Self-sufficient off-grid course

Are you going to build a tiny house, do you want to ecologicly (re)build your house or your place in an ecovillage, or you just live more sustainable and climate aware? Then this course is for you!

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In this long-running course Self-sufficient off-grid you learn all basic concepts behind ecological insulation, solar collectors, rainwater harvesting, water filtering, constructed wetlands, compost toilets, solar panels and more. Sustainable alternatives are given for the basic needs warmth, energy, water, toilet - you will learn the how and why.

Especially for (future) tiny house residents, all examples in this course are targeted at regular tiny house dimensions. After this course you've made a huge step forwards in the many many choices that you have to make about warmth, water, showering, toilet etc. This course is also suitable if you want to make your home more sustainable, or if you want to create a new house as sustainable and energy neutral as possible. To set the subjects into a sustainable context, the introduction will discuss some permaculture and climate change principles.

As you said yourself, the information on this subject is not very accessible and it requires a lot of study(time) to grasp all aspects of selfsufficiency. I'm often bored during a course, but this time that was absolutely not the case.


What do I know after the course Self-sufficient Off-grid?

After this course you have saved months of research and you will know enough basic knowledge to choose ecological insulation, buy or install a solar tube system, build or buy a stand-alone solar panel system, know the basic terms of a wet land system, know the how and why of a composting toilet and building one, and to decide how to arrange the water storage and filtering system. You will know the appropriate sustainable basic tools to understand all sorts of off-grid systems and how to evaluate the (non)sense of "new" sustainable technology. Some permaculture concepts will help to do this.

Unique to your approach is that you explain things easy enough to keep the overview. It helps us ask the right questions to ourselves, and keep focus on what is really important.


The course contains a lot of terms, but the emphasis is on a higher level. It is nice to know what a MPPT controller does -more or less- but it is far more important that you get the general idea of a solar panel system. After the course you will know a lot, including:
  • the difference between ecologic and sustainable
  • how surprisingly unimportant solar panels are and how important solar tubes
  • how many liters of water you can boil with solar panels
  • why you would choose floor heating instead of any kind of electric or woodstove heating
  • why you would choose for a compost toilet
  • when a composting toilet may get smelly
  • how many rainwater falls on a tiny house on average
  • why you would prefer flexible woodfiber over wool
  • how to calculate the thickness of a wall due to the bouwbesluit
  • how many electricity you can generate and what you nevertheless can do with it
  • ....and a lot of other i.
  • how a helophyte filter works

I am so grateful for your course, and for the depth and completeness of everything you presented. It is really impossible to gather this together through internet. I am also very gratefull for your e-mail accessibility afterwards and for that you even called me back when I requested that.


Who is giving the training Self-sufficient Off-grid?

Niels Gorisse is the builder of the Strohplatz place in Germany. For this he researched off-grid components for many years, followed many courses, and has put almost everything into practice. He also lived in a camper. You will notice that is very enthousiastic when sharing all experiences, and you will certainly notice that he is an experienced trainer.

When and where?

You are welcome at 09:30, and the training takes place approximately from 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 at timezone Amsterdam/CET Central European Time. You can make photographs of all material and sheets. If you have any questions, or would like me as a speaker at your festival, please email to the emailaddress at the bottom.

Location online is with your own laptop; you will receive a reminder email 2 days before which contains the Zoom link. You pay entrance per person. A webcam and microphone is obligated because this is a very interactive training.

Make a reservation below by selecting your preferred date and paying online.

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