Women’s Level 2 Retaining Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor

Workshop Level: 2. Up to 16 participants.  Certified Instructors: Kim Coggin, Jo Hodgson, and Hilary Dees. Open to Women who have taken at least one prior workshop, or are experienced wallers. $273

Sunday May 7th 2017

This is the first ever Women’s Only Retaining Wall Workshop at The Stone Trust! Exciting!

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Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all the principals of a free standing wall apply there are additional rules and methods to follow when building retaining walls. The focus needs to be on a sound structure that will last for generations. The stone may be round field stone or flatter ledge stone.   The rules and principals learned here can be applied to all retaining walls whether hand-built or built with large stones and equipment.

At The Stone Trust, all of our women’s only workshops are taught by women wallers.  This workshop will have the only 3 women in North America who are certified dry stone wall instructors teaching!

This workshop is intended as a follow up to the level 1 workshop the day before.  We will be building a standard retaining wall and going over topics not covered the day before in the level 1 workshop. Lots more to learn!

Some women are nervous about trying out dry stone walling which is often a male dominated field. Dry stone walling is a field in which women can exel.  At The Stone Trust we actively encourage women to try out dry stone walling and become professional wallers. The indoor training facility and women’s only environment make for a spectacular learning environment.

An amazing opportunity for women to learn from women who are professional wallers.

This workshop is suited to women with at least one prior workshop or who have previous walling experience.  The workshop will run 8:30am-4:30pm with 1/2 hour lunch break.

Licensed Landscape Architects can receive 7.5 LA CES credits for participating in this workshop.

Click here for more information about Level 1 workshops.

Click here for more information about level 1 workshops.

*Please note if you encounter errors or problems while registering please email Brian Post or call (802) 490-9607, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.

Time lapse video of a typical One Day Indoor Workshop at The Stone Trust:

Women's dry stack stone wall workshop
Women's dry stone walling workshop
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Landscape Architects receive 7.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.

About The Instructors:

KIM COGGIN, together with her husband Jerry, owns and operates Laurel Stoneworks which is located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands are of South central PA. Laurel Stoneworks specializes in the art and craft of dry laid stonework. Kim has been working with dry stone for over eight years. Both Kim and Jerry currently hold Level Two Certificates from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, and both are also certified instructors. Kim and Jerry are also both members of the Board of Directors for The Stone Trust.

JO HODGSON (Ontario) is a professional dry stone waller from the UK who moved to Ottawa, Canada in 2003. Jo runs her own business specializing in dry stone construction and restoration for private gardens and public spaces. She is a DSWA-GB Certified Waller and Instructor, and also holds a Master’s degree in Education (Univ. of Manchester). Jo teaches walling in Canada, UK and the U.S. and is committed to passing on her craft. http://www.drystonewaller.ca

HILARY DEES runs her own business specializing in drystone and trail construction based in New England.  Hilary holds a Basic Drystone Mason certificate with the Dry Stone Conservancy in Kentucky as well as an Intermediate Certificate from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.  From working to improve public lands and trails, to building quality dry stone features for private parties, Hilary strives make quality stonework accessible to all.

Images from the 2016 Women’s Introductory Workshop