Let's Build a House together
When you were a kid, did you ever dream about having your very own loft? There’s something magical about climbing a ladder to snuggle up in your personal retreat above the hustle and bustle of the family household. It’s the next best thing to having a tree house or secret fort. The rungs of a simple ladder almost universally symbolize the ascent to higher realms of consciousness, a metaphor that fits nicely with our perception of lofts being places of creativity and imagination, especially for children.
I feel pretty good about building the house …
it helps the earth! — Koruna Light
Ten year old Karuna Light is dreaming of her own loft while she helps her step-dad, Ram Dass Khalsa, build a tiny house for their family. Last year Ram Dass and his wife Lakshmi Light attended one of Jay Shafer’s workshops with the intent of simplifying their lives, living more sustainably, and making more time together as a family. Building a tiny house seemed like a great way to save money so that they could invest in the things they are passionate about. For Ram Dass that’s his career as a professional musician and music producer. Lakshmi is a Reiki master and talented visual artist. Both were inspired to take the leap to tiny living and, as happenstance would have it, the town to which they were relocating was the town where Jay and his family lives.
This revelation sparked a mutually beneficial arrangement for both families. Jay and his wife Marty were looking for a nanny for their two children and happened to have the perfect space for the Light family to build their tiny home. The project was off to a good start in October, but weather and health issues have delayed the Light family’s build through the winter.
With Four Lights Tiny House Company’s first-ever workshop just around the corner in February, we’ve come up with a plan to rally some support and help this family build their house. Workshop attendees will have a unique opportunity to put their new knowledge and skills to work right way. We’re actively recruiting those who complete the two day workshop as volunteers to help finish this tiny house. In the three days following the workshop (February 18-20), Jay will be on site assisting with the build. We’re hoping to assemble a team to get it done, so If you’re interested in getting some hands-on building experience, this is the workshop to attend!
Karuna is a social butterfly who makes friends wherever she goes. She’s creative to the degree that she can turn an old tee-shirt into a skirt and handbag using a needle and scavenged piece of thread. When she learned that we were gathering volunteers to help build her family’s home, she did what any marvelously creative and resourceful ten year old would do... she wrote an inspiring Thank You note to help get all hands on deck! If the pop-up below doesn't work for you, CLICK HERE to read Koruna's letter.
Let’s help Karuna get her magical loft. Will you join us in Sebastopol this February?