• Wichita, KS 2018

Wichita, KS 2018


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In the Host’s Own Words: Welcome to Wichita

Forty years ago, two teenagers, Richard and Sarah, attended Monache (Moe-NA-chee) High School in Porterville, California. We became friends and after graduation, we went our separate ways, all the while keeping in touch.


Turning the clock forward finds Richard and Sarah reconnected on social media. Although many miles lay between us, we found a love for each other very quickly. It was easy for us to see that a big part of our connection would be related to the design and construction of a new house. Richard has been a straw bale aficionado for decades, even writing pro straw bale opinion pieces for the local newspaper, and Sarah is committed to a Green lifestyle as well.

Our Vision Moves Forward with Grace

Feeling almost a guiding hand, we 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 to use the sun to generate electricity and hot water. He dusted off a design he had been working on for a bachelor’s single bedroom home and expanded it to allow for our new, larger family. While there were many different details to attend to in regard to building the home, our lives  have continued on a bright path as we simultaneously planned a simple wedding to be held on the foundation of our new home!

The Center of the Universe?

We truly hope you will join us in Wichita for our straw bale workshop. Our journey has been so interesting for both of us 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 and many interstates nearby which make the site easy to reach from just about anywhere. 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.

Food, Glorious Food

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, a dining area, work areas, and a permanent building to house tools and a workshop area which will later be his brewing escape room. We hope to make new, lifelong, friends with the folks who come to the workshop at our site. We are excited to offer a smooth project on our jobsite with plenty of fun added in. After all, we don’t want this to be all about work, we would rather have it be a gathering of fun and friendship with learning and work playing a role in that process.

The Home Itself

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 super-insulated 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 our 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