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.
Another Tumbleweed rises! Our friend and fan Ella just landed a sweet spot in the latest issue of Yes! Magazine. Ella's Fencl tiny house is coming along nicely and it's good to see her getting some press. You can read all about her build on her blog. One of my favorite details about Ella is that she has never built a thing before and it was attending one of our workshops that gave her the impetus to make the leap. Now look at her Fencl and tell me the workshops don't work. Sign up now to attend one in your area. Go Ella!
The first Tumbleweed Tiny House is on the market and you're invited to join the current owners and Derek "Deek" Diedricksen at an open house! Tour the first Tumbleweed Tiny House on Saturday, May 12, 2012 and if you're interested, take it home with you! Deek will also have some Boston Workshop tickets available too! RSPV for the event and get location details on our Facebook event page.
A couple of students at Emerson College shot this video tour of the Epu with Deek to give you a glimpse inside this little Epu model. Check it out!
Our friends Evan & Gabby shared with us this excellent video. If you've always wanted to see the process of building a Tumbleweed tiny house from start to finish, this is the video for you. Thanks guys!
Holy mega, kick-butt, over-the-top, line-up for the Boston Tumbleweed Workshop!
If you haven't signed up yet for our Boston Tiny House Building Workshop, May 19th and 20th, 2012, here are a few reasons to get your kiester in gear! This one will be hosted by our own Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, tiny house/shelter builder, Tiny Yellow House TV host, and author of "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks"....
We just added more guests to make this workshop an amazing learning experience!
JOHN HANSON MITCHELL- author of "Living At The End Of Time". John built and lived in a tiny, off-the-grid, Victorian cottage in the woods, not far from Walden Woods, and wrote the aforementioned novel about his experiences. This book is incredible and inspiring, not to mention one of the best I've read in awhile.
MARIAH COZ- of www.cometcamper.wordpress.com- who rescued a vintage Avalon camper, and is in the process of revamping it to serve as a traveling classroom to exemplify small and green living. Mariah's great! She's high energy, and very motivated to tour with her mobile dwelling and spread the word about living lightly.
And again, we'll be visiting the original Tumbleweed (an Epu), built in the early 1990s.
Sun depending, Deek might bust out one of his solar ovens to demo on the tiny house lot in downtown Boston.
We are looking forward to sharing an awesome workshop with all our New England tiny house fans. Click here to get your Boston workshop tickets now!