Learning to build dry stone wall

Event Participation Policies

Event Participation Policies

Policies for Participation in Events Hosted by The Stone Trust

  1. Be respectful of the shared working environment.  All involved in training and certification events should interact considerately throughout, towards everyone present and towards the environment.
  2. Speak to everyone with respect. Use a considerate volume and tone. Profanity and public music are not allowed.
  3. All participants must be registered and sign the waiver before participating in the training or testing event.
  4. Training and certification events typically run from 9 to 5 and are open to people above the age of 13.
  5. Visitors to a training or testing event require permission.
  6. Keep yourself and others safe:
    • Appropriate footwear is required: Wear heavy hiking shoes or work boots. Steel-toed or composite-toed boots are required for testing. Without them, you will not be allowed to test.
    • Be prepared with protective eye wear and hearing protection while building or rebuilding walls. Wear it when shaping stone or using machinery.
    • No throwing or tossing any stone more than 6” in any direction!
  7. Enter only the areas indicated as available to Stone Trust participants.
  8. Leave the training/testing site better than you found it. Restore all materials to their rightful place.
  9. Carry out what you brought in, and only what you brought in.
  10. Smoking, chewing tobacco, alcoholic beverages, and recreational drugs are not allowed.
  11. Dogs and other pets may not enter the premises. Do not bring them and leave them in your vehicle.

Ensuring the ongoing viability of training to preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling

In order to ensure the future of the Stone Trust, training and certification events must be enrolled to a minimum level. In the event that minimum enrollment is not achieved for your workshop, the Stone Trust reserves the right to cancel. You can expect a full refund. Or you can transfer your registration to a future workshop. Transferring registrations is easy to do and supports fiscal sustainability.

If you are traveling, please make flexible, refundable arrangements.

If you need to change or cancel…

  • You may transfer your tuition to a future workshop up to one week before the scheduled date. After that you forfeit the tuition.
  • You may transfer your tuition to another person for the date reserved.
  • You may donate your tuition to someone who otherwise could not participate in dry stone construction training.
  • If you need to cancel, let us know a month in advance to receive a 100% refund less a 10% handling fee.

Weather Policy

Stone Trust workshops will take place rain or shine. If storms are in the forecast, we will abide by the following policies:

If you see threatening clouds, use the “30-30 rule”. If the time delay between seeing the flash of lightning and hearing the bang of thunder is less than 30 seconds, begin moving toward a sheltered location. Lightning can strike before or after a visible storm.

In an open field, seek a low spot for shelter. Seek shelter away from hilltops, trees and utility lines. Seeking shelter in a closed building is safest. Do not use items connected to electricity or plumbing. A vehicle with the windows rolled up is the next best thing; this includes tractors with a cab.

Stay in safe shelter at least 30-minutes after you hear the last sound of thunder.