Straw-bale and Earthen Plaster educational workshop

Date(s) - Saturday March 30, 2019 - Sunday March 31, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Black Range Lodge, 50 Kingston Main Street, Kingston

Contact: Catherine Wanek
Black Range Lodge

Builders Without Borders’ Straw-bale & Earthen Plaster workshops:

9 AM – 5 PM  Saturday & Sunday,  March  23 – 24, 2019 

9 AM – 5 PM  Saturday & Sunday,  March  30 – 31, 2019

Plus Straw-bale Design Essentials presentation and Design consultation (optional)

Enjoy a fun weekend while learning about earth-friendly building materials and techniques. Tour straw bale buildings, get hands-on experience with straw bales and earthen plasters, and learn about passive-solar design.

Workshop leaders will include natural building professional Frank Meyer from Austin, Texas, plastering experts Kaki Hunter & Doni Kiffmeyer, Moab, Utah.

The Site  – The historic Black Range Lodge in Kingston, New Mexico, is an ecological a bed-and-breakfast inn, and retreat center.  Surrounded by the Gila National Forest, the century-old Lodge property incorporates permaculture features such as shady grape vines, fruit trees, bamboo groves, chickens, gardens, and edible groundcover.  See more at

Straw-bale and “natural” buildings on site include a straw-bale greenhouse and chicken coop, a “hobbit house,” a straw-bale, earth-plastered classroom, and a custom-built straw-bale guest house.  The Lodge has been the home base of Builders Without Borders since 1999.

The Project   We will work with straw bales, earthen plasters, and locally-milled lumber to complete a small earth-plastered building. The two weekend workshops will both include stacking straw-bales, discussion of load-bearing and post-and-beam (straw-bale infill) construction, and preparation and application of clay plasters.

Meals and Lodging are included in the workshop fee

  • Includes Lunch & Dinner on Saturday, Breakfast & Lunch on Sunday.
  • Participants are asked to pitch in with a bit of meal prep and clean-up.
  • Bed & Breakfast rooms are in the Lodge, plan on double occupancy.
  • Participants may arrive Friday night, for an additional cost of $25 per person.

What To Bring

Clothes to get muddy in, Gloves, Hat and sturdy Shoes, Camera and Note pad

Please leave at home:  Pets and perfumes

Approximate Schedule –  

SATURDAY   9 – 10 am – Introductions and Tour straw-bale buildings

10 – 12 noon — HANDS-ON – straw-bale & natural plasters

12 N – 1 pm — Lunch

1pm – 5 pm — HANDS-ON — straw-bale & natural plasters

6 – 7pm  — Dinner

7pm – Presentation – Strawbale Design Essentials

SUNDAY    8 am Breakfast

9 am -12 N — HANDS-ON — straw-bale & natural plasters

12 N – 1 pm — Lunch

1 – 4 pm — HANDS-ON straw-bale & natural plasters

Each weekend is $225 pp or $400 per couple, incl. meals & accommodations.

Contact Catherine at 575-895-5652  /

Cost: $225 single/ $400 couple includes meals and lodging
Straw-bale and Earthen Plaster educational workshop
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