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  • CoHousing Pres ...With Snacks!

    April 19, 2017 7:00pm-10:00pm **BARR MANSION** 10463 Sprinkle Rd, Austin, TX Do you have an interest in living in an intentional community, one filled with like-minded private homeowners that share & care for each other? This exciting presentation will introduce co-housing and describe the process of creating a co-housing installation in Texas. Then we will hear about the Elgin Agrarian Cooperative & the Oasis Meditation Ecovillage, two communities currently underway near Austin. Our panel of local experts: Howie Richey, Clifford May, Peter Fleury, & Jonathan Batista.  Snacks included! (photo: PDX Commons)
  • Earth Ovens: Cooking Workshop

    Our Cob Oven Cooking Workshop with Kat Heitman was a huge success! We learned about building a cob oven, best fire-starting practices, and cooking and baking at different temperatures. We prepared food together, shared recipes, and indulged in a decadent array of edibles. Thank you to our wonderful participants, instructors and assistants. Stay tuned for more exciting workshops headed your way!
  • straw bale presentation - now on video!

    We had the opportunity to video record our July monthly presentation on Straw Bale Construction featuring our enthusiastic friend and local natural building expert Kindra Welch. Stay tuned for more information on how to view this and future presentations via our website. We are eager to share it all with you!
  • Let's empower the next generation with natural know-how!

    Design Build Live wants the next generation to have what we didn't: know-how. Start young and they'll always know how to build from the ever-readily accessible and creativity-inspiring resources: clay, sand and straw!  This cob bench was the result of a sweet collaboration between Brentwood Elementary School students and Design Build Live volunteers.  Stay tuned for a future shade structure workshop for "cobby the caterpillar"!
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  • S.E.E.D. Fest - Sustaining Earth Every Day Apr 29, 2017

    Come plant seeds of knowledge about how to implement sustainable practices that will nurture you, your family and the Earth. This lovely festival will feature knowledgeable speakers, hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, local vendors, and educational kids activities. See the facebook event page below for more information (sorry, not able to embed link at this time)!

    $15 suggested donation / free for children

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  • DBL seeks new professionals to join our team!

    Are you interested in supporting DBL's mission from behind the scenes? The volunteer-run DBL Board of Directors invites inquiries and referrals to fill the key positions of Webmaster (and IT), CRM Manager, and Site Visit Coordinator. If the descriptions below pique your interest and you want your talents to serve a good cause, contact Lauren at designbuildlive dot com to discuss further. In exchange for your talents, DBL can offer you exposure, education and empowerment in natural building and sustainable living!… Read More
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