Follow the links below to see details of our past workshops.
Host a Workshop!
Do you need or want a small Straw Bale structure, such as an insulated shed or guest cottage, on your property?
If you are thinking of building a Straw Bale home, and want to hone your skills on a smaller structure first, this could be a great opportunity! CASBA is always looking for a volunteer host and site for the annual workshops when we build a small strawbale structure. At the end of the workshops you will have a nearly finished structure, plus CASBA instructors and workshop crews will guide the workshop participants in helping you build it!
- Assistance with building design and construction consultation from CASBA professionals
- Meet other people passionate about Strawbale building
- Labor assistance during bale raising and initial plastering
- Gain skills and learn techniques to build your future home
You will have a structure that is environmentally friendly with walls that:
- absorb outside noise and feel very peaceful inside.
- are super energy efficient.
- are fire resistant and earthquake safe.
- have organic shapes and contours.
- are finished in beautiful natural plasters.
- Be a CASBA member and have attended a straw building workshop or seminar
- Have a rural site with cleared space to accommodate a 16' to 24' structure along with plenty of room to allow a group of people (about 30 or more) to safely work around it
- Have some basic construction experience and own tools
- Purchase of all building materials
- Foundation installed prior to first workshop, and prep work completed before plastering workshop. CASBA members will guide you on process.
- Water and power available at building site.
- On-site or nearby camping with relatively flat ground suitable for a group of tents.
- On-site parking for all attendees.
- On-site or nearby clean-up (showers). A bathroom and/or portable toilet plus a private place for solar showers will do.
- On-site or nearby accommodations for evening slide presentations. A garage, workshop, barn, very large tent, or even a local meeting place (public or private meeting place such as a church, library, or grange hall) work well. It needs to have power and a white surface for projection
- On-site kitchen or space for food preparation and group meals, which can be outdoors.
If your are interested or would like more information, please contact CASBA's workshop coordinator, CJ Cavet, using our contact form.