United Tiny House Association | 2022 Florida Suncoast Tiny Home Festival at England Brothers Park in Pinellas Park, Florida, is the premiere St. Pete and Tampa Tiny House Festival... Originally the St Pete Tiny Home Festival in the Tampa Bay and St Petersburg/Clearwater Area.

2022 Florida Suncoast Tiny Home Festival Speakers

Update (January 11, 2022): Please join tiny living enthusiasts from around the world for a weekend of INSPIRATION and INSIGHT with the INCREDIBLE line-up of SPEAKERS who will be PRESENTING and SHARING during the 2022 Florida Suncoast Tiny Home Festival.

2022 FL Speakers:

Melanie Copeland

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Melanie is the National Spokesperson for the Tiny House Alliance USA. She is an advocate for legal tiny living and a supporter of ASTM standards for tiny houses. After building her 144 Sq ft. tiny house on wheels in 7 days she went from living illegally to being a legal tiny house one wheels land owner. She recently published a book, Trailblazing Tiny: A Guide to Breaking Free, to help others track and create their own tiny dream. She is a DIY builder, a writer, speaker, homesteader, and runs her own wood burning business. In her spare time, she backpacks, travels, hikes and enjoys her home and land with her husband of 21+ years, along with their dog Shiloh, and her many chickens!

2022 FL Speaker:

Debbie Caneen

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As a life long resident of Hillsborough County, Debbie saw the need for workforce housing and when presented with the opportunity to create a tiny home village, she could not stay on the sidelines. With many years in the Senior Housing Industry, her drive to provide housing for young people to then care for her residents, it was a great fit.  Debbie has been an active advocate for workforce housing since 2017 and continues today… and is the founder & owner of Circle Pond Tiny House Community, which is listed as one of the Top 10 Tiny House Communities in the United States by Tiny House Authority.

 

2022 FL Speaker:

John Kernohan

Sat & Sun (2PM)

John is the co-founder, along with his wife Fin, and the Chairman of the United Tiny House Association.  John and Fin are two of the truest examples of the tiny house movement… living full-time for almost 9 years in their DIY, off-grid 304sqft Beloved Cabin and the owners of their 16-acre Beloved Cabin Tiny House Homestead & Stay.  They also own their World-famous towable Tiny Firehouse – Station No. 9, a second towable tiny house they call “Rocco”, a 14’ yurt, a skoolie, and they are currently building a tree house with a grain silo.  John is a known DIY and re-purposing expert, and as an off-grid specialist.  He is also a tiny house and affordable housing advocate, and has been invited to speak at colleges and events around the Country, as well as with local state and Federal governments… including HUD in Washington DC… on the subjects of affordable housing solutions.  John and Fin have been featured on HGTV, The DIY Network, Apartment Therapy, Hobby Farms, TODAY, The Rachel Ray Show, AOL, Yahoo, and MANY other media outlets around the World.

 

2022 FL Speaker:

Jo-Anne Peck

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Jo-Anne is the owner of Historic Shed and is an expert on helping to take the mystery out of Zoning and Building Codes for both the DIYer and those considering hiring a contractor to build their little dream home in Florida.  She discusses topics such as: What you can build, where, researching a property’s zoning, minimum room sizes, egress requirements, lofts/ stairs, required clearances for fixtures, product approvals, construction drawings, permitting process, inspections during the build, and more.  Jo-Anne’s emphasis will be on Tiny Houses on Foundations, but much can also be applied to Tiny Homes on Wheels.

2022 FL Speakers:

Pat Dunham

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Pat is a tiny spaces consultant and specialist who is an expert in outlining ways one can live comfortably in their own small space.  Her ideas work for space-challenged living environments from tiny homes to efficiency apartments to RV’s and boats.  Long before the tiny house movement began, Pat lived a life in tiny living quarters for several years aboard a boat with her husband and six children and now lives with her husband and 35-lb dog Annie in their own 235sqft. tiny house. She speaks on the many benefits of living small, while offering practical advice for downsizing and useful tips for creating storage solutions.

2022 FL Speaker:

Mikee & BeBe

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BeBe and Mikee are a mother and son who have been full-time in their skoolie, the Black Magik Bus, for 3 years.  BeBe retired in 2017 and purchased an RV to revisit many of the national parks she camped at as a youth with her family.  Mikee had dreams of building a tiny house in Asheville NC.  Every time BeBe would come back to visit NC numerous things needed repair.  In 2019 the RV was hit from behind and the propane tank imploded completely destroying the RV.  They found their Black Magik Bus in a search for safety and unexpectedly they found a family as well in the bus/skoolie/nomad community.

2022 FL Speaker:

Jeremy Ricci

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2022 FL Speaker:

Rickey Irvin

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RICKEY IS RETURNING AGAIN!

Rickey Irvin is 61 years old and has been disabled for over 8 years.  He was diagnosed with mixed connective tissue disease 6 years ago, had a heart attack and a stroke, and was diagnosed with chronic inflammatory demylinating polynuropathy… and most impressively, Rickey lives full-time in his DIY skoolie.

Rickey is an accomplished airbrush artist, a DIY expert and mechanic-extraordinaire!  Rickey loves to share with others the benefits of living tiny while being disabled, and encourages those with also have disabilities not to give up – but rather to press on and overcome.  Many of us in bus conversion, skoolie, van conversion, and nomad communities know Rickey as the “go to guy” who can diagnose, solve and repair an issue when some many others were unable to. Rickey is a true inspiration and a true example of the unique benefits living tiny has to offer!

 

2022 FL Organizers:

John & Fin Kernohan

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Founders of the United Tiny House Association; Organizers of the 19 for-charity tiny house festivals, including the 2020 (5th Annual) Florida Tiny House Festival; Owners of Tiny House Rescuers; Owners of the Tiny Firehouse – Station No. 9; Featured on HGTV’s “Tiny House Big Living”, the DIY Network, TODAY, The Rachael Ray Show, AOL’s “Dream Big-Live Small“; Living 8.75+ Years Full-Time in their Off-Grid 304sqft tiny cabin on their 16-acre Beloved Cabin Tiny House Homestead & Stay; DIY & Re-purposing Experts; FREE Off-Grid Consultants; Philanthropists; Full-Time Tiny Lifestyle Advocates; Public Speakers; and authors of “Tiny Talks: Communicating BIG with Love & Laughter”.

Interested in learning more about the 2022 Florida Suncoast Tiny Home Festival? Please feel free to contact us at unitedtinyhouse@yahoo.com or by calling our office at 706-623-4332.

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