Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont offers over 80 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Now in its 35th year, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Our hands-on 1-day to 3-week workshops, certificate programs and semester programs are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

On Sale - Meditation Temple to Benefit Scholarship Fund

The meditation temple pictured above is now available for sale at the cost of $1,000 to benefit the Yestermorrow Scholarship Fund. Built from salvaged material, with hundreds of invested hours, this dynamic piece is an excellent example of micro-architecture and as a space can help facilitate quiet reflection.

About the designer/builder:

Aaron Westgate first came to Yestermorrow in 2005, as an enthusiastic intern with a strong sense that the school was doing something unique and essential. Four years and sixteen classes later, he is just as enthusiastic and now completely convinced about the importance of the school’s mission and its ability to influence people to create a better world.

"Yestermorrow taught me about design/build as a curriculum, but also as a philosophy. Think and do, visualize and create; deeply understand context and materials while you explore outside-the-box creativity; let your hands and your head and your heart all mutually reinforce each other. These lessons are by no means confined to architecture and construction. My work is focused on exploring design through the lenses of beauty, functionality, and sustainability. I’m currently building a modern home in Montpelier, and experimenting with salvaged materials to create meditation temples. I'm fascinated by the idea of architecture-for-enlightenment - the concept of designing spaces that facilitate personal peace so that we may engage in the world with more awareness and compassion."

For more information contact Aaron directly at

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