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January 2018

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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.  Instructor: Deanne Bednar has designed and co-built small round-wood structures on site using both notching & lashing techniques. Support from Brita Anderson, carpenter from Ontario.  January 20 & 21, 2018 Sat…

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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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April 2018

Foraging for Wild Plants & Mushrooms

Kelly Thiede and Dryads Saddle at Strawbale Studio 2017 April 14, 2018 Come walk the woods and surrounds at Strawbale Studio ... exploring the edible and useful plants and mushrooms that are up and about!   Instructors Deanne Bednar and Kelly Theide are delighted to share information and the day with you.  Kelly has her Michigan Mushroom Harvesters Certificate and is really into it ! Foraging Class - common wild plants we can eat ! Deanne loves the diversity of "plant…

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Edible Plants & Mushroom Foraging + Shiitake Mushroom Log Inoculation

Kelly Thiede and Dryads Saddle at Strawbale Studio 2017 April 15, 2018 Come walk the woods and surrounds at Strawbale Studio exploring the edible and useful plants and mushrooms that are up and about!   Instructors Deanne Bednar and Kelly Theide are delighted to share information and the day with you.  Kelly has her Michigan Mushroom Harvesters Certificate and is really into it ! Foraging Class - common wild plants we can eat ! Deanne loves the diversity of "plant friends"…

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May 2018

Foraging Class + Earth Oven Pizza & Bonfire

Saturday, May 19th from 2:00 - 7:00p Enjoy an afternoon walking the land -- learning about and HARVESTING wild plants and mushrooms ! Then co-create a meal with some of them - as salad, and tea, while others can be added to a pizza as toppings, or cooked up with eggs in a wrap.  We plan to fire up the Earth Oven for the pizza, and eat around the bonfire, based on the weather.  Totally fun 🙂 There are also…

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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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