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A pencil sketch of an early concept for the Strawbale Studio featuring the phrase "Creating a Place for the Soul".

Save the date !  September 23, 2017  Come Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Strawbale Studio.

1p Informal Activities,
6p Potluck, 
7-9p The MAIN EVENT; Sharing of Strawbale Studio Memories plus Music. I’d really love to see some faces, hear some stories, see some old pics and have an awesome time at the 20th Celebration Gathering !

Also please add your memories and photos to the Strawbale Studio Facebook Page  or the SBS 20th Event Page  (ask to join the page)!  … and RSVP below 🙂

1p Informal Activities: Create a Stone Circle, Earth-sculpting on trees… cording & bead making, Music & dancing around, Story-Telling, Woods-walking, visit the New Boat Launch… 6p Potluck meal – bring something to share !

7- 9 p MAIN EVENT: Sharing of Strawbale Memories + Music in the Strawbale Studio.  
Bring stories, memories & photos to share, and/or add them to the Strawbale Studio 20th facebook page. What are some highlights from your time at Strawbale Studio? What buildings or spaces did you work on? Funny or poignant stories? Inspirations / Revelations?   Light refreshments & candlelight.
As of this time…Musicians include the Lane Family (singing & instruments) & Jacob Gnath (guitar). Laughing Moon (aka Michael Mallon) will be leading part of the evening … and more pieces of the picture to come.  🙂 

Logistics:  Parking in the north and south meadows. Camping spaces available. There are also some indoors space as needed by folks from out of town, and such.
Contact/questions : Deanne 248 236 5432
Some folks may come in on Friday & stay through Sunday.  RSVP to or 248 236 5432 (text, preferably, or message)
Friday we will gather, get ready for the event, Saturday – the main activities, and  Sunday we will enjoy our time together, with continuing activities & conversations.  Then we will round up the event, and put things back together.
How can you contribute? 
Would you love to help do some finishing details on or around the Strawbale Studio or other buildings?   Bring some refreshments for the evening ceremony? Help set up or take things down after?  Assist with Logistics the day of the event?  Monetary support?   Contact Deanne 248 236 5432


This is really a great time to be strengthening our relationships with each other… and come together around the wonder of nature, our larger body…

  1. In September, 2017…. Come and put your hands on a project that you were part of in the past. Help complete it or the grounds around it !
  2. Contribute Party Hors d’Oeuvres or wine/kombucha/other, for the evening refreshments.
  3. Offer any logistical or administrative support on outreach for the event. Perhaps help with a survey Interface to collect stories and photos.

  4. Throughout 2017 -2018 … come be part of activities, or contribute an activity to the full moon potluck, such as story-telling, or a dance…and help shape the future.   How can you contribute to the way Strawbale Studio can serve?
  5. Monetary Donations to help support Strawbale Studio programing, events, scholarships and outreach.
    Yes, I would love to  DONATE !

                          Contact Deanne 248 236 5432



Yes ! 20 years ago in 1997, building was started on the Strawbale Studio – a place that means so much to so many of us !   How many hands have helped along the entire process? !  How many muddy feet & laughter along the way ?

Left: Fran Lee gathering our first reed bundle. Right: the rest of the original core crew ~ Deanne, Carolyn plus Gregie !

Fran Lee wanted a special place, a Place for the Soul, that felt like a “hug”.  Deanne was afire from a 3 week natural building course by Cob Cottage Company on the west coast. Carolyn Koch was part of this core team and off we went, bringing vision into reality, one stone at a time, one log at a time, one strawbale at a time, one cob mix…at a time !   Getting help when we needed it from a stone mason, a framing crew, thatchers from Denmark…we novices and many volunteers learned as we went. We took it all step by step…putting our hands and hearts into the project, until it became…. SOUL-FULL !

And have you seen the new buildings & places?  The Hobbit Sauna and Hobaddition?  The New ID Cabin with a living roof?  The Boat Launch with a fire pit, stone/lime bench, Spiral Chamber new ridge peak, New curved door on the Kids Cottage?  Outdoor Rocket Cooker, Faux Waterfall,  Oak & Oat ridge caps on the Wood Shelter and Kids Cottage, the Tree plantings on the Meadow Pipeline?



September 23, 2017
1:00 pm
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