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West Coast Natural Building Conference

  • 05 Apr 2019
  • 4:00 PM
  • 07 Apr 2019
  • 12:00 PM
  • Westerbeke Ranch, Sonoma, CA


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • February 10th through March 10th
  • Full Conference - Regular

Members, please register using the email address you log in with.
Non-members please use the email address that you receive our newsletters at.
Registration is closed

California Straw Building Association

presents the

West Coast Natural Building Conference

April 5-7, 2019

  Westerbeke Ranch
2300 Grove St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Keynote Speaker -
Jacob Deva Racusin

Jacob is a founder of New Frameworks, a Vermont based worker owned design-build cooperative committed to building with locally sourced natural materials like native hardwood, clay, and straw. He has taught in several natural building programs (Endeavor Centre, Yestermorrow), and is the author of a book about building science and natural building.



This Year’s Topics Include:

Intro to straw building: straw bale and light-straw-clay

finding work in natural building

fire resistant building features

finish plaster

hempcrete construction

cob code and testing update

 Presenters Include:

Bob Theis, Lydia Doleman, David Arkin, Massey Burke, Sukita Reay Crimmel, Anthony Dente, Tracy Thieriot, James Henderson, Steve Sheldon, Ben Korman and more!


Plaster demonstrations: including hands on participation

5x5s and 20x20s: Conference participants are invited to bring digital images to share during the popular evening slide shows. Let us know who your are and what you do - or show us your latest project! Your only limits are 5 images in 5 minutes, or 20 images at an average of 20 seconds each. (you can sign up while registering)

Book launch: CASBA will be celebrating the publication of our book Straw Bale Building Details: An Illustrated Guide for Design and Construction, which will be for sale at the event. Many of the contributing authors will be available to sign it.

Our planning committee is working on the final line-up and schedule, which we will post soon, so keep your eyes on our website for more info!


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

 Conference Registration & Pricing

Our full conference fee includes Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Accommodation is separate.  We also offer an Offsite option for the weekend if you'd prefer to make your own lodging arrangements. (You can note this choice in the registration form)

 Registration is closed

( we originally set the end of registration for March 25th, but need to supply the headcount to the venue by March 22nd, so please register as soon as you can! )

        Members Early Bird - $275                
        Members Regular - $350                 
    Non-Members -  $375                      
        Students -

(February 10th - March 10th)
(March 11th - March 22nd)
(February 10th - March 22nd)
(February 10th - March 22nd)

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  Conference Accommodation - per head/ 2 nights

If you prefer to stay offsite please check that option on the registration form.

Offsite                    $0

Sleeping bag -          $0     (sold out)

Semi-private room - $75   (sold out)

Private room -          $125 (sold out)


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

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

CASBA is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

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