Christopher Borton founder of the Sage Mountain Center in Whitehall. Montana has built a beautiful Cordwood Education Center.  His vision is to promote sustainable and holistic well being through education and demonstration.   Classes, tours, seminars and workshops are offered in solar, thermal and wind power, strawbale and cordwood construction, physical health and inner growth through meditation and yoga. sage mountain center 3The central meeting, dining room is peaceful, beautiful and serene.sage mountain center 4The cordwood entrance is organic and attractive. sage mountain center 5The guest rooms are neat, clean and offer breathtaking views.  Accommodations are now offered through Airbnb. sage mountain center 1The entire facility brings a feeling of well being to visitors.

Chris Borton and Linda Welsh are co-founders of Sage Mountain Center.

Their explanation of the purpose of the SMC  is as follows: “As a demonstration and education facility, SMC is leading the way toward an integrated approach to life. Through our collection of Consultation Services, Workshops, Seminars, and Tours, we provide the knowledge and experience needed to bring important ideas into reality.”

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Should you wish to learn how to build a cordwood cottage, cabin or home, please visit   While you are there, click on the pictures, read the brief articles, check out the latest workshops and newsletter and if you are interested click on the ONLINE BOOKSTORE to see all the cordwood literature available in print and ebook format.Cordwood Construction Best Practices Front_Cover_-_CC_Best_Practices small pixels If you have questions that aren’t answered on the website you can email me at  

Readers have requested a brief bio, so here goes:

“Richard & Becky Flatau built their mortgage-free cordwood home in 1979 in Merrill, Wisconsin. Since then, they have written books, conducted workshops, facilitated the 2005,  2011 and 2015 Cordwood Conferences and provided consultation for cordwood builders.  Cordwood Construction: Best Practices and Cordwood Conference Papers 2015 are the newest publications available from their online cordwood bookstore.