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September 14, 2011
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September 14, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

I was a college communication teacher in a previous life. A couple of years ago, I decided to turn my life around and to gain practical skills.
I enrolled into a green remodeling workshop, although I have no background in building or architecture.
I was worried I would feel out of place.
But I didn't. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful, the solar panels were inviting, the food was homey, and most importantly, I really enjoyed the workshop! It made me feel that entering a new field was indeed possible. I left with more motivation than ever to pursue my new career goals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

terms of personal motivation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have more satellite spaces closer to urban areas. Waitsfield is really out of the way. But then, it may defeat its purpose...

June 17, 2011

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February 2, 2010

The Certificate Program (Sustainable Building and Design) gave me the foundation for a career in sustainable architecture. My favorite course was the Permaculture Design class, a 2 week foray into des... more

June 17, 2011

I am particularly excited about the new semester programs which Yestermorrow has created. Students (from both undergraduate and graduate programs) are getting an amazing hands-on immersive experience designing and building a tiny house! As a former student and current board member, I can't recommend this program (or the school) highly enough.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Teaching design.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help get the word out to those who don't know about it.

February 2, 2010

The Certificate Program (Sustainable Building and Design) gave me the foundation for a career in sustainable architecture. My favorite course was the Permaculture Design class, a 2 week foray into designing human environments based on the relationships found in natural ecologies. Teachers at Yestermorrow are passionate and extrememly knowledgeable, and the overall atmosphere at the school is one of striving to create a better world through good design. Great ideas, great people, great food - overall an A+.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

teach many many more people to build healthy, sustainable, beautiful, lasting buildings and landscapes.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 10, 2011

I heard about Yestermorrow in a book called The House that Jill Built, which told stories of women who had built their own homes. The first course I took, in September 2008, was Home Design. I loved it--the teachers, my fellow students, connecting with a neglected creative part of myself. I also took a course In England on building a stone wall. And this summer I will be taking Carpentry for Women as well as Rustic Furniture. There are always at least a dozen or more courses that I want to take. I'm now looking for land so that I can start to build my dream home. Yestermorrow is a wonderful, magical place. Experience it for yourself!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Making plans to build my own home.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it a little easier to get to using public transportation. That said, I don't really know if there's anything the school can actually do to make that happen.

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

This is the place that both changed and reaffirmed the direction in my career. I came to this school as a novice carpenter, and through a summer internship, became an empowered novice carpenter :) All kidding aside, this was the best learning experience in any discipline in which I have worked/studied. The instructors and staff are world class professionals, the campus environment is focused but relaxed, and the educational experience intertwines the classroom with the job site. Yestermorrow is a one of a kind experience and offers the best opportunity to learn the skills of the past while preparing for the challenges of tomorrow.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Since attending the school in 2008, the skills and knowledge attained while at Yestermorrow have allowed me to start a sustainable business in renewable energy, renovate a historic home, and take on other projects in sustainable building.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Set up satellite campuses/classes in other cities/countries. Yestermorrow is already experimenting a little with this idea.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it was the most worthwhile experience I've ever had.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and passionate practitioners of craft, environmentalism, design, and building.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the kinds of educational programs that are sorely needed in today's world. Educational programs that don't just tell you how to do something, but actually make you go out and do that thing.

Ways to make it better...

it was longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

publicity and growth. The organization needs more publicity to grow, but there is also the concern of what would be too much growth. Part of the experience is the charm of how small it is.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The food is amazing, and the interns are the best. people. ever.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 4, 2010

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September 4, 2010

This is a fantastic school. Very enthusiastic staff, and they make you feel right at home. They are always there to answer questions, were very professional and truly seem to enjoy what they are doing. The class was informative, and helped me think outside of my own comfort level in the woodwork that I had been doing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the woodworking I have continued after attending.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the atmosphere at this school. The people make it a great place to learn. They made me feel welcome and relaxed from the start.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a very interesting group of people, with both professionals and interns ready to help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

Best short run programs on sustainability in the nation! This school is really amazing. Amazing ideals, excellent instructors and helpful staff. Set in a beautiful location with top notch class offerings from edible forest gardens to farm design build, micro hydro to drystacked stone and strawbale building. The classes are well structured, taught by expert professionals and the atmosphere genuinely refreshing. Did I mention the food is amazing. I would and do recomend this school to anyone interested in a hands on learning experience on hard to find class topics. Yestermorrow offers classes you can't find anywhere else and offers longer term study through their certificate programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing sustainable natural building techniques to my hometown from what I learned at Yestermorrow.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more land and funds to keep doing what they are doing,

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the passion of the staff, instructors, AND students.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, helpful, and knowledgable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open the minds of builders and consumers across the nation to sustainable design and build through local and regional projects.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed there longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting their name out there to interested donors.

One thing I'd also say is that...

takng classes at Yestermorrow is life changing and I have never met anyone who didn't enjoy it, learn tons of hard to find knowledge and go away inspired to make a change.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

February 28, 2010

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February 28, 2010

I couldn't be more happy with my experience with the folks at Yestermorrow; I designed a house - with their help and expertise - that has actually been built, and which came out better than I ever would have expected. The staff are incredibly knowledgeable, personable, dedicated...They get my highest recommendation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

actually coming up with plans for a house in Craftsbury, Vermont, that serves our needs better than any house (and we looked at a lot of them!) that we could have bought in the area we were looking in.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their expertise, their enthusiasm, their ability to share what they know...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

A wonderful community of faculty and students, very welcoming and engaging for people of all skill levels. Timberframing to fine woodworking, home repair and all manners of construction -- highly recommended!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

preparing me for a new direction in my career and homeownership.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

February 2, 2010

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February 2, 2010

I have taken over a dozen classes at Yestermorrow over the past 7 years and each one of them has enhanced my ability to work on my own house, build furniture, and explore the world of green design.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The amazing people you meet in the classes- from all around the country and all ages.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Extremely dedicated and talented.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand its campus and course offerings.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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