The lineup at the Portland Tumbleweed Workshop June 14-15 is going to be amazing! Portland is big on community spirit and we will bring it to this workshop with a panel of guest speakers, a tiny house tour and an after-hours round-table discussion of tiny house life. Dee Williams, our first Tumbleweed client and workshop host extraordinaire will lead the workshop. Check out her TEDx talk about her life in a tiny house then read on to learn more about our speakers:
Joan Grimm has designed and delivered local and international environmental education and sustainability programs for both public and private entities including Oregon Departmental of Environmental Quality, OMSI, and Association of Oregon Recyclers. Over the past 25 years she has educated thousands of people about simple and smart ways to lighten their impact on the planet. She is the founding board chair of SCRAP (the School and Community Reuse Action Project) and the Oregon Green Schools Association. She and her partner have a little house in their backyard.
Brittany Yunker: Brittany works for the WA State Legislature as a staff to the Senate committees. Brittany built a Fencl in 2009 with the help of a few friends (including Dee!). She taught herself carpentry from library books, YouTube videos and chatting with Dee and another friend with building experience. She lived in her tiny house for 2 years before meeting her current partner and deciding to up-size slightly to a small, 2 bedroom bungalow. Brittany is currently in the process of obtaining a business license to open her house up for daily rental to people interested in seeing if a tiny house could work for them.
Lina Menard: Graduate Student in Urban Planning, Little House Enthusiast, New Carpenter, and recently helped her friend build a new tiny house and has plans to build her own tiny house. She's written a blog about her project at This Is The Little Life.
Michelle Jones: Professor at Concordia University, Portland; teaching organizational management, ethical leadership, and other courses. For the last two years, she's worked with students and the community to host a TEDx event in Portland. She's lived in her tiny house with cat, dog and boyfriend for about year and a half.
Tammy and Logan: Tammy blogs at RowdyKittens.com as a simple living advocate. Her story has been chronicled in the New York Times, USA Today (as part of a cover story), Yahoo, MSN News, United Daily News (one of the top three newspapers in Taiwan), and The China Times, as well as a few Hong Kong newspapers. She and her husband have also appeared on The Today Show, MSNBC, CNN, and dozens of local television programs and NPR affiliates. Tammy is currently launching a book, “You Can Buy Happiness (And its Cheap)”. The Portland workshop takes place June 14-15 and we expect this one to sell out. If you haven't purchased your tickets yet, you can still enjoy the 40% early bird discount until May 31st. Click here.