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
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 www.blackrangelodge.com
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 / email@example.com