Upcoming Workshops

In these uncertain times, The Stone Trust is working to accommodate people’s desire to learn how to build with dry stone.
Click here to view our updated 2020 schedule of workshops below, published June 22.
We are repeating the popular July sequence of workshops in October. If you can’t come in July, we hope to see you then!
Please contact us at info@thestonetrust.org with any questions or comments.

Also don’t forget gift certificates for workshops and dry stone walling tools and books make great holiday gifts

Scroll down to view details about upcoming workshops.  Clicking ‘view details’ will provide additional information, and bring you to where you can register.  The events are arranged by date with the earliest at the top.

Not sure what workshop to take?  Be sure to read our page: Where to Start: Your Path for Success.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): Sept 10, 2022 (Barre, VT))
    1-Day workshop
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop: (1-Day): September 10, 2022 (Dummerston VT)
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…


  • 2.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): September 10, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 3.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): September 10, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a Level 1 or Level 2 certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Workshop: (1-Day): September 10, 2022 (South Fork, PA)
    1-day workshop attendance
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, artist, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


  • 2.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 3.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 4.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Thursday, September 23, 2020. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is August 11th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  • DEPOSIT FOR : Derbyshire American Training Program 2022 -Sept 24 -Oct. 8, 2022 (UK)
    First of four deposits totaling $7170. Deposits due June 1 and August 1. Balance due September 11.
    September 24, 2022 - October 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Please join us for the first of what we hope will be many visits to one of the heartlands of traditional dry stone walling, Derbyshire, England. We are offering you a chance to spend two weeks in the beautiful Peak District National Park, learning the traditions and techniques of dry stone walling, leading to Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) examination at Level 1 Initial Waller or Level 2 Intermediate Waller (recognized as professional level) depending on your current skill level.


  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop - September 24 & 25, 2022 (South Fork, PA)
    2-day workshop attendance
    September 24, 2022 - September 25, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day) - September 24 & 25, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    2-day workshop attendance
    September 24, 2022 - September 25, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop - September 24 & 25, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    2-day workshop attendance
    September 24, 2022 - September 25, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day): October 1 & 2, 2022 (South Fork, PA)
    October 1, 2022 - October 2, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.22 Retaining Wall Workshop (2 Day, Outdoor): October 1 & 2, 2022, (South Fork, PA)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 1, 2022 - October 2, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): October 8 & 9, 2022
    October 8, 2022 - October 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - October 8 & 9, 2022 (Barre, VT)
    2-day workshop attendance
    October 8, 2022 - October 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day) - October 10 - 14, 2022 (Minneapolis, MN)
    5-day workshop
    October 10, 2022 - October 14, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is September 4th!


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop: (1-Day): October 15, 2022 (South Fork, PA)
    October 15, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): October 20, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 20, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): October 21 & 22, 2022
    October 21, 2022 - October 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-Day workshop
    October 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - October 22 & 23, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    2-day workshop attendance
    October 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), October 22, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1 day workshop attendance
    October 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): October 23, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day) - October 24 - 28, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    5-day workshop
    October 24, 2022 - October 28, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 14th!


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): November 4, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    November 4, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Workshop (1-Day): November 5, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1-day workshop attendance
    November 5, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, artist, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop:1.10 Introductory Workshop: (1-Day): November 6, 2022 (Dummerston VT (1-Day): September 10, 2022 (Dummerston VT)
    November 6, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…


  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day): November 14 - 18, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    5-day workshop
    November 14, 2022 - November 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is September 19, 2021!


  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): November 19, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    1-day workshop attendance
    November 19, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): November 20, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    1-day workshop attendance
    November 20, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), November 21, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    1 day workshop attendance
    November 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.