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.

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 with the above information.

Available Spaces: 0

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: 0

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: 100

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 ( 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: 0