Workshops and Events

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The Meditative Craft of Timber Framing
March 8 -11
Ashland, Oregon

Our Timber Framing Workshops give you hands-on experience in timber framing – a true craft. It offers you a unique opportunity to work with timbers as well as with others of like mind. For some, this experience could be a doorway into the rich world of wooden architecture and perhaps the beginnings of a career in timber framing. Regardless of your intent, the process of transforming a tree into one of the “bones” of a home is magical.

See www.econesthomes.com for more information.

West Coast Natural Building Conference

March 31st - April 2nd,
Nevada City, CA

Join us for an inspiring weekend at Shady Creek Event Center and enjoy meeting in their magnificent Rammed Earth main hall.  

Keynote: Straw Building and Resilience--the Big Picture!

Straw Building from carbon farming to carbon policy 

Featuring Miya Kitahara of Stopwaste, and Jered Lawson of Pie Ranch

With a focus on building FOR the climate, topics include:

  • Wall building hands-on demos
  • Straw building and insurance
  • Panelized straw walls: lessons learned
  • Carbon accounting 101
  • Plaster practice and tips
  • Straw supply chains
See www.strawbuilding.org for more information

Spring and Summer Workshare Program

April 3 - May 19; May 29 - June 23
Moab, Utah

Join us to learn about energy efficient, sustainable building and affordable housing in Moab, UT! This is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on work experience while serving the Moab community. Term 1 will feature notable author in natural building, Dan Chiras, in a hands-on workshop learning about earthen lime plaster.

Free communal housing, monthly food stipends, access to bulk foods, and valuable building experience! No experience necessary.

Visit us at http://www.communityrebuilds.org/builderbees to learn more and apply!


Basics & Theory of Masonry Heaters Class
and Masonry Heater Association Annual Meeting

April 10-16 - Little Switzerland, NC

It is both an introductory course and part of accreditation to become a certified heater builder. This class and the meeting in general are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The conference is held at a beautiful location in North Carolina and brings together heater builders from across North America, and the world!

Contact Scott Soldat-Valenzuela, Executive Director of the MHA, to further discuss becoming a member and registering for this course: execdir@mha-net.org520-883-0191.

Round Pole Timber Frame Workshop
June 5 -16
Willits, CA

In this two-week round pole timber frame workshop we will build the frame for a 10x12 building. Round Poles have been harvested during forest health and fire remediation work onsite. The workshop will briefly cover pole selection and pole peeling, with the primary focus on framing and chiseling.

See wanosh.org for more information.

Work Exchange and Internship Opportunities at Dancing Rabbit

April 28 - June 2
June 16 - July 21
Aug 11 - Sept 15
Oct 6 - November 3
Rutledge, Missouri

If you’d like to see what life is like at Dancing Rabbit and build your skills in sustainable living at the same time, a work exchange or internship position could be just the thing for you! In exchange for your help on various projects, your project host typically provides for your food and other living expenses while at Dancing Rabbit.

Opportunities to gain hands-on experience is, of course, also part of the exchange. Projects often include natural building, green building, building design, organic gardening and food preservation, small agricultural endeavors, small business projects, childcare, and sustainable technology.

See www.dancingrabbit.org for more information.


Rammed Earth Wall Building Workshop
June 5 -10
June 12 - 17
June 19 - 24
June 26 - 30
July 3 - 8
July 10 - 15
July 17 - 22
July 24 - 29
Maxville, Ontario, Canada

Learn to build high quality insulated rammed earth walls like a pro. You will learn:

  • Foundation construction
  • Material Selection
  • Mix quality control
  • Forming
  • Installation of electrical boxes and conduits
  • Wall and sample testing
  • Curing & sealing walls
Taught by Max Stadyk, an experienced RE builder with online support from Clifton Schooley, another experienced rammed earth builder and designer.

For more info: www.rammedearth.info


Permaculture Technology Jamboree
July 3-13
Missoula, Montana

Attendees can wander among all FIFTEEN of the tracks and participate or observe as much or as little as they like. The instructors will see a project to completion either with or without help. The tracks are:

  • Rocket Heater Technology
  • Natural Building
  • Food Prep, Preservation & Propagation
  • Apothecary
  • Building with Logs
  • Textiles
  • Solar Technology
  • Earthworks
  • Skills to Inherit Property
  • Homesteading
  • Drystack
  • Bee Track

See wheaton-labs.com for more information.

Green Build 2023
Sept 26-29
Washington, DC

Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The ideals and passion of the green building community come alive at Greenbuild. The buzz is contagious. Greenbuild brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work, and a unique energy is sparked. Participants are invigorated. Inspired. They find themselves equipped to return to their jobs with a renewed passion and purpose.

See informaconnect.com for more information.

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