Colloquium 2016, Oct. 17th - 22nd ~ Quail Springs
The Site ~ What is Quail Springs
We are a community and educational nonprofit, stewarding 450 acres in the Cuyama Valley in Southern California. We have a variety of earthen, straw bale, light straw clay homes that we live in, a few of which will be available for housing during the colloquium, for those most in need of shelter. The rest of the colloquium guests will be in tents, or whatever other trailers or housing people want to bring. The weather here in October can be anything from perfect clear crisp Autumn days with cold nights, to down right chilly.
We have two 30' yurts, one of which serves as our classroom, and the other serves as our kitchen and commons.
One of the restrictions of our site is that we are tucked behind a few locked gates, with an easement from the neighboring farm. In order to maintain good relations with our neighbor, we therefore coordinate arrivals and departures at specific times, while also doing our best to be flexible to people's needs. We will have times that we lead people in, and times we lead people out. Of course we will do our vary best to get everyone in and out when they need to.
Quail Springs is a drug-free site and we therefore request respect of this policy with regards to all drugs, including marijuana. We understand that this may deter some folks, and appreciate your understanding that this may not be the colloquium for you. If you would like to see more about Quail Springs, go to: www.quailsprings.org
We want to make this event as accessible as possible to everyone who wants to attend. We would like to put the pay structure in the hands of our community, all of you. You may choose what amount you are able to pay. We will keep this updated as to how many more places are available for each payment tier.
As is tradition with the colloquiums, everyone attending is asked to contribute financially to make this gathering possible, aiding to the idea that we are all teachers and we are all students.
~We need 75 people to pay an average of $400 each:
~5 work trade positions
~20 people can pay $300
~35 people can pay $400
~20 people can pay $500
-Kids $50- $100 sliding scale
Anything that is paid above $500 will go into a fund to support travel expenses of our colleagues from abroad.
Our Vision for the Event
Following in the tradition of the Natural Building Colloquia, started more than 20 years ago, we would like to gather here in the the high desert of southern California, to share and learn from one another. We feel that 80 attendees, plus our community is what we can host here in a good way. The gathering will give focus and priority to the building and builders of the west coast and south west, US.
We ask that all people attending the colloquium have some experience with natural building. This is not the event for the novice builder. That being said, we value the fresh eyes and perspectives, and enthusiasm that comes with a newness to the field. We will strive for a balance of experienced attendees, while also encouraging the next generation of builders. Given that our site is off the grid, and limited to the power we get from the sun, the gathering will be more focused on hands on projects, and gathering for conversations, and less focused on presentations that necessitate electricity, computers, and projectors.
The schedule will be co-created on the first morning, as has been done at the last few Camp Latgawa Colloquia.
Please send ideas of projects you would like to offer, or partake in!
So far, the vision is to have the projects be as integrated and collaborative as possible. For example, there will be a long wall dedicated to a "Plaster Lab". Everyone will be encouraged to bring their favorite plaster recipes, additives, or experiments, and we can have ongoing time exploring together.
We would love ideas of other hands-on projects that would lend themselves to this kind of collaboration.
What Quail Springs will provide
If you are flying in:
Flying into LAX is the likely going to be the cheapest option. If you would like us to help coordinate a ride from LAX, please arrive no later then 3pm on the 16th, and fly out on the 23rd after 12 (noon). We are about 3 hours (in best traffic) from the airport.
If you are taking the train or bus:
You can arrive in Santa Barbara or Bakersfield. It will be easier for us to help coordinate a ride from SB, but I think plenty of people will be coming in from all directions, and getting picked up in either location should be workable.
Thanks to all who have registered so far:
Erica Ann Bush
Connor Love Jones
Julia B. June