Where it all began

In the mid-1990s, when I’d been working as a residential architect for more than a decade, I had an epiphany one day while driving though the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa. I had started noticing that new houses were getting extremely large, and decidedly unattractive. For miles and miles, all I could see were these “starter castles” marching across the prairies, looking self-important and soulless.

At that point, I was spending most of my time designing homes that were better, not bigger; homes that fit the way my clients really lived, rather than a formal lifestyle that few people ever lived anymore. But in that moment, I realized…

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2 - 4September

The Not So Big Life Workshop
Online via Zoom

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 pm Eastern to
Saturday, Sept. 4, at 1:00 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom, hosted by Duke Integrative Medicine

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6 - 2October - March
2021 - 2022

Implementing the Not So Big Life Meeting Series
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A special opportunity for Not So Big Life Workshop participants.

To be eligible for the meeting series, you must first attend a Not So Big Life Workshop. Read more about the workshop.

When (Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Eastern):
October 6, 2021
November 3, 2021
December 1, 2021
January 5, 2022
February 2, 2022
March 2, 2022

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