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When: Friday 13th July(7pm) to Sunday 15 July(2pm)
Venue: Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary Southern Highlands

This is a two day residential workshop to develop practical skills for designing and building strawbale structures. A historical and theoretical background will be given on the science and techniques of strawbale design with an emphasis on environmental sustainable practices.

The workshop will apply the knowledge practically in constructing a strawbale meditation hut during the course of the weekend. This will involve close interaction with the facilitators in addressing design issues and developing solutions that can be immediately built insitu. Feedback on this will be given by the group as well as comments by the facilitators.

Strawbale construction will be addressed as a viable alternative to conventional building construction in both rural and urban environments. The workshop will include examples of straw bale buildings, handouts and an opportunity for hands on experience.

Learning Outcomes
- Understanding of the fundamentals of strawbale design
- Knowledge of environmental sustainable practices
- Practical hands on skills in straw bale construction
- Developed design skills with natural materials
- Appreciation of the impact of design on the natural environment

Angus Stephen: is a Green Living Accredited Builder with the Master Builders Association. He is a practicing builder in the Southern Highlands and has studied and worked with Frank Thomas from “Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow, Strawbale Construction”. He has taken part in many strawbale projects around Australia. Prior to being a builder he worked in small business training and consulting. .

Greg O'Donnell: is a chartered architect and director of Architecture of Spirit. He uses meditation as a core component for his design practice in connecting people with the natural environment. Greg has designed Hindu Temples, Retreat Centres, Meditation Pavilions and residential projects using this philosophy and regularly lectures at universities and colleges .

Investment - $525 Includes all materials for workshop participation, accommodation and organic vegetarian meals. For registration fill in the form attached and email, fax (02) 4841 1940 or post with payment to Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary, 831 Red Hills Road MARULAN 2579.

The Venue – Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary

Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary is a 100 acre retreat venue in the Southern Highlands run under the principles of social, economic and environmental sustainability. Weekend retreats and workshops are conducted with an emphasis on raising consciousness for personal and global transformation. Vegetable growing and land management is based on permaculture and biodynamic principals. All meals are organic and each guest is invited to undertake some environmental practice such as organic gardening or bush regeneration during their stay. For more information and directions see www.gudhara.org.au  or phone (02) 4841 1632.
Gudhara Holistic Sanctuary
(Arts - Environment - Spirituality)
Australia's Leading Sustainable Retreat Centre
831 Red Hills Road
Marulan NSW 2579
P 02 4841 1632
F 02 4841 1632

email to gudhara@bigpond.com  or fax to (02) 4841 1632.