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Building a tiny house can cost thousands of dollars. We’ll show you how to build a warm and dry home from woodland materials for merely hundreds of dollars.

$700 for the whole two weeks! Food, kitchen and accommodations provided.
$390 for one week (you pick 7 days within the two week event that work for you) Food, kitchen and accommodations provided.
$60 for a day pass to any day during the event (lodging and meals not included)

Come and learn roundwood framing, earth-integrated, Oehler-style, passive solar, tiny homes and more! Our homes are built from the land. Some homes are nearing completion and others are just beginning. Get to see the whole process on a range of simple designs you can later do your self. Some workshops have several hours in a formal classroom setting, this workshop is mostly hands-on learning. Work side-by-side home builders and see how to make joint notches up-close while holding a roundwood beam. Bring paper and pencil/pen with your work gloves to the Ant Village for a day of active learning.

Natural building skills covered include:
- designing Oehler-style layout
- passive solar design
- uphill patio earthworks design
- timber framing
- post in ground techniques
- sod roofing
- earth-berming
- earthen flooring
- tongue and groove flooring
- insulation options
- excavation
- drainage
- operating a sawmill
- felling a tree and peeling
- where to get free or cheap recycled building materials

Your instructors will be Jim and the ant village residents who are all preparing for the ant challenge. The ants will be living in these homes for the upcoming winter. Winter is coming, Let’s build some houses!

Food and sleeping accommodations will be provided in Cooper Cabin, our 800 sq ft earth-beamed cabin with a rocket mass heater. We begin the day with coffee and a breakfast planning session. Build till we are hungry, have a lunch either at the work sites or at Cooper Cabin and then build till we are hungry again. Days will probably end gathered around a campfire or a rocket mass heater, having a beer and discussing the day.

Organic hearty meals will be provided most days. Community meals are inevitable with rich discussion and lots of laughs. Two days each week, groceries and a kitchen will be provided. We hope participants will want to organize a river rafting and farmer’s market trip to town on these two days.

Private and tent camping accommodations are available for additional cost. Email Janet@richsoil.com for details.

To register, send payment via Paypal to ecobunks@gmail.com. Be sure to mention the name of the event in the comments to seller box when making your payment.
Please note: Workshops are often filmed and photographed for promotional purposes - consent of this is a condition of attendance.

Questions and comments
For more information and details on the event, please contact our event coordinator Janet@richsoil.com. You can also visit this thread to ask questions, plus see what's already been answered.
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What a fantastic event Janet!

To anyone interested in this class...
Last week I visited wheaton labs last week with my family.
We stayed in cooper cabin.
We saw the ant village.
We had many wonderful adventures.

Having done that, I can wholeheartedly recommend the experience and the opportunity in the class Janet posted to start this thread. I'll tell more about our wonderful adventures in another thread when I catch up on the consequences of my absence, but this class looks too interesting to keep my mouth shut until then.

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if only this were a little closer by ...
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Tiny houses are often made of toxic gick and designed to cost an arm and a leg, but the Ant Village has figured out how to build their cozy abodes for just a few hundred dollars and no toxic mess!

Participants will get to experience life on the lab and pick up some empowering skills! You'll leave knowing how to roundwood frame, how to design for a sod roof, good drainage and above all low heating and cooling energy costs. Anyone can learn and build! Let's get started!

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From this post in the Cooper Cabin thread, here's a recent video of both of the wheaton labs wofatis:

Destiny Hagest wrote:When Julianne and her family came out to Wheaton Labs, they took a LOT of video footage.

Here's a video they took of the Wofatis, how cool!

(Read more about Julianne and dirtpatcheaven here.)

It was really fun to hear Julianne's "oooh's" and "aahhh's" when she first walked in to Cooper Cabin!
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