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Build Your Own Yurt

Course Overview

Create for yourself a comfortable living space: a spare bedroom, office, studio, sauna, or whatever else you can dream up. The 18-foot yurt is an excellent shelter option that provides comfortable living arrangements for all four seasons. Working with skilled yurt builders, you’ll build a simple yurt, complete with a door and two windows, ready to be loaded into your car and set up at your yurt site. The course includes constructing the wooden framework and sewing the fabric cover, building the rafter ring, windows, and door. The skylight and windows are made of Lexan plexiglass, and the cover is sewn from durable acrylic-coated polyester (choice in color may be possible). Whether you want to have a unique guest room in the backyard or you are interested in a lifestyle that includes living in a circular space with the wilderness outside your door, you can build your own livable shelter in a week and move in the next day!

To make this large project possible, students also need to recruit a group of assistants who journey to North House together to participate in the project (minimum group size 4, max 6). Evening sessions may include a yurt homestead visit, films, a yurt slideshow, or more work on the yurt. This is a big project compacted into a short amount of time. Participants will need to be physically prepared for intensive use of power tools (no prior knowledge needed, just ability), full days of repetitive handwork, and the use of industrial sewing machines. Helpers need to be at least 16 years of age. We'll have fun and take breaks, but this is an intensive course: be prepared to work hard all day and be diligent and focused. Given the unique nature of the course and the small number of participants, please note that North House uses separate tuition payment and cancellation policies for managing this course.


Thu, Dec 12th, 2019  –  Sun, Dec 15th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 4 days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 16+
Registration Cost: $4,995.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

Nearly all required materials will be provided for. Your instructor will discuss any additional or optional materials/tools for the project three weeks prior to the start of the course. Student should plan to bring  a minimum of 3 additional participants (tutition is included) to help with the project on Days 1 & 2, can decrease to a group size of 2 for Days 3 & 4.

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.