Register for EcoNest Workshops

Here you can review and register for all the available workshops.  You may register for a single workshop or choose multiple workshops by adding them to your cart.  Once you complete your selection, just click ‘View Cart’ and you will be taken through the rest of the registration process.

Unable to attend? You have a one-time ability to apply your tuition towards a future workshop. If you cancel two weeks or more prior to the start date, we will refund any amount paid minus a 20% nonrefundable fee. No refunds within 14 days of the start date.

Please note: there may be additional costs for tools, meals, and accommodations. You can find estimated additional costs in the workshop descriptions and a detailed list will be sent to you after registering for class.

If you have any questions or problems, don’t hesitate to contact us asap.

Spring Intensive

Spring 2018

May 7 - May 25

Ashland, Oregon

workshops-intensiveThe EcoNest intensive is an accelerated learning experience in the philosophy and specialized techniques of EcoNest construction. For those desiring the efficiency of time and a discounted price, the EcoNest Intensive is a package of consecutive workshops and seminars offered by EcoNest. This is a very full and challenging hands-on training that will totally change the way you think about shelter and our impact on the planet. This package is well-suited to general contractors and owner-builders and is the core training for future EcoNest Affiliates.

 

Price: $2100.00

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Available Spaces: 3

Spring Timber Framing

Spring 2018

May 7- 11

Ashland, Oregon

timberframe-workshop1Our Timber Framing Workshops gives you hands-on experience in timber framing – a true craft. It offers you a unique opportunity to work with timbers as well as with others of like mind. For some, this experience could be a doorway into the rich world of wooden architecture and perhaps the beginnings of a career in timber framing. Regardless of your intent, the process of transforming a tree into one of the “bones” of a home is magical.

 

Price: $750

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Available Spaces: 0

Spring Straw Clay Walls

Spring 2018

May 14 - May 18

Ashland, Oregon

Bringing the wisdom of nature into the fabric of the home.

clay-06The straw clay wall is the core of the EcoNest building system. In this five day workshop learn how to efficiently wrap a building with a 12” thick blanket of dynamic insulation for health, comfort and building longevity.

Straw Clay Walls may be taken separately as a class on its own or within the EcoNest Intensive.

 

Price: $750

Available Spaces: 4

Spring Homing In Seminar

Spring 2018

May 19, 2018

Ashland, Oregon

hyni-imgDo you dream of living in an authentic home... a legacy of beauty, health and environmental stewardship that reflects your deepest values? Perhaps you have already searched the conventional real estate offerings and realized that to truly fulfill your deepest vision you must build from scratch... a daunting challenge! This seminar will empower you to embark on your unique journey home. Prepare to be inspired as you gather with an intimate group for a deep exploration of all that home can be - a living sanctuary.

Location of workshop to be announced.

Contact us for special group and couple rates.

Price: $125 USD

Couples Price: $225 USD

Available Spaces: 24

Summer 6-Week Apprenticeship Boot Camp

Summer 2018

June 18 - July 27

Ashland, Oregon

Course Description

Note: This apprenticeship is by invitation only. See below to apply. 

This six-week accelerated skill builder will begin before the EcoNest Intensive, include all of the EcoNest Intensive workshops and Seminar, and continue after. Students will develop and hone building skills from foundation to roof framing, completing the shell of an EcoNest under the direct guidance of Robert Laporte and his staff. The course is structured for those wishing to immerse themselves in natural building, expanding both skill and knowledge base. A copy of our book, "The EcoNest Home," will be provided to boot camp students.  This boot camp will be physically and mentally challenging and is not designed for casual learning!

 

What students will learn:

  • Ecological foundations
  • Timber-frame
  • Conventional woodworking skills
  • EcoNest method clay/fiber construction
  • Window and door installation
  • Integration of plumbing and healthy electrical installation
  • Roof framing, sheathing and finished soffit carpentry.
  • Several classroom topics include:  The Principles of Building Biology, Building for Optimum Health, Homing In

Invite Only - Application Requirements:

Submit a letter explaining your interest in attending this course. Include a resume and 3 references.

Enrollment limited to 4 Students.

The cost for the EcoNest Apprenticeship BootCamp is $3000.

Please email robert@econest.com with the above information.

