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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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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 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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November 2021

$40 – $100


Attend all or part of this Skill-Building Weekend. We will be exploring Earth Ovens, Rocket Stoves & a variety of Composting Systems! Relax and enjoy a tour, hands-on activities, and class learning during this skill-full time. It is joy to be in greater harmony with nature and each other.   Teacher: Deanne Bednar Handouts will be available online. Friday Nov. 5, 2021   7p - 10p BONFIRE Conversation & Crafting. Learn the skill of CORDING from local materials. Friday Fee $10…

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Learn some awesome useful knots, creating lashed models. Focus will be on Lashed ladders, A frame, Tri & Quad Pods. Wood from the land. The Japaneses Square Knot and others provide a base of techniques that can be applied to many protects and situations! Nov 19. 2021  Friday 1-5 pm   $25 includes materials. Limit of 6 in class.   REGISTRATION LINK Enjoy getting comfortable with these knots, make a full scale ladder and a few small "model" projects to take home:…

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January 2022



Using earth from this land, learn how to identify, mix and make a sculpted creation! Earth Sculpting is completely connected to the land, and throughout time and traditions people have used earth to create beauty and practical items. Earth Ovens, Cob homes and buildings,Benches, Sculptures. Gain confidence to use this medium and enjoy sharing it with others! Ideas for sculptures:  Sun faces, frogs, model buildings, Labyrinth and more. January 29, Saturday 1-5p  $35 includes class and materials. REGISTRATION The interior,…

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April 2022



NATURAL EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTED WALLS April 9-10, 2022 PLASTER Workshop hosted by the MI FOLK SCHOOL REGISTER with the MI Folk School.  Earth plaster is one of the most satisfying, useful and beautiful materials that one can work with. It costs next to nothing to create, and opens up a world of construction, artistic and decorative opportunities.  With a good instruction and a little bit of experience one can not only rejuvenate their house house, but restore ancient stone…

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Mushroom production, inoculation & harvesting, then enjoy making a Mushroom PIZZA in the Earth Oven, and take home a 12" inoculated log! About this event Have you been wanting to know more about the process of growing your own mushrooms at home? Come to Strawbale Studio and learn how to grow three different types of mushrooms (Shiitake, Oyster, and Wine Cap) using three different methods of inoculation. We will also fire up the Earth Oven and each person can make…

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