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January 2018
$425 - $950

Winternship 2018

2018 Programming starts with The WINTERNSHIP !           A month long live-in program from Jan 7 to Feb 7, 2018 ...   includes Room & Board, classroom & hands-on Natural Building & Sustainable Skills + Weekend Workshops for Wintern & Public. Thatching & Reed Collection  Jan 13 & 14.  Round Pole Jan 20+21,  Rocket Stove 27 & 28, Earth Plaster  & Sculpting Feb 3 & 4.   Community Events Jan 10  Permaculture Meetup, Jan 31 Full Moon Potluck & Bonfire. During the week :  Natural…

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THATCHED ROOF Workshop ~ An Introduction to the Basics

January 13, 2017 Saturday. Tour, Class, Demo & Hands-on thatching, demo of reed collecting. January 14, 2017 Sunday.  Optional practice reed collection in local field. Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system. *Tour the 3 thatched buildings on site, learn the principles of design and construction, *participate in a thatching demo on an indoor frame, & *watch a British & Danish thatching video. On Sunday – come learn how to  harvest Phragmite reed for thatching... in a nearby…

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Round Pole Framing ~ the Basics

Learn principles & hands-on basics of round pole framing for small structures. Tour thatched roofs & round pole structures on site, harvest wood, use hand tools ~ making a mallet to take home plus a small team project using several types of notching. Bring a bag lunch. Includes on-line handouts.  Instructors: Micah Lindquist, who has helped construct buildings at Strawbale Studio, enjoys working with round pole and spoon-carving.  Deanne Bednar has designed and co-built small round-wood structures on site using…

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Rocket Stove & Fire Workshop – Includes Earth Oven

Create useful heat efficiently from local materials !  Tour buildings & Stoves on site, Hands-on: mockup of combustion unit, mixing cob & finish plaster, make a model of an Earth Oven and a Rocket Cooker. Principles of construction, code.  Bring a bag lunch. Also experience a Rumford Fireplace, Rocket Stove Cooker, and see Hay Box, Solar Oven and Earth Oven!   January 23 & 24, 2018 Sat 10a-5p Sun 10-4p $125 for both days prepaid 2 wks in advance, or $150…

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February 2018
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EARTH PLASTER & Sculpting. Beautify your home.

 Learn the joy of natural earthen plasters that can be used in a variety of applications to beautify and naturalize your existing dwellings or future natural strawbale home or Earth Oven project ! Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions. Bring a bag lunch. Limited to 12 participants. Supper, overnight accommodations and breakfast $10 extra.  Feb 3 & 4, 2018.  2 day class Arrive 9:30a. Class 10 – 5p Sun 10 –…

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March 2018

Fermenting & Fun Food Preservation

Fermenting Fun & Magic Food Preservation !   March 24  1-5p OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Taste test, see demo, experience hands-on, and take home starters … Kimchi,  Butter, Honey Mead, Sour Dough Wraps, Nixtamalizing Corn, Dehydrating apples & more ! YUM !  Tour the enchanting Strawbale Studio & grounds and see thatched roofs, earth plasters, rocket stoves and more. ! $35 Early Bird (1 month in advance) $40 thereafter. Bring-A-Friend ~ $5 off each. Location is at the Strawbale Studio land one hour…

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Eco-Cooking !

March 25 1- 5p Eco-friendly ways to cook food: experience a Hay Box insulative Cooker, Sun Oven, Rocket Stove Cooker, Pocket Rocket, Earth Oven & Kelly Kettle !  Located on rural wood land at Strawbale Studio ~ See the enchanting buildings & grounds.  Optional: also attend the Fermenting Class on Sat march 24th the day before.  Overnight and meals just $10 extra. $25 Early-Bird Special 1 mo. In advance / $35 thereafter.   Group discounts ~ 2 or more.   Click…

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April 2018

MI Earthday Fest, Rochester, MI

13th annual MI Earth Day Event April 20-22 - Fri 4-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-4 | Rochester Municipal Park Come to this free family festival and visit the Strawbale Studio display table, strawbale climbing pyramid and check out our demos: Earth Oven, Rocket Stove and Cob Sculpting !        MGT’s flagship and only weekend-long event is one of the planet's largest Earth Day events. Featured as the “best of the best events” by the DFP.    www.miEDF.com       

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