-Photo by Louise Docker

    December 2, 2016 Comments(0)

    Learn to Build Your Own Tiny House…and Much More!


    Tucked away in mid Wales, near the tiny village of Machynlleth, is the Centre for Alternative Technology, although many of the courses taught at the centre, are not what we would normally think of as technology.

    Founded in 1973 by early environmentalist, Gerard Morgan-Grenville, the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) has become a mecca for learning how to live sustainably.

    Regular courses are taught in solar energy, wind power, wastewater management, organic gardening, and building. The built environment courses include building with cob, timber frame self-build houses and building a tiny house from the ground up.

    The next course for building tiny houses will run from 27th February to 2nd March. There will also be classes in April, June and July. Tiny house building courses are hard to find and rather specialised, so this is a wonderful resource to learn from builders with extensive experience in this field.



    The short courses at CAT run anywhere from one day to two weeks. There are accommodations onsite in Eco-Cabins, however these may book up quickly. The website offers alternative accommodations nearby.

    Eco-Cabins for onsite accommodation at CAT.
    Eco-Cabins for onsite accommodation at CAT.


    The charming town of Machynlleth is also very historic and is certainly worth a tour while visiting.

    -Photo by Tanya Dedyukhina
    -Photo by Tanya Dedyukhina

    CAT has over seven acres of hands-on displays and exhibits, including a low-energy house, solar, hydropower and wind power exhibits, and displays of organic gardening methods. There are also strawbale and rammed-earth buildings for exploration, and Britain’s largest green bookshop on site.

    In June 2017, CAT will again be hosting the ‘Small is Beautiful’ Festival. This three-day event, beginning on the 9th will have lectures, courses, exhibits and live music. The theme for the gathering will be Housing!  Tickets are currently on sale by following this link:


    Machynlleth can be reached on the Birmingham-to-Aberystwyth Train line, and can be accessed via Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton. This line is served by Arriva Wales trains.

    For more information on courses at CAT and accommodations, visit their website at www.cat.org.uk.