Tiny House and Natural Building Workshop

Tiny House and Natural Building Class
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August 24- September 1, 2017

 

 Learn How to Build Your Own Tiny House!

This eight-day Natural-Building Workshop and Tiny House Class and near Asheville, NC, is a crash-course for people wanting to build beautiful tiny homes and natural buildings from ethically harvested, local materials. We will engage in a healthy balance of theory, application and exploration. Students will learn the basic principles of natural building through lectures and engaging class discussions that cover topics from the foundations of construction to natural and sustainable designs.  Students will leave the class equipped to embark on the adventure of building their own tiny houses or natural buildings.

Explore our tiny house class and
learn to build using materials found in your own backyard.

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What to Expect: Learn to build your own tiny house and use earthen materials

Theory of passive solar, foundation, wall, and roof design

Learn about how buildings stand up (foundations, loads and bracing), floor systems, walls, roof systems, how to choose a building site, passive solar design, working with clay, tiny home plans, and regenerative timber harvesting.  We will discuss material sourcing and introduce plumbing and electrical for tiny homes specifically and how to sustainably harvest timber.

Application of building techniques:  

Once groundwork is laid, students will learn how to build tiny homes and natural buildings from the ground up.  Using hands-on building techniques, students will have an opportunity to practice, including light slip-straw construction, cob construction, earthen paint, earthen plaster, door and window installation and working with wood…including conventional framing, timber framing and trim carpentry. In the end, we’ll experiment with designing our own tiny-house floor plans where you will have the opportunity to receive feedback directly from instructors and fellow students.

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Exploration of a variety of tiny homes, cob construction, adobe, and more:  

We’ll take a tour of natural buildings in and around Asheville, NC, where you will see tiny homes, a straw bale house, cob construction, natural buildings and a passive solar design at their finest.  It’s Asheville’s own Tiny House Nation!  You will have the chance to see, touch and learn about various styles, such as timber framing, log cabin construction, cob, stone masonry, adobe, wattle and daub, earthen floors and bamboo construction.  You will see many hybrids of conventional and natural construction, so you can find your own sweet spot.   You’ll even see a portable sawmill in action. Check out the following video featuring one of our instructors, Barron Brown, teaching timber framing. (Please keep in mind that this program will have a more balanced gender mix than the class in the video.)

Local Accommodations

While many locals prefer to commute to Wild Abundance from Asheville, NC, students from the area and out of town are welcome to camp in our very rustic and quaint open-air buildings, or pitch a tent in one of our flat camping spots in the woods or in a field located on our seven-acre property.  We  suggest bringing a sleeping bag and bedding.  We have a fully functioning outdoor kitchen and outdoor shower on the site.

If you prefer something a more conducive to creature comforts, we suggest browsing Airbnb or checking out some of the local motels and B&Bs within a 10-15 minute drive to Wild Abundance.

Below are a few local accommodations you might find to your liking:

Mountain Light Sanctuary

Hawk and Ivy Bed & Breakfast

Comfort Inn in Mars Hill, NC

Instructors

Natalie Bogwalker Wild Abundance Instructor

Natalie Bogwalker

Steveo-Brodmerkel

Stevo Brodmerkel

Barron Timber Framing (2)

Barron Brown

Registration Info Register Now WA

We strive to make our classes accessible to those who wish to learn.  There is a sliding scale available for this class (pay what you can afford according to your own financial situation).   

The following are included in the price of the course: catered lunches, optional camping, and facility use (kitchen, bathroom).  

Now – July 6th, 2017 :                      $750 – $1000, sliding scale   

July 7 – July 27th, 2017:                         $850 – $1150, sliding scale

July 28, 2017 until the start of class:   $950 – $1250, sliding scale

To register, please complete the registration form (click button above) and then make payment.  Registration will be processed upon receipt of payment.

Expect to receive a confirmation email within one week of sending payment. Additional emails will cover logistical details as the adventure approaches.

Click here to see our policy on refunds, payment plans and work-trade opportunities.

Also, feel free to read our Frequently Asked Questions.