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.

2019 EcoNest Spring Apprenticeship

By invite only. Please contact Robert Laporte (robert@econest.com) if you are interested in applying.

After your application has been approved, sign up below at this event.

Spring 2019

May 6 - June 14

Southern Oregon

econest-bootcampThis 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 a small 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. This boot camp will be physically and mentally challenging and is not designed for casual learning!  Only four apprenticeship positions available.

Price: $3000

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.

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

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: 3

May BEN Builder Intensive

Spring 2019

May 20 - May 31

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: $1500.00

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Available Spaces: 4

May 2019 Homing In

Spring 2019

May 25

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.

For a discounted couples price, click on the "View Cart" button below, then select (1) Couples Price.  

Price: $125 USD

Couples Price: $225 USD

Available Spaces: 15

June BEN Builder Intensive

Summer 2019

June 17 - 28

Lafayette, Colorado

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: $1500.00

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: 8

June 2019 Homing In

Summer 2019

June 22

Lafayette, Colorado

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.

 

For a discounted couples price, click on the "View Cart" button below, then select (1) Couples Price.  

Price: $125 USD

Couples Price: $225 USD

Available Spaces: 15

2019 EcoNest Summer Apprenticeship

By invite only. Please contact Robert Laporte (robert@econest.com) if you are interested in applying.

After your application has been approved, sign up below at this event.

Summer 2019

July 1 - August 9

Southern Oregon

econest-bootcampThis 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 a small 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. This boot camp will be physically and mentally challenging and is not designed for casual learning!  Only four apprenticeship positions available.

Price: $3000

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.

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

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: 4

July BEN Builder Intensive

Summer 2019

July 15 - 26

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: $1500.00

Learn more about this workshop >>

Available Spaces: 5

July 2019 Homing In

Summer 2019

July 20

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.

 

For a discounted couples price, click on the "View Cart" button below, then select (1) Couples Price.  

Price: $125 USD

Couples Price: $225 USD

Available Spaces: 15

2019 Japanese Tools & Joinery

Fall 2019

October 21 - October 27

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: 7