S t r a w b a l e  S t u d i o

Joyfully connecting people & nature

Re-localize, Re-skill, Re-connect !

“May the Beauty we love be what we do.”  Poet, Rumi

Sustainable Practices on the land: Rocket Stoves, Earth Oven, Thatched Strawbale structures, living roofs, agro-forest & more! Strawbale Studio is a place to learn ways of connecting to the land and to other people through the process of foraging natural materials, building & gardening.
Strawbale Studio is located at at private residence and is “by appointment only”.

There are many ways to connect !
See the 2024 Event Schedule
  (being updated…see below as of 2/17/2024)
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2024 EVENTS @ Strawbale Studio

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Feb 25, Full Moon ZOOM Online gathering
Sun 8-10p Join our Email List to get the zoom invitation.

March 9, 2024   CANDLE CRAFT @ Michigan Folk School, Ann Arbor.
Sat 10-4p       Register under Homesteading Category on left bar.
Enjoy the rhythmic process of this ancient art as you dip 6 tapered bees wax candles,. Also craft candle holders out of an earthen “cob” mix, and decorate match boxes with nature items. Relax with the smell of bees wax and the beauty of natural materials. Held at the Lovely Michigan Folk School, outside Ann Arbor MI @ Staebler Farm County Park!

March 10 & 11, 2024  THATCHED ROOF 2 day WORKSHOP @ Strawbale Studio
Sat & Sun 9:30 – 5p Some overnight accommodations available.    Registration link +more details.
Explore this beautiful, ecological & long-lasting roof system using local Phragmite reed grass. Saturday Tour 2 thatched roof buildings on-site. Demo & hands-on thatching on an inside small frame + thatching video. Sunday Harvest & bundle reed at near-by field. Continue learning thatching principles. Deanne learned basic techniques from a Danish Master Thatcher & has thatched 5 small buildings. Online handouts provided. 10 student limit. Bring a bag lunch. Supper, Overnight & breakfast available for $25. $85 prepaid 2 weeks in adv. Or $100 thereafter.

March 17, 2024    EARTH SCULPTING WORKSHOP @ Strawbale Studio
Sun 9:30-4p Private class for  Birmingham Bloomfield Art Association
Schedule a class for YOUR group? Contact Deanne
Learn how to harvest, text, mix and sculpt with the wonderful clay//sand subsoil earth medium. So much possibility, from flat to 3 dimensional art. Add nature items or bring things to embed. Enjoy this natural, creative medium! You can take your project home with you, as well as the knowledge to create many different types of things!   Schedule a class for YOUR group? Contact Deanne

March 20, 2024 Equinox LEARNING TOUR & EARTH OVEN PIZZA
Wed. 9:30a-3:30p     Registration + photos & more details
Celebrate the Equinox! We will tour the enchanted Strawbale Studio buildings & grounds ~ with Earth Plasters & Sculptures, Thatched & Living Roofs, Rocket Stoves. Ask Questions! Then make & fire your own Pizza in the Earth Oven! Enjoy a day in nature!

Check out the Metro Detroit Permaculture Meetup happening off-site that day 6-8p, and monthly.
See Metro Detroit Permaculture Meetup Facebook You may also join the meetup at Meetup.com at: http://www.meetup.com/metro-detroit-permaculture

March 23, 2024 Making CORDAGE & Learning To LASH @ Michigan Folk School, Ann Arbor.
Sat. 10a-4p    Register under Homesteading Category on left bar.
Join this fascinating workshop taught with materials straight from nature. Held at the MICHIGAN FOLK SCHOOL outside Ann Arbor. Learn the traditional craft of cording using several different local plants! Then learn several very useful knots and apply them to some small lashed model-making of your choice (ex. lashed ladder, A-frame Structure,). We will also make a few larger scale projects together. Handouts will give ideas! A very interesting, fun and practical class. $100 @ Michigan Folk School

APRIL WORKTRADE Program @ Strawbale Studio
April 1 – 28 Live on site, help 25 hrs/wk on infrastructure & learn sustainable skills.
Come participate in this unique learning environment! Join the crew and live on-site as you learn skills and help out. This work trade opportunity provides basic food & lodging in exchange for 25 hours of help per week on the grounds, buildings, & infrastructure. Assist with and participate in classes & activities held during the month + foraging & some crafts. Shared cooking & household roles. A supportive, nurturing space nestled in nature.   Find out more: Internship / Worktrade link.

April 13 & 14, 2024  Hands-on EARTH OVEN & ROCKET STOVE Workshop
Sat / Sun 9:30a-5p      Registration coming soon.|
Learn how to make an Earth Oven and a Basic Rocket Stove. See the fire devices on-site & build a model Earth Oven. Learn how to find & mix the earthen materials. fire up the Earth Oven & make your own individual pizzas! Learn the principles of a Rocket Stove cooker / Mass Heater, and construct a combustion unit from bricks, then do a text fire. Held on Strawbale Studio land with enchanting natural buildings! See details. Some overnight accommodations available. $110 paid 1 month ahead, or $125 therafter.

