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JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH 2014
January 3, 2014 First Friday VOLUNTEER DAY. 10a – 3p Help needed on data input, beautification of the Strawbale Studio, and more. RSVP to Deanne Limited to 12 participants. RSVP now !
Jan 5 – Feb 5, 2014 WINTER INTERNSHIP & Worktrade Opportunity! Filled Participate in all workshops during this time : Rocket Stove, Round Pole framing, Reed Collection & Thatching demo, while helping with sustainable living projects at the Strawbale Studio.
Internship $650 or $500 prepaid 1 month in advance. Several Worktrade positions available : help out with infrastructure 10 – 15 per week ( firewood and grounds, cooking & cleaning, office work & publicity). Participate in all other activities.
Christina Keegan writes: “I highly recommend this natural building internship opportunity to anyone. I did this last year and am so grateful for the experience. It’s only one month, very affordable, and you get to live with and learn from one of the best natural builders around. In addition, the activities are chosen based on the interests and learning goals of the participants, and Deanne makes sure to create an egalitarian environment in which everyone learns from and supports each other. “ See Christina’s memories of her experience ’12 – WOOFing at the Strawbale Studio (72 photos).
January 8, 2014 Permaculture Meetup Oakland Co. 6:30p Wednesday evening in Clarkston. Our regional Oakland County Permaculture Meetup will feature a presentation by Emily Eisele who will be covering bulk food buying and establishing a larder/pantry. We’ll follow her discussion with food and conversation! Click link for details.
January 11, 2014 Class Filled – get on a list for next time. ROUND POLE Framing Workshop. Saturday 10a – 5p Learn principles & hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures. Includes a tour of natural buildings with round poles on site. $45 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance. Bring a bag lunch. Limited to 12 students. Click link to Register.
January 18, 2014 REED COLLECTION & THATCHING DEMO. Saturday 10a – 5p Learn about the basics of thatching a roof, harvest materials, tour thatched buildings, see a demo an video on thatching. Bring a bag lunch. $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance. Limited to 12 students. Register
January 25, 2014 FIRE & HEAT ! ROCKET STOVES, EARTH OVENS & more. Saturday 10a – 5p Energy efficiency from local materials ! See & experience a Rocket Mass Heater, Rocket Mass Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, Earth Oven & more. Learn the principles of construction. Q & A. Also a tour of the thatched buildings on site. Bring a bag lunch and sample the food we cook together. $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance. Limited to 12 students. Register now.
February 2, 2014 EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING. Sunday 10a – 5p Using natural and local soil, we will do earth plaster and sculpting in an conventional home. Make your existing home more natural, or apply these skills to a future natural building or earth oven you construct. Bring a bag lunch. $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance. Limited to 12 students. Register now !
March 7, 2014 First Friday Activities ! (Cancelled due to weather)
VOLUNTEER Time 1 – 4:30 p . Help the Strawbale Studio serve by assisting on current projects, grounds or data entry. No charge. Click link to Register.
TOUR: Natural Building & Sustainable Living 4:30 – 6:30 p New Monthly Program ! See the Strawbale Studio, Oxford Kids’ Cottage, Smiling Face Earth Oven, Totem Rocket Stove Mass Heater and more. Bring your friends and family. $10/person suggested donation/ group & family rates. Click link to Register.
CRAFT Night 7p – 9:30p Bring your own handiwork to do…whatever ~ mending, fixing, knitting, whittling … plus a snack to share if you wish. No charge. Click link to Register.
|April 15, 2014 FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire|
|April 19, 2014 MUSHROOM GROWING Workshop. Sat 9:30a- 3p Instructor Paul Angelini. Learn what you need to know to get started in growing your own mushrooms. In this unique class, participants will learn the history and basics of mushroom cultivation, with a focus on using fresh-cut hardwood logs to grow premium gourmet mushrooms. Learn about what types of logs to use, how to inoculate them with mushroom seeds or spores, and how to care for them, and where to get spores for future mushroom adventures. During this indoor & outdoor class, participants will inoculate a shiitake log to take home (a $35 value), including instructions for basic care and maintenance, and there will be both lecture & hands-on time, including a tour of two mushroom “gardens’ located on the Strawbale Studio property. There will also be spore plugs and growing kits available for sale from Easy Grow Mushrooms, a Michigan-based company. Bring your own bag lunch. FEE $75 “early-bird” by April 10 or $85 thereafter/at the door with RSVP (make sure there’s room in the class!) Class limit of 15 so Register now.|
– May 2, 2014 FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES at the Strawbale Studio. Registration
May 14, 2014 Oakland County Permaculture Meetup Wednesday 6p. Free community event.
