2 full days covering tiny house planning, lifestyle, design & building

Learn what it takes to build a tiny house and decide whether tiny house living is for you.  In this workshop by members of the Tiny House Collaborative, you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced tiny house builders, designers and advocates through presentations, hands-on design activities, Q&A sessions, house tours, round-table discussions and more!

Topics include:

  • Intro to tiny houses & “Is tiny right for you?”
  • Major decisions overview
  • Planning your build – budget, construction, DIY
  • Intro to tiny house design & design exercises
  • Framing & basic building techniques
  • Plumbing, electrical & propane systems
  • Toilet & gray water options – composting and more!
  • Thermal envelope – insulation and ventilation
  • Zoning issues, regulations – how and where to park or build
  • Layout considerations and design tricks
  • Lifestyle design – appliances, pets, relationships and more!


  • Tiny House 101 + Community & Zoning (2 full days) = $359 per person or $700 for two
  • Tiny House 101 Only (1.5 days) = $299 per person or $589 for two
  • Community & Zoning Only (0.5 days) = $99 per person or $198 for two
  • Ticket sales END 3 days before the event, on midnight of Wednesday 11/8

Special Bonus

On Sunday we’ll be touring at least one custom-built tiny house on wheels.

During the tour, you’ll hear first hand experiences from the home owner(s). We’ll also break into groups to discuss specifics of the trailers, construction methods and systems used on each THOW.

We believe tiny house workshops should be like tiny houses:
small, intimate, and designed to your individual needs.

With a cap of 40 participants and 4 expert instructors, your experience is guaranteed to be unique, intimate and informative.

Our Expert Presenters

Each of your instructors built and live in their own tiny houses and have many years of experience in tiny house design, construction, zoning, community formation, utility systems, financing, lifestyle, downsizing, and more.
Lee Pera
Lee PeraBoneyard Studios
Jewel Pearson
Jewel PearsonTiny House Trailblazers

Learn more about our team

Here’s what past attendees have to say:

“The weekend was a life-changing experience. Money is pretty tight for me so I was really hoping I wouldn’t regret the investment but this workshop exceeded all of my expectations!”

– 2016 Austin workshop participant

“This was one of the best workshops I have attended. You all were AWESOME. The workshop was extremely informative, thoughtful, funny, and hands on. The passion, soul, and heart of tiny house living really came through. There was a continuity in the presentations. There was a genuine connection with the presenters and attendees.”

– 2016 DC workshop participant

“This workshop was everything I expected and more. I learned so much about the tiny house process. I am now even more certain of my dreams to live tiny and can’t wait to get started.”

– 2016 DC workshop participant

“The workshop was well worth the price of admission. The presenters were all great and extremely knowledgeable and can honestly say I learned something from each of them. I appreciate being able to see there homes in person – a definite highlight of the workshop.”

– 2016 DC workshop participant

“I could not have been more pleased with the workshop. Well done! All the presenters were so well informed and each brought their unique insight to the presentation and complemented each other’s perspectives very well.”

– 2016 Ojai Workshop participant

“The presenters are some of the nicest and approachable people I’ve met, and are willing to answer any question you could think of.”

– 2016 Austin workshop participant

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We’re limiting this event to 40 participants to insure that you get one-on-one time with our instructors.

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Details & Location

The workshop will be held in or near New Orleans, LA. Venue TBD.

Date & Time:

  • Tiny House 101 Starts: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 9:00 AM (Central Time)
  • Tiny House 101 Ends: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:00 PM (Central Time)
  • Community & Zoning Starts: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM (Central Time)
  • Community & Zoning Ends: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM (Central Time)

Workshop includes:

  • All workshop materials & printouts
  • FREE 50% off coupon for Tiny Project or SolHaus tiny house plans ($125 – $195 value)
  • Coffee & snacks (there are lunch options nearby and recommendations will be given at the workshop)
  • Happy hour with all presenters on Saturday evening (optional)
  • Tours of at least one custom built tiny house on wheels
  • Several lucky winners to receive special prizes!

What to bring:

  • Curiosity
  • Enthusiasm
  • A thirst for knowledge and a refillable water bottle!

Special Offer

Included with your ticket purchase

FREE 50% off coupon for Tiny Project or SolHaus tiny house plans ($125 – $195 value)

Simply register for this event, and after the weekend we’ll send your special coupon code.

Still unsure? Here are more glowing reviews!

“Two days ago to today I definitely feel more grounded and have more of a process in my head of how to plan the build, what kind of trailer to buy, these were all questions that I had before I came.  You can look online for days, for months, but until you talk to multiple people that are doing it right now, you don’t get some of those questions answered that you could if you came to a workshop like this.”

– Boneyard Studios’ Tiny House Design Workshop participant in DC

You probably get this a lot, but thank you for showing me in a tangible way that there is another way to live – for helping me see that I am strong enough to effect change in my life.  You were so inspiring – nobody has ever opened my eyes in that way before and I am really motivated to make a change.

– 5 Day Immersive Workshop Attendee in Ogilvie, MN

“Lina kept us on track and on time, but not in a strict way. Her organization and presentation of information (power points) was excellent. She has the real life experience of building tiny, and her insights about tiny, sustainable design were spot on. She is also a skilled educator, finding ways to best help each student move from where they are, forward. Lina helped me remember my inspiration, and she further inspired me to reach for my dreams.”

– A Design Workshop Student in Portland, OR

“Down-to-earth, accessible, and inspiring, Lee was an enthusiast about her adventure and so willing to build community.  She’s experienced the highs and lows of it all.  My head is now out of the clouds, and I know the things that need to be tackled or considered before I can embark on such a journey.”

– Boneyard Studios’ Tiny House Design Workshop participant in DC

The biggest surprise was B.A.’s testimony – so genuine and inspirational! Seeing each step of the building process and hearing her experience was extremely valuable.  I loved her interactive activities that helped me envision my own tiny house.

Workshop Attendee in San Diego, CA

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We’re limiting this event to 40 participants to insure that you get one-on-one time with our instructors.

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Cancellation Policy: If an emergency arises and you are no longer able to attend, full refunds (minus service charge) will be given if you request to cancel at least 21 days prior to the event. In order to get an accurate head count for venue booking and participant resources, no refunds can be given after October 20, 2017.

Tiny House Collaborative reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time if participant count is too low to cover workshop costs. Please arrange travel at your own risk until we send final confirmation that the workshop is a go.