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 our schedule & get on the email listserve to find out more.

View all 2022 STRAWBALE STUDIO ACTIVITIES as an  EVENTS LIST with photos. or as  EVENTS CALENDAR  or scroll down on this page.

FEATURED ACTIVITIES BELOW.  Also see EVENTS LIST for ALL activities & tours!

 

 

SEPTEMBER INTERNSHIP! 

Oct. 1 & 2, 2022.  Sat & Sun 9:30a to 5p at MI FOLK SCHOOL outside Ann Arbor, MI.
NATURAL EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTED WALLS Workshop. 

Oct. 9th, 2022, Sunday 1-6p followed by a Potluck 6-7:30p
COB EARTH OVEN Workshop!  Learn to make your own!

Sep 1-30, 2022    
SEPTEMBER INTERNSHIP!

Oct 3 – Nov 3, 2022
OCTOBER WWOOFING / WORKTRADE MONTH!
Live on-site, help, learn.

Jan 5- Feb 5, 2023             
WINTERNSHIP
1 month on-site learning, will be similar to the 2020 Winternship.  More details to come. Contact Deanne.

  • 2 day Weekend workshops for the public during the Winternship: 
    Thatching & Reed Collection,
    Round Pole Framing,
    Rocket Stove & Earth Oven,
    Earth Plaster & Sculpting. 
    Details to come.  See 2019 past events for an example.   2023 details to come.

See Strawbale Studio Year-in-Review Reports & Photos!  2021 (under construction)  2020, 2019, 2018  & more.

Building with Natural Materials in the Mitten State:  the Strawbale Studio story with photos.

 
 

Strawbale Studio Video – 3 min.

 

Retired Art Teacher Sculpts Her Own Natural Building - Full Tour! - YouTube
 

Strawbale Studio tour with Deanne Bednar  FILMED BY COOPER GREEN

MORE Videos about Strawbale Studio !

ROCKET MASS HEATER in the pole barn at Strawbale Studio
2 min Video by Cooper Green 2022-8!

 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.  Sunday 3/20/2022.
 
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. Some folks are local, others from different states & countries!

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

 

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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.

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

SCULPTING WITH COB 
Jan. 28, Friday 1-5p $35 (repeated Sat. 1-29)

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio & Grounds
Jan. 29, 2022 Sat. 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay

EARTH SCULPTING (repeat of 1/28 class)
Jan. 29, Sat, 1-5p  $35 (repeat of 1/28 class)

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

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

LEARNING TOUR of the Strawbale Studio & Grounds
Feb.19, 2021 Sat. 10a-12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay

BUSHCRAFT CLASS : KNOTS & LASHING
Feb 19, 2021 Saturday 1-5p Limit 6. $25  (same class as Feb 18)

Sunday Tour & Classes, below

 

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

BUSHCRAFT CLASS : 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

SPOON CARVING CLASS
March 11, 2022 Friday 1-5p  Limit 6. $20 – $45

 

CANDLE MAKING CLASS
March 12, 2022. Saturday 9:30a- 2p $40

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

SPOON CARVING CLASS
March 13, 2022 Sunday 1-5p  Limit 6. $20 – $45

 

 

 

TAP THE TREES  –  Maple Syrup Workshop
March 19, 2022  INFO & REGISTRATION

LEARNING TOUR of Strawbale Studio, Natural Buildings, Rocket Stove & Earth oven +
March 20, 2022 Sunday 10a -12p $20. Limit 6. REGISTER & Pay

March 20 2022 A SPOON CARVING Class has been arranged for a local community group!
You can schedule a Natural Building or Traditional Crafts class for your group 🙂

 

MUSHROOM WORKSHOP
April 2, 2022  Saturday 1-6p

MUSHROOM INOCULATION Workshop + Earth Oven Pizza + 12′  take-home Log
April 23, 2022  Saturday 12:30 – 6p

MAY INTERNSHIP ~ THE BLOG

The JOY of FORAGING Workshop
May 14, 2022  Sat. 1-4

“FORAGING FOR DINNER” Workshop
May 21, 2022  Sat 2:30-7p

Strawbale Studio LEARNING TOUR  $20
May 28, 2022, Sat 10a- 12p  REGISTER & PAYMENT

 

JUNE Full MOON ZOOM! 
June 15, 2022.  Wed 8-10p
 Join our email list to get the ZOOM link 🙂  See more info.

FEATURED ACTIVITY: September 1-30, 2022  SEPTEMBER INTERNSHIP!

 

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

SUGGEST PROGRAMING

On-site:  Perhaps you’d like a class for your group – such as a earth sculpting class, Lashing & Cording Class, Tour & Pizza in the Earth Oven.

Online: 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.

2022 UPCOMING Live EVENTS ~ are in the process of planning: Crafting Series, Wattle & Daub small structure, Mushroom Log Inoculation, Living Roof Workshop, Outdoor Rocket Cooker, Youth Tours & Classes, Thatching, Strawbale & Earth Plaster. 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

UPcoming Classes

  • 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