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EVENT: Joshua Becker – “Becoming Minimalist” – 9 March 2017

Becoming Minimalist:
Invigorate Your Life,
Because the Best Things In Life Aren’t Things.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
The Marriott, Cedar Rapids

Event Schedule

Registration: 7:30 a.m.
Breakfast & Networking: 8-8:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: 8:30-9:30a.m.

Cost

$40 per person or $350 Table of 10

Program

Click here to download the event program in PDF format.

Don’t Settle for More

Most of us know we own too much stuff. We feel the weight and burden of our clutter, and we tire of cleaning and managing and organizing. While excess consumption leads to bigger houses, faster cars, fancier technology, and cluttered homes, it never brings happiness. Rather, it results in a desire for more. It redirects our greatest passions to things that can never fulfill. And, it distracts us from the very life we wish we were living.

Learn to Live a Better Life With Less

In his presentation, Joshua Becker will help you:

  • recognize the life-giving benefits of owning less
  • realize how all the stuff you own is keeping you from pursuing your dreams – craft a personal, practical approach to declutter your home and life
  • experience the joys of generosity
  • learn why the best part of minimalism isn’t a clean house, it’s a full life

About the Keynote Speaker

Joshua Becker and his young family were introduced to minimalism eight years ago. Since then, Joshua’s story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find more life by owning less. Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement reaching over 1 million readers every month.

Joshua is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites in 2015. He is also the Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-selling author of Simplify, The More of Less, and Clutterfree with Kids. He has contributed to TIME magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Christianity Today. He is a frequent guest on HuffPost Live and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the CBS Evening News.

Event Program

The event program is available as a two-page PDF file, and provided below as two JPG images.

American Tiny House Association – Board of Directors

Palmetto, FL (December 12, 2016) — The American Tiny House Association (ATHA) has elected its 2016-17 board of directors. Details are below.

About the American Tiny House Association

Founded in 2015, American Tiny House Association is the premier organization dedicated to ensuring tiny houses are accepted as viable dwelling units. Members advocate locally and nationally, providing education and support to enthusiasts, municipalities, key housing organizations, builders and other professionals to help people to legally live tiny.

Benefits of membership include access to resources, solutions to building and zoning codes, connections with city planning and construction experts, and the tools to engage with local governments. For additional information, visit the web site at AmericanTinyHouseAssociation.org.

Board of Directors

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President: Chris Galusha

Galusha is a construction consultant and advocate for safe, affordable housing. Since 2010, he has focused on the tiny house industry and works to teach and mentor those interested in construction, regenerative agriculture, and land development. He is currently director of construction for a veterans organization, developing tiny home plans and construction training programs in the Dallas, Texas area.

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Vice President: Amy Turnbull

Turnbull studied community development and housing as a graduate of California State University and brings her passion for tiny to ATHA. She is an advocate of accessory dwelling units (ADU) and hopes to build an ADU on her property in Great Barrington, Mass.

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Treasurer: Lisa Ward

Ward is the founder of TinyHomesClassified.com. She has worked in private commercial and residential real estate finance industry and government sector for more than 20 years, with a focus on partnerships for affordable housing, mixed use development and land preservation.

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Secretary: Ginger Reichl

Reichl is the CEO of Parvus House, a tiny house design firm, and is president of Pinstripe Marketing in St. Petersburg, Fla. She is an advocate for tiny homes as an opportunity to solve a variety of problems including transitional housing communities for the homeless, veterans, youth aging out of the foster care system and more.

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Director: René Hardee

Hardee transitioned from a mere tiny house enthusiast into a true tiny house change agent by petitioning her town of Rockledge, Fla. to create a brand-new, tiny house community zoning ordinance, and is currently building the city’s first tiny house community.

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Director: Aaron Kipfmiller

Kipfmiller is the design and construction manager for Great Lakes Tiny Homes in Jackson, Mich. Responsible for conceptual designs and construction documentation. He also manages the zoning intelligence service to provide detailed analysis of zoning requirements for potential property locations.

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Director: John Kernohan

Kernohan and his wife, Fin, live in a 304 square foot tiny cabin in Eatonton, Ga., and host the Facebook blog, “Beloved Cabin.” They also created and continue to plan and manage Tiny House Festivals, and regularly contribute to blogs, presentations and other publications about tiny living.

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Event: The Charm of Living Small on 20 August 2016

20 August 2016
2-4 PM
Marion Public Library

Join us for the Small House Symposium on 20 August 2016 from 2PM to 4PM.

The event will take place at the Marion Public Library, Meeting Room A, 1095 Sixth Avenue, Marion, IA 52302 [Map]

You can learn more on the library event description page.

Small House Event – Cedar Rapids – 19 July 2016 at 6:30 PM

Date: 19 July 2016 / Tuesday

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM [Event Page]

Location: Cedar Rapids Public Library [Map]

Room: Beems Auditorium Combined A & B

Description:

An evening with Greg Johnson, President of the Small House Society, who will give a presentation on the trend toward smaller living, and the popularity of tiny houses (those less than 500 square feet) in particular.

Layne Stark, who makes his living in carpentry and has built his own tiny home, will also share his experiences.

There will be time for questions and answers, as well as discussion. If the ideas of downsizing, living simply or freeing yourself of the burden of a larger home appeal to you, join us for this event!

