2018 Report & Photos

TypeDatesWORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIESTeacher or Guest TeacherCo-teacher
Community Jan – Dec 2018Monthly Full Moon Potlucks
DesignNovember 27, 2018Gambral Roof Design & Cob Model for Ed Riffle. Deanne Bednar
Book Project Dec 15-18, 2018 Wholly Connected: scan this ThesisAlex Huebel, Sara, Lydia
Class December 8, 2018Candle-Making & Holiday Gifts ClassDeanne Bednar helper: Corinne Denomme
Class December 9, 2018Candle-Making & Holiday Gifts ClassDeanne Bednar helper: Robin Demiglio
Exhibit/Present November 2-3, 2018 Great Lakes BIONEERS Detroit Conference. U of D Mercy. Deanne Bednar “Regenerative Continuum & Natural Materials Retrofit “Exhibit helpers: Matthew McCoul, Corinne Dominne
Retreat Sept 21- 23, 2018Woman’s Nature Renewal RetreatGaylyn Kaufman, Deanne BednarCorinne Denomme, Debbie Henderson
Youth Activity September 11, 2018Kids Stick Structure Activity. Great Lakes Herb Faire, Ortonville, MIDeanne Bednar Kelly Theide
ExhibitAugust 26, 2018Strawbale Studio Exhibit / Demo @ Eastern Market-Jewish Food FestDeanne Bednar Kelly Theide
Project July 15 – Aug 8, 2018 PRACTICE STRUCTURE – details belowAnkita Gandhi, Matt McCoul
Class June 15 – 16, 2018Natural Building Materials Workshop @ Wellfield Botanical Gardens, Elkhart, INDeanne Bednar, Tyler Schaeffer
Project off-siteJune 13- 18, July 12-15, 2018 Elkhart, IN Project: Childrens Structure Strawclay Wall System +, Wellfield Botanical Garden Deanne Bednar, Tyler Schaeffer Matthew McCoul, Paul Beaudet, Robert O’Neil, Nichole Bauman, Justin Trombly, Ann Gentry.
Project off-site10 days `June/July, 2018Camp Tamarack Earth Oven Construction & sculpting. Deanne Bednar, Shannon Malburg, Ankita Ghandi, Catherine Bristol + Camp Farm educators, Annette, Alex, Jess, Aaron !
Student TourJune 6, 2018Oakland University Student Organic Farm Permaculture ClassTour: Fay Hanson & Jared Bogdonov-Hann’s ClassTour guide: Deanne Bednar
Project May, 4-6, 2018 Mushroom Log Innoculation Mathew McCoul, Diyoni & friend.
Class May 20, 2018Joy of Foraging + Shiitake Log Inoculation DemoDeanne Bednar Kelly Theide
Class May 19, 2018Foraging Class + Earth Oven PizzaDeanne Bednar Kelly Theide
Exhibit Apr 20-22, 2018MI EARTH DAY FEST- SBS Exhibit, Strawbale Climb, Demo’s, Earth Oven. Deanne Bednar, Jared Bogdonov, Hanna, Jug Tarr, Gene Vilenni, Paul Beaudet, Kelly Theide and others (remind me)
Class March 25, 2018Eco-Cooking WorkshopDeanne BednarPaul Beaudet
Class March 24,2018Fun Fermenting WorkshopDeanne BednarRachel Sexton
Student TourMarch 6, 2018Upland HIlls School Field Trip Deanne BednarTeacher: Kathy Long
WINTERN Weekend Workshops
Class January 13 & 14, 2018THATCHED ROOF Workshop Deanne BednarInstructor
CommunityJanuary 31, 2018FULL MOON Potluck Community Event
Class January 20 & 21, 2018 ROUND POLE WorkshopDeanne BednarInstructor
Class January 28 & 28, 2018ROCKET STOVE Workshop & Earth OvenDeanne BednarInstructor
Class February 3 & 4, 2018 EARTH PLASTER WorkshopDeanne Bednar
GUEST PRESENTERS
Guest Teachers 1/13-14/2018Connecting with Natural Building as a vocation. Presentation.Chris MagwoodCo-Founder of the Endeavour School of Natural Building.
