Building a Mongolian Round House or Yurt is an easy way to create sheltered space -- use one as a guest house, meditation space, studio or as a main living space!
Using recycled and renewable materials with some expert instruction, we'll construct a yurt in the span of a weekend. Cost will be from $50 to $100 - The more people we have participating, the less expensive the workshop will be. We are charging only to pay our instructors and to cover the cost of materials that haven't been already donated or sourced from the land nearby.
We're looking for bamboo poles, so if you know of anywhere to find some, let us know!
Camping is available, please preregister!
About the instructors:
with Forest Byrd & Kurt Przybilla
Forest Byrd is an artist that is hard to describe in words. With experience in Studio Art, Illustration, Graphic Design, Carpentry, and Woodworking, Forest is narrowing his focus on sustainable building and architecture. He feels a strong sense of urgency to adapt to a new economy. His mission is to blend modern techniques with time-tested principles in building practices and integrate these into city environments. His interest in carpentry began while he was studying Studio Art at California State Long Beach. He has since expanded his studies and work on the east coast with Yurt Building, traditional house construction, solar panel installations, and water collection. Additionally he has created award-winning art for local newspapers like the Altamont Enterprise and Schenectady Gazette. Other hobbies/interests include Kefir connoisseur and cupcake tasting. Forest strives to develop progressive communities anywhere he is, continuously looking for the next big thing and finding out they are actually the smallest things.
Kurt Przybilla is an inventor, writer, producer, and educator. He is co-creator, writer and producer of the Molecularium Project at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he has produced and co-written Molecules to the MAX!, a 3D animated film for Giant Screen IMAX theaters, Molecularium, a digital dome feature, and NanoSpace, a game-based online theme park to teach kids about atoms and molecules. He invented Tetra Tops®, the world’s first spinning top with more than one axis of spin, which were inspired by the works of Buckminster Fuller and have been featured in the New York Times, Popular Science, Baby Einstein, Child and Discover Magazine, as well as at the Smithsonian Institute. He is also co-founder of the Bamboo Institute which seeks to develop and design innovative ways to utilize bamboo to help solve a wide range of problems facing our planet.