The Silver Bullet Hits the Road to teach Sustainability

Can you help us get out on the road to teach others about living sustainable lifestyles?
We will be leaving Massachusetts on June 1st and travel across the country to many ‘Pop UP’ stops at private and public locations. In order for us to fund this tour, we have started an IndieGoGo campaign. Please consider donating what you can and pick your reward here: http://bit.ly/1TVPrv6.
Fall-1025 - This was presented by tiny house rock star, Andrew Morrison when he spoke in Brazil!

Fall-1025 – This was presented by tiny house rock star, Andrew Morrison when he spoke in Brazil! 

I need just a little more of your help to complete it! Every dollar will help us along our way!
 
We finished The Silver Bullet Tiny House last fall and we are now ready to hit the road. Can you help us? If you are not able to contribute, you pass the word on to those who are interested in sustainable lifestyle education for all Americans.
Thank you.

June Tiny House Tours/Workshops at the Klay Winery

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Come to the beautiful Laurel mountains, 65 miles SE of Pittsburgh, PA. and learn all about tiny houses on wheels. Take a 30 minute tour of the charming Silver Bullet Tiny House, by designer, builder, artist and author, Vera Struck for $15. You will discover repurposed and reclaimed resources, renewable energy systems, a zero waste, off-grid tiny house on wheels made from sustainable non-toxic materials. For the serious tiny house enthusiasts we recommend the 3 hour workshop  $75., where you will learn tiny house building systems, tiny house decisions about trailers, materials, building design, parking, zoning, etc.

30 minute tours for the tiny house curious, $15., $20 at the door. Pre-purchase your tickets here for whichever day you wish to come. Pre-ticket holders get preference over at the door buyers.

The 30 minute tours are limited to 12 attendees per session

June 11th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM)

June 12th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM)

June 18th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM)

June 19th: 30 minute tour (on the hour 10AM, 11AM, 1PM, 2PM)

The 3 hour tiny house workshop gets you:

• entrance to the enchanting grounds of the Christian W. Klay Winery

• 3 hour tour and workshop in and around the Silver Bullet Tiny House. Learn about the tiny house movement and Vera’s personal tiny house journey. Ms. Struck will share her building envelope design based on bio-mimicry. She will discuss many of the tiny house decisions that face those enthusiast’s curious about the movement. Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, downsizing transitions, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

• Includes light refreshments, and building resource samples (as long as they last, so register early)

• a copy of her e-book, “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life” will be included in the tour/workshop

• after each workshop the Christian W. Klay Winery will provide a wine tasting

June 11th: 9-12 AM Limited to 12 attendees 

June 18th: 9-12 AM Limited to 12 attendees

If you are planning an entire weekend of enjoyment in the Laurel Highlands, we suggest:

• enjoying one of the many local white water rafting challenges

• visiting one of the three Frank Lloyd Wright homes (including Falling Water, 10 minutes away)

• visit the Ridge Runner Distillery across the street

• take in a swim, golf, a spa treatment, or a holistic healing session at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Comments about her book:
Once I started reading Living the Sustainable Tiny Life, I couldn’t put it down. In addition to Vera’s inspiring personal journey, she gives the reader a detailed look at how and why she designed each element of her house the way that she did. I was surprised to learn that she managed to get her floor to have an R value of 33 with an ingenious design and construction method. I definitely recommend this book for anyone considering but isn’t sure if they can gain the skills required to do it themselves. Living the Sustainable Tiny Life will give you the kick you need to get moving!” – Ethan Waldman, Tiny House Designer/Builder/Dweller/Author of Tiny House DecisionsTiny House Parking
Other comments about her e-book by tiny house movement leaders can be seen here.

 

How 2016 Begins for the Silver Bullet Tiny House

Yikes! It has been a busy 2015 bringing the Silver Bullet Tiny House to 95% completion, facilitating my own and other tiny house leader workshops, speaking regionally and nationally. The good news, is that I’ll finally be able to get out on the road and meet you all and have the privilege of inspiring others to live the “sustainable tiny life”. The bad news is that my commitment to my sustainable education non-profit, my funding work, tiny house community work and construction have kept me too busy to blog frequently. That will change.

