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This class may be postponed due to the Corona Virus.  Stay tuned.  Join the Listserve?

Attend all or part of this weekend !   Free camping available.


MEMORIAL DAY Camping & Crafting Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities !

Hands-on Workshops:


Tentative Schedule – development in process ! 

Saturday May 23, 2020

Sat 9:30a – 12:00p  LIVING ROOF Workshop !  Hands-on installation of a 12×18′ living roof on the Cedar Cabin includes membrane, drainage, soil layers and installation of some plants.  See several other living roofs on site and tour the enchanting Strawbale Studio and the Hobbit Sauna !

Sat. 1:00p – 5:30p  ROCKET STOVE Outdoor Cooker. Hands-on construction of this very practical way to cook things outdoors with sticks and twigs ! We will cook some food on it, too.

Also learn the basic principles of a rocket stove, and see a Rocket Stove Mass Bench.


Sunday May 24, 2020

Sun 10:00a – 5:00p     EARTH PLASTERING & SCULPTING .

Learn the basics of locating, mixing and applying earth plasters to natural buildings or existing walls. Harvest and prep earth. Plaster on the walls of the Hobbit Sauna at Strawbale Studio ! Try your hand at sculpting & take a quart of mix home to continue to experiment.

Monday May 25, 2020

Mon 10:00a -12:30p  THATCHING  Workshop ! Learn the basics of thatching a roof.  Demonstration and hands-on practice will be done on a small frame.

See several thatched structures including the Strawbale Studio, A frame wood shelter, and the Kids Cottage. Pricing below.

1:00p – 5:00p        PLASTERING & SCULPTING with EARTH . Get a chance to apply to buildings on site, and take home a bag for experimenting.

Find out how to locate, identify and mix cob, and plasters over strawbales.  If you already took the class, continue to practice, or make a sculpture or small project of your choice.

See plasters in several natural buildings as well as the main (regular) house.  See how you could use it in your life.

Deanne illustrated the Natural Plaster book, and has 20 years experience with earth plasters.

PRICING for the weekend and the classes:

Individual Workshops

$45 Regular price for each workshop
$40 Early Bird price – payment made by May 1
Early Bird+ Bring-a-Friend price per person –  payment made by May 1

Whole Package:  5 workshops for $160 or see discounts.

Early Bird Tickets – purchase by May 1

Just $120 for all 5 workshops/person (early bird plus bring a friend discount) purchased by May 1.
Or  $140 for all 5 workshop with Early Bird Registration by May 1. Individual Ticket.

Regular Ticket – purchased after May 1

$140 for all 5 workshops/person (with Bring-a-Friend Discount – registered after May 1)
$160 for all 5 workshops (includes camping)  Register Now at EventBrite!

OVERNIGHT Accommodation

Free Camping on the land if you take 1 or more workshops.
Some indoor basic accommodations available $15 per night.
Bring some food to share for the time you are here.  We can figure out some simple meals together.

Registeration at EventBrite coming soon !

Include your name, number in party, which classes you are taking.

Call Deanne 248 236 5432 for any additional questions.  I want you to come !


May 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am
May 25, 2020 @ 5:00 pm