July 20-30, 2019



After several years working with communities in Central America to develop a Building Leaders curriculum that focused on Placed-Based Building appropriate for those communities (think adobe, clay plasters and natural, local fibers) we are very excited to be bringing our first series of Building Leaders workshops to the United States! This July we will be leading workshops in Place-Based Building in Putney, Vermont. Workshops will focus on carpentry and timber framing while celebrating women in the trades, local community, cross-cultural connections and dialogue, and natural and low-carbon building techniques. The Timber Framing Workshops will result in two produce market stands to donate to organizations supporting local agriculture.


July 20-21

2 Day Carpentry for Women Workshop

In this two-day course students will receive a basic understanding of carpentry terms, tools, and techniques while using several hand and power tools to build a set of collapsible sawhorses. This course will offer the confidence needed to continue an exploration of carpentry. $200-$300 sliding scale. Scholarships available.


July 22-26

5 Day Timber Framing Workshop

Have you experienced barriers that have prevented you from exploring the trades or gaining building skills in the past? This Timber Framing course is for you! The course will cover the fundamentals of design and construction of timber framing as well as offer space to explore issues of inequity and inaccessibility in the trades. We strongly encourage future builders of color, women and trans folx to apply. Participants will learn layout techniques, tool use and sharpening, and joinery cutting methods as we work on a small timber frame project, culminating in a raising on the following Sunday at the Putney Farmers’ Market. This five-day course will focus on traditional hand-cut mortise and tenon joinery and tools. Cost: $500 Scholarships available.

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July 22 4-6pm

Skills Beyond Expectations

A Facilitated Conversation with Meg Mott, Professor of Politics, Marlboro College

Although construction has gone through a transformation with respect to building design and materials, ideas about who should be doing the actual building work are surprisingly entrenched. Join the TERRA Collaborative team, workshop students and local builders in a conversation facilitated by Marlboro College professor, Meg Mott, as we discuss ways we can support one another to break through these barriers, leverage our collective toolkit to negotiate difficult encounters on the worksite, and build a stronger culture of equity in the trades. 

Free Event

Location: Putney Library


July 25 & 26 1-4 pm

Open Afternoons and earth art at the TenT!

Drop by to see what we are up to, make a peg for the timber frame, browse our education table, make earth art or just say hello while our timber framing class cuts the market stand frame.

**Please park at Park and Ride or read sign at event site for parking options

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Lime milk paint on natural lime plaster

July 27

Natural Paints and FINISHES

Join us 10 am-4 pm (or any part of the day) to play, explore and learn more about clay and lime-based natural finishes. There will be several stations to learn, practice and play!

All ages welcome!

$35-$75 sliding scale donation to support TERRA Collaborative

Parking available at River Valley Credit Union

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July 28

Putney Farmers’ Market Frame-Raising Day

Join us between 11 am-2 pm at the Putney Farmer's Market site to raise the new manager’s market stand and learn more about carbon sequestering agriculture and building techniques. Earth art activities for children.

Free event

Parking available at River Valley Credit Union

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July 30

Evening Presentation and Party 7-10pm

Place-Based Building: Resilient advancements for vulnerable communities

Join us from 7-10 pm to meet the TERRA team and celebrate the culmination of this first series of Vermont workshops and events. We will share a bit about Place-Base Building happening across the globe, and will give thanks to our team, the community, and the opportunity to share what we do with you.

The evening will begin with a presentation at the Putney Library at 7 pm and will then move across the street to our building tent to finish the evening with food, music and fun.

Free Event (though we hope those who can, will come ready to buy some raffle tickets and support our scholarship programming!)


July 23- July 26

kids Sessions

We have opportunities for local groups of 8-12 children to schedule a session that will include hands-on activities in the TERRA tent. Depending on group size and age, we can offer a smattering of fun, educational and artistic activities that could range from basic carpentry, building bat boxes, bird houses… to earth art, sculpting and earthen architecture. We are open to meeting the interests of your group with the activities we have to offer.

Sliding-scale Suggested Donation of $100 for 3 hour session.

Please inquire at: info@thepuebloproject.org with kids session in the subject line or call 802-689-0323 to speak with Liz.