Available Spaces: 4

Summer Intensive

Summer 2018

July 2 - July 20

Ashland, Oregon

workshops-intensiveThe EcoNest intensive is an accelerated learning experience in the philosophy and specialized techniques of EcoNest construction. For those desiring the efficiency of time and a discounted price, the EcoNest Intensive is a package of consecutive workshops and seminars offered by EcoNest. This is a very full and challenging hands-on training that will totally change the way you think about shelter and our impact on the planet. This package is well-suited to general contractors and owner-builders and is the core training for future EcoNest Affiliates.

 

Price: $2100.00

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: 2

Summer Timber Framing

Summer 2018

July 2 - July 6

Ashland, Oregon

timberframe-workshop1Our Timber Framing Workshops gives you hands-on experience in timber framing – a true craft. It offers you a unique opportunity to work with timbers as well as with others of like mind. For some, this experience could be a doorway into the rich world of wooden architecture and perhaps the beginnings of a career in timber framing. Regardless of your intent, the process of transforming a tree into one of the “bones” of a home is magical.

 

Price: $750

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: 3

Summer Straw Clay Walls

Summer 2018

July 9 - July 13

Ashland, Oregon

Bringing the wisdom of nature into the fabric of the home.

clay-06The straw clay wall is the core of the EcoNest building system. In this five day workshop learn how to efficiently wrap a building with a 12” thick blanket of dynamic insulation for health, comfort and building longevity.

Straw Clay Walls may be taken separately as a class on its own or within the EcoNest Intensive.

 

Price: $750

Available Spaces: 5

Summer Homing In Seminar

Summer 2018

July 14, 2018

Ashland, Oregon

hyni-imgDo you dream of living in an authentic home... a legacy of beauty, health and environmental stewardship that reflects your deepest values? Perhaps you have already searched the conventional real estate offerings and realized that to truly fulfill your deepest vision you must build from scratch... a daunting challenge! This seminar will empower you to embark on your unique journey home. Prepare to be inspired as you gather with an intimate group for a deep exploration of all that home can be - a living sanctuary.

Location of workshop to be announced.

Contact us for special group and couple rates.

Price: $125 USD

Couples Price: $225 USD

Available Spaces: 25

*New Workshop* Finishing Intensive

August 13 - 24, 2018

Ganges, Saltspring Island, British Columbia

Join us for a brand new EcoNest workshop!

Finish here now.

Finishing a natural home and seeing all the pieces come together seamlessly is deeply satisfying.

Although it takes a lifetime to learn any craft, the journey is a delight with the right start.

What is the right start?

  • Good design . . . Each decision in the design process should be made with thoughtful intention.
  • Good materials . . . Nature’s beauty is unsurpassed. Let the soul of a tree bring out the best in you.
  • Good workmanship . . . Building is a noble profession founded on craftsmanship. In sharpening your chisel, you sharpen your mind.

Join us on the beautiful Saltspring Island, British Columbia for 10 days of finish work including:

  • Hand-cut roof construction
  • Timber framing
  • Deck building including stair and handrail construction
  • Natural plastering
  • Stone tilework
  • Finish tongue and groove ceiling carpentry
  • EcoNest Homing In: a 1 day seminar exploring natural building and your nesting instinct

Price: $1500

Note: You will need to bring your own tools. Depending on what you own, you can plan to spend $300-$400 on tools. A complete list of recommended and required tools will be provided upon registration.

Available Spaces: 5

Homing In Seminar

Late Summer 2018

August 19, 2018

Saltspring Island, British Columbia

hyni-imgDo you dream of living in an authentic home... a legacy of beauty, health and environmental stewardship that reflects your deepest values? Perhaps you have already searched the conventional real estate offerings and realized that to truly fulfill your deepest vision you must build from scratch... a daunting challenge! This seminar will empower you to embark on your unique journey home. Prepare to be inspired as you gather with an intimate group for a deep exploration of all that home can be - a living sanctuary.

Contact us for special group and couple rates.

Price: $125 USD

Couples Price: $225 USD

Available Spaces: 100

Fall 6-Week Apprenticeship Boot Camp

Fall 2018

September 3 - October 12

Ashland, Oregon

Course Description

Note: This apprenticeship is by invitation only. See below to apply. 

This six-week accelerated skill builder will begin before the EcoNest Intensive, include all of the EcoNest Intensive workshops and Seminar, and continue after. Students will develop and hone building skills from foundation to roof framing, completing the shell of an EcoNest under the direct guidance of Robert Laporte and his staff. The course is structured for those wishing to immerse themselves in natural building, expanding both skill and knowledge base. A copy of our book, "The EcoNest Home," will be provided to boot camp students.  This boot camp will be physically and mentally challenging and is not designed for casual learning!