|May 17, 2014 FORAGED BRUNCH 10a – 1:30 p Learn about and harvest Wild Plants that you can eat, and experience a Rocket Cook Stove in action as we cook up a brunch of local eggs & add our wild-harvested plants for an omelet! Wrap it all in Injira Sponge Bread… made from local grains and local yeast (home-made sourdough starter). (brown rice or quinoa available as an option.) Tour available. Rain or shine. Limit 12, so Register now. $25 prepaid 2 weeks or $35 with RSVP .Foraged Brunch – video by Justin Holmes
|May 17, 2014 LIVING ROOF WORKSHOP Saturday 2 -5p Come spend some time at the Strawbale Studio and explore this beautiful roofing option. Learn the principles of construction, see one “wildly successful” living roof on the Wood Shelter, and help plant the roof of the Hobbit Sauna with plants that are foraged from the surrounding land ! Families are welcome. A nice outing ! $20 if prepaid 2 weeks in advance. $30 thereafter with RSVP !|
|May 24, 2014 FIRE & HEAT ! ROCKET STOVE Workshop ! Saturday 10 a to 5p. Energy efficiency from local materials ! See & experience a Rocket Mass Heater, learn the principles of construction, build a mockup of the Rocket Stove combustion chamber and then mix and apply Cob to an existing Rocket Stove under construction ! You will also see and learn the principles of a Rocket Mass Cooker, Earth Oven, Hay Box Cooker & Solar Cooker. Q & A. Tour the thatched buildings on site. Bring a bag lunch and sample the food we cook together. $25 prepaid 2 weeks in advance or $40 thereafter with RSVP . Limited to 12 students. Register now.|
June 6, 2014 FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES
1-4:30p Volunteer. 5-6:30p Tour, 7- 9 Craft Evening (see details above) Register now.
| June 7, 2014 THATCHING – An Introduction. Saturday 10a – 5p Learn the principles of thatching a roof, harvesting materials, tour thatched buildings, see a demonstration and try your hand at the basics. We will also watch a video on thatching. Bring a bag lunch. $40 with RSVP or $25 prepaid 2 wks inadvance. Limited to 12 students. Click on link for Registration or any questions.
June 11, 2014 Oakland County Permaculture Meetup
|June 14 (& 15), 2014 EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING Sat 9a– 6p (Sun. June 15th 10a -3p ~ continue to practice with supervision if you wish.) Try your hand at using natural and local soil to make earth plaster and sculpting. Make your existing home more natural by applying earth over existing walls, or apply these skills to a future natural building or earth oven you construct. You will learn to identify and mix plaster, prep walls and apply, make sculptures & model. Bring a bag lunch. $60 with RSVP or $45 prepaid 1 month in advance. Limited to 12 students. Register now !Instructor, Deanne Bednar is the illustrator of the Natural Plaster Book and The Hand-Sculpted House, and has a background as an art teacher.|
July 4, 2014 FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES
This July 4th we will be preparing the site of Hobbit Sauna addition and starting to dig the foundation trench. Other tasks available, too. We would love your help. Afterwards harvest June Berries and Mulberries, and stay if you wish for the other activities (tour, supper and craft nite). How to get here. Register now. Report on this activity: We had a great time and got a lot done ! Thanks all you volunteers: Micah, Cliff, Serena,Carolyn, Alex, Julia, Sheryl, Sharon, Angela, Sharon (yes, 2), and Pauline !
July 19-August 1, 2014 The Strawbale & Cob Sauna
Hands-on training includes stone foundations, round pole framing, cob and straw bale, windows and doors, earthen plasters, earthen floors, living roofs, thatching and more. Shade-tree lectures include building code, harvesting materials, natural design, passive heating and cooling. The workshop is being held outside Oxford, Michigan about an hour north of Detroit, on beautiful wooded rural land.
Internship opportunities & Workshops and Intensive Weeks
are available and are being planned to teach Thatching, Earth Plaster & Cob and other skills! Call if you know of something you would like to learn, and at this point, a workshop might be able to be arranged around your schedule !
August 8, 2014 FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES
August 10, 2014 FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire RSVP !
6:00p arrive and tour of grounds. 7:30 Potluck. 8:30 bonfire.
August 23rd, 2014 HAND PAPER-MAKING & Berry Inks Class with Dana Driscoll
Saturday 10a – 4p. (RAIN DATE ~ Sunday, August 24th) Join us for a natural art-filled day OUTDOORS at the Strawbale Studio where we create sustainable art supplies from natural materials! Learn how to make handmade paper using locally-gathered cattail fibers and create inks from in-season berries in this exciting class.
Please bring a bag lunch. Payment confirms your place. Early Bird
Discount: $35 prepaid 1 month in advance or $45 thereafter with RSVP.
Class limit 15, so Register now. –
August 29 -31 2014 VOLUNTEER WEEKEND ~ Earth Plaster, Cob +
Learn and help – for part or all of the weekend Friday 1p – 6p, evening bonfire. Saturday 9 – 6p, evening bonfire, Sunday 9 – 4p. Join with others to help finish the Addition to the Hobbit Sauna and other projects on the land! Camping & indoor space available. Families welcome. Share cooking, bring some food to share if you can. Instructor: Deanne Bednar Worktrade. Donations welcome, but not expected.
