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December 2018

$30 – $40

Candle-Making & Holiday Gifts Class

CANDLE - MAKING & Hand-made Holiday Gifts . . . from Nature !    December 9th 2018  Sunday. 1-5p Note, this class is also offered on the day before on Dec 8th. Come to one, or both. Last year all classes filled with a class size limit of 12. Register soon if you can.  Note, Early Bird Special has been extended to Dec 1 !     Settle in, relax and enjoy the aroma and rhythm of Candle dipping ~ with wax made…

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Free - Donations welcome


Join us December 22, a Saturday, for a Family-Friendly Potluck & Bonfire on the Winter SOLSTICE !  5P TOUR of enchanting buildings & grounds.  6p'ish Potluck/Bonfire.   NOTE: Winter Hours Enjoy a cozy evening – in the Strawbale Studio, outside & around the bonfire, or in the main house. Families welcome. For more information, check out our Full Moon Potluck INFO page!  RSVP with name, email & phone number.  Free event, or donations welcomed  🙂FIND OUT MORE

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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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Winter Weekend Workshops 2019

WINTER WORKSHOPS  Thatching  Jan 12 & 13, 2019  Round Pole Framing Jan 19 & 20, 2019 Rocket Stove & Earth Oven 26 & 27,  2019.  Earth Plaster & Sculpting Feb 2 & 3, 2019      

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$50 – $100

Thatching & Reed Collection – the Basics !

Thatching & Reed Collection - the Basics ! January 12, 2018 Saturday. 9:30a - 5:00p  Tour, Class, Demo & Hands-on thatching, demo of reed collecting. January 13, 2018 Sunday.   9:30a - 4:00p   Hands-on reed collection in local field, special thatching videos. Explore this beautiful, ecological, insulative & long-lasting roof system. The Strawbale Studio roof was thatching before the turn of the century 1998 !  Yes !  Thatching in Michigan !  Taught by Deanne Bednar     Saturday - Learn about the basics of…

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$100 – $120

ROUND POLE Framing ~ The Basics

ROUND POLE Framing ~ The Basics January 19 & 20, 2018 Sat 9:30 – 5, Sun 9:30 – 4p 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…

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Join us January 21, a Monday, for a Family-Friendly Potluck & Bonfire! Full Moon Potluck Bonfire  5p TOUR of enchanting buildings & grounds.  6:30’ish Potluck/Bonfire.   NOTE: Winter Hours Enjoy a cozy evening – in the Strawbale Studio, outside & around the bonfire, or in the main house. Families welcome. For more information, check out our Full Moon Potluck INFO page!  RSVP with name, email & phone number.  Free event with donations welcomed 🙂FIND OUT MORE about this event

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$110 – $150

FIRE Workshop – Rocket Stove & Earth Oven 2019

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!   January 26 & 27, 2019   Sat 9:30a - 5p.   Sun 9:30a -4p Saturday: Rocket Stove Principles, tour of…

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February 2019

$95 – $115

Earth Plaster & Sculpting

EARTH PLASTER & SCULPTING Feb 2 & 3, 2019.  2 day class  Sat 9:30a - 5p,  Sun 9:30 – 4p. Learn the joy of natural earthen plasters that can be used in a variety of applications to beautify and naturalize existing dwellings, a future strawbale home or Earth Oven project ! Learn to identify, mix & apply natural local soil to create simple or artistic expressions. Bring a bag lunch. We will be working indoors in the cozy main house.  Limited…

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$25 – $35

Earth Oven Pizza-making & Eco-Cooking !

ECO-COOKING ! To be rescheduled later in 2019.   Experience Eco-friendly ways to cook food: experience a Hay Box insulative Cooker, Sun Oven, Rocket Stove Cooker, Pocket Rocket, Earth Oven & Kelly Kettle!       We will be making some food to eat using these methods ...including pizza in the earth oven  -- THE BEST !  Located on rural wood land at Strawbale Studio ~ See the enchanting buildings & grounds.       $25 Early-Bird Special 1 mo. In…

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