[permaculture] 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
Mon Oct 24 11:29:33 EDT 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, or 

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

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

Tues 15 7pm Global Green USA's Green Building Resource Center 2218 Main St, 
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

Wed 16 Laguna Beach (location,time TBA) $5 Bill Roley drroley at cox.net 
949-413-2524 cell

Thurs 17 San Diego(location,time TBA) $5 Brennan Hubbell 610-702-1604 
tresmilusos at yahoo.com and sdecc at igc.org (619) 255-6111

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

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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