2018 Intro to Tiny House Design and Building Workshop

The Tiny Home Building Weekend Introductory Course

June 22nd – June 24th, 2018

An innovative tiny home design and building education weekend, geared toward those interested in alternative small dwellings

in the

  • Pros and cons of tiny living
  • The types of tiny homes, and how to choose the right one for you
  • The basic “rules” of tiny homes, including sizes, lengths, and other limitations
  • Your dream floor plan and how to lay it out in scale
  • Technical topics like “The Big 5”, of orientation, thermal mass, insulation, glazing, and ventilation
  • How to plan your project like a master, and know what to do first, second, third…
  • Mechanical topics like heat, water, waste, and electricity
  • Construction basics, including framing, insulation, flooring, windows and doors, roofing, plumbing, and so on!

Course Details

The two day event will be held at the O.U.R. Ecovillage in Shawnigan Lake on June 22nd (6:00 – 9:00 pm), 23rd (9:00 – 5:00 pm) and 24th (9:00 – 5:00 pm). There are dormitories and camping spaces available for those wishing to stay from out of town. We will be in touch with course registrants with details in April so you can get set up!

Students should bring their laptop or notepad, and any and all questions about tiny space creation and living.

Your instructor is Kenton Zerbin from Edmonton, AB, who is much in demand as a public speaker on the joint topics of permaculture and tiny homes. Kenton incorporates engaging visual presentations, supplementary videos, and hands-on activities. Students will learn step-by-step every aspect needed to design and build their dream small space!

Students should bring their laptop or notepad, and any and all questions about tiny space creation and living.

Kenton Zerbin is a passionate teacher and ambassador for sustainable living. For the past five years he has worked as an educator, designer, and consultant, in the field of Permaculture and for the tiny house movement.

Starting his career with a Bachelor of Education, Kenton took up teaching environmental and life education to adults and youth. Seeking content relevant for preparing youth for a sustainable future, Kenton became certified as a Permaculture Designer and then as an international Permaculture Instructor. Kenton’s journey has lead him around the world including a year in Australia, across Canada, into the United States, and to Barbados where he helped found and launch a school for Permaculture.

When not teaching abroad Kenton runs a local teaching business – KZPermaculture.ca – in Alberta where he and his wife live in an off-grid tiny house they designed and built.

Don’t forget to Book your Food and Accommodations!


Over two and a half days, participants will learn the "nuts and bolts" of how to design and build their very own tiny house. Included in this course, we will discuss trailer options, floor plans, legalities and living systems. Students will be walked through the steps of construction, and learn many do's and dont's that will save them grief and money.

Learn how to make your custom tiny home have a responsible ecological footprint, save energy, lower your costs, and be totally tailored to YOUR dreams and needs. The workshop is geared to all skill levels, from custom builders to those who are just beginning their tiny home research journey. We will arm you with all the information you need to avoid pitfalls and get a smooth start!

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June 25th – June 29th, 2018

Tiny Healthy Homes has been teaching these hands-on courses for years and has teamed up with Tiny House Courses B.C. to bring one to the big island, with more in the works around B.C.!

Their experienced team are all Tiny House builders and it consists of: three Red Seal carpenters, an electrician, a plumber and three Tiny house owner/builders. All have a passion for teaching and sharing their knowledge.

What makes OUR Ecovillage so special?

OUR courses are unique from almost all others as you are stepping into OUR ECOVILLAGE – a 25 acre “Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre” and one of the most built out permaculture projects in North America.

For 19 years Our Ecovillage has been working towards “Lawful Permaculture”; having every innovative design and building project that we have created also be fully zoned, permitted & approved by regulatory officials. 

Through partnering with all 3 levels of government, business & corporate sponsors, academia, and the grassroots of the wider community and it’s organizations; at OUR we bring together a range of professionals, permaculture teachers, regulatory folks, and technical stakeholders ready to train others in the next stages of how permaculture projects can become fully legal – like OURS!