Guest Teachers1/28/2018Visit & Tour of Timber Frame ShopJim Clark, Lake Orion, MI Guest Instructor: Wintern Fieldtrip to his barn. Jim shares info on timberframing and a demo of a mortice & tenon joint. 1 hour
Guest Teachers1/26/2918Rocket Stove Tour & Lecture: Skype Call Chris McClellan, Burton, Ohio. Guest Instructor: Iphone Tour of the School Project & description of fire devices.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Assistant June 13-18, 2018 Elkhart Botanical Garden ProjectRobert O’NeilElkhart, IN
InternJune 13- July 9 Internship at Strawbale Studio Shannon MalburgWaco, TX
InternJune 28, 2018 to July 28, 2018 Internship at Strawbale Studio Casey SteillPrescott Valley, AZ
InternJuly 9 – Aug 9, 2018 Internship at Strawbale Studio Ankita GandhiSavana GA, Bombay, India
Assistant July 15, Sept 30, 2018 (Assistant & Renter)Catherine Bristol Washington, MI
Assistant Aug 1 – Sept 30, 2018 (renter & worktrader)Susie ElfakirLake Orion, MI
Wwoofer Aug 7 – 20, 2018 Worktrader at Strawbale Studio Scott Herdman Chesterfield, MI
Assistant Aug 12 – 15, 2018 Elkhart Project Finish Plaster Justin Trombley Detroit, MI
StaffAug 12 – 15, 2018 Elkhart Project Finish Plaster Matthew McCoul Brighton, MI
StaffAug 12 – 15, 2018 Elkhart Project Finish Plaster Paul Beaudet Burville, MI
Assistant Aug 12 – 15, 2018 Elkhart Project Finish Plaster Greg LehmanGoshen, IN
Assistant Aug 12 – 15, 2018 Elkhart Project Finish Plaster Nichole WolfElkhart, IN
InternSept 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2018 Wwoofer at Strawbale Studio Hanisha Harjani Brooklyn, New York
StaffSept 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2018Wwoofer at Strawbale Studio Paul Beaudet Brighton, MI
StaffSept 1, 2018 – Oct. 15 2018 and 10Wwoofer at Strawbale Studio Matthew McCoul Burville, MI
InternJan 7 – Feb 7, 2018WINTERNAli RiggenEast Montpelier, VT
InternJan 7 – Feb 7, 2018WINTERNBritta Anderson Stillwater, MN
InternJan 7 – Feb 7, 2018WINTERNDeanna BurkettVirginia
InternJan 7 – Feb 7, 2018WINTERNDestiny EbersoleMilan, Michigan
InternJan 7 – Feb 7, 2018WINTERNKris MauroKalamazoo, Michigan
InternJan 7 – Feb 7, 2018WINTERNPaul BeaudetMichigan
InternJan 7 – Feb 7, 2018WINTERNRich PointsMichigan
FULL MOON POTLUCK & ToursTours by Deanne Bednar
12/22/2018December FULL MOON Potluck
11/23/2018November Full Moon Potluck
10/24/2018October Full Moon Potluck
9/24/2018September FULL MOON Potluck
8/26/2018August FULL MOON Potluck
7/27/2018September FULL MOON Potluck
6/28/2018June FULL MOON Potluck
5/29/2018MAY FULL MOON Potluck
4/29/2018April FULL MOON Potluck
3/31/2019March 31 FULL MOON Potluck
3/1/2019March 1 FULL MOON Potluck
1/31/2018January FULL MOON Potluck
BUILDING PROJECTS – 2018
PRACTICE CABIN. New, small “practice building to try out natural building techniques. Co-Designed / constructed by Ankita Ghandi, and Mathew McCoul, with support from Deanne and Gene Vilenni. Stone foundation, Frame, Living Roof, Bottle Wall, Strawbale Wall, Earth Plaster, prep for Living Roof. A & M cleared the site for the Cabin. Matt cleared Phase 1 of a “Vista Garden”.
