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 The International  Journal of Straw  Bale and Natural  Building

- Promoting natural building, and sustainable design and development, through research, training, education and consulting services.

Natural building workshops at the Geiger Research Institute are designed for natural builders, architects, educators, designers and anyone interested in building low-tech, affordable housing. Although everyone's skill level will vary, these workshops are excellent for gaining practical experience in each aspect of natural building.

The training process emphasizes hands-on activities, self discovery, open dialog, problem solving and building multicultural relationships throughout the workshop. Instructors serve primarily as facilitators to lead the group and help them learn through an interactive, participatory process that encourages creative thinking, enthusiasm, sharing and reciprocal learning.

Workshop Schedule:
No new workshops are planned for 2006. Instead, our focus is on providing online training to reach students world-wide. See Straw-Bale Certification and Training.

Recent Workshops: (past workshops are posted to help give a sense of what we offer)

Cross-cultural Strawbale Workshop
A cross-cultural strawbale workshop was completed in May 15 - 24, 2006 in Window Rock, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation in collaboration with Brave Heart Construction. The focus was on building community and cross-cultural awareness.

To learn more, click on Cross-cultural Strawbale Workshop.

A Native American Affordable Housing Workshop was completed September 3 - 4, 2005 in Crestone, Colorado in collaboration with Brave Heart Construction. Workshop participants built a straw bale emergency shelter and then learned how to modify it to create a permanent straw bale home for use in Native American communities.

To learn more, click on Native American Affordable Housing Workshop.

Picture of workshop participants.

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