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Fri, Apr 28


Charleston View

Straw Bale Immersion

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Straw Bale Immersion
Straw Bale Immersion

Time & Location

Apr 28, 2023, 8:00 AM – Apr 29, 2023, 8:00 AM

Charleston View, Charleston View, CA, USA


About the Event

Straw Bale Immersion

The goal of this course is to give you the basic learning components of a straw bale build. This course will cover; foundations, stacking bales, load bearing compression box beams, roofing & natural plasters! The project outcome is to build and complete a section of our new plaster classroom space. We will be building our new plaster panels for students to use while honing in on their natural plaster craft.


We have a lot of domes that need plastering and joining our plaster party is a great way to get involved in our community as well as getting your hands dirty to learn some plastering techniques. 

Experience Includes:

  • 1 Day Full Experience
  • Complete a small straw bale project from start to finish.
  • Professional instruction by The Mojave Center staff
  • Optional recreation; date farm tours, hot springs, visit neighboring dome projects & farms and dance parties
  • Healthy meals during course for any dietary restriction

Food Schedule provided by the MC​

  • Saturday : Lunch & Dinner
  • Please bring your own breakfast & snacks.

Course Schedule

Event Breakdown

*This curriculum can slightly change due to weather and energy of group


6pm : Arrival + Camp Set up

8pm : Optional Hotsprings or Fire Hang


8am : Breakfast provided by you.

9am : Group Dynamic Game!

10-12pm  : Lecture, Straw Bale stacking

12 pm: Lunch provided by the MC

1-3 pm : Roof Completion & Plasters

6pm : Dinner provided by MC


8am : Breakfast, provided by you! :)

9am : Event Closure & Departure!

Instructors: Mojave Center Staff

Ian: Outdoor Educator, Permaculture Designer, Wilderness First Responder, BS Tourism + Outdoor Leadership, AA Cultural Anthropology/Archaeology, Superadobe Natural Builder

Nicolette: Marketing + Photography, Creative Designer, BS in Drafting + Design, Superadobe Natural Builder


What to expect, what to bring and where to go, listed in the packet below! :)

Natural Building Informational Packet

$125 for Course 

  • $125 payment to acquire spot
  • Full payment required upon arrival
  • Deposit made via website, remainder can be paid via ; Venmo (mojavecenter), Paypal ( or CASH PREFERRED! :) 
  • Alumni enjoy 25% off
  • Bring a friend & enjoy 15% off - (one friend only, discount goes to you!)
  • Discounts for returning students & bring a friend discounts will be taken off the remainder payments due


  • April 28th, 2023
  • Event begins at 9am! Please arrive the night prior!

*Cancellation policy: if you need to cancel last minute we will refund you 1/2 of your payment. 


  • Straw Bale Immersion

    Ticket for event at the MC

    +$3.13 service fee
  • Small 2 person tent rental

    Sleeps 2, standard backpacking tent. Can set up inside of unfinished dome for more protection. Comes with sleeping bag and sleeping pad.

    +$0.88 service fee
  • Shift Pod Tent Rental

    Sleeps 2 - space pod looking tent - comes with sleeping pad and sleeping bags

    +$1.25 service fee



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