SingPeace! Pilgrimage for Peace & Global Harmony

SingPeace! Pilgrimage

Pushkara Sally Ashford, a resident of Whidbey Island in Washington, commissioned this handcrafted gypsy vardo which was built by Steve Habersetzer in collaboration with other artisans. Habersetzer built his first tiny home over 25 years ago and describes them as “a boat that goes down the highway.”

Pushkara designed the house during a workshop at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking called, “How to Build a Gypsy Wagon,” taught by Jim Tolpin and Habersetzer. The home measures 8-feet wide by 14-feet long. It has lots of storage, a comfy bed, a hidden away composting toilet, a basin with on-demand hotwater, a two burner cooktop, photovoltaic electric power and LED lighting, and a French propane stove for heat, an outdoor shower and ice box.

SingPeace! Pilgrimage for Peace and Global Harmony was inaugurated at the Port Townsend Woodworkers' Show in November 2009. Its journey has continued with events on Whidbey Island and around the Puget Sound Region: Rainy Camp in Carnation, a 2-day retreat at Yoga Lodge, Earth Day, and DjangoFestNW in Langley and Whidbey-Camano Land Trust's 4.2 million dollar fundraiser for the purchase of the 664 contiguous acres of undeveloped land, the Trillium Community Woods. SingPeace! was featured at the Northwest Regional Folklife Festival in Seattle, May 2010. Sponsor of Rasur Foundation International's BePeace Foundation Course, SingPeace! hosted international peacemaker, Rita Marie Johnson at Whidbey Institute in 2011. Recently, the troupe made its way to Occupy Seattle where it was joined by members of the Seattle Peace Chorus, Seattle Labor Chorus and the Raging Grannies.

The SingPeace! mission has been to bring people together in community to "craft a culture of peace through music." The gyspy vardo has an added layer of intention to help inspire “people who are looking at smaller footprint options for housing and energy use,” says Ashford.

I want to thank Dan at Mangrove Seed for tipping me off to this story. Thanks again Dan!

Blogs, photos and videos available on the Tiny House Design and SingPeace! websites.

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