TinyFest California will feature a full line-up of Main Stage Presentations and Tiny Living Workshops to fill the weekend with information and inspiration! Topics include not only numerous aspects of going tiny, living tiny and creating tiny, but also sustainability, minimalism, creativity, healthy living, natural living and, of course, codes, zoning, and permitting!!
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Keynote Speaker- Jay Shafer
Godfather of the Tiny House Movement
Jay Shafer is leading a movement that is changing the way we view housing. In his book, The Small House Book, his workshops and through mass media, Shafer shows us how superior design and social justice can be achieved with less space. As pioneer of the Tiny House Movement, he has introduced us to a truly sustainable housing option. Shafer has spent over twenty years living in self-built homes of less than 100 square feet.
Shafer, a Sonoma County resident for over 12 years, has recently completed a prototype for a sustainable, inexpensive, and fireproof home that can be built quickly without any specialized tools.
Bonus: Jay Shafer Workshop
Jay Shafer will be hosting a hands-on workshop at TinyFest on Saturday, June 16. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of his new program highlighting both traditional and new building techniques.
Artisan Josh is often called the “Voice of the Tiny House Movement.” If you’ve ever heard him speak, you know why! His deep, baritone voice captures the attention of all that hear it and his heartfelt, eloquent words keep them listening. Josh is a Certified Master Tradesman, contractor, artisan and muralist. In January of 2017, he sold all of his possessions and hit the road with his 66 sq foot custom built, eco-friendly, and self-sustaining tiny house in tow. Learn more about Josh at www.ArtisanJosh.com
Teresa Baker, along with her wife Shaina, co-founded LATCH Collective. The LA based group has grown into a network of DIYers, enthusiasts, and professionals supporting each other in co-building tiny homes, offering educational workshops, hands on building experience, a labor sharing program, and a library of resources. Teresa serves as State Chapter Leader for the American Tiny House Association and enjoys being a problem solver and solution creator when it comes to zoning, building codes, and regulations.
Robin Butler has been building homes for 40+ years. He is experienced in design, plans, building, the permit process, building inspections/ inspectors, plus dealing with planning and zoning departments. In 2015, he saw a need in the tiny house movement. He put his experience to use by founding NOAH, a third-party inspection and certification company for tiny houses on wheels. NOAH helps both professional builders and DIYers create safe, certified homes.
Tammy Vallejo is a social entrepreneur focused on solving society’s most pressing issues through business strategies and collaborative partnerships. She is CEO and founder of 5 social enterprise companies; City Impact Hubs, Compassion Village, Compassion Enterprises, Real Estate with Purpose and E49 Corporation. In 2005 she started her first company- a social impact real estate brokerage. She continued her career by working to help people who couldn’t afford housing.
Steven and Sarahi Mejia
Steven and Sarahi are owners and self-builders of a mega tiny house aka theBigCasita and creators of LivingTinyinLA.com. LTLA is a resource to help you learn all about the lifestyle of downsizing and minimalism with emphasis on the financial considerations of going tiny. They transitioned out of their corporate executives jobs and big house by getting rid of 80% of their belongings, saving $50K on their own luxury tiny home build, and learning how to measure their money to lower living expenses by 70%.
Nick Mosley is the President and CO-Founder of California Tiny House, Inc. Nick and his 6 additional family members have work side by side building unique custom homes for their west coast clientele. They also currently work with CTE/ROP High School programs throughout the state to adopt tiny house building as curriculum in the schools and instruct teachers and students to build housing for homeless Vets, fire victims, and to combat homelessness/ affordable housing throughout the state.
Chaz Peling of SolSolutions has been working with off-grid solar power, small living footprints and DYI homestead building for 40 years. In this time he has built up much hands-on knowledge and experience in systems integrations and empowering folks to own their own power. SolSolutions was started by Chaz to offer more options around small and portable solar power solutions, and has been going for over 10 years.
Traci Loftis is a minimalist lifestyle Realtor who is passionate about tiny homes as a solution to the housing crisis. She has been a licensed Realtor in four states spanning over 15 years. She is passionate about connecting homeowners who would love to increase their income as well as buyers and renters looking for any and all options in the Bay Area. She has become a Bay Area tiny home specialist TinyHomePads.com in addition to helping raise funds for nonprofits as a local fundraising auctioneer.
Mr. Fitzpatrick, as the California Chapter Leader of the American Tiny House Association, has made numerous presentations to municipalities thoughout the State of California. Because of his over 40 years of local government and developer experience, he has been working with municipal governments to amend their planning and zoning codes to permit movable tiny houses as ADU’s. He is also working with several California municipalities for demonstration infill tiny home projects.
Realtor Hannelore Inman currently owns and travels in a converted VW Vanagon. She has studied tiny homes and alternative housing solutions extensively. She’s a CA Real Estate Broker, General Building Contractor and a retired Real Estate Appraiser of 30 who specializing in vacant land for alternative units. Learn more at Land Is Home.
Adam Garrett-Clark has been experimenting in Off-Grid urban Tiny House living since 2014 when he set up a 6 unit village with friends- now 3 years strong. Through his consultancy firm for Tiny House solutions, Tiny Logic, he helps with such challenges as permitting a backyard unit, finding a place to live in your tiny home, and building a pocket community.
Creator of “Engineer Your Space”, Isabelle LaRue is a building engineer with a passion for efficient use of space. Well versed in small space living, she designs and builds custom solutions to transform small spaces into more beautiful, livable and functional homes. She empowers millions of people to do the same by sharing her building process on her award winning YouTube channel.
Toula Hubbard is a Certified Integrative Health Coach. Wellness With Toula grew out of Toula’s passion for health and her desire to empower others. A lifelong traveler and recovering clutter-bug, Toula supports others in their journey to declutter the mind, body and environment Toula helps clients improve their health, achieve their goals and develop sustainable habits to live a healthy and balanced life.
Jenifer Levini is a Real Estate and Business Attorney who wants to use her powers for good. She has been involved with tiny homes for 2.5 years, attempting to build tiny home villages in California, organizing tiny home groups, and facilitating information sharing to help the movement grow. Her goals are to end the housing crisis, to eliminate housing insecurity, and to make life fun again.