The Spring Guide to Conferences, Workshops, and eCourses

There are seven learning styles most commonly recognized.

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

While visual learners fair best with hands on approaches, verbal learners find more success in lecture scenarios. Physical learners can learn no other way than to just do it yet logical learners often plot and plan before ever making one physical movement. Lucky for the tiny house community there has become a huge market of workshops, conferences, eCourses that seemingly cater to each learning style. The trick is to sort through them all and find the one that works best for you. Here is a guide to some of Springs best offerings.


The 3rd annual Tiny House Conference will be held on April 2-3 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, North Carolina. A combination of hands-on training, lecture style learning, speaker presentations, and walk-through tours, this conference option is certainly the biggest of the spring months. This years conference boasts no less than nine well-known speakers including Laura LaVoie, Lora Higgins, Andrew Morrison, and Lena Menard. Also on site will be 8 tiny houses of varying styles that can be walked through, examined, and adored! Entry tickets are $300 and can be purchases on the conference website.


Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has been offering 2-day workshops for years now and has produced a number of “graduates” who have gone on to successfully build their own tiny houses. The workshops are lecture driven but are packed with insightful and extensive information including personal anecdotes and experiences of actual owner/builders. These workshops cover every aspect of Tumbleweed building and living. Spring workshop locations include Phoenix, Houston, Minneapolis, and Boulder. The registration fee is $349 and can be purchased online.


This one-week design intensive will take place in Asheville, NC on April 4-8 immediately following the Tiny House Conference. Hosted by Lina Menard of Niche Consulting, the workshop is facilitated by three instructors – Laura LaVoie of Life in 120 Square Feet, John Labovitz of Polymecca and Lina Menard of Niche Consulting – who have all designed and built their own tiny homes.

Laura and her partner Matt live in a tiny off-grid ground-bound home in North Carolina, John has parked his tiny house truck in the orchard at his family farm in West Virginia, and Lina lives in her vardo in a tiny house community in Oregon.

The 4-day workshop will cover inspiration and aspiration as participants discuss layout, size, and shape. Attendees will go on tours to see tiny houses in a community and a tiny house builder’s facility. Classroom sessions will dig into design considerations related to windows, doors, kitchens, bathrooms, and built-ins. Cost is $495.


On March 26 and 27 in our nation’s capitol, the team from Tiny House Collaborative will be hosting a 2-day workshop that will teach the basics of how to build a tiny house as well as decide if tiny living is right for you. While in Washington, D.C., participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced tiny house builders, designers, and advocates. You can find out more about the team here.

Some of the topics being presented include:

  • Intro to tiny houses & the tiny house movement
  • Planning your build – budget, construction, DIY
  • Tiny House Lifestyle
  • Major Decisions
  • Trailer or foundation built
  • Framing & basic building techniques

TH Lab workshops include:

  • All workshop materials
  • Snacks (there are numerous lunch options nearby and recommendations will be given at the workshop)
  • Cash bar happy hour with all presenters on Saturday evening (optional)
  • Tours of local tiny house(s)
  • Six tiny house luminaries as presenters and instructors
  • Special surprise bonus for DC workshop attendees

Standard pricing is $399 per person or $700 for two people.


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