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Currently Scheduled Shelter Courses

5 Days
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Build Thoreau's Cabin: Basic Building Skills Workshop

Pick up your hammer! This course is designed for students with little or no building experience who want to build a tiny home, small cabin or workshop. The techniques for building a small frame building are not only for the skilled carpenter; nearly anyone can come away from this course…
Wed, Sep 20th, 2017  –  Sun, Sep 24th, 2017
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
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Build Your Own Yurt

Create 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…
Fri, Jun 30th, 2017  –  Mon, Jul 3rd, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus
2 Days
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Building With Stone: The Basics & Beyond

Immerse yourself in a stone building workshop at the Round River Farm (48 miles southwest of Grand Marais). The farm is an operating organic Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm that works toward balancing its needs with what the land can provide. It's the perfect setting for this building with stone…
Sat, Jul 29th, 2017  –  Sun, Jul 30th, 2017
Instructor: David Abazs
4 Days
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Yurt Building: Design and Construction

Whether you’re looking for a spare bedroom, office, studio, tent, sauna, summer cabin, or just looking to reduce your footprint, the yurt may be the answer. Yurts are ancient, portable shelters and one of the classic inventions of human history: simple, efficient, easy to heat, sturdy, and beautiful inside and…
Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 5th, 2017
Instructor: Ian Andrus