Lilyanna Sollberger, a recent graduate of College of the Atlantic, is planning to build her new home this spring for less than $13,000 as part of the tiny house movement that is gaining popularity across the United States. For those interested in building a tiny home but not sure where to start, Light Feet Living will offer a six-day intensive workshop on an organic farm in Waldo County beginning May 28.

The course will be taught by Joshua Roxendal from Permakultur Stjärnsund in Sweden, a master of using natural building materials and techniques in order to reduce ecological footprint. To learn more about his teaching experience, visit For more information on the workshop and to register, contact Sollberger at There is a substantial discount for those who register by Thursday, March 15.

Tiny houses are generally considered to be less than 400 square feet, while the average size of an American home built in 2016 is 2,422 square feet. Reasons to live in a tiny home include reduced costs, self-sufficiency and environmental concern.

“College of the Atlantic trained me to consider the impact of the choices I make. With every light I turn on, every plastic bag I toss, every car I start, there is a voice in my head telling me I can do better,” said Sollberger. “Building a tiny house is part of my overall effort to do better.”

While building a tiny home from the ground up, course participants will learn how to design and plan their own tiny houses; reuse and upcycle materials; and utilize safe and efficient building practices.

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