Tiny House Fest Vermont

I bringing the Silver Bullet Tiny House to Vermont this weekend! Join me and others who are bringing their homes for you to view!

More details about the event schedule : https://tinyhousefestvermont.com/tiny-house-fest-2017/

Join us in Brattleboro, Vermont for four days of fun, September 1-4 this weekend!

Friday, Day 1 : See Vera’s exquisite reclamation gowns at Gallery Walk on Flat Street

Day 3 : “Living the Sustainable Tiny Life”, Vera’s Talk at 1PM on 1 of 2 Flat Street stages

Day 3 and Day 4: Tour her Silver Bullet Tiny House at the Tiny House Village

For tickets : https://tinyhousefestvermont.com/experience

The Silver Bullet Scholarship Program

TerraBluTeams mission is to teach, motivate, and inspire children and adults to make more informed economic, environmental and social choices to live healthier, more sustainable lifestyles.

I founded the first Massachusetts sustainable lifestyle education 501c3 non-profit in 2011. We have accomplished the following:

  • Two 52-week sustainability practice challenges (2012, 2015)
  • 6 Community Cable shows featuring local sustainability leaders
  • 9 Sustainability Workshops at Festivals, highschools & colleges
  • 6 Reclamation Art Shows benefitting sustainability non-profits
  • 17 Net Zero Silver Bullet Tiny House construction workshops
  • 28 Zero-Waste, Renewable Energy Silver Bullet Tiny House tours
  • 10 Keynote addresses and speaking engagements at industry events, festivals, conferences
  • The Silver Bullet Tiny House Sustainable Lifestyle Design 2016-2017 USA Tour

It is with great pleasure that I announce our 1st Matching Partner in the Silver Bullet Scholarship Program.*

 

DEADLINE for applications, September 5 at midnight.

Announcement directly to applicants via email: September 6 by midnight

*If you or your organization would like to become a matching Silver Bullet Scholarship Partner, please contact verastruck@mac.com. All scholarship partners are in alignment with TerraBluTeams mission.

 

2017 Tiny House Summit

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Sign up for the Tiny House Summit

What is the 2017 Tiny House Summit?

February 20-24  Five Days!

An online conference where you can learn all about tiny houses and small-scale living from tiny house community leaders!

Join the Silver Bullet Tiny House designer/builder/dweller/author, Vera Struck, along with many of her friends and colleagues!

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Silver Bullet Tiny House Sustainable Lifestyle Tour

SBthowWe are so close to our goal!! We have one day left to raise $827. so I can inspire people on my tour this summer. Will you help us?

Fun video …https://youtu.be/m86HCSq_qXA

IndieGoGo campaign link for donations…https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tiny-house-hits-the-road-to-teach-sustainability#/

2016 Events Schedule

As several of my followers have been asking about workshops and tours, I wanted to post some of the events for 2016 even though I am not posting the Summer Tour Schedule yet.

I hope to have a Spring workshop in April and will post it here first! So, please come and see me at any of these events and we can talk “tiny”!

February 5-7, 2016: Speaker at Derek Diedricksen’s Small Build at the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass.

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March 4-6, 2016: Keynote Speaker at the Georgia Tiny House Festival 

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“Why Tiny? Why Now?” Hear from International Tiny House Jamboree speaker, Vera Struck, about the growing social tiny house movement that went viral.  Learn how Vera’s affordable zero-waste tiny house, the Silver Bullet, is a resilient solution to the lack of affordable non-toxic housing, provides relief from the American debt culture, reduces one’s carbon footprint and provides a simpler, free and more substantive life in a world of diminishing resources.

March 16, 2016: Keynote Speaker at the Greater Newburyport Village at the Newburyport 5 Cent Savings Bank Auditorium, 6:30PM.

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April, 2016: BU Sustainability Festival (both campuses)

May 18-19, 2016: Silver Bullet Tiny House Summer Tour Launch and Tour at EBSCO Host Corporate, Ipswich, MA.

