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January 2018

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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 27 & 28, 2018 Sat 10a-5p Sun 10-4p $125 for both days prepaid 2 wks in advance, or $150…

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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, earth oven, rocket stoves + ! $35 Early Bird Special  Paid in Full by Feb. 24 - 1 month in advance) $40 thereafter. Bring-A-Friend ~ $5 off…

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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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May 2018

The Joy of Foraging Wild Plants & Mushrooms.

Kelly Thiede and Dryads Saddle at Strawbale Studio 2017 Sunday, May 20 from 1:00 - 5:00PM.  SOLD OUT, sorry.  Enjoy roaming the land, finding lots of edible and medicinal things that are growing in this springtime!  Learn about some of the uses, taste test them, and dig up and take some plants home if you wish, where there is abundance.  Bring some plastic bags/containers/shovel if you would like to do that, or we have some here. This class also includes…

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January 2019

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 Jan 26 & 27,  2019. Earth Plaster & Sculpting Feb 2 & 3, 2019.     Participants will be…

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March 2019

$30 – $40

Fermenting Fun !

Fermenting Fun  & Magical Food Preservation !  March 23, 2019  Saturday 1-5p  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Taste test, see demo, experience hands-on, and take home starters … Kimchi,  Butter, Honey Mead, Sour Dough Wraps, Kombucha & Vinegar, Dehydrating apples. YUM !  Tour the enchanting Strawbale Studio & grounds and see thatched roofs, earth plasters, earth oven, rocket stoves + ! $35 Early Bird Special  Paid in Full by March 9, 2 weeks in advance or $40 thereafter. Bring-A-Friend ~ $5 off…

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May 2019

$35 – $160

MEMORIAL DAY Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities !

Attend all or part of this weekend !   Free camping available. MEMORIAL DAY Weekend ~ Skill-Building Activities ! Hands-on Workshops: LIVING ROOF, ROCKET STOVE OUTDOOR COOKER, THATCHED ROOF, EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING, Register Now at EventBrite! Schedule Saturday May 25, 2019 Sat 9:30a - 12:00p  LIVING ROOF Workshop !  Hands-on installation 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 !  Pricing…

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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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Thatching & Reed Collection – hands-on basics.

Thatching & Reed Collection - the Basics ! Feb 29 & March 1, 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, February 29, 2020 9:30a to 5:00p Learn the basics of thatching a roof, Tour :…

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August 2020

Worm Composting Zoom Class with Clinton Huron Library !

Check out the BLOG POST for this Worm Composting event to find out more !

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