Natural Building Colloquium 2007: Kerrville, Texas

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October 19-28, 2007 (this event is now concluded)

Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, Texas


Sun Ray Kelly, custom builder4 January 2008--Frank Meyer reports that SunRay Kelley is now on crutches after having broken a leg and a half at a construction project. His medical expenses are considerable and include fees for surgery. If you would like to help out with his recovery, you can send checks, etc. to:
Sunray Kelley
13470 Janicki Road
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

In the spirit of strengthening and expanding our community of natural builders, central Texas invited the world to a Natural Building Colloquium, October 19-28. Colloquia are gatherings of people, ranging from experienced to simply curious, who come to learn from each other, to synergize their experience and to remind themselves of their larger vision.

In our case, the vision is of a lifestyle and building culture that could repeat itself indefinitely through successive generations. With careful searching many of us have concluded that the use of locally abundant, unprocessed materials such as earth, stone, straw and native timber provide the structure with which to achieve this vision. Cob, adobe, cob, earthbag, leichtlehm (straw-clay), strawbale, and timber frame are a few of the types of systems that exemplify this philosophy. Permaculture helps us integrate human patterns into the landscape surrounding our homes.

There are other important aspects as well: delicious food that nourishes the body, music, laughter, creativity, families of all sorts, eager minds and willing hands. We seek to create homes that comfort the body and lift the soul. If you possess or aspire to any of the above, we invite you to join us this fall.