person! He was pleased with the distance from the city and the orientation of the lot so that a home could be placed in a way that is ideal for using the sun to generate electricity and hot water. He dusted off a plan he had been working on for a bachelor’s single bedroom home and expanded it to allow for Sarah’s teenage son and an adult daughter with mobility and cognitive difficulties.

While there were many different details to be attended to in regard to building a home, their lives continued on a bright path as they simultaneously planned a simple wedding to be held on the foundation of their new home. Why not start a new life at the site of their new home?

He is a number crunching CPA by day and she is a contract administrator and fellow number cruncher, so they see things in similar aspects many times. By contrast, he is a bit more introverted than she and is sometimes shocked by the forwardness of his partner. It’s a balance that keeps life fun, the relationship fresh, and our sense of each other filled with happiness.

We truly hope you will join us in Wichita for our straw bale workshop. Our journey has been so interesting for us both already and we can’t wait to enter the next chapter with your help. Wichita is, quite literally, nearly the exact enter of the contiguous United States. There is a major airport roughly 20-30 minutes from the site which makes it easy to get to for anyone willing to fly in. The area is reached, via automobile, by many interstate highways. For a few examples driving – Minneapolis is about 9.5 hours, Denver is 7, Omaha is 5 and Houston is 10. For a country as big as the U.S., this really makes us pretty easy to access for just about anyone. It’s not that we want to call ourselves the center of the universe, but Wichita sure is close to the center of the action! Come to our workshop and you can find out for yourself just how amazing this city really is.

We have a great meal plan ready for you and will make every effort to accommodate special needs such as vegetarian, gluten free or other known allergies. Richard has the site planned out with a plethora of portable toilets, showers, dining area, work areas, and a permanent building to house tools and a workshop area which will later be his brewing escape room. Sarah got to go see the beginning of a workshop in nearby Oklahoma and came back with pictures and ideas spilling out of her head. Both of us are looking forward to attending a workshop in the early part of the 2018 season to continue learning the best ways to host our event. We hope to make new, lifelong, friends with the folks who come to the workshop at our site. We promise to continue making endless lists for preparation of the workshop and we want to assure you of a smooth job with plenty of fun added in.


The home will be a single-story straw bale house big enough for a family of four, but designed along minimalist lines (a simple rectangle). It will be hyperinsulated to keep future energy needs low, and will generate enough electricity from its solar photovoltaics to power the house and two electric vehicles. It has been designed from the ground up to consume little and waste even less.

The site is a one-acre lot just north of Wichita that fits into our minimum impact lifestyle. In fact, the straw bales themselves are coming from less than 10 miles away! The trees and bushes we are planting will, in a few years, make our lot a favorite hangout for deer, pheasant and quail and will be our little corner of heaven. It’s all part of or bigger vision of creating a home, not just a house. We hope you’ll come play a part in that vision.

To View a Short Video of the Workshop Experience Click Below


• 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