Straw Bale Building Course: Somerset

Straw Bale Building: 5 day course from 13 to 17 May 2019 (Fully Booked)

This course is on a 1 acre wooded site, with a stream bordering the land. It is in the centre of Castle Cary surrounded by 21 properties, in a conservation area and all the trees on site are protected. During the course, we will be building the straw bale walls so you will learn all about this natural building technique. We will cover practical aspects of strawbale building including how to dress and customise bales, notching, loadbearing and infill techniques, compression of the wall, and much more!

The property is built on Stone Gabion foundations, a concrete free build, with a Timber and Steel frame and a rammed earth wall as a central support – as well as internal  tree supports. The sedum roof is on and planted and the separate workshop, which is graded into the slope with Gabion walls,  is complete – the dwelling is now awaiting its straw walls! The walls will be infill rather than load bearing.

The owners live on site in a self built ‘Shepherds hut’ with a couple of camping pods for visitors. They have mains sewage, (toilet and shower) power and water. They also have a compost toilet outdoors and hope to rely mainly on solar power when the build is complete.


Rae Parkinson will be teaching on this course. With many years of experience and an outstanding reputation in the field of natural building, Rae ensures course participants have a fun, value packed time.





Monday 13 to Friday 17 May 2019


£325 including refreshments and vegetarian lunch. Please book via PayPal below. Once we have received your payment, we’ll send you a confirmation form and request for further details. Any questions, email

Work will begin at 9am and end at 5pm. Please arrive no later than 8.45am.

A vegetarian lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please request details of local accommodation. There is some limited free camping available, on site and nearby.