California – From the Ground Up: An Introduction to Dry Stone Walling




July 29, 2024 - August 2, 2024


9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A collaborative training event from the Stone Trust and local landscape designer Christa Moné.

This course includes four days of building with an optional field trip on August 2nd to Mendocino Stone Ranch.
There are scholarship funds available for this workshop. Two full scholarships are reserved for students at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). SRJC has generously offered funding for 50% of the cost, which the Stone Trust is matching. Other funding is also available.  To apply, complete this form.

Workshop Objective:

To provide a firm grounding in the basic principles of dry stone walling and the competency to build a freestanding double-faced wall.

Learning Outcomes:

Join a four-day workshop to learn the fundamentals of building a structurally sound dry stone wall from the ground up. Learn principles of wall construction, as well as site and materials preparation.

The craft of dry stone walling has been practiced for centuries to build structures around the world. A dry stone wall is built without the use of mortar and instead employs a set of construction principles that provide the structural integrity needed for a long-lasting wall. Not only is a properly built dry stone wall structurally sound, it is also an art form that brings beauty into a landscape unlike any other form of construction.

So you want to start learning how to build dry stone walls. Or you’ve taught yourself a bit and want to check your understanding with professional guidance. Maybe you plan to build walls at home or maybe you want to educate yourself before hiring someone else to build a wall. Perhaps you are considering entering the trade or adding dry stonework to the portfolio of services you already provide as a landscape or hardscape contractor. Whatever your motivation and experience, this introductory workshop is a starting point for you.

Come to the heart of the Russian River Valley to construct a freestanding double-faced wall like those traditionally used as livestock fences. You will build with stone from a local quarry and engage in hands-on experience with the five basic rules of structural dry stone walling. You will go home with a basic understanding of how to apply age-old principles of dry stone construction to any type of stone and project.

What you learn applies directly to all types of dry stone walls, including retaining walls, seat walls, and steps/stairs.

Come learn from certified waller-teachers, almost all of whom earn their livelihoods as dry stone walling professionals. All Stone Trust instructors have achieved Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Level 2 Waller Certification, globally recognized as the professional standard. As Stone Trust-DSWA-certified instructors, all belong to a learning community that seeks to ensure that every one of you learns what you came for and that you enjoy the process. With a student : instructor ratio of 8 : 1, you can count on plenty of direct interaction with your teachers. Introductory workshops tend to include up to sixteen participants working with two experienced waller-teachers.

Course Format:

Workshop Training: July 29- August 1st

Fieldtrip (optional): August 2nd at the Mendocino Stone Ranch.

Monday: Stone theory, site setup, sorting stone, begin building
Tuesday: Build
Wednesday: Build
Thursday: Build, cleanup
Friday: Field Trip-Mendocino Stone Ranch (optional)

For the field trip: It is $25 a person (bring cash or check)
Date & Time: August 2, 12pm -3pm
Bring: Pack a lunch and water.
Good to Know: Carpooling is encouraged so be sure to coordinate with other participants at the workshop! More information can be found at the website: Mendocino Stone Ranch

Lodging: Not included. The closest hotels are in Sebastopol and Windsor. There are many house rental options in Forestville and the surrounding areas. Forestville is a small town with a few restaurants and a great coffee shop, and is about 15-20 minutes from the larger towns of Windsor, Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.

Meals: Lunches with a vegetarian option will be included. We are unable to accommodate any other dietary restrictions for this workshop. Bring plenty of water. There will be access to refill your water bottles.


Training Site

Forestville, California
A collaborative training event from the Stone Trust and local landscape designer Christa Moné.



Dan Peterson
Dan Peterson

DSWA-GB Advanced (Level III)


Rob Faraone
Rob Faraone

DSWA-GB Intermediate (Level II)

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