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GSBN:Natural Building Colloquium East, Bath NY



I go to this regional natural building colloquium every year... so this can be considered an endorsement, for whatever that's worth.

This year the scope is being expanded to include more permaculture and life-choices presentations and information... stuff that can be put to use *now,* in any living situation. I'm particularly excited at the prospect of hanging out with Jim Merkel, who wrote the excellent book Radical Simplicity (which could just as easily have been titled Common-Sense Simplicity). And one of my heroes, David Eisenberg, will be there again this year, as well as couple other people on GSBN, perhaps. See below for more.

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Tuesday, July 31 Ð Saturday, August 4, 2007
Natural Building and Sustainable Living Colloquium
hosted by The PeaceWeavers :: Thunder Mountain Ð Bath, New York
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.peaceweavers.com/bws/";>http://www.peaceweavers.com/bws/</a>

From natural building and permaculture techniques to water and energy conservation... from alternative fuels to sourcing your food locally... this event is important for everyone concerned about how their lifestyle impacts our Earth.

It's the fourth year that the PeaceWeavers have hosted this family-friendly event at the Thunder Mountain Retreat Center near Bath, New York, offering very full days of teaching, learning, building, and networking. Top experts, authors, educators, innovators, designers, and builders offer hands-on experience and educational presentations with close-to-the-earth building materials and lifestyle choices.

But in the end, there's one really important thing that makes these events amazing. Sure, there's all kinds of new, fun, valuable things to learn &#xD0; tactile, hands-in-the-mud stuff that you just don't get from the books or the internet. Sure, people can pick up tricks and tips to save precious days and months of misdirected time and effort, as well as thousands of dollars of misspent money, on their own projects and in their lives. Sure, there's the great food, the beautiful natural setting, the music, and so much more. But in the end, the most rewarding and inspiring thing is the rare privilege of being with so many talented, smart, caring, willing, extraordinary people... some of whom just happen to be world-class natural builders, sustainable thinkers, and do-gooders. It's the people &#xD0; all of them &#xD0; who come together at Thunder Mountain that are the best thing of all.

Join us for our 4th Natural Building Colloquium! &#xD0; a hands-on event with an emphasis on natural building and sustainable living in the northeastern climate. Meet and be inspired by some of the movement's foremost natural builders, designers, and sustainable living educators.

Workshops, demonstrations, and presentations include such topics as: Strawbale &#xE1; cob &#xE1; cordwood &#xE1; timber framing &#xE1; earth sheltered buildings &#xE1; straw-clay infill &#xE1; permaculture &#xE1; community-supported agriculture &#xE1; living roofs &#xE1; thatching &#xE1; renewable energy (wind, solar, and more) &#xE1; natural plasters &amp; finishes &#xE1; building with hemp &#xE1; alternative fuels &#xE1; log cabin construction &#xE1; international building projects &#xE1; building codes &#xE1; and much more...

For registration and more info:
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.peaceweavers.com/bws/";>http://www.peaceweavers.com/bws/</a>

Invited presenters include:
Laura Bartels
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.greenweaverinc.com/";>http://www.greenweaverinc.com/</a>
Larry Brown
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.dailyfreeman.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18304214&amp;BRD=1769&amp;PAG=461&amp;dept_id=81974&amp;rfi=6";>http://www.dailyfreeman.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18304214&amp;BRD=1769&amp;PAG=461&amp;dept_id=81974&amp;rfi=6</a>
Dan Chiras
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/DanielDChiras";>http://www.chelseagreen.com/authors/DanielDChiras</a>
Aaron Dennis
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.tugleywood.com/";>http://www.tugleywood.com/</a>
Sam Droege
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.thelaststraw.org/backissues/articles/52_31.html";>http://www.thelaststraw.org/backissues/articles/52_31.html</a>
David Eisenberg
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.dcat.net/";>http://www.dcat.net/</a>
FoodRoutes
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.foodroutes.org/";>http://www.foodroutes.org/</a>
Sarah Highland
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.theithacajournal.com/news/stories/20040713/localnews/831753.html";>http://www.theithacajournal.com/news/stories/20040713/localnews/831753.html</a>
Joe Jenkins
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.josephjenkins.com/";>http://www.josephjenkins.com/</a>
Tim Owen-Kennedy
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.vitalsystems.net/";>http://www.vitalsystems.net/</a>
Sigi Koko
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.buildnaturally.com/";>http://www.buildnaturally.com/</a>
Mark Lakeman
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://activistarchitect.blogspot.com/2005/11/mark-lakeman-communitecture-and-city.html";>http://activistarchitect.blogspot.com/2005/11/mark-lakeman-communitecture-and-city.html</a>
Sarah Machtey
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/sarahtree/";>http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/sarahtree/</a>
Chris Magwood
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.flemingc.on.ca/Full-time/ProgramDisplay.cfm?ProgramCode=SBD";>http://www.flemingc.on.ca/Full-time/ProgramDisplay.cfm?ProgramCode=SBD</a>
Jim Merkel
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2003/12/01.html";>http://blogs.salon.com/0002007/2003/12/01.html</a>
Darren Molnar Port
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.state.nj.us/dca/dh/gho/";>http://www.state.nj.us/dca/dh/gho/</a>
Mark Piepkorn
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Mark+Piepkorn%22";>http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Mark+Piepkorn%22</a>
Ed Raduazo
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.cobbuildersforum.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=16";>http://www.cobbuildersforum.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=16</a>
Mark Shepard
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.centerforsustainablecommunity.org/Events/Permaculture/ShepardBio.html";>http://www.centerforsustainablecommunity.org/Events/Permaculture/ShepardBio.html</a>
Ben Simpson
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.google.com/search?q=+%22Ben+Simpson%22+%22Growing+Places%22";>http://www.google.com/search?q=+%22Ben+Simpson%22+%22Growing+Places%22</a>
Kim Thompson
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.naturalbuilding.ca/";>http://www.naturalbuilding.ca/</a>

Presenters, workshops, &amp; presentations are not final and are subject to change.

Photos from previous years
Natural Building Colloquium East 2004 - 2006
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/building-with-spirit/";>http://www.potkettleblack.com/natbild/building-with-spirit/</a>
Peaceweaver's photoblog &#xD0; 2004 (you may need to reload the page after it loads the first time to get it to land at the right spot)
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://peaceweaving.blogspot.com/2005_02_01_peaceweaving_archive.html#110781369711134258";>http://peaceweaving.blogspot.com/2005_02_01_peaceweaving_archive.html#110781369711134258</a>
Peaceweaver's photoblog &#xD0; 2005 (you may need to reload the page after it loads the first time to get it to land at the right spot)
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://peaceweaving.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_peaceweaving_archive.html#112457127267181719";>http://peaceweaving.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_peaceweaving_archive.html#112457127267181719</a>
Peaceweaver's photoblog &#xD0; 2006 (you may need to reload the page after it loads the first time to get it to land at the right spot)
  <a  target="_blank" href="http://peaceweaving.blogspot.com/2006_09_01_archive.html#115815026590410856";>http://peaceweaving.blogspot.com/2006_09_01_archive.html#115815026590410856</a>

For registration and more info:
<a  target="_blank" href="http://www.peaceweavers.com/bws/";>http://www.peaceweavers.com/bws/</a>