April 5-7 2019

Grand Marais, Minnesota

A three-day retreat designed to explore low impact living and sustainable design with Minnesota native, Lonnie Dupre, Founder of North House Folk School and Builder Mark Hansen and Climate Change leaders from MN350. Building Minimalism is about much more than just living in a compact, space-utilizing home. It represents a shift toward an ecologically conscious, minimalist lifestyle where people consume only what they need. It is an emphasis on experiences, rather than material goods. As it turns out, making small adjustments to the way we live and the spaces we inhabit can lead to significant progress in combatting climate change.

Join us for a couple days at North House Folk School for presentations around climate change, ecologically conscious building strategies and foundations, a site visit to finished tiny cabins in Cook County, locally sourced meals and several community gatherings along the harbor.



  • EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS held at North House Folk School, located downtown Grand Marais exploring climate change, minimalist living and sustainable building techniques.

  • CABIN TOUR of dovetail style-space utilizing cabin built by Lonnie.

  • 2 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION limited private or shared cabins with Mökki Cabin Rentals in downtown Grand Marais and Hovland. Additional accommodations available per Cook County’s lodging directory, see below for details. (Accommodation excluded from attendance rate)

  • WELCOME DINNER featuring Lake Superior inspired foods and brews by Voyageur Brewery.

  • SATURDAY LUNCH featuring locally favored eats and treats.

  • ALL BREAKFASTS at North House Folk School featuring locally roasted coffee from Fika Coffee out of Lutsen, Minnesota and assorted sweet things and savory things, in other words..all good things.

  • SITES OF GRAND MARAIS visiting local establishments, iconic sights, recreational activities, and art colony.

  • REST AND REFLECTION time to enjoy the natural beauty of Minnesota’s North Shore and Grand Marais sailboat harbor.

  • RESOURCES to take action on your values, further connect with your community, and ways to continue the journey on your own.


Kickoff Social at Voyageurs Brewery


Location: Back Brewery


Location: North House Folk School

Welcome by Lisa Frank


Presenter #1 Mark Hansen


Presenter #2: Lonnie Dupre


Mokki Cabin Tour

Location: Downtown Grand Marais


Tour of Mark Hansen's Properties





Closing Remarks by Lisa Frank




Lonnie Dupre

Lonnie is a Midwest native raised on a country farm in Minnesota. He currently lives in Grand Marais, Minnesota where much of his time is spent backcountry in the Wilderness of the Minnesota/Canadian border area when he’s not on his further more long term explorations. Lonnie’s lifestyle in Grand Marais reflects his life’s work as an arctic explorer with a personal philosophy of living simply. Rooted in exploration and the protection of our planet, Lonnie has brought purpose into the design of his North Shore cabins. By marrying his life’s work as an Arctic explorer and carpenter, he has a profound reverence for the natural world and has invested his energy in living in harmony with it.

Highlighted Accomplishments

• Dupre completed the first west to east, 3,000 mile winter crossing of Canada’s famed Northwest Passage by dog team.

• Achieved the first circumnavigation of Greenland, a 6,500 mile, all non-motorized journey by kayak and dog team.

• Lonnie has pulled sleds on skis from Canada to the North Pole twice. The 2006 expedition reached over 68 million people worldwide on issues surrounding climate change.



$250 — Individual Rate

$225/person —Couple Rate ($25 Discount for Each)

$150—Cook County Resident Rate


Scholarships are unavailable at this time, but will be available for future retreats.


Attendees are welcome to propose trades to offset costs by 50%. Examples include but are not limited to photography, videography, graphic design, art illustrations, performance art, presentations, journalism.

Please review retreat Policies and guidelines prior to registering


Mökki Cabin Rentals

Lonnie’s properties serve as an inspiration for all—weather you’re a potential do-it-yourself home builder, an experienced contractor or a minimalist looking to travel on mission, a stay will provide you with perspective as you settle into your surroundings.

The log homes are constructed using pine timbers from foundation to roof and are painted in Scandinavian style in an effort to put a smile on your face. Lonnie says, “color makes people happy and we all want to feel happy”. The cabins are complete with books that share in his love of exploration and land preservation. Stones from Superiors shore line shelves and windowsills and serve as an element to bring you closer into the North Shores ecosystem.


Mökki Birdhouse


Mökki Cottage


Limited Availability at Mökki Cabins and Cottages

Reservations will be granted on a first-come first-serve basis. Please book early if you are interested in staying at one of Lonnie’s featured properties.

Explore the listings below. Attendees will be receiving discounted rates, prices available on listing do not reflect the rate for each cabin. Contact Lisa Frank at with questions, to obtain pricing options and make booking arrangements.


Dwelling by the Dock


Dovetail Log Cabin

Other Accommodations

Visit Cook County’s site to explore alternative local accommodations.




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