In today’s post, we’re introducing two of our returning speakers for the 2016 Tiny House Conference. You probably already recognize Laura LaVoie, the force behind 120SquareFeet.com, and her partner Matt. This year, the dynamic duo will be delivering two speaker sessions: Finding Land, and Off-Grid Living. They combine real-life wisdom with their trademark humorous speaking style (which you can catch a glimpse of in the videos below). Their sessions are definitely not to be missed.
Today, we’re introducing one of our new speakers for the upcoming 2016 Tiny House Conference: Lora Higgins! Lora runs TheTinyHouseTeacher.com and helps people transition to living the tiny life. If you went to the Tiny House Conference last year, you may remember her as one of our sponsors. We’re so excited to have her back on board this year as both a sponsor and a speaker. She’ll be giving a speaker session called Downsizing Your Space and Life, an essential component of preparing for tiny house living. Not to mention, you’ll get to see her tiny house at the conference too!
Now that it’s 2016, the Tiny House Conference is officially right around the corner. The conference will be even bigger and better as it moves into its third year. It will take place in Asheville, North Carolina, April 2-3. We’re having a blast organizing the event and planning out all the great features and special extras we have in store for you guys.
This year we’re bringing back Andrew Morrison, tiny house designer and builder extraordinaire. Andrew is one of the big movers and shakers of the tiny house world right now. In addition to offering resources to tiny house builders, he teaches strawbale building workshops and travels the world to give talks about the tiny lifestyle.
The Tiny House Conference has come to a close and it was an amazing weekend that was a ton of fun. As always, all the tiny house folks were amazing people who were excited to be there. We had over 350 folks descend on Portland for a great weekend of sessions, house tours and connecting.
Today I wanted to do a post that shows some of the behind the scenes of the conference.
We had a lot of badge; 407 in all for the attendees, volunteers, staff, speakers, and media. It took me literally 5 hours to punch out the name cards and insert them into the badges.
We got ready for the big day by laying all the badges out:
We also found ourselves in some shenanigans. Kristie trying to sneak onto the roof:
Zack and Vincent learning a new way to tie their shoes:
We had a really long day on Friday getting ready, some of us were fading fast. Amy being exhausted:
Caroline taking a nap:
We took a lot of photos, Christopher Tack was our photographer:
We also shot a lot of videos. Jenna and Guillaume:
Vincent and Zack, our amazing video guys:
My parents came out to support me, they manned The Tiny Life’s table and got to talk to a lot of people:
We just launched the new Tiny House Conference website with all the details about our 2015 Tiny House Conference which will be held in Portland, OR. With the launch of the site we are announcing our early bird tickets, which you save $50 on each ticket!
Today I thought I’d share 5 reasons you should buy tickets now, instead of waiting to later.
1. $50 off until Oct. 1st
It isn’t often we do discounts on tickets and I got dozens of emails last year asking if there was going to be another sale as we got closer to the event. I had to sadly say there wasn’t and people who waited to the last few months or weeks, had to pay full price.
2. You get first pick of your sessions
We are doing things a little different than last year. This year we are having people choose their sessions at the time of registration. Meaning that as the sessions fill up, your choices will be less. So for those who register early, they can choose any session they want, while those who wait to the last minute might have no choice at all, because the other sessions are filled up.
3. You’ll get first chance at booking the accommodations of your choice
You may decide that you want to stay at the hotel, but some may opt for a hostel or an airbnb; what about booking a stay at the Tiny House Hotel which is in Portland? I know the hostels have limited beds, the Tiny House Hotel only has 5 tiny houses to stay in, so if you wait until later, your options may be limited.
4. Flights are much cheaper right now
Booking flights last minute can get expensive, so don’t wait until the very end. A recent trip to Portland from the east coast was only $350 round trip when I booked it 3 months in advance; I checked a few weeks before I left and the same flight had risen to $1,200!
5. We have some pretty awesome special surprises coming your way
For those who register in 2014 we are going to have pretty amazing bonus material that we will be announcing soon. Things like free exclusive videos, free webinars, and special emails.