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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Education, Performing Arts Schools, Vocational & Technical Schools

Mission: Yestermorrow Design/Build School was founded in 1980 on the belief that the best built environments result from true collaborations between designers, builders and owners. Yestermorrow’s approach combines yesterday’s dedication to craft, beauty and durability with today’s technologies to create a sustainable world. Yestermorrow’s courses empower people and unleash their creative spirit. This synthesis is enhanced through the design/build method and the connection between hand and mind that unfolds in that process.

Programs: Yestermorrow design/build school teaches over 150 hands-on courses a year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Our workshops, certificate programs and semester programs are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Sandi D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.