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NW ECOBUILDERS GUILD ANNUAL MEMBERS’ RETREAT - October 20-22, 2006 Register Online Now @

Mark your calendars now! Save the Date! This year’s Retreat is gonna be Great!

Join us October 20th – 22nd at Pilgrim Firs Conference Center outside Port Orchard, Washington for a weekend full of fun, learning, and camaraderie! We’ve put together a great program.

This year’s topics focus is Healthy Homes and Healthy Planet

Paula Baker-Laporte is our Saturday Keynote speaker. Paula has dedicated her Santa Fe-based architectural practice to the design of environmentally sound and health enhancing home design. She has lectured, consulted and published extensively on this topic throughout the USA and Canada. Author of Prescriptions for a Healthy House, she has recently co-authored, with her husband, builder Robert Laporte, EcoNest Creating Sustainable Sanctuaries of Clay, Straw and Timber. Paula’s talk will be on Building for Health Naturally.·

David Johnston, president of What’s Working, an international design and consulting firm specializing in environmental construction technology, will give our Sunday Keynote presentation. David has written Building Green in a Black and White World and Green Remodeling, Changing the World One Room at a Time. He will be discussing What we have to Look Forward To as we achieve a sustainable future. Who are the leaders in this effort and what innovations are being developed around the world taking us toward this goal.

- Mike Broili of Living Systems Design will give us a presentation on Integrated Water Management – the importance and techniques of restoring/healing the hydrology in the built environment to pre-development conditions.

- Steve Loken of Loken Builders in Montana is returning to talk about the Impacts of Building and Development on EcoSystems and how our choices can diminish those impacts.

- Tom Bender, architect, author and a perennial favorite, will discuss Architecture and the Sacred. Sustainability moves us into deep connection with the rest of Creation, transforming our personal and social goals and the goals of architecture.

We’ll also have presentations on: -The Barriers to Green Development and How to Overcome them- Incentives for Installing Solar -Integrating Fundraising, Volunteer Management and Public Relations for your chapter -What Exciting Green Building Innovations are Taking Place Around the USA, Canada and Europe

-Our Wonderful, Annual Slideshow of Member Projects

-And Much, much More!

We need your Help: We’re looking for examples of projects that highlight the collaboration of Guild Members working together. Do you have a favorite job you’d like to tell us about? Please send List of Guild Member businesses who worked on the project, a brief description, and photos to: Sandra Fugate, NWEBG Retreat Coordinator, 203 East 4th Ave, Suite 221, Olympia WA 98501 OR email them to: Thanks in advance!!!

Early Registration deadline is August 31st – Registration is available on the Web site or print out and send in the form attached to this email.

There’s a discount for Early Registrations…Regular Registrations are due by October 9th. You’ll get plenty of notice. We Promise. Late Registration after October 9th will cost you more. If you were at last year’s Retreat, you already know how valuable it was - and how inspiring. If you weren’t, ask other Guild members who were there. See a review of last year’s retreat elsewhere on our web site Or, better yet, come find out for yourself this year!

And…Do not forget to think about what you want to donate to the Retreat Silent Auction.

See you there, Bruce Millard Guild President

from Pragtri Herbal Sundays:

June 25, harvesting summer roots, sialogogues

Adopt-A-Hive program event begins May 20. This program allows beekeeping beginner to learn basics, construct a hivebox, maintain a hive, harvest honey, and then keep the hive onsite or move it to a new home. Teacher's Training May 28th

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