September Internship & Woofing opportunities
Learn Thatching, Earth Plaster & Cob and other skills while helping to create sustainable projects! Contact Deanne for details. email@example.com or 248 628 1887.
VOLUNTEER DAYS in SEPTEMBER
Your help is appreciated in finishing things up before cold weather !
Sept 5 & 7, 2014 (Friday 1-4:30 see below, and Sunday 10 – 4p)
Sept 8, 2014 ( a Monday – 1-5p before the Full Moon Potluck).
Sept 13 & 14, 2014 (Sat and Sunday)
Sept 20 and 21, 2014 (Sat and Sunday)
Volunteer “the sooner the better” in terms of getting plaster and cob done before it freezes.
Bring a lunch or snack and dress for getting dirty, and the weather ! RSVP with your name, phone number, email, date and time. Overnight accommodations & camping available.
September 5, 2014 FIRST FRIDAY ACTIVITIES
RSVP with your name & phone number: Deanne 248 628 1887 or firstname.lastname@example.org
September 7, 2014 Hands-on EARTH PLASTER & COB CLASS & Volunteer Day
Folks with previous experience are welcome to come free & volunteer. Tour the house & Strawbale Studio, and learn all you need to know to locate, assess and make earthen mixes for plaster & cob. Then enjoy applying hands – on plastering over strawbales on the Hobbit Sauna, and forming a Cob Garden Wall ! Fun and useful in many applications. $20 prepaid or $30 at the door with RSVP.
September 8, 2014 FULL MOON Potluck & Bonfire Monday
1-5p Volunteer if you would like to: Earth Plaster & Cob on the Hobbit Sauna + other activities.
6:00p arrive and tour of grounds. 7:30 Potluck. 8:30 bonfire.
Bring musical instruments if you wish. Click on link for details. RSVP for potluck & volunteer.
Sept 13 & 14, 2014 VOLUNTEER DAYS (Sat & Sunday) See details above
Sept 20 &21, 2014 VOLUNTEER DAYS (Sat & Sunday) See details above
CANCELLED & RESCHEDULED for Oct 1 and Nov 7 & 8.
Testimonial after the Oct 1, 2014 Rocket Stove Class Shahaiya, Worktrader (Response after taking a Rocket Stove Class) Deanne’s approach is very empowering. I went from knowing absolutely nothing to see all the parts come together in action — all in one day ! It was organic learning, with an agenda, yet when we had questions it moved the shape of the course. We are all learning together with her guidance. I appreciate that the class included knowledge from the participants.
September 27-28, 2014 ROCKET STOVE & FIRE Workshop
Day 1 principles of Rocket Stoves, fire up the stoves, mock up the burn chamber. Make a Cob Mix. Day 2 Cobbing & Finish Plaster experience, watch the latest videos from Ernie & Erica. Overnight accommodations on site.
Content: See these stoves onsite: 2 Rocket Stove heated benches, a Rocket Stove Cooker, 2 Earth Ovens, a Solar Cooker, Hay Box Cooker, 2 Pocket Rockets and a Rumford Fireplace ! We will fire some of them up, and discuss the principles of how they work and are constructed. Then we will construct a mock up the combustion unit of a Rocket Stove, using bricks. You will learn to identify and locate appropriate soil and make earthen mortar and Cob used in the construction and shaping of the stoves and benches. ! Includes all training, materials, lodging. Bring food to share. Books will be available to buy. Fee: $125 prepaid one month in advance, or $150 thereafter with RSVP. includes both days. overnight, (share food) and a copy of the Rocket Mass Heater Book by Ianto Evans. Limit 15 students so register now. Some partial pay work-trade scholarships or barter available. Cancelled and rescheduled for January 24 & 25, 2015. See below Contact Deanne if you might want to set one up for November, or come to the January Course. . Contact Deanne at 248 628 1887, email@example.com
Learn and help at the Strawbale Studio. A variety of activities from earth plaster, cob garden wall, creating a living roof, constructing a Compost Furnace, creating haybale garden bed for spring, to getting the firewood ready. Call for more information & see above link.
October 3, 2014 FIRST FRIDAY Activities !
1 – 4:30p Volunteer Afternoon . 5 – 6:30p Tour, 7- 9 Craft Evening (see details above). Let Deanne know you are coming by phone or email and include your name & phone number. RSVP –
During these days we will be clearing the land and building an awesome compost pile 18’X 10′ and 8 feet tall out of hay bales from farmer Wez Ligon of Almont. Inside the pile will be pex tubes and layers of materials such as wood chips from the pipeline activity on the land, sawdust, and more. Food will be provided. Come for a few hours, days or the whole time. RSVP –
October 8, Oakland County Permaculture Meetup Wednesday
Gather at 6:30p at the Strawbale Studio for a canning demonstration by Dana Driscoll followed by a Potluck, and tour of the natural buil