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Straw Bale Workshop with Crafted Earth In Santa Rosa

  • 20 May 2023
  • 10:00 AM
  • 21 May 2023
  • 4:00 PM
  • Santa Rosa, CA


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California Straw Building Association presents 
A Straw Bale Workshop May 20-21, 2023 Santa Rosa, CA

Learn how to build with straw bales! This is a two day workshop which will focus on how to use bales as insulation in a new and stunningly unique custom home in Santa Rosa, California. Learn how straw bales increase the insulation value and beauty of the buildings. Participants will participate in bale stacking, notching, bale resizing, and pinning in place. A mix of instruction time and hands-on experience will provide you with the basic knowledge of straw bale building. Evenings and meal times will allow for additional question/answer time and presentations.

This new custom home is being built by Crafted Earth ( a design, engineering, and construction firm in the North Bay.  Instructors are Kita Glass, a natural builder in Santa Cruz, and Darles Eaton, a natural builder in the East Bay. 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. 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:   $150. 


Meals, beverages and snacks are included beginning with breakfast on Saturday and concluding with lunch on Sunday. We will have a washing area with a camp shower (has hot water) and toilet facilities (porto potties). There is plenty of space on-site for camping Friday night and Saturday night. There are hotels/motels in the area. Ask if you need support finding accommodation. Site location, driving directions and other information are provided with confirmation of registration.

For additional workshop info contact Allison Arnold at or (301) 357-0582

Face masks are encouraged. Please do not come if you are feeling sick, we will reimburse your tuition.


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

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