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Saturday, April 13 at Bill Hutchins' straw bale house in Takoma Park, MD.

Are you interested in conscious living and sustainable design?

Do you want to live in your home connected to the forces of nature --
the wind, the sunlight and the rain?

Are you ready to explore your inner Home?




At Holly House (my home), as part of a small group.


Your knowing of peace and wholeness - and how you can live into your Home in the ways you live in your physical home.


The workshop has a simple format, centered on being guided through a series of creative/meditative explorations.

Take in a poetic image, sit with it, wait for a response and express that response through drawing or modeling clay. Don't worry, this is not supposed to be art - no one will be judged upon their ability to create art. It is a form of expression to be shared with the rest of the group for insights from group participants.

You will be encouraged to explore your life-giving impulses -

  • what makes you thrive
  • what makes you connect to a physical space, and
  • how your home can embody these insights, under any budget!
An intense and fun workshop! Working indoors and outdoors, with various breaks and an invitation to take the day at your own pace.

Mary Oliver offers -

You only need to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.

Take in poetic images of Home - our still, clear, luminous center - and, through creative/meditative exercises, let the truth hidden beneath language reveal deeper ways to live through your home. The exercises will reveal life-giving impulses, which we’ll then, through communal dialogue, explore ways you can create place for them in your home.
  • Come explore the soft animal of your body; see how you can reveal the deeper life-giving impulses this quote can be a door into, that you can embody and live through in the making and living in your home.
  • We all live for intimacy - even as it can be frightening - come see how you can provide places for intimacy.  A safe refuge gives us confidence to engage with our loved ones more intimately.
  • Engage in a body prayer, that conflates a tree with the curl of a wave - the meeting of the ocean’s mysterious life-force with the shore of our world - and then make a clay model of your response to this prayer, that gives you an image of the meeting of your body, the earth, and the heavens……. your physical house merged with your Home.

Join me for a day of opening to the relationship of your inner sense of Home with your physical home!

Saturday, March 16, 9am - 5pm.

Healthy snacks and lunch provided.

$150, although don’t let money keep you away.  We can barter somehow.

At my home, which embodies this work - 7108 Holly Ave., Takoma Park, MD

When you RSVP or fill in the application form - required - i’ll send you homework, so this work has begun to open in your awareness before the workshop.


Dwelling to Make Home - Bill Hutchins portrait of author, Dwelling - A Poetic Exploration of Home


Bill is a poet and an architect, who tells stories through space and form. He founded Helicon Works Architects, a unique architectural collaborative community, in 1989, based in Takoma Park, MD, where he also lives with his family.

Bill has learned DWELLING during this time — his personal unfolding has informed his architectural work, as it gave him the eyes to see DWELLING. Bill has also developed DWELLING by working with clients in the making of their homes.

The creating and building of his family’s home, completed in 2006, galvanized his understanding of DWELLING. His home is alive, playful, healing, with cozy spaces for intimate moments, and a luminous gathering room, where he and his wife share their home for many events.

The DWELLING book is a result of his explorations through spiritual texts, meditation, poetry, being in nature, dance and playing with his daughter.

Bill is also the Board President of a Nepalese foundation - www.KRMEF.org. In his role there he is helping to bring sustainable practices to the foundation’s village just south of Kathmandu. This community is another family for Bill.

To get in touch with Bill for a tour of his home, information on workshops, talking engagements or general questions, please write to bill@dwellingtomakehome.com. You can also engage with Bill through our Facebook community.

I was buying a house and went to Bill's workshop. The art part was scary, but it turned out to be transformative. Just one example - in one exercise, Bill asked us to draw our most nurturing childhood memories. I drew a blank worrying about the drawing part. Bill encouraged me to quiet my mind and let my feelings come (his calming presence and the poems really helped here).
I instinctively drew an orange fire, which reminded me of when I was around six and tending the fire on which my grandmother cooked (she had a wood burning stove).  Around the fire, I drew other feelings I wanted to feel in my home. Staring at the orange fire, I realized that cooking is central to what I wanted in a nurturing home for my family. Before this, I have always considered cooking "housework" best avoided. Now I enjoy cooking much more and recently bought a townhouse with a more substantial kitchen.


I began the workshop feeling a lot of fear and finished the day knowing great things are in store for me. Bill's gentle presence and inquiry during the workshop both encouraged me to dive deeper into myself and offered me the container to do so. I have been on a journey of self-discovery for many years, sometimes in extreme fashion, and I am gratefully surprised to have rediscovered a part of myself so sweetly and simply in the process Bill offers. I recommend this for anyone seeking to know themselves more deeply including who they are and what they want to be and create in their lives.


The poetics and the attempt to get to people's underlying assumptions and life and how they live; it is powerful and potentially game-changing.

For architecture, the questions of what do we need to feel joy and contribute to the planet seem most critical. I believe Bill challenges architects to ask very difficult questions of themselves in this book.



$150 for the full day workshop including a healthy, vegetarian lunch, snacks and drinks.
If you want to attend the workshop, please don't let money keep you away.
We can work out an arrangement!

There is limited capacity at Bill's house!


7108 Holly Avenue, Takoma Park, MD - Takoma Park Metro station - Bill's house is a 5 minute walk



This workshop will offer simple ways to:

Deepen your living in your home, on any budget

Provide a fuller sense of peace and wholeness

Develop place for intimacy

Open your connection to the natural world around you

The workshop is held at Bill's home with limited capacity and fills up fast.

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