Natural Building Colloquium 2007: Kerrville, Texas

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October 19-28, 2007

Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, Texas

Frequently Asked Questions

Who comes to a colloquium?

Experienced natural builders, people who have seen a natural building once and want to know more, owner-builders thinking about their own home, students of all ages, conventional builders/architects exploring alternatives, parents concerned about the healthfulness of their family's home, people who want to reconnect to the earth, people with very conventional homes who just want to play in the mud. For many of us the primary draw of this event is the chance to connect with a whole bunch of skilled, motivated, wonderful people who also know something or have ideas about a very positive force for change in the world: natural building.

In our definition a colloquium is primarily a total immersion networking, knowledge gathering and inspiration event. As they say, you don't know what you don't know… what are the questions you haven't even thought of yet?

Inexperienced builders will not learn how to build a house in ten days, but will gain first hand experience with the network of resources available to support you during a life-long learning process. Or, if you are looking for a team to help create your home, come meet some of the best natural builders in the country.

Where can I find out more about natural building?

Start here…

or here

then do internet searches on terms you find interesting.

How do you determine the ticket price for this event?

Organic food prepared 3 times daily for you + a site with existing facilities to host a couple hundred people + people to prep the projects and site + funds to support presenters participation = real money.

As in every sustainable cycle, the giving should balance receiving. We began our planning with no start-up funds and a team of enthusiastic volunteers. Your tickets price literally enables this event to take place. If you don't have access to cash resources please visit the section on worktrade.


What will the weather be like during the NBCTX?

Since 1895 the average October daily temperature in the Texas Hill Country has ranged between 64 and 76 degrees (Fahrenheit). Now, Texas is famous for short-term dramatic weather shifts during the spring and fall, so it could be 95 or 55 degrees for a few days at any point during the colloquium. Check the weather forecast before you pack (see US National Weather Service 7-day forecast for Kerrville).


Is there transportation available from the airport to the site?

We do not have anything organized at this time. We are currently coordinating shuttle service for presenters only.


Can I carpool?

Please do! As the event gets closer we are hoping to set up a bulletin board on the website to facilitate the process of connecting people for carpooling.


I have a food allergy. Who do I contact to discuss this?

Please make a note of this on your registration form.


Can I bring alcohol?

BYOB (bring your own bottle). Due to permitting difficulties we cannot sell alcohol, but you are welcome to bring it. Taps and cold storage for kegs are available if we want to take donations and purchase beer in bulk. Because we expect children to take part in this event we ask everyone to use discretion in their alcohol consumption. If a situation arises, we will make rules about the when/where of alcohol.


Will there be a compost pile?

Yes! We will compost all kitchen and table scraps. We are working on setting up composting toilets.


Will there be recycling?

Yes! Glass, paper, plastic.


Will there be a first aid station?



Can I bring my dog?

No, only service dogs are permitted on site during the event. We love your puppy too, but not everyone is comfortable with our canine friends.


Can I bring my kids?

Yes! Parents are responsible for their kids. Noisy or otherwise disruptive children should be removed from lectures and slideshows. We will have scheduled and planned family friendly activities, but not a babysitting service. During other natural building events, parents have worked together to trade kid-watching time. With a few exceptions, most project sites will be safe for children 5 years and older to explore and participate.