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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15 - 17July

Continuing the Not So Big Life Journey Workshop
Online via Zoom

To be eligible for this workshop, you must first attend an introductory Not So Big Life Workshop. Read more about the Not So Big Life Workshop.

When (dates are tentative):
Friday, July 15, at 4:30 pm Eastern to
Sunday, July 17, at 1:30 pm Eastern

Online via Zoom

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1 - 3September

The Not So Big Life Workshop

Everyone is welcome!

Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 pm Eastern to
Saturday, Sept. 3, at 1:00 pm Eastern

TBD, hosted by Duke Integrative Medicine

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