Upcoming Courses

We are looking forward to seeing the many people traveling to learn the art and craft of dry stone walling and other aspects of dry stone masonry. As we did throughout the 2020 season, we are following “protect yourself, protect others” practices, including requiring masks, observing social distance, and providing for hygienic conditions. We also observe and enforce Vermont’s Cross State Travel mandates. Please contact info@thestonetrust.org with comments and/or questions.

The Stone Trust is pleased to open our 2021 workshops for registration. We are grateful to all of you who registered for and attended 2020 classes, and also to those of you who registered but were unable to attend. To transfer tuition from a 2020 workshop, please contact info@thestonetrust.org. Scroll down for the workshop schedule.
In previous years, early and late season workshops took place in our Indoor Training Center.  These workshops will now take place outside, until we access dedicated indoor space large enough to accommodate the need to social distance.
Please contact us at info@thestonetrust.org with any questions or comments.

In 2020, The Stone Trust postponed our Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Given the uncertainty about traveling and gathering in the spring of 2021, we plan to celebrate our Twelfth Anniversary with a similar slate of events in May 2022. We’ll keep you posted.

In May 2021 we offer test prep, 2-day introduction, cheek rebuild, and feature build workshops, as well as spring certification test day. Please scroll down for information and to register.

The Stone Trust is now offering workshops at affiliated sites in Minnesota, New Hampshire,  Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Click on the relevant links to register:

2021 Workshops in Isanti, Minnesota

2021 Workshops in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire

2021 Workshops in South Fork, Pennsylvania

2021 Workshops in Nashville, Tennessee

Not sure what workshop to take?

Click the button below to see our Curriculum in Dry Stone!

2021 Course Schedule & Registration

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.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - April 17, 2021
    April 17, 2021
    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.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping (4-17-2021)
    April 17, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-Day workshop

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).


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (4/17/2021)
    April 17, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

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.


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (4/18/2021)
    April 18, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (4-18-2021)
    April 18, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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 Steps & Stairs Workshop (4-19-2021)
    April 19, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - May 1 & 2 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    May 1, 2021 - May 2, 2021
    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-Day Workshop: Feature Build (May 14 -16-2021)
    May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Looking for more information and hands on experience building arches, stiles, corners and more?  This workshop is for you!  Our most advanced workshop for 2020. Participants will be guided through the building of several features that are relatively common in modern landscaping, and are also part of the DSWA-GB Master Craftsman Test. As part of this workshop we will be building several arches, a corner and a squeeze stile. 


  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) - May 15 & 16, 2021 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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 (Outdoor) - May 15 & 16, 2021 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 15, 2021 - May 16, 2021
    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.


  • Spring Certification Test: Monday, (5/17/2021) Dummerston
    May 17, 2021
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Monday, May 17, 2021. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is APRIL 5th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - June 12 & 13, 2021 (Minneapolis, MN)
    June 12, 2021 - June 13, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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) - June 26 & 27, 2021 (Nashville, TN)
    June 26, 2021 - June 27, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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.


  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (7-9-2021)
    July 9, 2021
    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…


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (7/9/2021)
    July 9, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

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.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Workshop 7/10/2021 Dummerston VT
    July 10, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping (7-10-2021)
    July 10, 2021 - October 21, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-Day workshop

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).


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (7/11/2021)
    July 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (7-11-2021)
    July 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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 Steps & Stairs Workshop (7-11-2021)
    July 11, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (7-12-2021)
    July 12, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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 Steps & Stairs Workshop (7-12-2021)
    July 12, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - August 6 & 7 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    August 6, 2021 - August 7, 2021
    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.


  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (8-21-2021)
    August 21, 2021
    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…


  • 1.10 Introductory Walling Workshop (8-22-2021)
    August 22, 2021
    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…


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop (9-11-2021)
    September 11, 2021
    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…


  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (9-12-2021)
    September 12, 2021
    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…


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - September 18 & 19, 2021 (Nashville, TN)
    September 18, 2021 - September 19, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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.


  • Fall Certification Test: Thursday, (9/23/2021) Dummerston
    September 23, 2021
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

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.


  • Fall Certification Test: Friday, (9/24/2021) Dummerston
    September 24, 2021
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. 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.


  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) - Sept. 25 & 26, 2021 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 25, 2021 - September 26, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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 (Outdoor) - Sept. 25 & 26, 2021 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 25, 2021 - September 26, 2021
    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.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Workshop (10-9-2021) South Fork, PA
    October 9, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Workshop (10-9-2021) South Fork, PA
    October 10, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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 Indoor Workshop (10-16-2021) South Fork, PA
    October 16, 2021
    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 - October 21, 2021
    October 21, 2021
    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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (10-22-2021) Mont Vernon, NH
    October 22, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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


  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - October 22 & 23 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 22, 2021 - October 23, 2021
    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 Workshop (10-23-2021) Mont Vernon, NH
    October 23, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

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.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2- Day, October 23 & 24, 2021 (Nashville, TN)
    October 23, 2021 - October 24, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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 (10-24-2021)
    October 24, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-Day workshop

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).


  • 3.10 Steps & Stairs Workshop (10-24-2021)
    October 24, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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.


  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (11-5-2021)
    November 5, 2021
    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…


  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (11-6-2021)
    November 6, 2021
    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) 11-8 thru 11-12-2021
    November 8, 2021 - November 12, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 5-day workshop

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!