Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Natural Building Colloquium East 2011

From my Peaceweaver family:

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

Join us for the 2011 NBC - July 26-30 at Thunder Mountain!
This year's Natural Building Colloquium East: Building with Spirit will take place July 26-30, 2011 at Thunder Mountain Peace Sanctuary in Bath, NY.

The NBC is a fantastic opportunity to learn hands on natural building techniques from talented instructors from all over the country.

Workshops will focus on cob, strawbale, earthen plasters, timber framing and more. Come join us for a spirit filled event in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of NY.

Fee: $350 includes all workshops, camping, bathroom & shower facilities, and vegan meals. ($150 deposit due with registration. $200 balance due by July 8th.)

Please email the PeaceWeavers at or call us at 607-776-4060 to sign up or for more info."

My photos from the 2010 colloquium are above.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Earthen plaster workshop

Come join us for a weekend of fun and mud in Caledon East just north of Toronto this summer, as we apply earthen wall finishes to a timberframe/straw bale workshop. Topics covered will include sourcing and processing of ingredients, and their mixing and application, with an emphasis on hands-on learning. Tools and materials are provided. Please bring good work clothes and boots and rain gear and prepare for all to get muddy. Fee includes instruction, camping space, and meals. Kids are welcome! There is no separate child care, so please plan to keep an eye on your young 'uns. Contact me at for more information and to register.

Workshop details:Link

Location: Caledon East
Date: Saturday, July 16 to Sunday, July 17, 2011, 9:00am to 5pm each day
- Plan on arrival for Friday night to allow for a quick start Saturday morning
Meals: Provided Saturday and Sunday
Accommodations: Camping (BYOTent and sleeping supplies)
Facilities: Indoor Washroom and Shower
Other activities:
- Saturday night: Communal meal, fire
- Sunday morning: Morning stretch
Cost: $200/participant
Accompanying Children: $20
*Discount of $50 per additional participant*

Photo by David Eisenberg

Feasibility study online

Over the winter, City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation hired Spaces by Rohan, Inc. to complete a composting toilet feasibility study for city parks. The completed study is available here for download. In case you have forgotten the details, you can read background about the project here.