Keynote Speakers – 2019

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Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons

Alexis and Christian, the cofounders of Tiny House Expedition are filmmakers, DIY tiny house dwellers, and advocates. They are inspiring others to redefine home and rethink housing. Their work includes the acclaimed educational docu-series, Living Tiny Legally. Humbly, the world’s most traveled tiny house on wheels, Alexis and Christian have traveled over 54,000 miles across North America. 

Follow their adventures and stories on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. 

Featured on Washington Post, NPR, Business Insider, Parade Magazine, Curbed, HGTV’s Tiny House Big Living, TreeHugger.

Saturday at 12pm

Lessons Learned from Traveling 55,000 Miles with a Tiny House

An intimate exploration of how the tiny house movement is radically redefining the American Dream, from the meaning of success to housing policy, and how crisscrossing North America in our DIY tiny house on wheels has transformed our lives. Presented by filmmakers, educators, and advocates behind Tiny House Expedition, Alexis & Christian—owners of the world’s most traveled THOW!

Sunday at 12pm

Tiny House Laws: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Laws are changing across the country to allow for tiny houses. What does all this mean? Is it all good? And it how will affect the tiny house movement in the long-run? Presented by filmmakers, educators, and advocates behind Tiny House Expedition, Alexis & Christian—creators of the acclaimed docu-series, Living Tiny Legally!

Saturday at 3pm

Living Tiny Legally, Part I followed by Q&A session with the filmmakers.
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Sunday at 3pm

Living Tiny Legally, Part II followed by Q&A session with the filmmakers.
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Sunday Van Build Workshop 11:30am - 4pm

Want to do a van build but you’re not sure where to start? Don’t worry we have your back!

Join Jarrod Tocci and Marc Vroman for a workshop that will go over everything from choosing a van for your needs, planning and prepping, different budgets, your design needs, how to choose the materials, why or which products to go with, finishes, plus much much more. Jarrod runs a YouTube channel where he shows van life tricks, building, tours tiny dwellings, and a vlog. He has built 2 vans and has a degree in architectural engineering. Marc owns a van building company. He’s built 8 van, 2 skoolies, and a tiny home. He is known for his cabinet building skills and his attention to detail.  Combined they have over 30 years in carpentry. You don’t want to miss out on this!

 

Pre-registration is required. Workshop fee is $149

https://www.tinyfestnorthwest.com/tickets/

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Patrick Sughrue, the author of Building Your Movable Tiny House with Mindfulness, has been involved in building energy-efficient, green, high-performance homes for over 30 years.

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Hannah Crabtree, the owner of Pocket Mansions, specializes in helping people navigate the valley of misunderstanding between building 100% DIY or hiring a professional.
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Tiny home and passive house builder Dana Hopkinson of Gnome Construction specializes in energy-efficient eco-contemporary construction.
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The legendary Bob Wells’ website and Youtube channel, Cheap RV Living, exist to create awareness of the joy of living in tiny and traveling anywhere at any time you want.  He hosts the ever-popular Rubber Tramp Rendezvous each January. 

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Marc Stevens, of Victron Energy, is an expert on renewable power for tiny homes. Victron Energy has set up off-grid power systems across the globe. Don’t miss his very informative workshop focused on solar energy.
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Pam Westra, one of the owners of Tiny Digs Hotel in Portland, will share her insight on how to successfully utilize tiny houses to generate short term rental income. Her knowledge includes marketing and operating individual tiny rental homes and a tiny house hotel.

Saturday

Main Stage

11:00am

Legalize Tiny Living in Your Area
Kevin Polk, American Tiny House Association

12:00pm

Keynote Presentation
Lessons Learned from Traveling 55,00 Miles with a Tiny House
Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons, Tiny House Expedition

1:00pm

How the Tiny House Movement Changed My Life
Artisan Josh, ArtisanJosh.com

2:00pm

10 Tips to a Greener Home That You Can Implement Now
Robin Forster, Feel So Alive

3:00pm

Living Tiny Legally, Part I
Documentary viewing, followed by Q&A session

4:00pm

Living Tiny Legally Continued
Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons, Tiny House Expedition

5:00pm

DIY or Buy? 
Hannah Crabtree, Pocket Mansions

Community Stage

11:05am

Where do I park when I’m out on the road?  
Panel Discussion

12:05pm

Visit the Main Stage
No Workshop this hour so you can enjoy
Keynote Speakers from Tiny House Expedition on the Main Stage

1:05pm

Tiny Houses as Income Producing Property
Pam Westra, Tiny Digs Hotel

2:05pm

Tiny Home Renewable Power Solutions
Marc Stevens, Victron Energy

3:05pm

Living the Mobile Life
Panel Discussion

4:05pm

Hacking Energy Efficiency in Tiny Home Building
Dana Hopkinson, Gnome Construction

5:05pm

Minimalism as a Family
Melody Mike, Big Fam Tiny House

Sunday

Main Stage

11:00am

Why We Live Tiny
Bob Wells, Cheap RV Living & Rubber Tramp Rendezvous

12:00pm

Keynote Presentation
Tiny House Laws: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons, Tiny House Expedition

1:00pm

How to Build a Tiny House on the Cheap
Shawn Stevens, Art Barn Tiny House

2:00pm

Yes, You Can Build Your Own THOW!
Patrick Surghue, author of Building Your Movable Tiny House with Mindfulness

3:00pm

Living Tiny Legally, Part II
Documentary viewing, followed by Q&A session

4:00pm

Living Tiny Legally Continued
Alexis Stephens & Christian Parsons, Tiny House Expedition

Community Stage

11:05am

How to Choose a Professional Builder
Panel Discussion

12:05pm

Visit the Main Stage
No Workshop this hour so you can enjoy
Keynote Speakers from Tiny House Expedition on the Main Stage

1:05pm

Van, Skoolie, THOW … How do I choose?  
Panel Discussion

2:05pm

Tiny Home Renewable Power Solutions
Marc Stevens, Victron Energy

3:05pm

Living Outside the Tiny Box – In Nature
Wendy Shugar, Happy Hikers Fitness

4:05pm

How Can I Make Money on the Road? 
Panel Discussion