High-Performance Courtyard House - view from south

Update 9/29/15: Here is a link to the home tour event info and to purchase tickets: http://aiascvym.site-ym.com/events/event_details.asp?id=664315 Purchase before October 1 for early bird ticket prices. To check out all the homes in the tour, click here: https://aiascvym.site-ym.com/?page=TheHomes

A sunny afternoon in March was the perfect time for an office field trip to see “@Large,” the Ai Weiwei exhibit on Alcatraz. We rode the noon ferry over to the island, and spent a few hours exploring the place, and viewing the exhibit.

Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA has begun construction of their Lodge Renovation and Expansion project, which is the first piece of their multi-year Renewal efforts. The Ground Honoring Ceremony, held on March 15, featured speakers from the Four Winds Council, of which Esalen is a party, including an opening blessing by Tom "Little Bear" Nason, who summoned whales to join in the celebration (and join they did, with spouts and flukes!).

El Cerrito Natural Grocery Prepared Food Annex Celebrates First Anniversary!

We are delighted to celebrate, with the Natural Grocery Company, the one-year anniversary of the opening of their Prepared Food Annex. The Annex has become a neighborhood favorite and, throughout February, they are welcoming some popular suppliers for demos and sample goodies. Swing by and bring an appetite.


We are happy to be nearing the completion of a 432 ft2 backyard straw bale cottage in Berkeley, California. The cottage is tucked away in the backyard of the main home.