It may seem like it’s far away, but the 2020 straw bale workshop season is actually just around the corner. There’s a lot to do between now and then, and a lot of fun to have on that journey. Let’s take a quick look at some of the reasons people give for hosting a workshop.
- You’ve already decided that you want to build with bales but you’re worried about the labor involved with baling your dream home. A ton of extra hands, yes FREE LABOR, would be just what you need to jump in fully.
- You want the construction of your home to be a community experience, something you can share with friends (new and old), family, and people of like mind.
- You know that the time it would take you to complete the same amount of work that a group of workshop participants can do in a week is not even a fair comparison. Why waste your time? SPEED UP YOUR BUILD.
- You want help in the process, from start to finish. Having access to a straw bale expert would give you the confidence you need to build your dream home; especially since there are no consulting fees to pay!
- You just want to have fun in the process! Building a house is stressful and you know that my workshops are a blast. What better way to temper the potential stress than to have a week-long party on your jobsite?
- You want to SAVE MONEY. Yes, SAVE money by hosting a workshop on your property.
So if any (or all) of these reasons sound good to you, then submit your hosting application right away. I get, on average, about 60 applications each year and I only choose between 3 and 6 of them as hosts. It’s a big deal to host, and it’s worth every second of your effort! In fact, hosting a 2020 straw bale workshop may turn out to be one of the best choices you make in your life, not just in relation to the build. It’s truly a life changing experience. CLICK HERE to apply today!
Consider that we typically have about 35 students in each straw bale workshop, many of which come with construction experience. If we’re talking “man-hours” (it’s an archaic term, but it’s what the industry uses), that’s 1960 hours in a single week! Break that down to what a couple of people can do, and that’s over 122 days worth of your life. That’s right, 122 days of two of you laboring side by side to accomplish what we can do for you in a week! The plastering alone is worth the effort of hosting, and there’s a LOT that happens before a hawk and trowel are even brought to the site.
Okay, so what does it take to host? Not as much as you might think. Of course there are deadlines, benchmarks, and requirements along the way, but nothing crazy. In fact, hosting will likely help you stay on track and on budget. That’s a good side effect! CLICK HERE to learn more about hosting and to submit your application today. The application is simple; however, I have some advice for you as you prepare yours. Make your application as sexy as you can! After all, you’re literally competing against other potential hosts, so you want your project to shine brighter than anyone around you. Here are some photos of last year’s Temecula workshop to inspire you with what’s possible on your own build.