Newsletter | Jul/Aug 2011

Annual Retreat at Westerbeke, September 16-18.
by Janet Crane

The OWA maze in 2010

It's time to sign up now for a weekend of stimulating conversation, art, music, recreation, swimming, hot tub, good eating and laughter!

By popular request, the theme of this year's retreat will be "Sustainable Places: Less is More", highlighting current thinking on sustainable design.

Topics will include:
New approaches to programming and preliminary design to reduce cost and save energy
Evaluating the benefits of sustainable design concepts from the client's perspective
Exploring designs with a variety of sustainable features by OWA members and others
Brief comparisons of sustainable rating systems

Jean Hansen has offered to reprise her excellent presentation at OWA's April meeting on "Healthy Alternatives for Interior Finishes and Materials" for those who have not yet heard it. This will be an optional event that will be in addition to the main programs.

The retreat will be held at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma County from Friday late afternoon through Sunday lunch, September 16-18. More details and a sign up form are linked below. The sign-up form can be emailed to you also. Please call Janet Crane at 415 398 4094 or e-mail her at to reserve a place.

download the 2011 retreat flier and payment form
more information is here

Members at the 2010 Retreat

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