New Windows in Kids CottageGene Vilenni designed, built and installed several windows and a little door
Bench at Boat Launch – restorationNish & Mathew take off lime plaster, cover with tent. Deanne resurfaces with an earth plaster, and oil finish.
New Camping Area with 4 campsites created in Fairy Forest. Debbie Henderson created and made signage.
VISTA GARDEN area cleared Matthew McCoul imagined /cleared an area for a future garden. and cleared brush around Get-Away Cabin
2018 RESKILLING PROJECTS
January & during 2018 Wood carving, wood chopping, sourdough, kimchi, cording, Rocket Cooker and Mass Heater earth oven & haybox & solar cooking. Mushroom log harvest & inoculation: Mathew McCoul harvests oak tree, cuts 30″ mushroom logs. Foraging, Gardening,
IMPROVEMENTS – Infrastructure
Restoration of Bench at Boat Launch. Nish & Mathew take off lime plaster, cover with tent. Deanne resurfaces with an earth plaster, and oil finish. Sauna Hot Room ~ ceiling, stove & pipe installation. Sauna hot room. Fire it up ! Repair & paint windows of W. Cabin & Main House. Repair metal Open Pole Barn roof. Recycle scrap materials by UHaul (Gene Villeni + Mathew McCoul)) Repair roof/skylight seal on Hobidition, Organize materials in house & Outbuildings. Gutters cleaned. Courtyard cleared & beautified; new drainage from showers, reset south stone pathway.the building, creating a garden area ,S. side.Spiral Chamber framing support. Gene Vilenni, Jacob Gnath, Matt McCoul, Spencer Field. Paul Beaudet. Red Shed re-organization: Tools, supplies, tables, space & shelving organization. Paul Beaudett, his friend, Matthew. Construct a Sawbuck (Timber Horse) http://www.wikihow.com/Build-a-Sawbuck-for-Cutting-Firewood).
CONSULTATIONS 2018
Gambrel Timberframe House sketch & modelDraft for Michigan Eco-Village to Gaylyn.10/10/18
See Earth Oven & Elkhart projects, above.
OUTREACH & MEDIA
2018 *New computer. *Eventbrite for workshops. *SBS Participant BOOKLET created & printed. Scan of THESIS: “Wholly Connected” . Ready to go online.
2018 LOCAL & LEARNING
Weekly YOGA weekly at Hamsa Yoga with Alan Harras Deanne attends weekly. Intern are invited.
Monthly Oakland Co. Permaculture MeetupsMeet in the Oakland Co. area
April 23, 2018Flint Water Crisis Concert with Gaia Singers.Deanne sings in this. Some interns attend.
October 7, 2018Ghandi Day – Three Roods FarmAttend with Intern
Upland Hills School EventBefriending an Arab. DB attending
April 7, 2018Conscious Teachers WorkshopDB attend, Connect with Dougg Reith
Oct – March 2018Cardoner Institute7 series Leadership program: Solitude & Solidarity. Alan Harris at Hamsa Yoga http://www.hamsayogacenter.com/
Study, ShareCompassionate CommunicationStudy, Practice, attend webinars ,teach. Study Circle of Support ( Ted Talks)
Study, ShareEssence of Permaculture by David HolmgrenStudy, Order 10, give away and sell.
New – Camping & B & B
Camp: Cameo and Michael & baby. Susie Elfakier. Cabin: Chad & Lexi O’Kulich.Live in house: Catherine
DONATIONS & GIFTS ! Thanks !
