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GSBN:Natural Building Colloquium - East



The 2004 Natural Building Colloquium-East happens June 26-July 3. It's being facilitated by Gaiatecture Design, and hosted by the PeaceWeavers at their Thunder Mountain Wellness Center in Bath, New York, in the beautiful Finger Lakes region.

The colloquium will be a week full of teaching, building, and networking among professionals and neophytes in the fields of natural building, permaculture, renewable energy and sustainable technology. More information about the event from the organizers: http://www.gaiatecture.com/workshops/nbce04.html .

A wide range of natural building materials and techniques, including strawbale, straw-clay, cob, organic & traditional timberframing, cordwood, earthbags, earthen and lime plasters, living roofs, and even monolithic stone circles will be covered. Additional topics include building codes, design issues, healthy homes, permaculture, photovoltaic and wind energy systems, composting toilets, graywater, rainwater catchment, and more.

If you have questions about the event please contact Mary Golden at gaiatecture@...; for questions about registration please contact the PeaceWeavers at pw@...

Feel free to forward this information to appropriate individuals, email lists, publications, and web calendars.


There's been several of these things in the southwest and west, but there's only been one held on the east coast previously, back in '98. It sold out, and it looks like this one's going to as well. The cost includes all meals and camping, and works out to less than $20 per presenter, including many legends of natural building.


Some of the presenters include:

David Eisenberg and Tony Novelli of the Development Center for Appropriate Technology
http://www.dcat.net/

Johnny Weiss of Solar Energy International
http://www.solarenergy.org/about/staff.html

Dan Chiras of Sustainable Systems Design, Inc.
http://www.ecospeakers.com/speakers/chirasd.html

Paul Lacinski of Green Space Collaborative
http://chelseagreen.com/2004/items/seriousstrawbale

Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley of Cob Cottage Company
http://www.cobcottage.com/

Clark Sanders of Just Another Way Builders
http://www.potkettleblack.com/potkettleblog/archives/000089.html#sanders

Ben Graham and Amber Wiggett of Spiralworks
http://www.spiralworks.org/

Mark Hoberecht and Chris Fox of Harvestbuild Associates, Inc.
http://www.harvestbuild.com/

Doni Kiffmeyer and Kaki Hunter of OKOKOK Productions.
http://www.ok-ok-ok.com/

Jim Juczak, cordwood owner-builder
http://www.daycreek.com/dc/html/journal121400.htm

Rob and Jaki Roy of Earthwood Building School
http://www.cordwoodmasonry.com/

Josh Jackson of Humble Abode Design/Build
http://www.humbleabode.biz/

Frank Meyer of Thangmaker Construction
http://www.thangmaker.com/

Catherine Wanek and Pete Fust of Black Range Lodge
http://www.strawbalecentral.com/

Sun Ray Kelly of the School of Natural Living
http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/sunray.html

Phil Hawes of Ecological Systems Design
http://personal.riverusers.com/~philhawes/cv.htm

Darren Port of the New Jersey Green Homes Office
http://www.nj.gov/dca/dhcr/hsg_prog/njgreenhomes.shtml


What's a Natural Building Colloquium?
http://networkearth.org/naturalbuilding/colloquium.html
"The term 'colloquium' connotes a conversation among equals rather than a lecture by experts, and this format was a key to the success of the event; it fostered a spirit of communal endeavor and collective problem solving that dissolved the traditional boundaries between architect and builder, professional and novice."


Photos from other, similar events. (These are multi-page photo-essays; follow the links at the bottom of the respective pages.)
http://www.lamafoundation.org/build/here/now1999/tour/02.html
http://www.lamafoundation.org/build/here/now2000/tour/01.html
http://www.lamafoundation.org/build/here/now2000/tour/08.html
http://www.lamafoundation.org/build/here/now2001/pics/hertling/01.html
http://www.lamafoundation.org/build/here/now2001/pics/adams/bhn/02.html
http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/nbce.html
http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/cnbw.html