[permaculture] UPDATED PR Booksigning EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber Nov 1-22 2005 Arizona/California

Wesley Roe and Marjorie Lakin Erickson lakinroe at silcom.com
Tue Nov 1 09:53:03 EST 2005

Contact: Margie Bushman
Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571, email: margie at sbpermaculture.org

EcoNest: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries
of Clay, Straw, and Timber Book Tour Arizona and California   Nov 1-22 2005

Slide Show & Booksigning with
Robert LaPorte & Paula Baker-LaPorte

A bird builds its nest using the materials at hand to create a perfect
shelter for its bio-region. It doesn't fly to the next state for twigs nor
does it build a home that is bigger than it needs. Instinctively it creates
an environment that is nurturing, nontoxic, creating no waste and neither
borrowing nor stealing resources from future generations. These exemplary
owner/builders know how to build and repair their own shelters. When they
have no more use for their nests, the building materials decompose,
becoming fertile ground for nature's regenerative miracle. This is natural
building and the authors' inspiration for their newly published book,
EcoNests: Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw, and Timber.

EcoNests are simple, elegant, and healthful handcrafted dwellings that
welcome owner participation in their construction. They utilize natural
building techniques including timber framing, clay/straw walls, earth
plastering, and natural, non-toxic finishes. An EcoNest is built to last
for centuries, serving many generations, and is designed to work in harmony
with its natural surroundings. Mindful siting, reverence for what is
present in the nature of the site, roof water collection, alternatives for
gray water and human waste, composting and power from the sun are also
important components of EcoNest design.

The book profiles ten different homes located around the country, including
floor plans with interior and exterior photos for each. EcoNest explores
the benefits of building a healthful home and offers useful tips for the
homebuilder. The average person spends 90-95% of their time indoors,
therefore, the home should be a sanctuary that nurtures your body, mind and

Paula Baker-LaPorte is a graduate of the University of Toronto School of
Architecture. She has been designing fine custom homes in Santa Fe
specializing in non-toxic and sustainable design. She is a certified
Bau-biologist (building biology), and a co-founder of the Healthy Housing
Coalition. Paula is the primary author of Prescriptions for a Healthy
House, and contributing author to A People's Ecology. She lectures, writes
extensively and travels throughout the country consulting about healthy

Robert Laporte founder of the EcoNest Building Company (www.econest.com)
and the Natural House Building Center, is a leading expert in earth, straw
and timber frame structures. He has been designing and building natural
homes for the past twenty years in Canada and the United States, most
recently bringing the EcoNest concept to Scandinavia. He has researched
natural building extensively in Europe and has been a major influence in
the introduction of light strawclay building to North America.

The event takes place at locations  in California and Arizona Nov 1-22
listed below, please visit for updates www.econest.com/calendar.htm
  or  www.sbpermaculture.org.

Nov. 1 Tues. 7 PM Prescott College Chapel 220 Grove Ave., Prescott AZ (928)

Nov 2 Wed 2 Wed. 7 PM The Institute of Ecotourism, 91 Portal Lane, Sedona ,
AZ (928) 282-2720\

Nov. 3 Thurs. 7 PM Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 701 S. Milton Rd.,
Flagstaff, AZ (928) 226-8227


Nov 6 Sun 2pm at Seaman's Lodge, Pioneer Park, Nevada City
Barbara Roemer 530 265-6784

Nov 7 Mon 7pm New College 99 6th Street Santa Rosa $5-10 sliding scale
Joseph Kennedy jkennedy at sonic.net

Nov 8 Tues (Location,times TBA)

Nov 9 Wed 6 pm Reception 6:30 Slide Show Pacific Energy Center 851 Howard 
St, San
Francisco David Bushnell 415-546-0450

Nov 10 Thurs 7:30 Builder's Booksource 1817 4th St, Berkeley (510) 845-6874

Nov 11 Santa Cruz TBA

Nov 11 9am Pacific Time Interview with Robert and Paula on Sustainable 
World Radio Program KCSB 91.9 FM /Fridays Santa Barbara on line www.kcsb.org

Nov 12 Sat 7pm County Library Community Room 995 Palm St SLO $5 Mikel
Robertson gouldmund at hotmail.com 805 674 5534

Nov 13 Sun 7pm Santa Barbara Downtown Library 40 East Anapamu St $5 Margie
Bushman 805-962-2571 margie at sbpermaculture.org

Nov 14 Mon 7pm Kent Hall Help of Ojai 111 West Santa Ana St $5 (Turn off
Hwy 150 onto Blanche St between Bank of America and Star Market) SBPN
805-962-2571 margie at sbpermaculture.org

Nov 15 Tues 7pm Global Green USA's Green Building Resource Center 2218 Main 
Santa Monica $5 gbrc at globalgreen.org 310.452.7677 also LA Permaculture
323-630-4673 joaniebird007 at yahoo.com Camille camicimino at yahoo.com

Nov 16 Wed 6:30 - 9pm, 7:00 pm  Wells Fargo Bank 260 Ocean Av Laguna Beach, 
ca 92651 $5
Bill Roley drroley at cox.net 949-413-2524 cell and Blair Ballard Architectual 
Guild 949-494-8093

Nov 17 Thurs 7:00 Reception, 7:30 pm New School of Architecture and Design 
1249 F Street SD 92101 downtown San Diego $5
Brennan Hubbell 619-702-1604 tresmilusos at yahoo.com and sdecc at igc.org (619) 


Nov 21 7pm Originate Natural Building Materials Showroom 526 North 9th
Avenue Tucscon, AZ Natasha at originatenbm.com 520-792-4207

Nov 22 5:30pm a.k.a. Green 4408 N. Miller Road #101 Scottsdale AZ Mick
Dalrymple mick at akagreen.com (480) 946-9600

Sponsors Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, The Sustainability Project,
the Sustainable Builders Council of SLO, LA Permaculture Guild,
Permaculture Institute of S.CA , San Diego Permaculture Center, New College
Santa Rosa, Global Green USA's Green Building Resource Center.&
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR),& Hopedance
Media,aka Green, SLO GREEN BUILD,ECOSLO,Originate Natural Building
Materials Showroom, San Diego Permaculture Center, Ojai Permaculture Guild,
Prescott College,Builder's Booksource, South Coast Permaculture Guild,
Laguna Beach Architectural Guild

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571
margie at sbpermaculture.org

"We are like trees, we must create new leaves, in new directions, in order
to grow." - Anonymous


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