Newsletter | May/Jun 2011

OWA Annual Westerbeke Retreat: 16 - 18 September 2011

by Janet Crane

Join us 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. We will post more details and a sign up form on this web site shortly and will e-mail that information to you also. Meanwhile, please call Janet Crane at 415 398 4094 or e-mail her at to reserve a place.

    more information is here

    View this page in your browser