Sunday, January 24, 2010

On the Horizon: Straw Bale Workshops

While proofreading the newsletter for the environmental education center at Lutherlyn, I was thrilled to note that plans have been set in stone for three straw bale workshops this spring. Lutherlyn is in the process of building its second straw bale structure, a worship and music center. (Terra Dei was Lutherlyn's first straw bale building, to which we credit our early straw bale experience and where we lived for four years.)

March 21-27, 2010: Join us for an Alternative Spring Break focusing on straw bale construction. This week-long program will introduce students and campus groups to the basics of straw bale construction and earth plastering.

May 14-16, 2010: We will be offering a combination Straw Bale Construction and Earth Plastering Workshop. This event will cover the basics of design, construction, and finishing of straw bale walls. It will include plenty of hands-on experience.

May 22-23, 2010: Come for our Straw Bale Work Days! These days will be spent stacking and plastering bales. All volunteers are welcome to attend.

(On a side note, yours truly will be helping teach these events. I can't wait to get my hands on that earth plaster!)

For more information and to register for these events, please contact the LEEP office:

Lutherlyn Environmental Education Program


  1. Thanks, Shayne, for reminding me to be consequent in what I believe in.
    This weekend, I bought organic hamburger (also after watching Food, Inc.) and made 9 flannel hankies out of flannel that I bought at the thrift store for $1. This is all stuff that I used to do, and want to do, but sometimes get lazy and forget about. . .
    I can't wait for tomorrow's lunch and my next runny nose!

  2. Awesome job! You can't beat 9 hankies for $1!
    Organic meat is so important; you made a great choice.
    It's so easy to get off track. I feel like that all the time.
    Thanks for coming back and sharing!