Skip to main content

Currently Scheduled Shelter CoursesSee Full list of Archived Shelter Courses

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

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 19th, 2018  –  Sun, Sep 23rd, 2018
Instructor: Randy Schnobrich
Teaser image for Build Your Own Yurt

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…
Mon, Nov 26th, 2018  –  Thu, Nov 29th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
Sat, Dec 1st, 2018  –  Tue, Dec 4th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus
9 days
Teaser image for Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Timber Frame: Build Your Own, Smaller Frames

Tired of unimaginative, small outbuilding kits available from your local lumberyard? Explore all the basic elements of timber frame construction and take home a hand-crafted building. More than 100 timber frame buildings have been built and raised throughout the country by North House students since 1997.  During the first days…
Fri, Jul 6th, 2018  –  Sat, Jul 14th, 2018
Instructor: Gerald David
4 Days
Teaser image for Yurt Building: Design and Construction

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 1st, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 4th, 2018
Instructor: Ian Andrus