February Newsletter 2017

February Newsletter 2017 150 150 Strawbale Studio
Strawbale Studio Newsletter Feb 2017  ~ Resilience  🙂
Image result for oakland county permacultureWednesday Feb 8     at Gardner Walsh in Pontiac

559 Orchard Lake Road, PontiacMI (map)

Join about 30 others who are interested in living in harmony with natural systems. Monthly gatherings at various locations & farms in the Oakland Co, Michigan. Each include a skill-share, potluck & awesome networking. Delightful folks!

Campfire NCP 2015 Burton Ohio


Friday Feb 10    at Strawbale Studio
Free family-friendly gathering to enjoy each other and nature ! Winter Hours: Tour at 5p.Potluck at 6:30p then bonfire. Enjoy socializing, networking, sharing & music in the Strawbale Studio, main house, or around the firepit. Bring food to share, and maybe some instruments ! Details here. Please RSVP with name, phone, email. DIRECTIONS

Next Full Moons:  Mark your calendars?  Sunday March 12, Tuesday April 11 * note summer hours start: tour 6p, potluck 7p, Tuesday May 10.  Click Full Moon link for all 2017 potluck dates.

DSCF2635Foraging Class – plants on the land for food and medicine. Foraged Brunch – foraging and cook a meal on the Outdoor Rocket Cooker ! Fermentation!  Kombucha, Sour Dough Wraps, Butter & more. Traditional Crafts Weekend: Wood Carving & Fermenting and more +++   2 1/2 day Fire Retreat! Earth Oven – hands on construction of a small model, everything you need to know to make one at home + Rocket Stove Class – hands mockup of the combustion unit, principles and design. Dig Plants to take Home ~  There are many plants on the land that would love to go home with you. Very easy to grow.  By donation. Strawbale Construction class, based on the new Michigan Code. 
9 Day Intensive Class late July.  

If you are interested in any of the above, or want to plan something for your youth or adult group, let me know.  Deanne 248 236 5432ecoartdb@gmail.com 😉



December Candle Classes and
January Weekend Classes were awesome:  

Thatching & Reed Collection, Round Pole Framing with Deanne & Micah Linquist,
Rocket Stoves & Earth Oven.  So much fun
& learning !

See the Blogpost and pictures here !
       INSPIRING LINKS ~ opportunities & ideas 
Social Permaculture: Getting Along. Principles of eco-nature applied to human nature.  Inspiring.
Image result for tiny housesTiny House Codes   
Check out what is going on with codes. FYI There are some legal tiny houses in Cleveland and Detroit.
  Johanna Macy article in Yes! Magazine January 2017.
“Intention is what you can count on: not the outcome, but the motivation you bring, the vision you hold, the compass setting you choose to follow. Our intention and resolve can save us from getting lost in grief.”
A New We   Trailer video of a movie on Ecovillages in Europe. Building a new model.
 Online support for coordinating teams & projects !
Dear Ianto and Linda, and all at Cob Cottage,
Can you help us spread the word?
Summer 2012To see photos of the barn construction, which is in it’s last phases, as well as Ionia, the community, see our website: www.ionia.org. You don’t need any money to come, just the freedom to follow your passions for learning more about natural buildings and explore life in a homesteading community. The village of Ionia has big gardens, and lots of daily happenings with plenty of children running around and four babies being born this spring. We don’t use marijuana, light alcohol is usual but we keep the property sugar and animal food free. We are located a half hour from town and there are daily rides in.  We are hoping to gather a vibrant cadre of people to work together daily on the barn this year and learn from each other. We have experienced timber framers, masons, plumbers, carpenters, lite straw/clay builders and plasterers on site. 
This year, we are applying finish plasters; installing ceiling boards and natural insulation; building two rocket mass heaters; timber framing bannisters and building big barn doors. We need a cadre of serious natural builders to join our teams, and all levels of experience are welcome. If we are compatible, we hope for a six week – 3 month commitment, beginning in May. Please contact me or Ann at longhouse@ionia.org if you are interested in this once in a lifetime experience! 
where common sense comes alive

Eliza Ann Eller

54932 Burdock Road
Kasilof, Alaska  99610

(907) 262-2824