April 17, 2024 SIMPLE SPOON CARVING Workshop
Wed. 9:30a-5p @ Strawbale Studio        Registration coming soon.
Learn safe whittling techniques to make a wooden spreader knife and a simple spoon during this mid-week class at Strawbale Studio. We will be using wood harvested from the land, several knife tools and a shaving horse & draw shave. A traditional skill to last a lifetime! Bring a bag lunch. Enjoy being in the enchanting Strawbale Studio on wooded rural land. Ah.
$65 1 month in advance or $80 thereafter.   Registration coming soon.

Month-long INTERNSHIP𝕊 in MAY, JULY, SEPTEMBER, 2024 
Live & Learn natural building skills at Strawbale Studio.  Click above link for details on the program!

Month-long WORKTRADE PROGRAM in April, June, August, October 2024. 
Live on-site and help out with the buildings, grounds & infrastructure, while learning sustainable skills.

November 9, 2024   CANDLE CRAFT @ Michigan Folk School, Ann Arbor.
Sat 10-4p       Register under Homesteading Category on left bar.
Enjoy the rhythmic process of this ancient art as you dip 6 tapered bees wax candles,. Also craft candle holders out of an earthen “cob” mix, and decorate match boxes with nature items. Relax with the smell of bees wax and the beauty of natural materials. Held at the Lovely Michigan Folk School, outside Ann Arbor MI @ Staebler Farm County Park!

November 23, 2024 Making CORDAGE & Learning To LASH @ Michigan Folk School, Ann Arbor.
Sat. 10a-4p    Register under Homesteading Category on left bar.
Join this fascinating workshop taught with materials straight from nature. Held at the MICHIGAN FOLK SCHOOL outside Ann Arbor. Learn the traditional craft of cording using several different local plants! Then learn several very useful knots and apply them to some small lashed model-making of your choice (ex. lashed ladder, A-frame Structure,). We will also make a few larger scale projects together. Handouts will give ideas! A very interesting, fun and practical class. $100 @ Michigan Folk School

More  2024 WORKSHOPS, LEARNING TOURS, INTERNSHIP & WORKTRADE  Activities will be posted soon.

 

2023-2024 PAST EVENTS @ Strawbale Studio

  • December 2023       Candle Making & Craft workshops + a Learning Tour
  • Jan 7 – Feb 7 2024  Winternship.  Live-in Natural Building program.
  • Jan & Feb 2024       Workshops:
    Thatching, Round Pole, Rocket Stove & Earth Oven,  Earth Plaster & Sculpting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

2024 Winternship at Strawbale Studio

January 7 – Feb 7, 2024

Live on-site and Learn Natural Building Skills!​ 

4 weekend workshops, + natural building classes & crafts during the week.

 

The following workshops are for the Wintern
and are also open to the public.


Thatching on a frame


January 13 & 14
, 2024

THATCHING A ROOF!   

     Tour & Hands-on!!   9:30 – 5p   2 day workshop. Some overnight available.

 

 


January 20 & 21, 2024

ROUND POLE framing basics! 

     Tour & Hands-on!     9:30 – 5p 2 day workshop. Some overnight available.
 
 

January 27 & 28, 2024

ROCKET STOVE & EARTH OVEN

 9:30 – 5p 2 day workshop. Some overnight available.
Tour, Hands-on & PIZZA
in the Earth Oven!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

February 4, 2024

EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING 

     Tour, Hands-on!      10a-5p 2 day workshop. Some overnight available.
 
 
 
 
 

 

CREATE A WORKSHOP FOR YOUR GROUP:

  • Earth Sculpting Workshop
  • INTRODUCTION TO BUILDING WITH STRAWBALES.  Tour, Design Considerations, Earth Plastering demo.
      • Other Possibilities,
        Lashing, Twigloos, Felting, Cnndle-making, Spoon Carving + More
        • Contact Deanne ecoartdb@gmail.com 248 496 4088

 

 

PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

Sitting by the Waterfall

AUGUST 6, 2023.  Sunday 10a-12p 

LEARNING TOUR at the Strawbale Studio & land!
See natural strawbale buildings with thatched & living roofs, cob, earth plaster, rocket stove, earth oven, & more!  Ask your questions! $20  INFO & REGISTRATION

AUGUST 6, 2023.  Sunday 1-5p

FORAGING CLASS & Braiding Sweetgrass + Soap Wort, Wild Food for Salads, and a Wild Plant Give-Away. $40 or Bring a Friend  $30 each.    REGISTRATION (saves your place) & more info here.

 

 

Month-long INTERNSHIP𝕊

September 3-30, 2023
January 7 – Feb 7, 2024

MONTH-LONG WORKTRADE / Skill Building

October 3-30, 2023

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Strawbale Studio Tour
15 min video by Cooper Green  2022-8

 
2 min video by Cooper Green  2022-8
 
 
 

Plaster Kids Cottage

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Natural Building helps us connect again to our local natural environment, to our own intuitive and innate creativity, and to each other. It helps us to shift from an industrial, and often toxic building process to one that is affordable, empowering, community-building and life-affirming.

We are co-creating ~ learning to dance in balance with nature