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.

April 2020 Timber Framing

April 2020

April  6 - April 10

Ashland, Oregon

Our 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

Boot Camp 2020

Spring 2020

May 4 - June 11

Our 2020 Boot Camp apprenticeship will take place in two locations:

Ashland, Oregon (weeks 1-3 and week 6) and Mesa, Colorado (weeks 4-5)

 

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 3 Students.

The cost for the EcoNest Apprenticeship BootCamp is $3000.

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

Intensive 2020

Spring 2020

May 4 - May 22

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: 2

May 2020 Timber Framing

May 2020

May 11 - May 15

Ashland, Oregon

Our 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: 2

Mastering Straw Clay Walls 2020

Mastering Straw Clay Walls 2020

May 25 - June 4, 2020

Mesa, Colorado

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 extended 10-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: $1250

Available Spaces: 8