Gifts from… Ajeet Khalsa – Futon cover, Golden Milk, Other. Rich Points – Cutting Board he made with 3 woods pattern & built a shelf in the Red Shed for Worktrade. Gene Vilenni – made and helped intern install the West Windows for the Kids Cottage. Assisted in in construction of the Practice Structure. Organized a UHaul cleanup of recyclble items from storage sheds, assisted by Matthew McCoul. Paul Beaudet – spoon, carving set & more. Paul Beaudett and Spencer Field, Mathew McCoul & intern Nish helped re-organize and clear parts of the Red Shed ! Spencer Field donated tools. Britta Anderson brought VT maple syrup and other food gifts. Destiny and Jason donated The Barefoot Architect book from the publishing company they work for. Sambhavi Sham Venkateswaraw donated $150. Dawn Holtz $250 check to use if needed.Chris Magwood, gave 4 books he wrote to Strawbale Studio, in exchange for coming to a Workshop! (Making Better Buildings, Pre-Fab Strawbale, Hempcrete Construction, Sustainable Home Design) . Selena Lucas donated $350 toward Deanne attending the SB class with Andrew Morrison which will be held at their place in Chelsea. home-mde celtic spearment soaps and bar towels to Strawbale Studio. Kelly, Theide 5 gal maple syrup sap. Chang Lian $100 donation gift by paypal ! Emily Eisele $25 donation. Sambhavi Sham Venkateswaraw donated $150. Alex Huebal, Sara, Lydia. scanned DB’s THESIS: Arlene Schmitzer – card and bird stamps ! Jared Bogdonov Hanna and Marci Nido: Things they grew: 20 lbs of potatoes, Colored Indian popping corn, garlic, healing salve, Emily & Ryan: Pickled black cherries, ginger kraut, purple kimchi, pickled greenbeans. And a tiny long=handled spoon from Thailand. Wow. Doug and Kat lend their car for use while Deanne finds a different car ! Also bring fab ferments, corn bracelet. Linda Jackson, financial donations, brings guests occasionally to tour ! Patrick Demers: Donated tools and food from his mom;s house and art studio/shop !! Plus a wheelbarrow and wood. šŸ™‚ FAY HANSON, many generousities. Destiny Ebersol made a financial donation also ! And SO many more that I will remember throughout the year !! Thanks, Thanks! Gratitude for your support ! Let me know if I can add your contribution to the list !
GUESTS 2018
December 23, 2018Jared & Marcie, Emilie & RyanTour, supper, networking
December 21, 2018Alex & Aaron, Doug & KatTour, supper, networking
December 15-17, 2018 Alex Hueble, Sara & Lydia. Scan THESIS, Visit, tour, Cut dead wood on path, Bog Tent down, cook!
November 13, 2018Nichole from ELKHART + Ayla Visit & Tour Strawbale Studio
October 10, 2018Jessica MisurcusVist and overnight – birthday
October 6, 2018Ronna Fisher, Laura Horowitz, Rosemary, friend. Visit and tour.
October 5, 2018Dean & Marcie Wochner
Amie Taylor, Frank Dronsejk
Visit & tour. ART, nutriton, healing, Christine Retreat Center, WI, vol. teach. Ikigai – reason to get up in the morning
September30, 2018Nish’s friend Max Tour, Visit, projects. Emergence, Not knowing.
September 24, 2018Paul and Spencer
Drew and Shannon
Tour, visit, project: organize red shed. Future West garden.
September 16, 2018Josh & Janelle, Forest & Amber . Stephan Visit, Tour~ Elkhart Botanical Gardens. I stayed with them 1 wk 2018
September 3, 2018Dominic Gomez, Maia and GaurveVisit / Tour – from Buddhist Center
September 2, 2018Gale Willett Visit / Tour
August 20, 2018Lorraine ElyVisit / Tour – Nature and Gardening
August 20, 2018Dominic Gomez & Somaka Dasa Visit / Tour – brought food, play flute
August 7, 2018Gale Willett Visit / Tour Wild Flowers, AZ plants
May 29, 2018Mitchell DohertyOvernight & visit
May 19-20, 2018Kelly Theide, Alex Detroit biked Visit/ overnight / co-teacher
May 10, 2018Tammy, Jenna, CaleTour: goats, thatching, cale loves cob
April 14, 2018Kelly Theide visit re ForagingClass. co-lead, plan.
