World Treehouse Conference  2019 - October 4th, 5th and 6th with a pre-conference day on the 3rd.

Video tutorials from 2014 conference available: part 1, part 2 and part 3

The World Treehouse Conference (WTC) for 2019 is scheduled for the first weekend in October, the 4th, 5th and 6th with a pre-conference day held on the 3rd.  This gathering is, once again, a spirited revival and expansion of the World Treehouse Association(WTA) and the Global Treehouse Symposium(GTS), which all began in 1997 at the Out 'n' About Treehouse Treesort in Takilma, OR.

Already sure you want to sign up? Click HERE for our registration form.

Come for the pre-conference special on the 3rd!

Please complete and submit the form.  Once you submit the form you should receive a call from the main office within 24 to 48hrs to confirm your registration and get you booked into a lodging option or you can try calling 541-592-2208 between 9am and 5pm PST, daily.


To all Treehouse Dreamers,


 This year’s 2019 World Treehouse Conference promises to offer an array of presenters and enthusiasts who—collectively—advance a thorough look at what it means to climb up into the trees and design and build insightful and friendly structures aloft. Peter Nelson, Michael Garnier, Jake Jacob and Scott baker have all promised to present. 


 Look out for seasoned tree structure spirits: builders, designers, engineers, arborists and impresarios as well as folks who come from a variety of complimentary fields offering insights that will inspire and generate thoughtful ideas… all about going aloft to perch in nature’s rousing vertical architecture.


 Well versed regulars… taking all and anyone interested to the dynamic dance.   


 And, of course, many new faces.


 Essential points and aspects of…


  • trees from both a biological and a mechanical perspective vis-à-vis their architecture and tree structure appropriateness…  
  • tree climbing and aerial safety…
  • rigging in trees…
  • treehouse design techniques of the 21ˢᵗ century… photogrametry, 3D, radical canopy designs, etcetera…
  • treehouse engineering…
  • braketree, the evolution and advancement of…
  • magnificent photographic views of some of the world’s most engaging trees…
  • philosophy… why we do this, why this is a good thing to do…


     October 4ᵗʰ through 6ᵗʰ 2019 in Takilma, OR


 Jake Jacob
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old one for reference;

Hello One ‘n’ All coming to Out ‘n’ About Treesort for the 22nd annual World Treehouse Conference.

The basics… we always cover the basics… and the basics are…

Everything that you need to know about trees as an organism… well maybe not everything (not in one weekend), but a decent arboreal introduction to a lot of pertinent things you need to know about trees if you truly wish to climb up into them and build structures aloft.

Design approaches and techniques… the world is digital now… many of us still sketch a design on paper and then go to work… but we’re in the 21ˢᵗ century now and techniques such as photogrametry, which utilize pretty affordable gear can help us get the tree or trees volumetrically (3D) into a computer… SketchUp and even paper come into play… and off you go.

Engineering vitals… the mechanical aspects of trees… all kinds of opportunities to see and experience the kinds of hardware that have evolved in the past 20 years that carry the load, yet work in concert with how trees repair themselves and remain vital (if you do it right)…

Here is a lineup of confirmed presenters for this year’s conference. More information will be posted as it comes available.


  • Margaret (Meg) Lowman, Ph. D. “Director of Global Initiatives, Lindsay Chair of Botany and Senior Scientist in Plant Conservation California Academy of Sciences.”  Meg will be our Keynote Speaker this year and we are thrilled to have her!!  “Nicknamed the “real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal, Meg Lowman pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For over 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, especially insect pests and ecosystem health.  Meg is affectionately called the mother of canopy research as one of the first scientist to explore this eighth continent.  She relentlessly works to map the canopy of biodiversity and to champion forest conservation around the world, gaining her start in the rain forests of Australia.  Her international network and passion for science have led her into leadership roles where she seeks best practices to solve environmental challenges and serves as a role model to women and minorities in science.”

