Intensive courses that will provide you with a framework for engaging and regenerating your life and the world around you. Our courses will give you an informative, interactive and hands-on skill building experience, giving you the confidence to grow and thrive.
Jim Schalles is a professional natural builder and teacher born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He has spent the last 4 years refining his techniques with various earthen builders of the Pacific Northwest and is proficient in cob, adobe, earthen plasters, and straw clay retrofitting with an emphasis on straw bale construction and masonry heaters/ cook stoves. He is a member of the Masonry Heaters Association of North America and has studied under and co-taught with the inventor of the rocket stove (Ianto Evans of Cob Cottage Company) as well as some of the other most influential rocket stove builders in the world including Ernie and Erica Wisner, Kirk Mobert and Peter Van den Berg. Jim is passionate about bringing straw bale architecture back to its birthplace of Nebraska and is an advocate and activist for sustainable building practices as well as for clean wood burning and other appropriate technologies.
There are a few options to stay if you are coming out of town. First, there are a limited number campsites at New Earth Farm & Goods, first register, first dibs. Second, there are a few hotels about 7 miles away.