April 10, 2018Vikas & Deepeka NaikVisit / TourDoing Natural Building in India, Karuna Farm
April 1, 2018Cody HansenVisit / Tour“I can’t believe these buildings are here!” Cody H. Futre green homeTraverse, MI
April 1, 2018Janice Means, Joe OberhauserVisit / TourLTU retired. Architecht, Solar Design.Amazing and always wonderful !
April 1, 2018Rick Feldman & Janice FialkoVisit / TourGreen Lake, collab, Boggs Center,
April 1, 2018Janice FialkoVisit / TourGreen Lake, collab, Gaia. Special Needs, book & presentations.
March 30, 2018Samad AnsariVisit / Tour / Walk
March 24, 2018Ronnie Cain. Patrick Lough, Visit
March 7, 2018Gene Vilennire Timber Frame
February 6, 2018Gene Velinni, Jacob Gnath, Mathew McCoul, Angela Holmes,Tim NameSpiral Chamber/chainsaw wood. Cars stuck. Overnight. Nature of reality.
1/1/2018Mark Angelini
Allison Coleman
Visit for supper & evening
1/3/2018 Michelle & Mike, Ruthie and Abby Lane & Jay Candle-Making at Strawbale Studio
1/6/2018Venetta MavrodievraVisited, helped organize West Wing.
1/17-19/2018Adrian,Brittas friend from Canada working with children & nature,Visit, Workshop
1/17/2018Karen Bengal, Round Pole, Ajeets, friend.Visit, workshop
1/17/2018Gene Villeni Window installation.
1/17-20/2018Julie Howells Visited after Traverse City Andrew with dogs. Maybe live with Destiny. Round Pole workhsop +
1/13-14/2018Chris MagwoodThatching workshop, visit/overnightThatching workshop, visit/overnight
1/20-26/2018Bjorn Willowby overnight for 3 Jan wkshps: thatching, rocket stove, earth plaster.
1/20-26/2018Vikas & Deepika Nair from Indiaovernight for 3 Jan wkshps: thatching, rocket stove, earth plaster.
1/26/2018Matthew McCoul Stay over, help, conversation.
GARDENS & FORAGING
Harvest raspberry leaves from hoop house, lambsquarters. black cherry – tincture, jam, syrup. Soupstock with frozen vegie remnents. Echinacea seeds, Dry foraged rose hips, chamomile, kale, red peppers, orange globe pepper.Garlic experiment in Mid Meadow. Fall: create a bed, soil, plant ! Grow Elderberry from cutting. Catherine – DB plant Waterfall garden. db sauna hugel culture. St Johns wort to tincture and oil. wild chilves dry, harvest & tincture yarrow leaves, crab apple vinegar, Mallow in bloom, hops, sunroot, oxeye daisy, dandelion, Motherwort tops in fower to tincture. Engridge: No pesticides on Pipeline. Mushroom logs. oak harvested, innoculated 12 small 2 columns. fruit Shiitake logs, harvest giant puffball, dehydrate for soups, older plants, spread spore on Mid Meadow +. King coral, dryads saddle, inky cap. winter cap, morell black and brown, turkey tail. gem studded puffball, pear puffball.
PERSONAL CONNECTIONS 2018
1/1/2018 Lanes, Michelle & Mike, Ruthie and Abby & Jay New Years Day party, music & overnight there and breakfast. Suppers with Fay Hanson, Victorias / Sagebrush. December 7, 2018 The Hobbit – Musical. McDonald children, Lium Sage, Rowen and Elowen. . Dave & Dorinda, neighbors. Potlatch /visits, Les & Elzabeth, neighbor farmers. Candle-making with Agnus, Dave & Rachel. Stay with Lance & Jen, Ian & Friend + Matthew McCoul during Bioneers Conference. GAIA singing circle, monthly, with concerts, carpooling, Noel Night. New Moon Lodges at Three Roods Farm ! Visit Uncle Harold & Cousin Judy in Ohio Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit & overnight, McDonalds. Sunny & Richard Byrne + dog visit for 3 days from MA. Baby Aria born to Dustin & Deanna. Art for her.