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 !

 

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.

Year in Review!  Report & Photos for 2020, 2019, 2018 more.

 

Strawbale Studio Videos

 WAYS TO CONNECT

 

JOIN THE LISTSERVE to receive the zoom link AND RECEIVE A MONTHLY EMAIL ABOUT ACTIVITIES !
 
ACTIVITIES:  Each month there will be a TOUR available for $20 in the morning before scheduled workshops.
REGISTER and pay online.  Limit 6 participants.
When you sign up for a Tour, consider if you would like to also take the workshop offered that day
(See “Events” for Workshop Descriptions & Registration.)
 
LEARNING TOURS of the STRAWBALE STUDIO & Grounds
$20 REGISTER HERE. for TOURS on the following dates. $20/person/ limit of 6 in tour.
See thatched & living roof, Strawbale & Cob structures + earth oven & rocket stove & more.
 
REGISTER with this link for the December, January, February, & March Tours !
$20/person.  10am-12 noon.  (As you look down this page, you will see that there are also workshops offered each of the Tour Days. )
Sat. 12/4/2021, Sun. 12/5/2021, Friday 01/28/2022, Saturday 01/29/2022, also Fri. 2/18/2022,    Sat. 2/19/2022, Sun.  2/20/2022. Friday  3/11/2022    Sunday 3/13/2022
 
FULL MOON ZOOMS happen monthly and are free.  Join the listserve to get the zoom link monthly.
Share “what is alive in you,” what is inspiring you, or a project you are engaged in.

 

EVENTS SCHEDULE

SKILL-BUILDING WEEKEND Attend part or all

  • November 5, 2021  Sat      7p
    Bonfire: Conversation & Craft  $10 for Weekend participants.
  • November 6, 2021  9:30a – 5p   A
    Earth Oven Workshop  +  Composting / Nutrient Recycling Class. $40 + $10 materials fee.
  • November 7. 2021  9:30a – 4p
    Rocket Stove workshop $40

TOUR of STRAWBALE STUDIO & Grounds
Nov 14, 2021  Sunday 10a-12p


SPOON CARVING ~Plus

Nov 14, Sunday 1-5p

LASHING & KNOTS CLASS
Nov 19, Friday 1-5p

NOVEMBER 19, 2021 Full MOON ZOOM  Fri. 8p
Join our email list to get the Zoom Link.

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
Dec 4, 2021 Saturday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

December 4, Saturday  1-5p $20-$45
CANDLE-MAKING CLASS 

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
Dec 5, 2021 Sunday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

December 5, Sunday 1-5p  Same class is offered 2x
CANDLE-MAKING CLASS

DECEMBER 18, 2021 Full MOON ZOOM  Sat. 8p

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
January 28, 2022 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

SCULPTING WITH COB
January 28, Friday 1-5p $35

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
January 29, 2021 Sunday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

EARTH SCULPTING (repeat of Sculpting with Cob 1/28)
January 29, Saturday 1-5p  $35

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
February 19, 2021 Friday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

BUSHCRAFT: Lashing / Ladders / Quadpods  (repeated Feb 19)
Feb 18,  2021 Friday 1-5p Limit 6. $25

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
February 18, 2021 Friday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

BUSHCRAFT: KNOTS & LASHING (a repeat of Feb 18 class )
Feb 19, 2021 Saturday 1-5p Limit 6. $25

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
February 20, 2021 Sunday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

BUSHCRAFT: CORDING
February 20, 2021 Sunday 1a-4p $25. Limit 6.

 

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
March 11, 2022 Friday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
March 13, 2022 Sunday 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay here.

WINTERNSHIP 
Jan 5 – Feb 5, 2022  Learn the basics of Natural Building in Lecture Classes and Hands-on Workshops.
This years’ program will be similar to last years.  Look over the information, and contact Deanne.

MIDWEST NATURAL BUILDING  !   Join and contribute to the Facebook Page !

SUGGEST PROGRAMINGyou would love to see provided during Covid. Perhaps something online for your group such as Designing a Strawbale Structure or Home.  How to make and fire an Earth Oven.  Ideas for Designing an Eco-Community.

MAKE A DONATION Financial donations help support scholarships & the continuation of this place, in these covid times.

2021 UPCOMING Live EVENTS ~ in the process of planning: Crafting Series with Soapmaking, Sweetgrass braiding, Candle-making and more!  Stay tuned. Also Wattle & Daub small structure, Mushroom Log Inoculation, Youth Tours & Classes, Thatching, Strawbale & Earth Plaster. Living Roof Workshop. Soap-making with Bouncing Bet. These and more are in the process of being scheduled, while being responsive to our current situation.

Join the Email List if you wish to receive updates!

 

CLASSES ONLINE & ONSITE + INTERNSHIP & WORKTRADE

Web-based & On-site interactive Classes are planned to start soon, as a way to learn and connect about natural building! Join the listserve to get updates /check website.

  • Strawbale Construction Principles & Design
  • Sculpting with Earth
  • Nutrient Cycling where we live
  • Social Ecology ~  Connecting People & Nature
  • Foraging from Nature & Crafting
  • Natural Soap from Saponaria officinalis

INTERN & WORKTRADE

Attend one month or more. A great opportunity to learn skills, live in community and be with nature !  Join in the crew as an Intern, 1/2 Pay Worktrader or WWoofer/Poosher. Each month will included a mix of resilient living & natural building skills, community outreach,  gardening & grounds. As of July 2021 this program is beginning to open up, based on covid-considerations 🙂
 

“Your natural buildings were a huge inspiration to us for all the times we were able to stay with you and your folks, and helped inform our ideas of what we wanted. That we able to feel and touch what we could do, to really get our hands, hearts, and minds involved was incredible. Not to mention your folks’ solar cooker and haybox meals were a huge inspiration to the kinds of cooking we will be doing!”   T. S.  2019   

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