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We are delighted to announce details of our 2016 Strawbale Courses which start up again this September.

Our Strawbale courses at Rock Farm offer self builders access to expert tutors and case study examples as well as the opportunity to learn skills and techniques required to get your project off the ground.

Looking for something specific? Why not complete our questionnaire here and tell us what you are looking for from a strawbale course.

Option 1:

5 Day Residential Strawbale Course – Shared accommodation
EUR 550
What is included: Tuition fees Materials Practical demonstrations – 5 nights full board (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) Shared dorm style accommodation (same sex) allocated on arrival. Note: €80 supplement for single occupancy accommodation (subject to availability) Our Cancellation Policy: We regret that except in cases of illness, we will make the following cancellation charges: a) more than two weeks before the course – half the fee forfeit. b) less than two weeks before the course – the full fee forfeit. The deposit is non refundable in most circumstances. However, the Rock Farm Slane as event operator reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.

Option 2:

5 Day Residential Strawbale Course – Single Occupancy                                                                                       EUR 630
What is included: Tuition fees Materials Practical demonstrations – 5 nights full board (breakfast, lunch and evening meal) Single Occupancy supplement €80 Our Cancellation Policy: We regret that except in cases of illness, we will make the following cancellation charges: a) more than two weeks before the course – half the fee forfeit. b) less than two weeks before the course – the full fee forfeit. The deposit is non refundable in most circumstances. However, the Rock Farm Slane as event operator reserves the right to cancel any courses. Deposits and fees will be returned in full should this happen.
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Course Tutor Bee Rowan is one of the UK’s foremost straw bale construction experts.

Bee has been building with straw bale for over a decade and was formerly Co-Director and Head of Training for the pioneering straw bale building co-operative Amazonails. She has previously worked on the construction of a unique 2 storey loadbearing strawbale spiral house in Co Mayo, built almost entirely by women with no previous construction experience, and as far back as 1997 worked on the construction of a loadbearing strawbale round house in Co Monaghan, a warm, thermally efficient and delightful family house to this day.

As well as designing and building straw bale and natural buildings, Bee teaches straw bale construction in schools of architecture, and runs workshops for a wide range of people, from beginners to professionals. She is known for her wonderful ability to lead fun, inclusive and inspiring workshops. Bee has also taught regular mainstream contractors how to build with straw bale in the UK for such as social housing developments. She has also taught strawbale and natural building techniques across Europe, in Mongolia and recently Pakistan.

 

 

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StrawBuild Testimonials

“Truly inspirational 5 days. Thank you for sharing your love and knowledge of this amazing building method.”
“If I had to choose one thing to persuade people to come to a straw bale building workshop from Strawbuild, it would be this: that you are guaranteed to be working with the inspiring trainers, alongside great people, from varied and interesting backgrounds”
“I’ve always thought that throughout life one is presented with many opportunities and some of those opportunities can be life changing. Strawbale building with Strawbuild is it.”
“I was recently given the opportunity to stay on longer at Rock Farm, building with straw, clay and lime, and I’ve leapt at the chance to build into September! Brilliant!”
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