Designing Your Straw Bale Building: Online

Tuesday 6 & Wednesday 7 April 2021: 6.00pm to 8.30pm

The essential preparation for straw bale design whether you’re a self-builder, an architect, a designer or someone interested in natural building. This popular workshop, now live online,  will save you precious time & money when designing your straw bale building.

Session One: 6 April

  • Short history of Straw Bale building
  • Advantages of building with straw
  • How and why to use natural materials
  • What makes a good construction bale?

Session Two: 7 April

  • Basic design principles
  • How to do Bale Plans
  • Customising and dressing a bale
  • Characteristics of a straw panel

This course will be taught by Barbara Jones. “If you want to build a straw house in the UK, go to Barbara Jones.” (Touker Suleyman from BBC Dragons’ Den)


We strongly recommend that you attend both sessions to get the full benefit but there is an option to book only one session if you can’t make both. When you have booked your place, we will send you the Zoom links. Please book direct below or if you prefer to use bank transfer, email Eileen and she’ll send you our bank details. If you have any other questions, please email