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Upcoming events

    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 9:00 AM (PDT)
    • 29 Sep 2019
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Wild and Radish Farm, El Sobrante, CA
    • 26

    2 Day Clay Plaster Workshop September 28-29 in El Sobrante, CA 

    Come learn about Clay Plaster at this 2 day workshop where we will apply clay plasters on a straw bale wrap home renovation under construction at Wild and Radish Farm. Wild and Radish LLC is a sustainable, urban farm and Eco Village working on building diverse and multigenerational affordable housing on 13 acres in El Sobrante. 

    In this workshop, we will be using the native clay soil as a base material for the plaster. Participants will get hands on experience applying the scratch and brown coat of the plastering on the building. We will mix the plaster on site and apply it to the exterior straw bale wrapping the building. 

    The goal of the workshop is to  provide a broad experience to beginning plasterers. A mix of instruction time and hands on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building and plasters. Lunch time will allow for presentations and additional question/answer time.


    The plastering instructors are Massey Burke and Yoshi Makino. Massey is a professional natural plasterer and the co-director of CASBA. Yoshi is an art teacher and professional plasterer with many years of natural plastering under her belt. 


    • $80. 

    • Price includes snacks and beverages during workshop. Bring your own lunch!

    • Register now to secure your spot
    • Participants must be at least 16 years old


    We have a wash station and toilet facility. There is no camping on the site. If you are coming from out of town, we have some guest rooms available near the site for $30/night. There are also hotels, motels and rentals 15- 30 minutes away. Site location, driving instruction and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

    For additional workshop info contact Jenna Yu at or 510-541-7753.
    • 05 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Seeds of Life Chapel, Tracy CA
    • 28

    California Straw Building Association

    presents the

    The Building with Straw Bales Workshop

    October 5-6, 2019

      Seeds of Life Chapel
    Tracy, CA

    Taught by Amanda Fischer and Myles Danforth

    Learn how to build with straw bales at the Seeds of Life Chapel in Tracy, California. This is a two day workshop which will focus on how to use bales as insulation in a rounded, stick frame construction which will eventually serve as a community chapel. Learn how straw bales increase the insulation value and beauty of the building. Participants will participate in bale stacking, notching, bale resizing, and applying clay slip. A mix of instruction time and hands-on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building to start your own project. Evenings and meal times will allow for additional question/answer time and presentations.

    This chapel is being built by Skillful Means. Amanda Fischer and Myles Dansforth of Muddy Hands & Reclamations Natural Building Inc, will be instructing. They are a natural and sustainable design-build team out of Nevada City. Instruction during the workshop will cover the basics of building with straw bales, foundation details, windows and doors, roofs, carbon sequestering building materials, environmentally conscious building and more. We will cover lots of good information on options for building with straw bales and touch on finishing the bales with plaster. To learn more about the art and science of plasters join us for our upcoming Clay Plaster Workshops onSeptember 28-29 in El Sobrante.  

    The goal of the workshop is to accommodate every participant’s interest and skill level. Each participant can expect to participate in the various aspects of the straw bale construction to ensure the broadest possible hands-on experience.

    Cost:   $80. 


    Simple meals, beverages and snacks are included in the workshop fee and will be provided in the community dining area. We will have a washing area and toilet facilities. If you are coming from a distance, we have a some guest rooms available on the site for $30 and space for camping. There are limited hotels/motels in the area.  Information to these will be provided when requested. Site location, driving directions and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

    For additional workshop info contact Jenna Yu at or 510-541-7753.



     CASBA endeavors to make our events accessible to all. If you have financial restrictions
    please contact Jenna Yu.

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