 

What students will learn:

  • Ecological foundations
  • Timber-frame
  • Conventional woodworking skills
  • EcoNest method clay/fiber construction
  • Window and door installation
  • Integration of plumbing and healthy electrical installation
  • Roof framing, sheathing and finished soffit carpentry.
  • Several classroom topics include:  The Principles of Building Biology, Building for Optimum Health, Homing In

Invite Only - Application Requirements:

Submit a letter explaining your interest in attending this course. Include a resume and 3 references.

Enrollment limited to 4 Students.

The cost for the EcoNest Apprenticeship BootCamp is $3000.

Please email robert@econest.com with the above information.

Available Spaces: 3

Fall Intensive

Fall 2018

September 17 - October 5

Ashland, Oregon

workshops-intensiveThe EcoNest intensive is an accelerated learning experience in the philosophy and specialized techniques of EcoNest construction. For those desiring the efficiency of time and a discounted price, the EcoNest Intensive is a package of consecutive workshops and seminars offered by EcoNest. This is a very full and challenging hands-on training that will totally change the way you think about shelter and our impact on the planet. This package is well-suited to general contractors and owner-builders and is the core training for future EcoNest Affiliates.

 

Price: $2100.00

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Fall Timber Framing

Fall 2018

September 17 - September 21

Ashland, Oregon

timberframe-workshop1Our Timber Framing Workshops gives you hands-on experience in timber framing – a true craft. It offers you a unique opportunity to work with timbers as well as with others of like mind. For some, this experience could be a doorway into the rich world of wooden architecture and perhaps the beginnings of a career in timber framing. Regardless of your intent, the process of transforming a tree into one of the “bones” of a home is magical.

 

Price: $750

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Fall Straw Clay Walls

Fall 2018

September 24 - September 28

Ashland, Oregon

Bringing the wisdom of nature into the fabric of the home.

clay-06The straw clay wall is the core of the EcoNest building system. In this five day workshop learn how to efficiently wrap a building with a 12” thick blanket of dynamic insulation for health, comfort and building longevity.

Straw Clay Walls may be taken separately as a class on its own or within the EcoNest Intensive.

 

Price: $750

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Fall Homing In Seminar

Fall 2018

September 29

Ashland, Oregon

hyni-imgDo you dream of living in an authentic home... a legacy of beauty, health and environmental stewardship that reflects your deepest values? Perhaps you have already searched the conventional real estate offerings and realized that to truly fulfill your deepest vision you must build from scratch... a daunting challenge! This seminar will empower you to embark on your unique journey home. Prepare to be inspired as you gather with an intimate group for a deep exploration of all that home can be - a living sanctuary.

Location of workshop to be announced.

Contact us for special group and couple rates.

Price: $125 USD

Couples Price: $225 USD

Available Spaces: 25

Japanese Tools & Joinery

Fall 2018

October 15 - October 21

Ashland, OR

No other culture brings the forest element home as does the Japanese. We are proud to host Renowned Japanese Woodworker Dale Brotherton (http://www.japanesecarpentry.com). Dale, together with Robert Laporte, will lead a maximum of eight students in this rare opportunity to bring together tools, trees and tradition for an intensive woodworker’s experience.

This is very much a hands-on experience that will provide each student with priceless knowledge that can then be applied to whatever type of woodworking project one chooses to pursue. Traditional Japanese joinery and construction methods will be used with the emphasis on setting up and understanding Japanese hand tools; Chisels, Saws and Hand-planes. We’ll begin with basic sharpening techniques on chisels, then move into sharpening and conditioning of a Japanese hand-plane. All aspects of the plane will be covered including ura-dashi (hammering out the blade back for flattening), proper configuration of the ura-za (chip breaker) to enable reverse grain planing and fine tuning of the block to ensure uniform shavings. Each student is encouraged to bring at least 1 new plane and we guarantee you will be creating shavings like a pro by the end of the class. With tools ready to go, we demonstrate basic Japanese style layout and then cutout of all the jointery with the hand tools. Finish all the surfaces with our hand-planes. Then assemble the pieces like a huge puzzle, locking the frame together with wedges and pins. Bring your Mallet!!

Upon registration, you will receive a comprehensive list of tools you will be required to bring to the workshop.

 

Price: $895

Available Spaces: 4