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.
Yurt Building Workshops - for individuals
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 21 6pm-Sunday April 23 5pm, 2017
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.
2017 Yurt Buliding Workshops Dates:
Yurt Frame Construction: $360 plus tax
Friday April 21-Sunday April 23
Experience our workshops
Yurt Education Experiences
At Little Foot Yurts we run yurt building workshops to share our knowledge and passion about natural building. We want to make yurt building accessible and provide our customers with the more difficult components like the wheel and coverings.
Our wheel kit includes a hand split bent ash wheel custom made to your yurt size and all the rope you need to complete your yurt frame.
You build the frame and we will custom tailor your coverings.
Tailoring a 17ft yurt canvas kit takes approximately 2 weeks.
A completed 17ft yurt with all its coverings. Our canvas kits includes the wall sections with rot proof skirt, roof canvas with perimeter rope, tension band, canvas door, tie downs, pegs and eight pointed roof hat with window (colour of your choice for roof hat).
Since 2007 we have been running our yurt building workshops. Housed in three winterized yurts, twently people from all over come to learn about building a yurt in the middle of the winter!
After an evening meal and getting to know each other the group starts making the yurt wall.
Stringing a yurt wall together is fun and only takes a few hours to complete!
The outdoor woodland workshop.
Happy yurt builders and their finished yurt wall!
The group will combine their yurt wall with the additional yurt components provided and erect the entire yurt frame.
Once erected the group tests out the theories of the yurt’s inherent strength.
A woodland walk helps us to identify Acadian tree species. Poles are then cut in preparation for the next day's work.
A fire keeps everyone warm as all of the building is done outside.
Felt panels and wood stoves keep everyone warm during the indoor sessions and throughout the night.
Wildlife such as deer, birds of prey, rabbits and sheep are often spotted during the workshops!
The yurt camp is on top of a south facing hill where the sunlight and sheep are always in sight!
Your local yurt builders; Alex & Selene Cole!
Silas Hanavan; our good friend & apprentice yurt builder with little Rawly Cole.
Using the drawknife is a fun and soothing process, one that connects you to the wood and to building your own shelter!
One of our yurts has a fully felted cover including this beautiful roof cover! We collected wool from NS sheep farmers, Legacy Lane Fibre Mill felted the panels and we tailored them to fit.
A variety of hand tools will be introduced throughout the workshop and proper sharpening techniques will also be covered.
Many yurt related, natural building and geographical books will be availible to read.
The kitchen yurt houses everyone for meals and snacks.
The workshops are intensive, however if the snow depth is right, there's always a little time for coasting down the hill!
Nighttime in the yurt village.
At the end of the workshop you will have skills to build your own yurt, have connected with other yurt building enthusiasts and be part of a an exciting movement where shelter can inspire.
Our yurt education experiences involve setting up a 200 square foot yurt. Participants will broaden their understanding of the structure, history, and cultural background of the yurt – a low impact, sustainable shelter.
Through erecting the yurt, we will explore the yurt components and discuss the construction techniques that make these nomadic homes a sustainable shelter.
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.
Children between the ages of 6-8 can help to erect a 12ft yurt!
The hands on nature of our workshops allows everyone to be involved and learn valuable skills in group participation.
The circular shape of the yurt and absence of corners allows everyone inside a safe, equalizing space, perfect for educational activities.
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
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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.
Check out our links page for information on chimney parts, recommended wood stoves and reading material.