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December 2019

Free - Donations welcome

December FULL MOON POTLUCK & Bonfire

Join us for the FULL MOON POTLUCK  Thursday December 12, 2019 UPDATES regarding weather will be posted on this page (if needed) !   5:00 pm TOUR enchanting buildings & grounds. Meet in the main house for the guided tour. 6:00 pm POTLUCK / Bonfire   Enjoy a cozy evening indoors – in the Strawbale Studio or in the main house Or an elemental time outdoors around the bonfire. Watch the moon rise over the meadow Family Friendly Free event with donations…

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January 2020

$425 – $950

2020 WINTERNSHIP

2020 WINTERNSHIP  JANUARY 6 - FEBRUARY 6 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: Jan 11 & 12     ROOF THATCHING with local Reed.  2 Day Workshop.  Jan 18 & 19     ROUND POLE FRAMING ~ the Basics. 2 Day Wkshop.  Jan 25 & 26     FIRE !  ROCKET STOVE & EARTH OVEN Workshops.…

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JANUARY WEEKEND WORKSHOPS – Thatching, Round Pole, Rocket Stove & Earth Plaster +

4 Weekend Workshops will be offered to the public during the 2020 WINTERNSHIP Jan 6  – Feb 6   Jan 11 & 12     ROOF THATCHING with local Reed.  2 Day Workshop  Jan 18 & 19     ROUND POLE FRAMING ~ the Basics. 2 Day Wkshop Jan 25 & 26     FIRE !  ROCKET STOVE & EARTH OVEN Workshops Feb 1 & 2         EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING  2 Day Workshop.    

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$47 – $120

THATCHED ROOF Workshop ~ using local reed grass

Thatching & Reed Collection - the Basics !  January 11 & 12, 2020 9:30a to 5:00p Saturday & Sunday  Yes !  Thatching in Michigan !   Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system during this 2-day workshop. The Strawbale Studio roof was thatched before the turn of the century ...in 1998 ...and is still sound & beautiful.  Instructor:  Deanne Bednar     SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 2020   9:30a to 5:00p  Learn the basics of thatching a roof, Tour : See…

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$47 – $120

ROUND POLE FRAMING Workshop

ROUND POLE Framing ~ The Basics January 18th & 19th, 2020  at 9:30 – 5, Sun 9:30 – 5p Learn hands-on basics and principles of construction of round pole framing for small structure ! Tour thatched roofs & round pole structures on site, harvest wood, use hand tools ~ create a small team project using several types of notching and a mallot to take home (optional). Bring a bag lunch. Includes e-handouts.  Instructor: Deanne Bednar has designed and co-built small…

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$63 – $1507

FIRE ! ROCKET STOVE & EARTH OVEN Workshop

Create useful heat efficiently from local materials ! Tour the 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!   Saturday, January 25th  9:30a -5p Principles of Rocket Stove and Fire. Evolution of the use of fire Fire…

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February 2020

$47 – $120

EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING Workshop

EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING    Feb 1 & 2,  2020.  Saturday & Sunday  Sun 9:30 – 5p  Two-Day Class.  Hands-on ~  Apply Earth Plaster ... and try your hand at sculpting with earth. Apply plasters indoors in the cozy main house onto existing walls of a "regular" conventional home.  Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions. Learn the joy of natural earthen plasters that can be used in a variety of applications…

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