  • Michael Garnier(MG) – creator, owner and operator of Out ‘n’ About Treehouse Treesort will be here for the entirety of the conference. He will be doing a presentation on his unique approach to Bracketree. For the pre-conference day there is talk of a half day ‘field trip’ to his new property to view the progress of the building project currently taking place and a possible on-site evaluation to help select the next tree to be built in.
  • Jake Jacob – of TreehouseArtz – Jake, longtime friend and cohort of MG (also an instrumental organizer and contributor to the conference) will be here to show off his expertise in rigging and a knot tying demonstration, as he like to point out, he knows knotting.
  • Scott Baker – Principal and founder of Tree Solutions Inc. will also be in attendance. He has worked with MG for years evaluating his builds and the health of the trees at the Treesort. Scott will be presenting at the conference sharing his extensive knowledge in tree biology, building codes, treehouses, ziplines, and knowing Scott much, much more!
  • Michael Shulters and John Shulters – John, president and owner of Ascension Studios, and his father Michael Shulters of Treehouse Nation will give a ‘crash’ course into the Technologic toolkit to see how Ascension Studios and Treehouse Nation collaborate on treehouse design. and
  • Michael Murphy aka Barefoot Murph – Owner and operator of Barefoot Treehouses will give a speech titled “Touching wood, breathing trees: treehousing as a life path.’ Murph will share reflections on what we do as treehouse builders, practices and stories that may help you renew your relationship with the trees, your materials and your clients.
  • Dave Stice and Graham Dawson - from WesSpur Tree Equipment will be there as an exhibition ‘gear-for-sale’ booth, and Dave will be doing a presentation on the basics of aerial rescue & rigging for safety for treehouse builders.
  • Nabil Taha-  President of Presicion structual Engineering.  Michael along with Nabil will be doing a presentation on the do's and don'ts of tree house building. With a big emphasis on calculating the proper point loads that hold up a treehouse.
  • Charley Greenwood -  Worlds  leading pioneer  Treehouse Engineer. Charley will be doing a presentation on what it should take to get a building permit from a building department. 

If you're interested in treehouse accomodation, please book your space at the Treesort now, start your travel plans early at:

Or call: 541-592-2208
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There will be treehouse and ride sharing from the Medford, OR airport for anyone interested.

Please feel free to write me back if you have an interest in being a presenter or have further thoughts, questions or observations.

Swing on in... fair winds, good climbing... see you aloft~
and most importantly, welcome to the bark side. .  .


By 21st Century standards, this is a real deal:

    (1.) The basic (core) conference fee; $400.00

    (2.) There will be a meal package of $200, or the Saturday banquet only; $60.

    The meal package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday (Saturday night is a banquet of some consequence) with Sunday brunch. All meals will have meat and vegetarian dishes. If special dietary needs are important to you please inform the Treesort staff when you book your lodgings.

    (3.) Lodging fees depend on accommodations.  Camping is often a very popular option and runs at $20 per person, per night. (i.e. two people in one tent is $40/night for the occupants of the tent). Campers will have full access to breakfast, full bathrooms and outdoor cooking facilities (i.e. BBQ's, propane burners and very limited cooking utensils) but are required to clean up after themselves.

    In addition to the above another feature is that there will be a menu of pre-conference all day Thursday Oct. 4 workshops to consider, albeit for a separate fee.
All pre-confs will be a $125 charge, plus a lunch option fee TBA.

 Post conference workshops are possible, not yet determined.


Jake Jacob Treehouse ARTZ
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Phun Activitrees »

Many additional activitrees are available at various prices whether you stay with us or not, some with no fees.

Horseback Rides are $50 per person an hour (last minute ride cancellations subject to full fee per person).
River Rafting by referral only, please request this activity as far in advance of your visit as possible.
Ziplines are our most popular treesort participation activitree most readily available:
A package price for multiple giant swings and assorted zip rides is happening if that's what you want to do, so please talk to us...

There are MANY free activitrees you can enjoy here including swimming in our fresh water river fed rock lined pool (reserved for our treeserved guests), with plenty of hiking and biking. Plus there is the inevitable asking questions about things for which Michael is almost always available (but getting the answers you are looking for may be another question <wink>).

Most Extree classes, especially crafts, involve a small fee for the instructor and cost of materials if any are not included.