Workshop Info

2017 & 2018 Yurt Buliding Workshops Dates:

Collecting Yurt Materials: $100 plus tax
Saturday November 18, 2017 (early arrival is on Friday evening is optional if travelling from afar)

Coppice Woodland & Charcoal Making: Free
Sunday November 19, 2017

Yurt Frame Constuction Workshop: $360 plus tax 
Friday April 20th-Sunday April 22, 2018

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Building one’s own shelter is an incredibly empowering experience. Our workshops take the participant on an experiential education journey involving many aspects of traditional and natural building practices.

We offer weekend yurt building workshops for interested builders and one day yurt education experiences for community & youth groups, schools and for professional development oppurtuniuties. 

 

Collection, Coppice & Construction - A Series of Yurt Building Workshops

We are excited to announce a series of yurt building workshop in April & November 2017. These types of workshops are geared towards folks who want to actively make a yurt over the winter months and complete a yurt frame in the spring. Register for one to get you started or register for all three!

Collecting yurt poles in the fall is best. Your wood will shrink and crack less because the sap levels are lower. Harvesting poles before the snow is much easier and it's a beautiful season to be working in the woodlands!

1. Collecting Yurt Materials - Day Workshop 

In this workshop we will discuss the yurt's history and strengths. We will erect a yurt and take a woodland walk to learn about the best wood for yurt construction. We will build a green wood working break, shave poles and learn about tool sharpening. You will leave with the skills and knowledge to collect, carve and store your poles in readiness for construction. You will also leave with the number and approximate lengths for your custom yurt.

Dates: Saturday November 18th, 2017 9am-6pm. Arrival on Friday November 17th after 7pm is recommended if you are traveling from far.

Where: 6325 Hwy 201, Paradise, NS

Directions: Take exit 19 and follow the signs to Lawrencetown, Paradise. Take the right turn by the convenience store across the river then turn right onto the 201 towards Paradise. Go past the cranberry farm about 3 kms further and it will be on the right.

Cost: $100 plus tax ($115.00) Lunch and snacks are provided

Bring: Work gloves, spare socks, warm waterproof clothing and boots.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve your spot. The deposit is due five days after you have completed the registration. 

2. Coppice Woodland & Charcoal Making – Evening & Following Day 

We will gather together, potluck style and then head into the woods to load and lite a charcoal retort kiln which will burn through out the night. On Sunday we will clear the coppice woodland using hand tools and prepare the freshly cut stumps to regrow, providing yurt poles for the future. This sustainable forest technique is over 3000 years old and can provide a constant supply of raw materials when cut on a cycle. Little Foot Yurts has been harvesting poles at this site for eight years and with the help of volunteers, preparing the healthy regrowth of red Maple coppice.

Dates: Saturday November 18th, 2017 starting at 7pm & Sunday November 19 from 9am-6pm (Sleepover is optional) 

Where: 6325 Hwy 201, Paradise, NS

Directions: Take exit 19 and follow the signs to Lawrencetown, Paradise. Take the right turn by the convenience store across the river then turn right onto the 201 towards Paradise. Go past the cranberry farm about 3 kms further and it will be on the right.

Cost: Free

Bring: Please bring a potluck item for the evening and a snack to share for the next day. We will provide breakfast and a BBQ lunch! Please bring a flashlight, sleeping bag, matt and pillow if you can spending the night.

3. Yurt Frame Construction Workshop – 2.5 Day Workshop

Our two and a half day workshops will provide a thorough introduction to yurts including: coppice as a timber crop, Acadian forest species, making a greenwood working station, using a drawknife, froe and other hand tools, planning and designing your walls, roof, and wheel, and erecting a yurt. Part of our workshops consists of practical issues unique to yurt living, such as heating and insulation. Open to all skill levels and families welcome.  View our detailed outline. 

Children 6 and under are free, children between 7-13 are half price, and 14 and up are normal price. We recommend those people coming with children to have two adults present so you can both get an opportunity to be involved in all activities and discussions.

Dates: Friday April 20th-Sunday April 22, 2018

Where: 1459 White Rock Rd, Wolfville, Nova Scotia

Cost: $360 plus tax, includes cozy yurt camping, gourmet local vegetarian food, and a yurt zine.

Accommodation: Sleep, eat, learn and share with others in comfortable yurts equipped with a log burner. Compost toilets and a warm yurt kitchen is available for dining.

Deposit: A non-refundable deposit of $160 is required to reserve your spot. The deposit is due five days after you have completed the registration. 

Experience our workshops

Yurt Building Workshops
Yurt Education Experiences
Wheel & Canvas Kits
  • Three days of great instruction in a fabulous location. Selene and Alex know their yurts but they also know about community spirit and what motivates strangers to participate and work collectively. I am now in the early stages of planning my ‘glamping’ destination and should have my first yurt built by the end of 2015. One of my favourite moments was the forestry afternoon and the biggest surprise was how quickly the yurts became a shelter. Truly portable, strong and FUN! I recommend the workshops to clients, friends and associates. Gracious hosts, holistic food and awesome energy. A highlight for me on my journey…

    - Laurie Scott, Halifax, NS See more testimonials

    Yurt Education Experiences - for community groups

    Participants will broaden their understanding of the structure, history, and cultural background of the
    yurt – a low impact, sustainable shelter. Through erecting a 200 square foot yurt, we will explore the yurt components and discuss the construction techniques that make these nomadic homes a sustainable shelter. Participants can also build a riving and shaving break, and learn green wood working which could later be applied to any building project. Check out our overview and see examples of groups we have worked with. 

    Building a yurt is an excellent way to bring people together as a team. It enables a group or individual to have ownership over a project and learn the importance of an individual’s worth. The end result is a hand built, creative art piece, a safe space for empowered learning.

    Cost: $350 (not including travel charges) Our normal rental charge of $250 will be applied if you would like to keep the yurt for two days. 

    Wheel & Canvas Kits

    If you are building your own yurt frame, but don't have the skills or instructure to make the canvas covering and wheel, then you can purchase a Wheel & Canvas Kit from us to help your yurt dreams come true!

    The canvas kit includes: wall sections with rot proof skirt, roof cover with grommets and perimeter rope, tension band, canvas door, roof hat with plastic window (your choice of colour for the roof hat), tie downs and steel pegs. 

    The wheel kit includes a steam bent ash wheel complete with square mortices and dome sticks. 

    Yurt Resources

    Check out our links page for information on chimney parts, recommended wood stoves and reading material.