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June-September, 2016: Look for the cross-country tour schedule posting in Spring, 2016

August 5-7, 2016: Workshop Facilitator/Speaker at the 2nd International Tiny House Jamboree

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October 8, 2016:  Blue Ocean Music Hall, Salisbury, Mass. 7 PM Rubbish to Runway Fashion Show to benefit Long Way Home.

Our Founder, Vera Struck, will create two new eco-couture fashions for another sustainable education non-profit, Long Way Home, that will be featured at the renowned Rubbish to Runway Refashion Show!

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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.

Meditations on the 1st National Tiny House Jamboree

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Meditations on the 1st National Tiny House Jamboree 

I had been looking forward to speaking at the 1st National Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs for months. After driving for three days straight over 2200 miles from Northern New England, it’s a bit ironic that my car, which has not had a repair issue or breakdown during the ten years I have owned it, died 25 miles from the Jamboree sight in rush hour traffic at 92 degrees.

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I overcame so much to build my Silver Bullet Tiny House, this was just a blip on my radar. Six hours and $782. worth of repairs later, I had a new alternator, battery and wire connections replaced in my oldie, but goodie, 2004 Honda Element EX.

 

 

I arrived at the Mining Museum grounds and saw all sorts of vendors and builders driving in their tiny houses and sprucing them up for the coming attendees. Tiny houses seem to be getting larger. When I got my trailer two years ago, 18 feet was considered large. As I toured these, I discovered most of them were 24 feet or larger and 13,000 lbs. plus. And yet, so beautiful, gorgeous, well planned and designed and such great ideas and sustainable concepts.

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After touring some of the tiny houses privately, I set out for the campground in time to set up my tent and get over to the Jamboree VIP party to meet the tiny house luminaries whose blogs I have followed and commented upon, whose books and DVD’s I’ve read and recommended to my workshop attendees and whose tiny house journeys I have admired for years. I was elated to put faces and such warm hugs and conversations to the names and images I have enjoyed in the online tiny house tribe.

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Best of all, I got to see my mentor and tiny house rock star, Derek “Deek” Diedricksen, speak on the 1st day. His speech was so awesome; inspiring, humorous, informative – he set the tone for the entire weekend of magical happenings and connections.

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As I returned to the campground every evening, I met folks from Europe, Canada and all over the USA. There were tiny DIY micro-shelters built on one axel trailer rigs as well as two large tiny houses on double axle trailers. A little camping tiny house tribe of our own with wild fire-dancing parties at night and discussions into the wee hours of the morning.

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As I looked up at the twinkling stars in the deep blue Colorado sky, my heart raced with the excitement of the coming weekend’s National Tiny House Jamboree speaker’s, activities and 40+ tiny houses to tour and experience.

I spoke on Sunday to a crowd of tiny house enthusiast’s about my tiny house journey. I also announced my new board game “Tinyunopoly” which will fund tiny house construction for the homeless. Here’s a picture of the 1st draft I made while waiting for my car repairs. (I was a financial consultant to the Parker Family Trust for many years). Money is not in this game, only barter shares and the gift economy. The properties are tiny house villages, the “railroads” are renewables: wind/water harvesting, solar, biomass/ethanol and people powered. No “going to jail” in this version, instead you go to sustainability pillar camp. And the four piles of cards you draw from require all kinds of fun interactions between yourself and your fellow players involving tiny house tips and tricks and sustainable concepts.

If you would like to contribute feedback and help me finish the game, just let me know at taospirit@mac.com.

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By the end of this incredible weekend those tiny house enthusiasts’ eyes were full of twinkling tiny house stars!

And on my way back to New England I saw my first tiny houses on the road!

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I hope they’ll have Tiny House Jamboree 2 next year!

If micro-housing or the tiny house movement interests you, consider:

  1. Joining a local tiny house meet-up group and networking with your tiny house enthusiast neighbors.
  2. Attend a tiny house workshop near you. Get some hands-on experience and network with other tiny house enthusiasts.
  3. Next time you take a trip or vacation, consider renting a different tiny house every few days and learn what features you like and/or dislike.

Links you may enjoy:

See the Tiny House Jamboree Drone video encapsulating the event in 50 seconds here.

Deek’s upcoming Tiny House Summer Camp here.