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Melbourne, Australia Hands-On Straw Bale Workshop taught by: Andrew Morrison

Are you excited about the idea of living in a straw bale house but unsure of how to make your dream a reality (or are flat out terrified to even get started)? Join us at our seven-day, hands-on workshop!

Our workshops are designed to meet the needs of both the novice builder and experienced contractor. Andrew’s grasp of construction technology, with over 20 years as a professional builder, comes through in his ability to explain each detail in a way that benefits all participants. Our goal is to prepare you with a truly well-rounded educational experience so when it comes time for your build, you have the confidence to handle anything that comes up from construction hiccups to personal stress management.

So, come and join us…we would love to have you with us! Our workshops are rewarding, engaging, highly informational, and an absolute blast! Truly, much, much more than just a workshop!!

In The Host's Own Words

Hello! We are Dave and Belinda and we are really looking forward to hosting Andrew’s first straw bale workshop of 2023!

Our house project is situated in Grenville, just 20 minutes south from the historic township of Ballarat, or 90 minutes west of Melbourne. Grenville is a small rural community with sheep grazing, beef cattle and crops being the predominant agricultural activities. A growing number of hobby farmers and those just wishing to escape the craziness of city life are choosing to reside here.

There are a multitude of sights and experiences for those who wish to spend time in the area. There are waterfalls, botanical gardens, historic gold town experiences at Sovereign Hill, wildlife parks, hiking, riding trails all within a short distance of where the workshop will be held. THIS page provides a lot more information about what to see and do in the area. The closest town to us is Buninyong where you can enjoy a range of cafés and coffee shops, bakery, hotel and local supermarket.

The property is 150 acres with the Yarrowee River forming the western boundary and pine plantations to the south and east. A small head of cattle graze across the paddocks and by the beginning of the workshop we anticipate seeing some new born calves arriving and joining the herd.

Our house is a post and beam structure made with recycled bridge and rail timbers from Victoria and New South Wales. Recycled solid red bricks have been used for the foundation. We have tried to base the design on historical homesteads that we came across when we lived in outback Western Australia. Verandahs fully envelope the building to protect the bale walls from driving rain (and the very occasional snow!) It is a loft design with the kids bedrooms (we have four boys!) upstairs and the main living, kitchen and master bedroom downstairs.

We are in the process of completing the building of a straw bale structure to be used as a music studio/rehearsal space. This is a smaller version of the house to be built as it is constructed with recycled timbers exposed on the inside of the building. Triple glazed windows are to be used in both the music room and the house to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency that we can. 

I have attended two of Andrews’ workshops in Australia and found them absolutely invaluable in gaining a much greater, hands-on understanding of the unique techniques that are specific to strawbale building. It provides a wonderful opportunity to meet others who share a similar interest in building with this amazing resource. We would love to invite you to share in our journey and to be a part of the fulfilling and rewarding experience of building a home – not just a building to live in.

What's Included in Your Tuition?

All workshop participants receive the following with their registration…

E-Book

"A Modern Look At Straw Bale Construction"
($24.99 Value)

Instant Download

"Be Your Own Contractor"
Instant Download Videos
($34.99 Value)

Five Step-By-Step Instructional Videos

Instant Download Videos:
Concrete Framing Post And Beam Load Bearing Lime Plastering
($79.99 Value)

Top Notch Instruction From Andrew (priceless!!!) Plus...

3 Healthy Meals/Day
Camping Space
Shower and Bathroom Facilities

Straw Bale Details

22 Page Instant Download Booklet
($20 Value)

Melbourne, Australia Hands-On Straw Bale Workshop

Is the Workshop Right For Me?

It Is If...

You don’t want to be that person that says “How hard can it be?” and then becomes the cautionary tale amongst your friends and family.

You want to save money by building your own straw bale house but also want to make certain that you avoid costly mistakes.

You’re an experienced builder but want to learn all the nuances & ins and outs of straw bale construction.

You’ve already designed your home, or even started to build. Now you’re running into a lot of questions and challenges and aren’t sure how to move forward.

You’ve never built anything before and don’t know if you’re insane for even considering building your own straw bale house.

Bale Stacking Details

Create strong and durable walls by learning the techniques used by master balers.

Retying And Resizing Bales

Master the fastest knot tying system to save time and money on your project.

Framing Considerations

Our framing system speeds your construction and lowers your budget.

Electrical Details

Learn how to simplify the incorporation of electrical wiring in your bale walls.

Shaping Bales

Create gorgeous curves and sexy transitions to create an inspiring home with the art of bale shaping.

straw bale round window

Windows, Doors and HVAC

Keep your house moisture & mold free with proper ventilation and window/door installations.

Creating Niches

Include pockets of beauty in your home with the installation of straw bale niches or “nichos”.

Cabinets And Special Installs

Master effective strategies to install cabinets, partition walls, and other special installations.

straw bale wall

Plaster Prep Techniques

Build a strong foundation for your home’s plaster and ensure years of protection for your investment.

plastering straw bale wall

Natural Plastering

Learn the art of plastering in order to create a beautiful and durable finish for your home.

Financing And Insurance

Navigate the confusing world of paying for and insuring your straw bale home.

Endless Q & A

Ask me anything related to your personal project or general straw bale construction. ANYTHING!

Your Mentor is Andrew Morrison

Andrew has over 20 years of professional construction experience and in that time has done everything from design and build his own house, work as a licensed contractor and developer, give a TEDx talk (and numerous other presentations), co-author a national building code, to host several step-by-step instructional videos on contracting and building houses, and much more. 

His greatest passion is teaching others how to build their own dream home and inspiring them to reach the highest level of their own greatness. Since 2006, Andrew has personally taught over 3,000 participants at his workshops. Through his kindness, sense of humor, and ability to teach complex concepts in easy-to-understand terms, his workshops are a mega-hit amongst his graduates. Make sure to bring your questions, curiosity, instruments (if you play any), and let’s have some fun while we build with bales!

Melbourne, Australia Hands-On Straw Bale Workshop

Here Is What Fellow Workshop Attendees Are Saying...

“You truly are an inspiring teacher. All who are lucky enough to be your students receive the great gifts of your expertise, your humor, and your belief that we can all make a difference one home at a time. It was such a great pleasure to meet you and to be guided by you. I hope to be able to repeat the experience in the future.”
Karen Pope
“Based on the information on the website and in the resource materials at strawbale.com I came to the Corvallis workshop with very high expectations. After a week of fabulous instruction and wonderful fellowship I am happy to report that my expectations were far EXCEEDED. Andrew is a teacher of rare talent. I will carry the lessons forward and am excited for the opportunity to use the new information to build our own straw bale heaven!”
Mary Bushman
“It is not only your experience that makes these workshops successful but your spirit and outlook on life. I was so impressed by how you can get a group of people to work so smoothly on a construction site, then at the end of the day still want to be around each other laughing and sharing. Once again thank you for such a great experience. Best Regards.”
Theresa Coleman
“This class literally PAID FOR ITSELF in the first day. The amount of knowledge that Andrew shared along with his ability to explain complex details in simple, easy to understand language made the educational aspect of this workshop amazing. AND, we had a blast!!!”
Clint Pinder

To Watch A Short And Fun Video Of Our Workshop Experience, Start The Video Below

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Read Answers To Our Most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) And Learn WHAT TO EXPECT At Our Workshops HERE.

Melbourne, Australia Hands-On Straw Bale Workshop

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We are happy to put you in direct contact with the architect and designer if they are open to modifications (see below for the current availability of the designer of this plan.)

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