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Workshop: Hybrid Straw Bale Wall System - October 2017

  • 13 Oct 2017
  • 1:00 PM
  • 15 Oct 2017
  • 5:00 PM
  • Eugene, OR


  • Oct 13-15, Fri - Sun.

    Morning Sessions:
    Oct 14 & 15
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

    Afternoon Sessions:
    Oct 13
    1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Oct 14th & 15th
    1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

    You will be able to choose some or all.
    Includes lunch for all attendees.

    Leader Training
    Oct 7- 8, Sat & Sun
    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Leader training presumes you will attend at least two workshop sessions to assist instructors with the Oct 13-15 workshop. You will be able to choose which ones.

Registration is closed

3 day workshop October 13-15 in Eugene, Oregon (Leadership Training October 7 & 8)

The workshop will be a hands on experience that will allow you to participate in many aspects of straw bale construction from bale raising to the earth plastering. This large commercial building features straw bales placed on end (vertically) between standard 2x wood framing, with plywood on the exterior.  

This will be a three day event; participation in the work shop will be broken into 4-hour segments. There will be a wide range of activities and you are welcome to join in on one or several sessions. 

Instructors: The straw bale instructors are Jim Reiland of Many Hands Builders, and David Arkin and Anni Tilt. Jim is an Oregon-licensed contractor and CASBA advisory board member, and David and Anni are architects (Arkin Tilt Architects). David is the director of CASBA, and Anni is the principal architect for the Mahonia Building.  The clay plaster instructor is Erica Ann Bush of Day One Design. Erica is a designer and licensed contractor specializing in natural building, and builder of numerous natural homes and buildings throughout Oregon.

Leader Training: October 7th and 8th 9 am to 4pm

For those looking for a little more involvement beyond attending the workshop, we will be offering leadership training the prior weekend.

Following the two day course, you will be trained in all aspects of the bale raising process and able to assist instructors during the workshop. The general expectation is that graduates of the leadership training will assist in two or more work groups during the workshop.

Training registrations are limited, so act fast if you'd like to participate in this opportunity!


  • Workshop and training sessions are free!
  • Register now to secure your work groups
  • Participants must be at least 16 years old

Lunch and snacks are included during workshops


No lodging on project site. We will have a washing area and toilet facility. If you are coming from a distance, there are hotels/motels minutes away and camping in the area.  Information to these will be provided when requested.  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.

CASBA, a Project of the Tides Center.

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