I am still refining the interior and waiting to install the wooden stove (it has taken months to be hand-crafted carefully) and add the permanent solar solution before trekking out on tour this summer. I am so excited to help others dive deeper into new renewable technologies, smarter products, re-up their resource stewardship, learn reclamation and resource repurposing, understand social and cultural responsibility, improve their sustainable lifestyle choices and find more affordable and efficient ways to embed those into their lifestyles.

Most of all, I cannot wait to meet all of my fellow tinyhousers and hear your amazing stories and journeys to a simpler more substantive lifestyle.

This year I will be blogging from the road about our direct engagement and outreach to individuals, families and workers through our continued speaking engagements, co-sponsoring of workshop events, and our Silver Bullet Tiny House American tour this summer. The tour schedule is just beginning to take shape and will remain fluid with stops at corporate sponsor locations, universities, schools and community locations across the country. The tour schedule will be posted later in Spring. See you down the road…if you have an organization, college, university or tiny house group along the way that would value a visit, please notify me in the comments.

In the mean time, a quick heads-up about my mentor, Deek Diedricksen, tiny house luminary extraordinare. He has a stellar cast of tiny housers at his next workshop, Feb. 5-7 at an amazing venue, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton. My friend Palo, Martin, and others will be speaking and working right along with you! Make sure you sign up quickly as he sells out fast! Click on this link, BUILD SMALL.

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Note from the fashion world. What do you do with leftovers from a tiny house or micro shelter build? I have free-cycled them, given them away AND repurposed them into eco couture to raise money for one of my other favorite sustainability non-profits, Long Way Home. Check this out from Benjamin Obdyke:

http://www.benjaminobdyke.com/education-events/slicker-becoming-a-fashion-accessory/

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A Not So “Tiny” New Year Announcement

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A Not So “Tiny” New Year Announcement

We are pleased to announce that on December  31, 2015 EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), powerful online research database, donated funds to sponsor a solar renewable energy system to TerraBluTeams.org, our 501c3 non-profit, to complete a unique sustainable education project built in Massachusetts.

Ms. Vera Struck, explains that her project, Silver Bullet Tiny House, is an innovative example of sustainable renewable energy design and is based on bio-mimicry. She will inspire individuals with the Silver Bullet at regional workshops, and institutions, capping off a summer tour in Colorado Springs, August 5-7th, 2016, at the 2nd International Tiny House Jamboree.

Struck said,” The Silver Bullet Tiny House is an excellent classroom exhibit for living a sustainable lifestyle. All the materials were sustainably vetted and are non-toxic; of which 60% are reclaimed and repurposed resources. EBSCO gave us our first seed money to develop sustainable lifestyle curriculum and has provided scholarships for dozens of students to our hands-on Living the Sustainable Tiny Life workshops since 2012. We are thrilled they will be helping us complete the project to enable us to expand our educational outreach.”
 
EBSCO will sponsor an event this Spring at their Ipswich facility kicking off the TerraBluTeams National Sustainable Lifestyle Tour. The Silver Bullet Tiny House has been featured globally on Youtube, and the personal story of Ms. Struck’s tiny house journey was recently released in an e-book, “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”.

Fall Events Update

Nov. 4, 2015 Keynote Speaker for “Poverty Matters” Study Group, Newburyport, MA.

Screen Shot 2015-09-30 at 9.55.27 AMVera will be speaking about her personal Silver Bullet challenge and the journey to meet the goal she set out for herself in 2010. She will connect the dots for the study group by examining how the tiny house movement is not only the sustainability imperative at work but also a solution to global warming and the affordable housing crisis.

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November 14th, 2015, 12 – 4 PM –  Newbury, MA.  $75.

