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


Enter the Hobbit Sauna

FULL MOON ZOOM    AUGUST 22, 2021 FULL MOON details to come. 2021 Full Moon Dates.


KIDS DAY CAMP August 12 & 13, 2021  Thurs & Friday, 9a to 2:30p.  Natural Building Skills, Music, Crafts !
MIDWEST NATURAL BUILDING  !   Join and contribute to the Facebook Page !
SUGGEST PROGRAMING you 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: Earth Oven & Rocket Stove Class. Wattle & Daub small structure, Mushroom Log Inoculation, Youth Tours & Classes, Thatching, Strawbale & Earth Plaster. Crafting Series. 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. 
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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


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