Tiny House Building Workshops

September – November, 2017

Join us for a fulfilling workshop and:

  • Gain hands-on experience building a tiny house
  • Learn construction basics, including experience with a variety of tools and materials
  • Collaborate with others
  • Participate in open, relaxed discussions during the evening gathering – often around a fire
  • Experience the beauty and solitude of Highland Lake Cove

Building is only part of the experience…

Our integrated building and enrichment workshop is inspired by one of the original pioneers of the tiny house movement, Henry David Thoreau. As ​Thoreau​ writes in Walden, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

That same quest that Thoreau was on – to live deliberately and see what life had to teach – is the same driving force behind many who choose the tiny house lifestyle today, almost two centuries later. People long to get out of their big boxes and reconnect with nature, each other, and themselves.

An important part of this ​workshop ​is community – offsetting the simplicity of the tiny house lifestyle with the richness of the participants and instructors​ you will meet and collaborate with.

Workshops will include:​

  • Tours of the property here, including wild edibles tours when available
  • Discussion of ​tiny house economics, design, building fundamentals, and choice of materials
  • A featured project for each session to help gain familiarity with the tools and techniques, a piece of functional art that you will be able to bring home with you
  • The full story of one tiny house – the richest experience will be to attend all workshops
  • Something for everyone – no matter your level of experience


September Schedule

In September we offer 3 weekend workshops. You’ll have the option to do Saturday only, or both Saturday and Sunday. You’ll also have the option to change your mind at the end of the day should you only sign up for Saturday 😉
If you choose to do both days, you have the option of commuting or camping on site.

These Tiny House 1- or 2-Day Weekend Workshops will be offered on:

  • September 16-17
  • September 23-24
  • September 30 – October 1

The schedule for each of these three workshops will be:


  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Hands-on tiny house building experience
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch, tours, and enjoying the beauty of the property
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Creating a handmade piece of art for your own tiny (or not) home – all materials included
  • 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Evening gathering – discussion, dinner (depending on group size, we may choose to collaborate in a community meal, or go out to eat together)


  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: Hands-on tiny house building experience, discussion
  • 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Hands-on tiny house building experience, discussion

Bring a bagged lunch, and come prepared to dive in. Because these workshops will center on a tiny house building project that is already in process, we will know the focus for each workshop approximately the week before. Please email Jana Amsellem with any questions.

October Schedule

October will include weekend workshops and will culminate in a week-long Tiny House Building Workshop retreat from Saturday, October 28 through Saturday, November 4. Lodging and meals will be available on site. Stay tuned for details.

Pricing & Registration:

Thoreau built his cabin in the spring of 1845 for a total of 28 dollars and 12 ½ cents. Our budgets may be different than his was, but our desire to use natural, sustainable, and recycled materials is the same.

The cost of each one-day workshop is $85, and each two-day workshop is $160, camping included. Attend one or attend them all. (But attend them all.) Individual registration for each weekend is required:

Register Here for Saturday Only:

Once you hit the "Send" button, you'll be taken to PayPal to complete your registration, where you can pay the $85 fee with a PayPal account or a debit or credit card.

Register Here for Saturday & Sunday:

Once you hit the "Send" button, you'll be taken to PayPal to complete your registration, where you can pay the $160 fee with a PayPal account or a debit or credit card.