Tiny house pioneer Jay Shafer, author of The Small House Book, will be one of four noted speakers who will participate July 1-5 in a five-day workshop on tiny houses at The Sanctuary Minnesota in rural Ogilvie near Mille Lacs Lake, an hour north of the Twin Cities.
Participants will receive hands-on experience in building a tiny house on wheels using designs created by Shafer, as well as a comprehensive understanding of how to live tiny, how tiny houses are designed and constructed, and a discussion on myriad issues related to living on and off of the grid. The workship includes a primitive camp site, class materials, morning yoga, continental breakfast and buffet lunch daily, and a campfire each evening.
Other noted presenters are: tiny house consultant B.A. Norrgard; construction professional Daniel Bell; and building scientist Mark Fallin. The event is hosted by Bill and Brenda Campbell of The Sanctuary Minnesota. A Gifford-style tiny house will be on site and available to tour.
“We’ll be doing a hands-on build of a very small house, a tiny house, teaching people through that process how to build their own house,” Shafer said of the Minnesota workshop. “I’m really into the design part — designing efficiently — so I’ll talk on that, and we’ll all be talking about building, because that’s what people need to know to get started.
“It’s a self-empowerment thing — like all peoples’ movements. tiny houses are a peoples’ movement as far as I’m concerned.
“It’s about empowering other people, not dictating what other people should do. We’re inspiring other people by doing it. That seems to be very contagious. So overall, what we’ll be doing at the workshop in Minnesota is empowering people — giving them the knowledge to do their own thing.”
For more information or to register, go to www.thesanctuaryminnesota.com/new-products-2/tiny-house-build-workshop.