The Silver Bullet Tiny House Journey – Tour – Workshop  

***  Sign up now, before it sells out!!!
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Meet a local tiny house designer/builder and learn more about her tiny house journey and the tiny house movement. Tour the Silver Bullet Tiny House on wheels and discover all its reclaimed, recycled, non-toxic, sustainable and net-zero waste building materials and systems. How to transition into a sustainable lifestyle will be discussed with practical tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint quickly.
Limited to 12 attendees.
Comments from former attendees:
“If your longing to live the tiny life I highly recommend attending Vera’s workshop as a first step. Not only will you get to see, touch, and feel an actual tiny house but Vera will share with you her story, her experiences, and knowledge gained by extensive research and trial and error. I left her workshop with a bigger appreciation for the Tiny house way of life and for the movement as a whole. I now have a better understanding of the social, economic, environmental, and cultural effects this intentional way of living supports and impacts. 
So inspired to start my THOW journey real soon! ” Sophie T.
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“I also really enjoyed all the sustainability information that you shared with us. We are definitely starting to see a trend in people who we talk to: those who are environmentally conscious, and those who are financially conscious. I love that your nonprofit strives to show people that they can have both.” Megan M.
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“I definitely learned a lot about how tiny houses are constructed, and providing us with some of the building materials you used was incredibly useful. The game we played at the end of the tour also really helped put everything into perspective – it was definitely a great learning process when we wrote down the top 5 things we should consider before building a tiny house.” Jay W.
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“I greatly appreciate your willingness to open up your home and heart to us and share with us your values as well as your challenges.” Mika IW.

Trailer modification, design process, framing, sheathing, downsizing transitions, insulation and energy systems will be covered. Includes light refreshments, building samples and 30 minute Q&A session. Bring your sense of humor!!

To Register click PayPal button below and we will email you instructions and directions.

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Deek’s video of the Silver Bullet Tiny House he made last month here.
 ***All proceeds go to support sustainability education at www.terrabluteams.org.
There are two fully paid scholarships to this workshop available to those in need. To apply, please email taospirit@mac.com with a paragraph about your need and reason for attending. Include contact information & phone. Applications processed within 24 hours.

Oh Happy Day!

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As we head towards the Spring Equinox this evening, I am in awe of nature while being humbled by its force and beauty. I have spent the last two years enjoying my tiny house build outside in the natural environment.

It has had its snowy, cold challenges forcing me into months away from the build each year, but I am getting close now to completion. And will begin again next week. I’m singing Oh Happy Day!

On this International Day of Happiness, I am grateful to be approaching the last leg of my 5 year goal, the completion of a net zero tiny house as a sustainable lifestyle education module! Thanks you to all my workshop attendees, volunteers, tour folks, students, and, of course, friends and family for helping me get here!

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Today, an article about my tiny house in the local newspaper…the Newburyport Daily News!

 

 

1st Silver Bullet Tiny House Sustainable Swap Social

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Sponsored and underwritten by the sustainability non-profit, terrabluteams.org, the first Silver Bullet Tiny House Social/Retreat empowered attendees with skills and information about choices required to approach a more sustainable tiny life.

This tiny house social/retreat differs from other workshops by facilitating and nurturing the whole sustainable tiny life, not just the construction build. With hands-on demonstrations of resource repurposing, barter strategies, tiny life transitioning skills, composting, organic local food, attendees experience skills needed  to achieve resiliency in a world being depleted of its resources.

Particpants honed their new construction skills building a simple worktable needed for their future tiny house builds, installing 2nd and 3rd stage projects such as window installation, rain screen application, vented roofing and insulation, and how to turn trash into treasure. Attendees made earrings of recycled plastic in their own custom design. Sunday morning after a leisurely breakfast, folks were guided into yogic meditation by Kelsey Max Klibansky.

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The next weekend retreat, July 19-20, will include sustainable composting, several 2nd-3rd stage tiny house construction projects, with local organic dinners included, fire pit socials, barter skills, trash to treasure projects, speakers, and other chapters on how to apply the sustainable/resiliency filter to your life’s design choices. Learn new skills, socialize, camp out, visit the Pqrker River.

To register for the July 19-20, 2014 Silver Bullet Tiny House Retreat (SOLD OUT)!!

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“Aaahhh, so that’s what a rain screen looks like”.

And as she says that, other participants work overtime with repurposing ideas for the left overs into a slew of creative fashion statements so they don’t end up in a land fill.

Installing a recycled window found by the roadside:

 

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