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Upcoming events

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Camp Ocean Pines, Cambria, CA

    California Straw Building Association

    presents the

    West Coast Natural Building Conference

    April 13-15, 2018

    Camp Ocean Pines
    1473 Randall Dr, Cambria, CA 93428

    Keynote Speaker - Art Ludwig

    An ecological systems designer and author with 35 years experience in water, wastewater systems, energy, shelter and human powered transport, Art has been involved with several structures which survived recent wildfires in Santa Barbara and Ojai. He has much to share on the subject of fire-resistive construction.


    This year our Spring West Coast Natural Building Conference includes a focus on fire and what we've learned about the survival of straw-built structures from recent wildfires that tore through large portions of the West Coast. We will also celebrate Women in Natural Building and include a Straw Bale 101 opportunity, as always.

    The line-up of speakers, presenters, and topics is not to be missed! Along with the keynote address from Art Ludwig, the weekend will be chock full of presentations and discussions with leaders in the field: Catherine Wanek, Bruce King, Emily Niehaus, Martin Hammer, Leslie Jackson...and the list goes on. We will also have a viewing of the new documentary film "Dirt Rich" that includes a cameo by the late Rick Green - rice farmer and straw builder extraordinaire. We hope you'll join us in Cambria for the entire weekend, for what is sure to be a memorable event!

    (PS - Don't forget about our Silent Auction!  We've been really thrilled with the support that attendees have given to this since we started it. If you have an item (or service) to donate, don't forget to bring it with you!)

    Schedule & Speakers

    Conference Pricing

    Our conference fee includes Friday dinner through noon on Sunday. Accommodations are separate. We encourage you to join us for the whole weekend so you don't miss a minute of this special weekend!

    Early Bird Pricing Ends Sunday, March 25th!

    (and we have to supply the headcount to the venue right after that, so please save some money and help us out at the same time by registering now!)

    Online registration ends on April 6th. After that you'll have to contact us for availability!

            Members Early Bird -                  $175
            Members Regular -                      $210
        Non-Members -                            $235
            Students -

    (February 13th - March 25th)
    (March 26th - April 6th)
    (February 13th - April 6th)
    (February 13th - April 6th)
            Saturday Only -                            $175
    (February 13th - April 6th)

    Become a member or renew your existing membership to qualify for Early Bird pricing!

      Conference Accommodation - per head/ 2 nights

    If you prefer to stay offsite please check that option on the registration form. We can provide  hotel information upon request.

    Offsite      $00

    Camping $20

    Dorm -        $50      

    Help make this conference great by gracing us with your presence for a weekend of learning, sharing, camaraderie & fun!


    Travel Tips


    Individual - $50 / Family bundle for 2 - $75 

    See our website for professional rates if you'd like to be included in our professional directory.

    Renew                       Join ! 


     CASBA endeavors to make our conferences accessible to all. If you have financial restrictions
    please contact David Arkin.

    • 05 May 2018
    • Grass Valley / Nevada City area

    The tour is scheduled for May 5, 2018. More in formation and tickets will be available in the Spring. If you'd like to help with logistics, please let us know!

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