Workshop Info

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 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.