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Alumna Gabriella Morrison and Husband Teach Straw Bale Construction

What if you could build your home in such a way that it not only made use of waste materials but was healthier, more beautiful, and more cost-effective than the typical modern house?

For the past 6 years, Maharishi School ‘89 Alumna Gabriella Morrison (formerly Stupakoff) and her husband, Andrew Morrison, have been helping people do just that. Through their company, www.StrawBale.com, Andrew and Gabriella make it possible for people around the world build their own sustainable straw bale houses, offices, cottages, and more.

Straw Bale Workshops Introduction from Andrew Morrison on Vimeo.

"We started this business after Andrew fell in love with straw bale building technology and saw that there was no real instruction available on the market except for some books," Gabriella explains. With a degree in Construction Technology, Andrew Morrison had seen first hand the enormous waste output and environmental disregard typical in current construction methods. When Andrew saw that straw bale building not only reduced waste materials but actually utilized them (straw bale is often burned or tossed into landfills), he began to specialize in the technology. Furthermore, straw bale houses offer unique cost-benefits: a well built straw bale home can save its owner up to 75% on heating and cooling costs.

Inspired to help others build their own environmentally-conscious homes, Gabriella and Andrew work together to offer free e-courses, DVDs, articles, 7-day straw bale workshops, and more. "In some regards, we eat, sleep, and breathe straw bale…it's just what we do!" Gabriella says.

Gabriella specializes in the marketing, outreach, and videography areas of managing their business. "My favorite part of my job is receiving emails nearly daily from people literally around the world sharing their experience of building their own environmentally sustainable home," she says. "The sense of excitement and pride that people feel after this major accomplishment is amazing and inspires me daily to get more and more information and resources out to people."

Gabriella’s dedication towards creating a more sustainable world found its roots in the time she spent at Maharishi School: "The education I received there was the foundation to my belief in myself and feeling that I have something positive and valuable to offer in this world. The principles of helping humanity began at that stage, and for that I am very grateful." She adds, "Of all the places I have attended school in my life (and there have been many and in various continents), it was the nurturing experience in high school at Maharishi School that had the most positive impact in shaping who I am and the choices that I make."

Gabriella and her husband live in Ashland, Oregon with their two kids. More information on straw bale building can be found on their website, www.strawbale.com. They also offer a series of step-by-step instructional DVDs at www.LearnStrawBale.com. Gabriella would love to hear from other school mates and can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
 

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