Winternship 2019 at Strawbale Studio

  2019 Winternship ~ Jan 7 – Feb 7 

Harvesting in the Reed Fields

During this unique and experiential month together you will learn many skills in
Natural Building, Sustainable Living and Community !

The program will include the following weekend workshops for intern and the public:  

Thatching & Reed Collection  Jan 12 & 13, 2019

Round Pole Framing Jan 19 & 20, 2019.  

Rocket Stove & Earth Oven 26 & 27,  2019.

Earth Plaster & Sculpting Feb 2 & 3, 2019.



Participants will be living, learning and working together during this one-month Program.

During the week :  Natural Building & Sustainability Classes/Activities + 2 days off.

Other Community Events include
Jan 10  Permaculture Meetup,  Jan 31 Full Moon Potluck & Bonfire.

You will have a printed folder of handouts, and access to online copies for our classes on foundations, round pole framing, stoves, earth plasters and more.

This year’s program will be similar to previous years. Check them out ! 

         “Best. Experience. Ever.”   Winternship 2016  Doug Reith

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2016 Winternship Activities List   Winternship 2016: Thatching  Winternship 2016: Week 1  2015 Winternship Outline & Schedule   Winternship 2015 Blog & Pics     Pictures below are from previous years’ adventures.


Strawbale Studio

On this beautiful rural wooded land  1 hour North of Detroit. Six miles outside a lovely small town, surrounded by farms, forests and meadows.  Within 6 miles of the Strawbale Studio there are some very nice outdoor opportunities:  Bald Mountain Recreation Center, The Seven Ponds Recreation Center and the Rails to Trails bike path system, connecting several small towns.  (There is a bike available to use).  Two swimming lakes and a series of connected lakes to explore by canoe.


2 Program Options:  Intern, 1/2 Pay Worktrade. Woofing not available this intensive month.
All Programs include room & board, classes & materials, plus sharing of household activities such as cooking & cleaning.

  • Intern  = Focus on the Projects.  Cost per month $950 or $850 prepaid 1 month in advance.
  • 1/2 Pay Worktrade = 10 hours Worktrade per week toward upkeep (office, grounds, gardens, based on participants skills & needs of Strawbale Studio).  The rest of the time, participate in the Internship & all classes.    Cost per month: $475 or $425 prepaid 1 month in advance.

CONTACT: Call, text or email Deanne 248 236 5432 to indicate interest or ask questions.  You can fill out the brief application before or after talking to Deanne. 

Main Instructor & Coordinator, Deanne Bednar, is the illustrator of the Hand-Sculpted Housphoto 3e & the Natural Plaster Book, and has 20 years of experience in natural building. Background: Art & Sustainable Futures teacher at the middle school level.  Loves to forage, use materials directly from nature in an artful and practical way !
Other instructors sometimes drop in:  Micah Lindquist, our round pole and spoon carving teacher,  Jim the Timberframer, a local guy who can show us his barn and tools.  Jared Bogdonov-Hanna a Permaculture Teacher who has designed some of the gardens on site. Rick McAvinchy Forester & Wildlife Biologist. Chris McClellan, “uncle mud”….. Ernie & Erica, rocket-stovers.