 

Tiny House Talk at Prairiewoods on 14 June 2016

Date: 14 June 2016

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Event Title: Tiny House Talk – Living Small & Simple for a More Purposeful Life

Location: Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Prairiewoods.org, 120 E. Boyson Rd., Hiawatha, Iowa 52233.

Register: Online, cost is $5 [Register Online]

Web Page: Prairiewoods Calendar Event Page

Description:

Learn how a tiny house can help you live a larger life.

There is a growing interest in small houses as a result of various cultural factors, including economic conditions, concerns about the environment and a desire for simple, more effective living. Are you one of the many people who can make a small living space work for you?

As facilitator Greg Johnson will share, you likely would have more time and money for other areas of life, such as your spouse, family, education, fitness or career. Come to Prairiewoods (120 East Boyson Road in Hiawatha) to learn how this could help you create a more balanced, enjoyable life!

The cost is $5. [Register Online]

Media Request: RV Magazine Seeks Small Housers

OrganizationRV PRO

Type of media: Magazine

Contact: Contact the Small House Society

Email: Use our Contact Page

Deadline: Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Location: North America

Request:

“Seeking anyone nationwide who is knowledgeable about tiny home manufacturing and sales trends, and can speak about the tiny home movement and its ties to RVs. If it’s by phone, I would anticipate it taking no more than 20 minutes. I am in Austin, Texas.”

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@TinyLivingHomes Amazing HD Music Video

The people at TinyLivingHomes.com have produced an amazing HD music video featuring their homes from all angles using what seems to be drone video footage. The song is I see fire (KYGO Remix) by Ed Sheeran. Enjoy!

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Below is an image from the video.

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Small House Society News 201512

Small House Society – News 201512 | 31 Dec 2015 | Thursday

Dear Friend,

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Annual Fundraiser. At the start of each new year, we focus on fundraising for only a few weeks.

Donations help us have greater impact throughout the year ahead in promoting and supporting the small house movement.

You can give using PayPalFundly, or by sending a check to: Small House Society, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717.

Those who give are added to our listing of contributing members.

As we start a new year, it’s good time to reflect back on what’s been accomplished and what we hope to do in the months ahead.

This past year has been amazing. Here are just a few highlights of what we’ve accomplished this past year:

  • NPR Interview – We had a great interview on NPR that got national exposure. [Listen]
  • Luther College Presentation – We participated in the Big Tiny House event at Luther College.
  • Fox News Interview – We were able to get the small house message promoted through Fox News. [Watch]
  • Higher Education – Supporting research and study of the small house movement in higher education is essential. We’ve had an opportunity to provide support to many in higher education.

If you you’re able and willing, please consider giving or our work as indicated above.

Midwest Small House Symposium

Please join us for our next small house event taking place on January 23 in Marion, Iowa. Click here for more details.

Thanks

I want to thank the global team of volunteers and contributors “behind the scenes” who help make all this possible. I’m very grateful to the many people who continue to uphold and advance the mission of the Small House Society.

Everyone who is connected with the Small House Society at any level is part of the success and progress of the movement. However you’re involved, your work is appreciated and having an impact.

Thanks again for your support. Please let me know if there is any way that the Small House Society can serve you better.

Regards,
Gregory Johnson, Facilitator, President, Co-Founder
Small House Society

Internet: http://www.smallhousesociety.org
E-Mail: shs @ resourcesforlife.com (without spaces)
Postal: c/o Resources for Life, PO Box 2717, Iowa City, IA 52244-2717
Phone: (319) 621-4911
Subscribe. Enter your email address below and click the Join Now button to be notified when the latest Small House Society newsletter is available.

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Global Reach. During a typical week, we have thousands of visitors from over 120 countries visiting our website. The map below is just a snapshot of just a few hours. So, the need for additional helpers is great. We have over 8000 people that we communicate each month through email, phone, or these updates. Click here for a larger view of the map.

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Midwest Small House Event on 23 January 2016

23 January 2016
2-4 PM
Marion Public Library

Join us for the Small House Symposium on January 23, 2016 from 2PM to 4PM. Recently extended from the originally scheduled 2-3 PM time.

The event will take place at the Marion Public Library, Meeting Room A, 1095 Sixth Avenue, Marion, IA 52302 [Map]

Presenters

Please note that the program schedule may expand to include other presenters or events as we get feedback from those who plan to attend. Please check this page for additional event news and updates.

If you’d like to have an information table, or offer a presentation, please contact us before January 15. Thanks!

You can RSVP on the Event Facebook Page.

You can learn more on the library event description page.

Event Report (24 Jan 2016)

There were 81 people in attendance yesterday at the Tiny House event in Marion, Iowa. Many thanks to all who attended, and to the Marion Public Library for hosting the event, and posting this great photo on their Facebook page.

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Media Request: Courier-Post of South Jersey Seeks Small Housers

OrganizationCourier-Post of South Jersey

Type of media: Newspaper & Digital

Contact: Shannon Eblen

Emailseblen@gannett.com

Deadline: 11 October 2015

Request:

Hi, I’m the features reporter for the Courier-Post, a South Jersey newspaper. I’m working on a story based around the growing popularity of tiny houses, “How to live small.” I want to talk to people who have moved into tiny houses about why they chose the lifestyle, and how they pared down their belongings and built their houses, as well as the architects or builders, preferably in the South Jersey area, who specialize in this style.

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